The Temptations of Money, Sex, and Power
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.
“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 David Tripp, president, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, What Did You Expect?
“Vintage Ryken: full of truth, wisdom, and insight. This book tells the story of Solomon, his rise and fall, and expertly traces the themes of his strange tragedy in the light of the hope of the gospel. There is a range of compelling and motivating illustrations drawn from classical and contemporary sources, as well as literary insights about how the story of Solomon fits into the Bible. Ryken leaves open the question as to whether Solomon in the end came back to God, although implies he may well have done so, through the lens of the end of Ecclesiastes. The section where Ryken describes, in pastoral and effective detail, the possible temptations that may come with power and success and how to avoid them are particularly helpful. All in all a great read, an insightful meditation on Solomon, and a case for maintaining godliness in the midst of the pressure of success well made.”
Josh Moody, Senior Pastor, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois; author, Journey to Joy: The Psalms of Ascent
About the Author
Philip Graham Ryken (DPhil, University of Oxford) is the eighth president of Wheaton College. Formerly, he served as senior minister of Philadelphia’s historic Tenth Presbyterian Church. He has written or edited more than 40 books, including the popular title Loving the Way Jesus Loves, and has lectured and preached at universities and seminaries worldwide.