The Full Armor of God is an interesting read about spiritual warfare. Author, Larry Richards, basis for the book is the book of Ephesians. The book is broken into seven parts and includes an Appendix A and B. Part 1 discusses understanding spiritual forces while Parts 2 - 6 focus on the Armor of God. The book concludes with Part 7. Appendix A and B discuss Christian Counseling and a "Live Free Support Group" lesson plan.
This book gives practical advice regarding spiritual warfare. The author points out Satan's schemes and what we can do to combat them. One example is given in Part 3 about a man who was given a job opportunity that he always wanted. However, the job required him and his family to move from California to Illinois. The couple was excited about the opportunity but something was holding them back. They became full of anxiety as the cold temperatures in Illinois would require them to purchase winter clothing for their three children. They felt the calling to Illinois but did not have the money for the new clothing. Larry explains how anxiety is one of Satan's most common attacks. He further explains how to combat anxiety with the shield of faith. The book is full of other examples and guidance on how we can overcome the enemy if we only use the power given to us.
*This book was provided by Chosen Books for my honest review.
Written in easy-to-read and accessible language, "The Full Armor of God" is a wonderfully practical book for any Christian seeking a balanced look at spiritual warfare. The author clearly unpacks the book of Ephesians, pulling out the truths that God reveals in this book about the nature of the world around us, and how God has given us the tools to effectively stand firm against the schemes of the evil one. I really appreciated that the author does not try to say that every problem we have in our lives is from a demonic attack, but instead recognizes a role for counselling and for other ways that God wants to free us from sin, heal us from trauma, etc. However, Larry Richards also points out that demons are working in the world around us to try to steer us away from God's promises and his perfect plan for our lives.
Reading this book is not going to leave you afraid of the spiritual realm. Instead, it will empower you with God's truth of who God has made you and called you to be, and allow you to stand firm in faith. Each section includes a very useful guide on how to apply the scripture-based principles to our own lives, and is useful not only for the individual reader but even in helping us pray for and with others.
I honestly think this is one of those books that everyone should read. I highly recommend it and award it 5 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, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
I gave this book 4/5 stars. I have read many books on how and why a Christian should put on armor before facing the day filled with attacks by Satan. This particular book had some great tips on why but fell flat on most everything else. Now this is just my opinion, you may really enjoy the book and walk away with more than I did. I did like the ample amount of scripture references used and thought the author was very open when talking about his own life. That said, the book was just OK for me and not one I will read again.
I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.