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4 Stars Out Of 5
October 17, 2009
Satan and His Kingdom by David McCallum is a hard-hitting look at the prince of this world. McCallum sticks strictly to Scripture to explain just who Satan aka the devil aka the accuser, etc, etc is. Lucifer is a title not actually appropriate for him as it is from a misinterpreted piece of the book of Isaiah. By breaking down every biblical reference to Satan, he delves deeply into exactly what his role is and what his actual abilities are. He shatters some illusions (sorry folks, but there's no pointy tail or pitchfork), but really tries to keep the focus on the damage Satan inflicts by allowing people of the Western world to think that he is just a myth. While McCallum does try to keep his focus on Scripture, I think that by ignoring Satan's portrayal in historical literature and pop culture, the book isn't as interesting as it could be. If he had chosen to refute each error point by point, it would make for a more enjoyable read. The book's ending is a bit of a disappointment, it doesn't conclude so much as just fizzle out with some unnecessary appendices. It's still a must read to dispel the illusions that have grown up around the devil.
As Christians, the most important part of our daily walk is getting closer to Jesus. But it is also important to know more about Satan, the one who wants to keep us from having that relationship with our Savior. It is important to know who he is, how he works, and all his tricks. Satan and His Kingdom is just the book to help Christians learn more about the enemy and understand how he operates.Many people dont like to hear about Satan, the subject makes them uncomfortable, but the Bible is full of references to the evil one. Satan and His Kingdom does a really good job of pulling verses of scripture into the text to really illustrate the Godly basis of understanding who Satan is. This book is very readable and easy to follow. There is a lot of practical, useful information that can help each of us recognize Satans traps, protect ourselves and avoid sin.I think my favorite chapter of this book would have to be Satans Power Moves (Chapter 17). I say that because this chapter focuses on the occult. Before I became a Christian, I always thought the occult was just an innocent hobby. I was never interested in the occult, but I know a lot of people are these days. This chapter tells us, again citing multiple verses of scripture, just how dangerous the occult is. Like the author says, Satan most often prefers to work in stealthy ways. That is so very true.There was one part that made me raise a skeptical eyebrow. The author states that Satan is capable of moving objects and causing electronic malfunctions. That just sounds a little strange to me and I have a hard time believing it. But, I am willing to give the author the benefit of the doubt since he is much more of an expert than I will ever be.Our God is a very loving God and I highly recommend Satan and His Kingdom to help you understand the one who wants to come between you and God.