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A Book About Sin to Make You Happy

A Book About Sin to Make You Happy

If you’re not careful, you might get the wrong idea from this title: Killjoys: The Seven Deadly Sins. I love the title! I don’t think we could improve on it. But if misunderstood, it could sound like a depressing read. Someone might think, “Oh great. Seven ways to be reminded what a loser I am. Can’t wait to dive into that.”

And that would be a terribly wrong impression. Killjoys won’t kill your joy, it will help you experience more joy!

This book is all about our pursuit of happiness and freedom. It doesn’t just give us dismal descriptions and analyses of the various pathologies of our sin disease. Killjoys beautifully reminds us what the cure (yes, the cure!) to our disease is and provides us with prescriptions and treatments for dealing with the remaining effects of this disease that all of us must fight as we wait for the cure’s full effect.

As I read the chapters on pride, envy, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony and lust, what I felt over and over was renewed hope. Yes, I saw places where all these sins “cling so closely” in my life (Hebrews 12:1), and I felt conviction. But each chapter helped me see clearly again how these sins rob me of joy, how they never deliver what they promise, how they only steal, kill, and destroy happiness. The more I read the more I wanted to be rid of them!

But more than just showing me the badness and bankruptcy of sin, each chapter showed me the far more desirable beauty and bounty of Christ and the Great Cure of the gospel that he offers all who will receive it. And I found the strategies — the treatments — that each chapter provided for killing the killjoys so insightful and practical that I’m keeping my marked-up copy near me to refer to when temptation hits.

Killjoys is not a dismal look at sin, but a delightful look at Christ. Read it if you want to experience more soul-health and happiness. Read it if you’d like more freedom from the killjoys in your life. And read it for free!

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