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Surviving the TrenchesKilling Sin Before Sin Kills You

Surviving the Trenches

Killing Sin Before Sin Kills You

Joe Barnard
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Christian men today are unprepared for the reality and scope of spiritual warfare they face. Some go about their lives naively ignoring the power that spiritual forces like sin and Satan have in their lives. Joe Barnard has written a book to help men not only wake up to the existence of sin in their lives, but, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to tackle it head on.


This may seem like a daunting task. Although few would admit it publicly, privately many share the deep anxiety that the resources of the gospel are inadequate to deal with – not the guilt of sin – but the power of sin. Sin may look like an insurmountable problem when measured by the stature of a fallen man, but to God, sin is no more than a weed planted in sand.


This book is for men who are willing to fight and it will arm them for the task at hand.

Chapter headings

  • Orientation
  • The Rules of War
  • The Fight Against Deception
  • How to Kill Entrenched Passions
  • Four Sins That Are Killing Modern Men

Joe Barnard

About Joe Barnard

Joe Barnard is the pastor of Holyrood Evangelical Church in Edinburgh and the executive director of Cross Training Ministries, a discipleship ministry focused on training men in spiritual fitness. He is also the author of ‘The Way Forward: a Road Map of Spiritual Growth for Men in the 21st Century’. Joe is married to Anna. They have four children.


  • Author: Joe Barnard
  • Release Date: March 2022
  • Pages: 136
  • Format: Large trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 216 x 138
  • ISBN: 9781527108578
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: Christian Life > Spiritual Growth


… an acute guide to self–diagnosis and critically, sound measures by which to dispense with besetting sin and gain genuine spiritual health. This is a book for men who are fed up with therapeutic fluff and now want to walk the walk.

David Lyle Jeffrey, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Baylor Institute for Studies in Religion & Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Literature and the Humanities, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

There is a time for straight talking. A time to grab the nettle. A time to rip–off the sticking plaster. This book is written in a similar vain. Joe tackles the subject of men waging war against sin, the flesh and the devil, head on. It is a guttural rallying cry to wake men up to the spiritual battle they are naively dawdling through. This book is very honest. The enemy may be devious, sin may be enslaving and despair may be felt, but the power of the Spirit, the truth of the Word, and the hope of the gospel are more than adequate to bolster resistance and bring renewal to even the most seemingly defeated of saints. I heartily recommend this jugular volume to all men. It will stiffen your spine, strengthen your arm and bring courage to your heart. This book is very hopeful.

Jonathan Gemmell, Director of Conferences and Resources, The Proclamation Trust, London
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