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Fight: A Christian Case for Non-violence

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The bold new book from New York Times best-selling author Preston Sprinkle is a tour de force that tackles the topic of violence and how Christians should respond.

In a unique narrative approach, Sprinkle begins by looking at how the story of God as a whole portrays violence and war, drawing conclusions that guide the reader through the rest of the book. With urgency and precision, he navigates hard questions and examines key approaches to violence, driving every answer back to Scripture. Ultimately, Sprinkle challenges the church to "walk in a manner worthy of our calling" and shape our lives on the example of Christ.

Fight: A Christian Case for Non-Violence is biblically rooted, theologically coherent, and prophetically challenging. It is a defining work that will stir discussions for years to come.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2013
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ISBN: 1434704920
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Publisher's Description

Fight explores violence in the Bible and challenges us to live out Jesus’ call to non-violence. With prophetic relevance, New York Times bestselling author Preston Sprinkle tackles the controversy surrounding violence and grapples with surprising conclusions. Anyone who has struggled with the morality of violence will appreciate this convincing biblical guide.

Author Bio

Preston Sprinkle is the New York Times bestselling co-author of Erasing Hell: What God Said About Eternity, and the Things We've Made Up. He has a Ph.D. in New Testament from Aberdeen University and currently teaches at Eternity Bible College in Simi Valley, California, where he lives with his wife and four kids.


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"Considering the hostile and violent state of our world, Christians cannot afford to be ignorant on this issue.... Preston has taken the time to make a solid biblical argument. I highly recommend that every believer examine the truths in this book."

"In Fight ... Sprinkle offers a strikingly powerful, Christ-centered case for nonviolence as a way of life."

"This is a book that should be read by every evangelical small group in America. If the truths contained within its pages were to be absorbed, the face of culture in the USA would be transformed as Christians took their 'fight' to their knees instead of with violent words, weapons, and bumper stickers."

"In a bold new book called Fight, evangelical pastor and bestselling author Preston Sprinkle sets out to answer these important questions as he makes a compelling case for nonviolence. Drawing from his expansive theological background, research, and countless interviews, Preston addresses questions such as how to reconcile what seems like a vengeful God of the Old Testament with the forgiving, nonviolent Christ of the New Testament; how American should defend herself against aggression; what Scripture teaches about Capital Punishment; and whether Christians should kill in self-defense."

"We need Preston Sprinkle's book because there are too many Christians who haven't given a moment's thought to their own violent use of our glorious Scripture's message of peace by approving and applauding the use of violence to accomplish peace. The contradictions at work are baffling. Bravo to Preston Sprinkle!"

"Preston Sprinkle ... lays out a strong Biblical case that the God of Moses and Joshua is the same God incarnated in Jesus. This is a God who calls us to non-violence in our confrontations with evil and the agents of war. For those who take the Bible seriously this book will do much to move us beyond sentimental pacifism to a scriptural basis for non-violent resistances."

"Those who read this book with an open mind will be forced to do what the author himself did: rethink what it means to be Christian, especially in the most militarily powerful nation on earth."

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    Preston Sprinkle in his new book, "Fight" published by David C. Cook shows us A Christian Case for Non-Violence.

    From the Back Cover: What are we fighting for?

    "I'm an evangelical Christian. And I am not Amish, Quaker or Mennonite. I own several guns and still believe that the smell of a recently fired shotgun on a crisp fall morning comes darn near close to paradise. Bit I've tried my hardest to understand God's Word and the divine perspectives of those who read it. And the more I study, the more I discuss, the more I've become convinced: Christians shouldn't kill or use violence-not even in war."

    With these words, Preston Sprinkle jumps into a compelling, passionate study of God's perspective on violence. Examining both the seemingly angry, violent God of the Old Testament and the peacemaking Jesus of the New. Preston takes us back to Scripture to discern how God really called His people to think and live in the midst of a violent world. He asks us to join him in inviting God to challenge our presuppositions, to set aside our biases and backgrounds and fears_and to seek above all else to faithfully follow the Savior who humbly submitted to God in the face of injustice and violence.

    We not only live in a violent world, but our Bible is filled with violence. How, then, can Jesus seemingly prohibit Christians from using violence. And does this apply to all Christians in every situation? This is what Mr. Sprinkle is looking at; why The Bible contains so much violence and he addresses how the Church should live out Jesus' call to non-violence. In thirteen chapters issues are raised: How God's desire for non-violent peace remains the ideal-even when confronting injustice and enmity, How to reconcile what seems like a vengeful, wrathful God of the Old Testament with the forging, nonviolent Christ of the New Testament. These and more thought provoking issues are all explored. Mr. Sprinkle challenges us to take what we may have possible believed all our lives and re-examine them in this new light and re-evaluate if we are still going to believe them or change and conform our thinking to these new thoughts from The Bible.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from David C. Cook for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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