Spirit Wars: Winning the Invisible Battle Against Sin and the Enemy
Guaranteed to wake you up and get you thinking
If nothing else, Ã¢ÂÂSpirit WarsÃ¢ÂÂ by Kris Vallotton will get you thinking, praying, and examining your perceptions about sin, the spiritual world, and spiritual warfare. I enjoy reading books that challenge me to really consider what I believe- and IÃ¢ÂÂll say that much for Ã¢ÂÂSpirit WarsÃ¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂ it created a lot of points of deep, engaging discussion for my husband and I. Depending on your theological standing you may find yourself adamantly agreeing with much of what Vallotton claims Ã¢ÂÂ or vehemently at odds. Issues such as ValottonÃ¢ÂÂs claim that Christians no longer have a sin nature (43), that principalities that rule over places are based in people (182), or his assertion that Christians who have been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder may actually just be incredibly discerning of the spiritual world (175) might get a hearty amen out of youÃ¢ÂÂ¦or they may cause some gnashing of the teeth - hard to say. But claims like these will get you thinking- guaranteed- and hopefully searching the Bible, talking with others, and really examining what you believe about how much the spiritual world influences you and how much you should be influencing it. A considerable portion of this book deals with the authorÃ¢ÂÂs personal experience of depression and anxiety and how he relates these to the spiritual realm. Those who share that struggle (or live with someone who does) may find a lot of encouragement in these pagesÃ¢ÂÂ¦alternatively, they might find themselves more anxious and confused Ã¢ÂÂ particularly if they donÃ¢ÂÂt take to well to the idea that Christians can be Ã¢ÂÂdemonizedÃ¢ÂÂ or oppressed by evil spirits.
While I found myself raising my eyebrows every now and then, IÃ¢ÂÂll still concede that overall, I gained a lot from this book. Vallotton made same excellent points about the tactics of the enemy, the difference between Ã¢ÂÂcaptivesÃ¢ÂÂ and Ã¢ÂÂprisonersÃ¢ÂÂ when it comes to spiritual oppression, about unforgiveness being a root cause of much oppression in peopleÃ¢ÂÂs lives, as well as the importance of truly knowing and experiencing GodÃ¢ÂÂs love. I would recommend this book to mature Christians who want to be challenged in their understanding of spiritual warfare, and who are comfortable with re-examining whatever doctrinal presumptions they hold to.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for 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 CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255.
September 14, 2012
Great testimonies; candid; scripturally supported
This is the best book I've ever read on Spiritual Warfare; it deals with us as triune beings just as God designed us and doesn't white wash issues or talk about a "demon hiding behind every bush." He is very transparent in his sharing. His use of scripture and the way he weaves it in with his personal life and how the reader can construct a workable battle plan for the enemy offers real help. One doesn't feel lectured at or like you've just swallowed a lot of theological air that won't amount to anything. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is willing to partner with God to obtain victory in addictions / mental health issues or just daily struggles with life.
July 13, 2012
A balanced look at spiritual warfare
Spirit Wars is an easy-to-read, well-written book that is part memoir and part training-manual pertaining to issues of spiritual warfare and deliverance. No doubt some readers of this book will be skeptical of the stories the author shares, wondering if such things really can happen in a post-modern society where belief in demons is often rejected as something only the uneducated believe in. However, as someone who is both educated and has had personal experiences involving someone being delivered from demonic oppression, I can tell you that the evil one is indeed at work in our world, and the author provides a powerful book to help us understand how people come to be impacted by the hidden realm around us. I greatly appreciated the author's willingness to open up about his own life and the challenges he's experiences. I also found the book to be very practical, such as how the author shares "counselling tools" or discusses how the gift of discernment operates. However, what I most appreciated about this book is that at no time does the author try to blame demonic oppression for everything that is going wrong in someone's life. Instead, he advises readers to consult with health care professionals, to take care of their physical body, and to visit counsellors trained to deal with mental health issues along with spiritual warfare. I will admit that I am still pondering many things that I read in this book, trying to discern my way through them. At the end of the day, however, I strongly recommend that readers interested in spiritual matters and the demonic realm pick up this book to learn from Kris Vallotton's own experiences and to help inform their own beliefs on such matters. Whether readers agree or disagree with what they read, this is a subject that all Christians should be aware of, and this book is a great place to start!
I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
June 5, 2012
How to win over sin and evil
We live in the realm of two different worlds, the visible one we see with our earthly eyes and the invisible spiritual one that isnÃ¢ÂÂt always visible, the one we sometimes see with our spiritual eyes. God created both worlds, and He has omnipotent power over both! Whether one believes in the invisible world or not, it still exists. ItÃ¢ÂÂs the evil entity of the invisible world that we war against in the power of the Holy Spirit. (Read the 6th chapter of Ephesians for a better understanding.)
Kris tells us his life story of bondage and torment to exemplify the two worlds clashing, and how the battle was won. ItÃ¢ÂÂs a story that is believable and horrific. ItÃ¢ÂÂs also believable in how his life was changed. He goes into detail about the lies, tactics and traps the devil uses, ones that everyone will go through at one time or another in their lives. His book is pertinent and relevant. Each chapter is vital to understand the battle we are in, and Kris is thorough in his teachings in each area.
Winning the invisible wars that haunt people is addressed in these chapters:
Fighting for Peace
Are You Living in a Haunted House?
Rules of Engagement
The Flesh is Weak
Treat Yourself Kindly
The Armor of God
Casting Out Demons
For the Love of God
Kris VollotonÃ¢ÂÂs book, Spirit Wars, is the first book IÃ¢ÂÂve read about Spiritual Warfare on this level since the teachings I received about seventeen years ago. I can easily say I agree with 99.99% of what is in KrisÃ¢ÂÂs book! ItÃ¢ÂÂs Scriptural, forthright, and necessary for everyoneÃ¢ÂÂs spiritual life if they want to win the invisible war and bask in GodÃ¢ÂÂs joy, love and abundant life.
I would recommend this book for a Bible study group, a Sunday School class or personal study. Whichever way you decide, please decide to read it!
This book was provided by Jim Hart of Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged for my review.
May 12, 2012