DEFEATING SIN: OVERCOMING OUR PASSIONS AND CHANGING FOREVER BY FR. JOSEPH DAVID HUNEYCUTT FOREWORD BY BISHOP BASIL
Defeating Sin will help readers to better understand the disease that troubles the human soul. Defeating Sin will prove an invaluable aid for those engaged in spiritual warfare, helping them make that U-turn from the passions toward the virtues.
All Christians will benefit from the ancient wisdom of the Church Fathers and the perpetual call to repentance. The book’s helpful guides for making a good Confession memorable, indispensable — a must!
Defeating Sin investigates the nature of the Passions and the saving grace of the Virtues.
“In the spiritual struggle in which all of us must engage on the path to salvation, one of the greatest challenges is to crucify daily the many passions that war against us from our youth. Specifically, we must replace the seven deadly passions — pride, anger, lust, envy, gluttony, avarice, and sloth — with the virtues that enable us to become like God. Fr. Joseph Huneycutt’s book, Defeating Sin, presents a detailed examination of the sinful passions and their corresponding virtues, a guide for repentance and confession, and meditations that encourage both an understanding and a realization of spiritual growth. This text is an excellent spiritual guide for the individual Orthodox Christian who truly seeks to grow in theosis and a template for retreats and workshops that focus on this very important subject on the parish, deanery or diocesan level. A creative and inspiring approach that is both Scriptural and patristic-based, I wholeheartedly recommend this work for clergy and laypersons alike.”
— The Very Rev. Michael G. Dahulich, Ph.D., Dean, St. Tikhon’s Seminary
“This book has evolved over several decades of reflection that is both personal and part of our Orthodox family inheritance. This is a read that will bring many back through its pages just as memories of powerful retreats and epiphanies return to us and become once again moments of grace in an hour of need. Defeating Sin: Overcoming our Passions and Changing Forever is a book that will be marked up and well-worn by those who own it and no doubt shared with other Christians who long for a well of renewal and a blessed retreat.”
— The Very Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield – Chancellor, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary