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Oak Harbor, WA
5 Stars Out Of 5
shaking us out of our warfare complacency
October 29, 2013
Oak Harbor, WA
Nicky Cruz turned his back on the devil in the 1960s when he was converted from his life as a New York gang leader. Even though he is now free from the devil's control, Nicky knows the devil is still at work deceiving others.
Nicky has noticed a disturbing trend within the church in recent years. "...Christians are becoming more and more ignorant about - and apathetic toward - the threat posed by the devil." (124) We have forgotten we have an enemy. We are unaware of his schemes. We are no longer a threat to the devil and his wicked plans.
Nicky wants to change that and this book is his wake up call to Christians. The devil is real and active, Nicky reminds us. "Satan must be unmasked," he writes. "He is not a harmless caricature or a myth left over from humanity's primitive past...He's a real being - and the most awful one we could imagine." (17)
Nicky shares what he has seen and experienced in his fifty years battling the works of the devil. He shares his own fights with demons and how we might be attacked, the devil's disguises, and demon oppression. We will never escape the attacks of the devil, not until heaven. But knowing his tactics will help us be better prepared to fight, to understand the limits of his influence and our authority, and to have confidence in the Lord's ability to defeat evil.
The Lord is great and powerful and active on our behalf. We must remember that the devil is already defeated. Nicky shares many encouraging stories of victory over the devil. God is still very much at work doing miracles.
This is a book that Christians need to read. We have gotten complacent in our spiritual warfare and Nicky brings us back to the reality of our enemy. But he doesn't leave us helpless. He helps us understand spiritual warfare and the resources God has given us for the battle.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
I did not know what to expext with this book. I had to say it surprised me. When I started I knew it was going to be like no other book. He does not sugar coat anything. He is blunt and straight to the point. This book not only gives you examples of the devils schemes but it also teaches you how to fight back. I have already recommended this book to everyone I know. It might seem a little thick but it is a easy read and easy to understand.
The topic of this book is a must read for those calling themselves Christians and those who don't. Nicky takes a sweeping look at Satan's schemes and shows by many true-life examples how, instead of being "not ignorant," we are, in fact, almost oblivious to the destructive schemes he is laying out on individuals and nations. But the book is also full of hope and perseverance with clear victory for those who stand firm in the one who has already conquered Satan - Jesus Christ. I highly recommend this book.