Book Review: Enemies of the Heart (Andy Stanley)

I have listened to Andy Stanley on and off for years, and have seen him multiple times at the Passion Conference amongst the likes of Louie Giglio, John Piper, Francis Chan, David Platt, and Beth Moore. Andy truly has a heart for unique leadership and revealing things in a way that would often otherwise go unnoticed.

This book is an example of that.

*Enemies of the Heart* focuses on four “heart matters.” Andy Stanley says that, “every conflict and relational wound you’ve experienced can be traced to one of these four” (p.48).

The four are:
Guilt
Anger
Greed (&)
Jealousy

The first part of the book is spent contextualizing this “heart” analogy, then going into what exactly the issues are related to the above four topics. The second half transitions into a sort of “now that we’ve defined these things, let’s look at combating them” attitude.

Andy Stanley’s writing style is very easy to get into and is almost like simple dialogue. He won’t get you caught up in his syntax or confuse you with round-about ways of saying things. He’s direct and relevant throughout the text.

One struggle I came across during the course of reading this book was that the first half was quite lacking, in my opinion, in the usage of scripture. To his defense, when we’re addressing the issues (not nearly defining them), he referred much more frequently to scripture.. but to form a foundation by exegetically looking to the Bible, I feel, is just as important.
Stanley has quite a few significant points in here and if you would like to better understand the tensions warring in yourself against God, and how to realign your heart with His, I’d say this will be a beneficial book for you.

-A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes by the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and the views expressed in this review are my own.-

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