King Solomon

August 19, 2011

The Temptations of Money, Sex, and Power

New book by Westminster alumnus Rev. Dr. Phillip Graham Ryken, president of Wheaton College.

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Publisher's Description: A study of the life of Solomon--from his triumphs to his tragic failures--that teaches readers how to live wisely.

Though the world's wisest king, Solomon's heart was led astray by temptations of wealth, sex, and power. And we face the same dangers today, though the temptations may be different in degree and detail.

Author Philip Ryken writes, "In witnessing Solomon's moral triumphs and sinful failures we learn how to live more wisely. By the grace of God, we may avoid a tragic downfall of our own and learn how to use money, sex, and power for the glory of God."

Tracing Solomon's life from coronation to burial--and from godly devotion to self-serving excess--Ryken shows readers how to avoid similar downfalls and seek God's glory amid earthly temptations. These thirteen chapters are pastoral, rich in application, and biblically faithful. This overview of Solomon's life also includes a study guide, making it a great resource for both personal and group use.


"Ryken has produced another excellent pastoral asset to assist believers in their spiritual growth while also equipping leaders for an effective, gospel-centered discipleship ministry. The display of the majesty of Christ, ‘One greater than Solomon,’ is the pinnacle blessing from this biblically faithful, biographical treatment of the life of Solomon. As Phil traverses Solomon’s life, examining his divine gift of wisdom, startling passions, and significant achievements, he simultaneously exposes the great sins of Solomon and the greater grace of God in Christ. This astounding exposition also allows the reader to benefit from informative insights as to the subtle snares and entangling schemes of Satan in the idolatrous use of money, power, and sex. Although a page-turner, it warrants intentional pauses for thoughtful meditation and reflection, allowing us to make life applications that fulfill the biblical admonition to ‘not be ignorant of Satan’s devices’ yet focus upon the sufficiency of the great King, Christ Jesus, our Lord."
— Harry L. Reeder III, Senior Pastor, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama; Westminster board member.

"With the skill of a theologian and the heart of a pastor, Ryken takes you from the demise of one king to the victory of the King of kings. Read and you’ll find more than the story of Solomon; you’ll find the gospel in beautiful and powerful relief."
— Paul Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries

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