I really appreciated this book about self-control and the author’s use of both Scripture and scientific studies to address the issue. As the author states, self-control is not about the individual, it is about the individual surrendering to God’s purposes for them. The real purpose of self-control is the aim to love God and love others.
There is a lot of helpful and practical information about what Scripture says about fighting our flesh and Satan along with the spiritual disciplines of fasting and prayer. There is also a chapter on disciplined living in an age of distraction which I thought was also very timely.
Another chapter dealt with how to break a habit and make a new one. As the author notes habits help us translate what we believe in to how we behave. At the end of each chapter there is a section entitled “self-control” training in which the author shares some personal examples of how he applied the information in the chapter.
In conclusion, self-control is foundational. It leads an individual to live a life that blesses others and glorifies God.
I received this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for this honest review.