Thursday, September 25, 2003

Here's a review that was posted by a reader on Amazon.com that I found very encouraging...

The best book on lust I've ever read, September 24, 2003
Reviewer: Brian G. Hedges from Niles, Michigan
This is a powerful book on dealing with sexual temptation. Joshua Harris does a fantastic job of setting every man's battle in its proper biblical and theological context. He is not soft on sin, but neither does he lead one to discouragement or despair. He understands that a right relationship with God is by grace through faith alone, but he knows that the faith which justifies also sanctifies. He is candid and honest, yet remains discreet, writing a book which is appropriate for and targeted to both men and women. He avoids setting hard and fast rules, advocating that we develop "a custom-tailored plan" for fighting against lust, but he provides plenty of practical ideas about how to make progress. He addresses sensitive issues (like masturbation) as well as cultural issues (like media and dress). Best of all, he encourages open accountability ("lone rangers are dead rangers") and provides an excellent chapter on how to fight the lying promises of lust with the true and satisfying promises of God. Drawing on the wisdom of John Piper's Future Grace, and C. J. Mahaney's The Cross-centered Life, this is one of the best books on sanctification I've seen, and the best book on the particular subject of sexual temptation I've ever read. I highly recommend this to both men and women, single or married. Thanks, Josh for sharing your heart with us.

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Tuesday, September 09, 2003

On Sunday the book was sold at our church. That was very special for me. The men and women at Covenant Life are the nearest and dearest to me and to see them picking it up and saying they were excited to read it meant so much.

Today I started getting email from people who are reading "Not Even a Hint". What an amazing thing. People I don't know, most of whom I'll never meet in this life are sitting down and taking the time to read the 30,000 words I put between the two covers. Even more incredible, God is starting to use the words to encourage them. Thank you, Lord!

I know this is sort of silly, but here's the official "very first letter ever" that I opened today...

Dear Josh,
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your new book, "Not Even A
Hint". The first thing that struck me was your honesty. It was refreshing
and also encouraging to see that someone who has some celebrity to him, is
human. Not many people remember that about celebrities, even christian
ones. I know that sharing your own personal struggles with lust and
temptations must be both humbling and revitalizing. Thank you for being so
honest, because through that honesty comes the love and grace of Christ.
You have a gift to both relate to a reader as well as provoke the reader to
take a dramatic dive into changing how they see the world as well as God.
Words alone can't express my gratitude that you have written a book, that
encouraged me to have hope that I too can overcome my own struggle with lust
and that I'm not alone (women do suffer from lust as well!). My hope and
prayer is that through your ministry Jesus will continue to reach people. I
will continue to pray for you and your family as well as your ministry team.
Stay strong in faith!
Your sister in Christ,

That's why I wrote. God has answered my prayers in K's letter. Thank you, Father.

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