The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book by Dr. David Jeremiah
About this book: (from the publisher) Do you have questions in regard to spiritual warfare?
Trusted pastor and bestselling author Dr. David Jeremiah brings clarity to the complex topic of spiritual warfare. From his years of teaching on this subject, Pastor Jeremiah has selected answers to your pertinent questions concerning victory in the spiritual realm.
The Bible says God will ultimately be victorious and win the spiritual war. But it also says He has given every Christian promises and power to win our daily spiritual battles. The book includes 86 questions with answers such as: How does Satan imitate God? Are demons real? What protection does the shield of faith provide? How can I defend myself against a hostile world? How do I “put on” Christ?
About the author: David Jeremiah is the founder of Turning Point, an international ministry committed to providing Christians with sound Bible teaching through radio and television, the Internet, live events, and resource materials and books. He is the author of more than fifty books including Captured by Grace, Angels—Who They Are and How They Help, What in the World Is Going On?, and Agents of the Apocalypse.
David serves as the senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego, California, where he resides with his wife, Donna. They have four grown children and twelve grandchildren.
Genre: Non-fiction/Religion/Christian Life/Spiritual Warfare
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Reflection: While the title may seem a bit sweeping in scope, this little tome actually does provide a great many answers to an often misunderstood (or under-understood) topic. While not exhaustive, if you’ve got questions about spiritual warfare, chances are you’ll find your answer here, plus dozens more to questions you never thought to ask.
Another aspect to this book I appreciated was how much of my new knowledge added illumination to the collection of biblical stories, from Genesis to Revelation, revealing them as myriad pieces of one whole story. (The Nephilim, for example, mentioned in Genesis 6, and then referred to again in Jude.) This then further whetted my interest in knowing more, so that I might live my life in Christ more effectively, with far greater perspective (which is, in itself, a superior piece of weaponry for standing firm against the enemy’s schemes).
As David Jeremiah explains in his introduction,
“The biblical context for viewing all of life’s events is called spiritual warfare — the age-old conflict between the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of light…. The ruler of the powers of darkness, Satan, is none too happy about what God has accomplished in Christ. So Satan’s main goal is to destroy the faith of Christians by getting us to doubt God’s goodness, love, forgiveness, protection, provision, and promises. When Satan choreographs difficult circumstances in our lives, it is not just to inflict pain; it is for the purpose of destroying our trust in God.”
I also like the small size of this book, along with its pithy chapters. The size makes it easy to tuck in a tote, and its relative brevity makes it not only accessible to the lay Christian, but easy to read in bite-sized morsels. Although that’s not how I read it; once started, I had a hard time stopping.
The author, a widely respected teacher on the subject, delivers answers directly and succinctly in easily comprehended language with frequent quotes from both Scripture and renowned theological thinkers. The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book offers two main takeaways: 1) Satan’s strategies against God and His most cherished creation, humankind; and 2) the gateway to spiritual victory: once identified, how to fight the enemy and defeat Him so that we might remain faithful to God throughout life’s most challenging moments.
In this way, The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book is not only interesting, but eminently practical. Personally, having read it, I feel better equipped, more confident, and more empowered to face down the devil on a daily basis.
Thanks to BookLook Bloggers and Thomas Nelson for providing me a free copy to review. All opinions are mine.
After words: When I think about spiritual warfare, I cannot help but think about Frank Peretti’s novels — This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness. Though works of fiction, they opened my eyes as a teen to the reality of the spiritual realm. Did you have a similar experience?