Someone gave this book to me as a gift - do you think they were trying to tell me something? :)
What sparked the giving of this gift was that I had mentioned that I had quit smoking and the reason I hadn't picked up the habit again was because it would go against my conscience. I believe, for me, it would be sinful.
There are several passages in Scripture that speak about self-control such as Gal. 5:22-23; 2Tim. 3:1-3; 2Pet. 1:5-7 that made me think about how much the desire to smoke controlled my life. My life revolved around when I was going to get to smoke again. I had NO control over that desire.
Another thing I quit doing almost as soon as I rose out of that watery grave of baptism was cursing like a sailor. I just stopped. All I had to do was read James 1:26 "If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless." Let's not forget James 3:5-12.
I have something else that's in need of attention in my life - I jokingly call myself a "later tater." But the problem is that I live an undisciplined life and it affects others. I am a waster of the prescious time I have been given by my Lord and a waster of other's time.
So, I just wanted to mention that this book is amazingly painful to read - it's not fun when your faults have a huge spotlight on them. I highly recommend this book. It's a grand total of 127 pages but so full of wonderful information. One of those books you will keep and read again - a reference tool. I've read a lot of "information" books (I'm an information reader) and the authors will waste 300 pages on information that should take only 100 pages. This is NOT one of those books. Every word is worth reading.