Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World

Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World
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Kruger, Melissa B.

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What's truly at the heart of our desires? The Envy of Eve guides readers to understand how desires grow into covetousness and what happens when this sin takes power in our hearts. Covetousness chokes out the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, allowing discontentment to bloom. The key to overcoming is to get to the root of our problem: unbelief—a mistrust of God's sovereignty and goodness.

An ideal resource for deeper study or group discussion.

About the Author

Melissa Kruger serves as Women's Ministry Coordinator at Uptown Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her husband Mike is the president of Reformed Theological Seminary, and they have three children.

Book Details

254 Pages
Publisher: Christian Focus
Publication Date: March 2012
ISBN 10: 1845507754
ISBN 13: 9781845507756

"The Envy of Eve gets to the root of our struggle for contentment. It’s not our circumstances that need transformation – it’s our hearts. With empathy and grounded biblical insight, Melissa Kruger shows us the path to abiding joy amidst life’s varied ‘ups’ and ‘downs’."
- Lydia Brownback, author, Contentment, Wheaton, IL

"The Envy of Eve truly is a wonderful book – with a deeply biblical perspective into the sinful human heart and with practical guidance towards a life of godliness and holiness. I found myself underlining the manuscript as I went along! In her book, Melissa Kruger uncovers the deepest machinations of the human heart, revealing how covetousness, lust, and greed are tempting doors of departure from the path of godliness. By focusing on Biblical truths and examples, Kruger opens our eyes to the scope and depth of covetousness in our lives, while also drawing us into the path of holiness and a life honoring and glorifying God. The questions at the end of each of the chapters make this a perfect tool for personal as well as group Bible study."
- Diana Severance, Historian; author, Feminine Threads, Spring, TX

"To read The Envy of Eve is to gaze into a mirror reflecting the covetousness latent in the human heart. With skill and insight Melissa Kruger exposes the fault lines that as Christian women we know are there but are all too often ashamed to admit. Yet we are not left to thrash around in helpless despair. Through biblical examples and sympathetic counsel we are pointed again and again to the delivering power of the Lord Jesus Christ."
- Faith Cook, author, Troubled Journey, Derbyshire, England

"With I’ve-been-there understanding and been-in-the-Word insight, Melissa Kruger helps us to look beneath the surface of our discontent, exposing our covetous hearts to the healing light of God’s Word. The Bible-saturated study ably applies the gospel to an area many of us have never invited it to go to work."
- Nancy Guthrie, author, Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible Study series, Nashville, TN

"We live in an age where governments are teetering because of a sinful, self-centered sense of entitlement by the populace. Furthermore, we live in an age when individuals, particularly in the West, are constantly comparing themselves with others, and there is a relentless pursuit of materialism, which, as we know, can never truly satisfy. In the midst of this veritable cauldron of lust and sinful desires, there is a need to go back to the simple understanding of what the Scriptures call ‘covetousness’. I am thankful for this new book by my friend Melissa Kruger which not only helps us come to terms with this disease of the soul, but also, mercifully, offers a remedy. Mrs Kruger’s insights are grounded in the Scriptures, the Reformed confessions, and her own wise diagnosis, reflections and helpful treatment of the diabolical maladies of our age. I commend this fine, new book by Melissa with a prayer that we all read and follow her Biblical counsel to fully understand the condition we are in and flee quickly to the One who truly satisfies our deepest longings and our true desires."
- Michael A. Milton, Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer, The James M. Baird Jr. Chair of Pastoral Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary

"In an age and culture where we all tend to have an overdeveloped sense of entitlement, this book makes a brilliant diagnosis that goes right to the heart of the problem. It combines a well structured, analytical approach worthy of the best of the Puritan writers with a fresh and well-illustrated understanding of the way contemporary women think. The applications of Biblical truth are completely fearless and absolutely spot-on."
- Ann Benton, Wife to John Benton, Managing Editor of Evangelicals Now, Guildford, England