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Soul Detox: Clean Living in a Contaminated World [Craig Groeschel] on By examining the toxins that assault us daily, this book offers the ultimate spiritual. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. New York Times bestselling author Craig Groeschel is the several books, including #Struggles, Fight, Soul Detox, The Christian Atheist, and It. Craig, his wife, Amy, and their six children live in Edmond. I enjoyed this book immensely! This is the first book I have read anything written by Craig Groeschel. I saw him one day with Joyce Meyer and he was talking.


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Soul Detox book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. As standards of conduct continue to erode in our shock-proof world, we. . In his new book, Craig Groeschel explains why and how we need to detox spiritually if we are going to maintain a healthy relationship with God. Every day we're infected with spiritual toxins from our corrupt culture. How can we purify ourselves from poisonous influences, emotions, and behaviors? Shining.

For example, I know that bitterness is dangerous and is a root that cannot be allowed in my life because it hurts me. But I think I ignored the end of the verse in Heb. I never realized how bitterness would hurt others besides me. I would stop bitterness when I felt it, so I did not experience how it poisoned the atmosphere, relationships and the lives of others.

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This book is worth reading because of its thoroughness and insight. It is simple and could easily be read using it as a study around the dinner table because its examples are easily understood even by young children.

But where this book falls short in my opinion is how it deals with people's toxic thoughts, behaviors and relationships.

As anyone who has struggled with a problem knows, it is sometimes not enough just to use will power or to be accountable to friends to stop these behaviors.

To tell someone who is struggling with "self-cutting" or pornography or other serious issues described in the book just to stop with the help of friends is setting everyone up for failure and frustration. More than that, it is setting people up to feel like a failure, give up and think that even God can't help.

Serious problems need more than will power; they need spiritual power. Where this book falls short, in my opinion, is that the author tries so hard to not be "religious" that he tells people to ask God for help in some of these things without giving specific instructions on how to get the power of God inside them. I know what it was like before I was born again to ask God for help in something.

And I know what it was like after I had the power of God inside me. The first was difficult; the second was much easier.

And after I was filled with the Holy Spirit, victories came much more easily often in minutes instead of months. At the end of the book, he says that we need to acknowledge that we cannot keep the laws, we need a Savior, and we can get this only by faith.

But he does not tell us how to do it. He says we need power but not will power. But he does not clearly lead people to a relationship with God. I can see many readers reading this book and feeling frustrated because they do not know how to make this final step.

To me, there are 3 levels of relationship with God: Even the early church did not understand this, and disciples would ask new believers if they had received the Holy Spirit since the time that they were born again.

This is not being preachy. It is simply the difference between paddling a canoe across a lake, using a small outboard motor, or using twin HP inboards. If you make the power available, the job is easier. Being filled with the Holy Spirit gives a person much easier victory over difficult addictions like pornography.

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This is the reason that I was unsure how to rate this book. It is a good beginning, but it is like teaching a person everything about driving a car except where the ignition and accelerator are But if you read this book and try to make the changes on your own power, you will probably fail and end up feeling condemned.

Becoming born again is an easy step, and one that should not have been omitted from this book. I feel that this book is very weak in this very important step. He says "Power, not Will Power" but he does not show very clearly how to get this power. Even a simple evangelistic magazine will include a few steps in a sidebar or a page at the end praying with the person.

This is not a message that should be read "between the lines". It should be clear and concise. It is like giving a person a list of ingredients but not telling him what to do with them. If you need clear instructions about whether to add dry ingredients to wet or wet to dry or what oven temperature to use, surely you deserve clear instructions about how to get the power of God inside your life.

Step by step. View all 3 comments. Jun 12, Kory rated it it was ok. Soul Detox breaks down the worldly bad habits we have and then shows how it impedes our walk with God and other Christians. Then the author concludes by telling you to pray about your problems. This book has the characteristics of an opener to a classic christian living guide and then it leaves the reader to figure out the rest on your own.

The book's ending is a bit deflating. I am not well versed in modern christian writing so the narration rubbed me the wrong way in a couple places. I was exp Soul Detox breaks down the worldly bad habits we have and then shows how it impedes our walk with God and other Christians.

I was expecting profound perspective from a spiritual leader but only found common sense tales and catch phrases from a motivational speaker type. The buildups and funny life lessons seemed very "cookie cutter-ed". The writer's tone made the material feel scattered at times and unnaturally forced at others. The book does make some very good points about life practices, bad habits, and tendencies that people take for granted but it could have been so much more.

The author seems like he is trying hard and if he would cut down on the buddy-buddy, cool normal guy conversation points and fill in the gaps with more in depth practical application points this would have become the lifestyle challenging book it was meant to be. My one big gripe is the last chapter. We are reading your book to learn something and gain perspective.

I find enjoyment in these books because I am challenged to shift my perspective and way of thinking. This isn't the kind of book that someone would just start reading out of the blue. The last chapter left the impression that the author was not very serious about the book. He congratulates the reader for making it through his small book and then accuses them of wasting their time and missing out on great truths if they didn't take the whole book seriously.

Call me old fashioned but I don't think that patronizing sarcasm is the best method to get a point across to an audience that feels deeply connected to the subject matter. The statements cast a negative implication on an otherwise heartfelt conclusion to the book. Overall the book wasn't bad and it's content would probably make a good theme for a study group. I would recommend it to someone looking for a perspective on the christian view of the perils of worldly living.

Jun 09, Glenajo rated it it was amazing Shelves: He is the founder of a LifeChurch. TV, with fourteen locations and is on the web. Groeschel has podcasts available through the itunes store, and has written several books. Groeschel does not preach he merely presents well thought out reasoning pointing out how many of us have lost sight of the kind of life that the Lord chooses us to live.

What has today become accepted in the world cannot be allowed in the life of a Christian, because it leads us away from God instead of toward Him as we are intended to move. This is was really eye opening to me, forcing me to begin to make some changes in my life where I had become lax.

We know the commandments, yet we choose to break them, since often the world says it is OK. This is an excellent choice for anyone.

It is such an easy read, that it would make a great gift for young people, or could be studied in a youth study group. This one book will change your life. Galley provided by NetGalley. I bounced between 3 and 4 stars for this one. It has some valuable and thought provoking things to say and it did give some things to think about. The writer here is dealing with "things" in our live that lead us in what I suppose would be called the wrong direction. In other words if you spend all your time thinking about porn it's harder to break a porn addiction.

If you sit and stew about a wrong someone has done you or for that matter a wrong you think someone has done you then you are far I bounced between 3 and 4 stars for this one.

If you sit and stew about a wrong someone has done you or for that matter a wrong you think someone has done you then you are far more likely to be bitter and angry. This is an oversimplification of course but I just use it to give you the idea of the book in a few words.

This is done through examples and many of these come from the author's own life. He even seems to me to be exorcising some of his own demons.

So as I said helpful though again go into it with eyes open. While legalism and judgmentalism are some of the problems dealt with there are a few places on other subjects that seem to me to be a bit legalistic and judgmental. So, read carefully but worthwhile and helpful.

Jul 09, Hope Miller rated it it was ok. Dec 16, J. Purves rated it did not like it Shelves: Occasionally, if one ventures to plumb the depths of Christian pop psychology, it is not unfathomable why so many people cultivate a healthy dislike for the reading of books. There are many who read books that were only written in the last decade or so. There is Occasionally, if one ventures to plumb the depths of Christian pop psychology, it is not unfathomable why so many people cultivate a healthy dislike for the reading of books.

There is poor quality writing and then there is the imitation of poor quality writing. Clean Living in a Contaminated World" is of the latter variety. Such second-hand derivations of secular pop psychology currently fills the bestseller lists of the Christian bookseller. If you are unfortunate enough to be reading bestsellers written within the insular American Christian subculture, then the quality of what you read is going to be improbably bad.

I read this book out of curiosity. The image on the cover, consisting of two rubber gloves squeezing chemicals out of a sponge, ought to have given me pause. When you begin reading the English prose of Pastor Craig Groeschel, the air positively begins to reek of bleach.

The images of cleanliness in Soul Detox do not give one the impression of health so much as they give one the impression of the cold, white, sterile, antiseptic padded walls and floors of an asylum that Groeschel firmly believes is in sore need of a generous dose of spiritual Pine-Sol. You can read further here - http: May 19, Brielyn rated it liked it. I usually do not write reviews of books, but I felt compelled to write something brief for this one. Although I did not read this book by my own choosing, I did read it thoughtfully and have conflicting opinions.

I have a lot of trouble with the author's personality. I do not think I would be able to have a meaningful conversation with him because he sets me off with his paternalistic attitude. Honestly, I think it was his frequent crude jokes about his wife that distracted me from his real mess I usually do not write reviews of books, but I felt compelled to write something brief for this one.

Honestly, I think it was his frequent crude jokes about his wife that distracted me from his real message. I did not want to hear about all the sex he and his wife had to produce six children. Until the last chapter and the conclusion, I was ready to give the book two stars. The message there was clear and powerful: Don't let religion get in the way of God. Instead of judging people and sticking faithlessly to hard and fast rules created by humans, read the gospel to know Jesus and God.

Also, the conclusion promoted human agency.

Instead of waiting for God to act and make you quit smoking or stop other destructive behavior, just do it yourself. This was such a refreshing perspective for someone like me who feels such frustration when Christians expect God to make the most insignificant decisions in their lives.

If you know something needs to be done, work on it and God will support you as you struggle to keep making the right decisions. God is not a crutch to carry you there, but he will be your cheering section. I wish the whole book had been as good as the last thirty pages. Dec 19, Claxton rated it really liked it.

Obnoxiously convicting. Jul 22, Seekingmylord rated it it was amazing Shelves: There is so much of Soul Detox: If only cleansing the soul could be as easily done!

However, the cleansing of one's soul requires some work because we live in a sin-contaminated world. Just as exposure to harmful toxins can accumulate in the body causing disease, the toxins of sin accumulate in our souls There is so much of Soul Detox: Just as exposure to harmful toxins can accumulate in the body causing disease, the toxins of sin accumulate in our souls a little at a time diseasing our relationship with God.

The analogy was quite fitting, even the names of the chapters were as interesting as their content was insightful. Toxic Behaviors Deception Infection: Telling Ourselves the Truth Septic Thoughts: Tossing Out Moldy Legalism, Spoiled Churches, and Sour Christians While the author pulls no punches in identifying sinful practices, it is done in the least condemning way and with some confesses of his own.

In fact, there is a sprinkling of humor that I found quite engaging with such a serious subject. I also appreciated his stance against legalism: For example, when it comes to movies, I've heard respected Christian leaders say, 'Going to see an R-rates movie is always wrong.

The fact that we're called to discernment and not indoctrination is crucial to understand. The Passion of the Christ earned an R rating for its brutal violence, yet most Christians agree the movies has tremendous spiritual value. But at the same time, there needs to be a line somewhere. As you pray, I believe God will show you where to draw that line. I recommend Soul Detox highly for every Christian.

I received this book for free from Zondervan in exchange for my honest review.

May 11, Tiffany rated it it was amazing. Life-giving and empowering words. The chapters that spoke the most to me were "Lethal Language: Experiencing the Power of Life-Giving Words": I want to be the kind of person that the words I speak give life instead of taking it. Even in the midst of difficult conversations, words of love and peace have a much better and deeper effect than words of self-righteousness and pride.

Purging the False Promises of Materialism": I want to be completely out of debt. It hangs over me and is Life-giving and empowering words. It hangs over me and is definitely our "next step" at this time. This chapter was timely for me in encouraging me to change our habits.

Loving Unhealthy People without Getting Sick": Again, another timely chapter for me. Figuring out how to love people who suck the life out of you or don't encourage you to walk with God. Reminded me of the deeper truth and that I don't need to get caught up in the verbal "wars" Christians play. The truth of God's love has changed me and I overstep my humanity and God's ability when I feel like it's my place to "make" other people see the truth.

It all comes down to two commands, love God and love people. May 25, Jeanie rated it liked it Shelves: There is much to like about this book. It is very easy reading. It is very easy to digest for anyone who sees the need for change in their life. Who may be struggling with issues that seem to spin their wheels.

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In reading this, I only could see behavior modifications which can only last so long. Real change happens, when we replace what we believe and think about those behaviors. I appreciated the symptoms that was laid out. Especially on bitterness. We can have bitterness when we compare our se There is much to like about this book. We can have bitterness when we compare our selves to others.

Groeschel uses his own life experiences to connect with the reader. However, we all have different experiences but we all do have the same Mighty God. Groeschel writes heavy on some issues on light on others. Which he is light on the character of God Groeschel seems heavy on "experiences" which I think can lead to contradictions that can be dangerous.

Leaving the reader he says one thing and ends on another. Apr 13, Elizabeth Beck rated it it was amazing. A challenging yet easy to read book. Humorous, yet touches the heart problems of so many believers. I highly recommend! So true I loved all the real world examples given in each chapter. An excellent read and easy to grasp the meaning. Jan 25, Jessie Clay rated it liked it. Groeschel does bring up MANY great revelations and relates many bible stories to modern time however, it seemed too surface level for me.

He went with the same theme the whole time: As far as the whole tone of the book, he was very positive He also brought attention to typical stereotypes, such as women are obsessed with shoes and shopping or men are obsessed with football and it was honestly out-dated granted this book was written in but still. I thought that a lot of the Bible was mythology. After many years, I discovered that the Bible was true in everything as long as it was translated correctly. This book talks about toxic behaviors, toxic emotions and toxic influences.

The author gives many examples from real life. He also includes Scriptures but does not use them in a "preachy" way. He includes them almost as if he is quoting someone whom you know or respect like Einstein or Ghandi. So it is a very comfortable non-threatening book for someone who has had previous bad experiences with "religion". I was not going to finish reading this book because it is written at a simple enough level that I thought it could not include something that I did not already know.

But I am glad that I finished it. Craig Groeschel is thorough. For example, I know that bitterness is dangerous and is a root that cannot be allowed in my life because it hurts me.

But I think I ignored the end of the verse in Heb. I never realized how bitterness would hurt others besides me. I would stop bitterness when I felt it, so I did not experience how it poisoned the atmosphere, relationships and the lives of others. This book is worth reading because of its thoroughness and insight. It is simple and could easily be read using it as a study around the dinner table because its examples are easily understood even by young children.

But where this book falls short in my opinion is how it deals with people's toxic thoughts, behaviors and relationships. As anyone who has struggled with a problem knows, it is sometimes not enough just to use will power or to be accountable to friends to stop these behaviors.

To tell someone who is struggling with "self-cutting" or pornography or other serious issues described in the book just to stop with the help of friends is setting everyone up for failure and frustration. More than that, it is setting people up to feel like a failure, give up and think that even God can't help.

Serious problems need more than will power; they need spiritual power. Where this book falls short, in my opinion, is that the author tries so hard to not be "religious" that he tells people to ask God for help in some of these things without giving specific instructions on how to get the power of God inside them.

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I know what it was like before I was born again to ask God for help in something. And I know what it was like after I had the power of God inside me.

The first was difficult; the second was much easier. And after I was filled with the Holy Spirit, victories came much more easily often in minutes instead of months. At the end of the book, he says that we need to acknowledge that we cannot keep the laws, we need a Savior, and we can get this only by faith. But he does not tell us how to do it. He says we need power but not will power.

But he does not clearly lead people to a relationship with God. I can see many readers reading this book and feeling frustrated because they do not know how to make this final step.Groeschel has podcasts available through the itunes store, and has written several books. We are reading your book to learn something and gain perspective.

Without even knowing it, people willingly inhale second-hand toxins poisoning their relationship with God and stunting their spiritual growth.

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