Yesterday I explained that Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing, sometimes sends me an e-mail asking if I’d like to review their books. Today, I review Kris Vallotton’s Spirit Wars.
Right away you can guess this isn’t light reading, and that it deals with things some might define as charismatic interest. I get that, and I’m okay with that. I know Kris Vallotton is a name that brings immediate reaction, and when I’m called on the carpet about reading books like this, I respond that I follow Kris or Bill Johnson or whoever as much as I follow Beth Moore. Meaning, I read their books. I might not agree with everything, but I don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. I use the Bible as my guide and take what I can use from those books, and leave out the rest. Simply put, I follow Jesus Christ, not man.
That said, I was intrigued to read Spirit Wars. Although I know it’s easy to find spiritual warfare even in burned toast, I am a prayer warrior who can testify I have gone up against things that were not of God, and I called on Christ’s authority and prayed against forces I know were the real deal in spiritual warfare.
Spirit Wars is a book where I learned a little, underlined a bit, and agreed with some of the principles and experiences he shares. However, the author seems conflicted. He admits a severe burn out and what it took to get out of that pit. He confesses to taking medication and seems apologetic to even admit it. He talks about Joshua and Nehemiah, but a lot of the book is his own story, which I don’t feel he’s very comfortable in talking about–almost as if there is more for him to deal with, and he’s not there yet.
There are some doctrinal issues that I can’t get on board with, and like I said, I won’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, but I can’t say I agreed with every single thing in the book. I did not.
My opinion is he needed to write either a personal experience kind of book, or a how-to using Joshua and Nehemiah as his guide. Using both didn’t work for me, and it is a shame, because I have enjoyed his other books.
If you’re looking for a comprehensive look at spiritual warfare, I recommend Chuck Pierce’s Time to Defeat the Devil. That’s a book that is dog eared and underlined so much the ink bleeds through the pages. Spirit Wars? Only a few underlines, no dog-eared pages.
Worth reading, but not as the top book on the subject.
You know the battle is raging–but are you fighting the right enemy?
Just as enemies fought Joshua in the Promised Land, and Nehemiah faced opposition as he rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem, our enemy will fight us as we approach the spiritual terrain God has promised us. Most Christians retreat at the first sign of conflict because they fail to recognize the true nature of the battle. But you can prevail in freedom and joy.
Sharing his deeply personal story of demonic bondage, torment and ultimate deliverance, pastor and bestselling author Kris Vallotton turns the idea of spiritual warfare as we know it on its head. He reveals the diabolical lies and strategies of the enemy–attacks and traps so subtle and deceptive that we may find our souls and hearts imprisoned without even knowing it.
No more! Now you can win the invisible battle against sin and the enemy. Victory is within your grasp. Will you take hold?
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Have you checked this out yet? Courtney at Faithful Blogging has great prompts going on and the prompt I’m using today is this:
What is your favorite book of the Bible and why?
My answer hasn’t changed since the first time someone asked me in the mid ’90’s.
I’ve been mocked for choosing a book that doesn’t even mention God’s name. Somehow by answering this way I’m less holy or I lose favor in some popular Christian club I don’t want to belong to. Whatever others think, my answer remains.
Esther is a book filled with symbolism, courage, wisdom, grace, forgiveness and miracles. It’s so action packed that yes, her story has been made into a movie. I’ve been reading the Bible for years and I’m still learning from Esther. I believe this will be true until my dying day. Just last week I learned that when Esther was prepared with the beauty treatments it was not a spa experience like I imagined. The fragrances were literally rubbed into her skin until the anointing was a part of her. Told you it was full of symbolism.
Do you know Esther’s story?
In my contemporary nutshell she was a virginal orphan raised by her uncle Mordecai, a man devoted to God. The King, Xerxes, had a wife named Vashti and he summonsed her and well, Vashti said no. That was a huge no no so she was deposed. A call was made for a new queen and Esther, known as Hadassah, was taken to the palace with other virgins to basically apply for the job. There was quite a process before candidates were brought to the king and Esther went through everything. She found favor with many, including King Xerxes. He chose her as the new queen.
King Xerxes had a right hand man named Haman who thought he was way more important than he really was. He had an enemy though, Mordecai, Esther’s uncle. Mordecai saw right through Haman and knew he was an evil man and didn’t bow down to Haman’s demands once. Haman was obsessed with getting revenge on Mordecai so he decided to persuade the king to create an edict that would wipe out the entire Jewish race (think Hitler). The king created the edict and Haman rejoiced. Mordecai would be eliminated.
But the edict meant Queen Esther would have to be destroyed as well. Mordecai approached her in sackcloth and ashes, mourning attire. When he told her the news she went right to action. She went on a fast and asked her servants to do the same. They sought God’s will and timing on how to save God’s people, the Israelites. She was scared knowing Vashti’s story didn’t end well when she broke protocol, but to stop the massacre about to happen, Esther would have to step up and approach her king. Mordecai encouraged her by letting her know her role as queen had purpose. She was born…for such a time as this.
What happened? Well…I’m not telling. I love this story too much to give up the ending. But I’d love you to read the real deal. You can find it in the Old Testament in Esther. If you are new to reading the Bible there are different versions and some will work better for you than others. I suggest for new Bible readers they read a version called The Message or New International Version. You can find a Bible right online. Trust me, it’s worth finding and reading over and over again. When you are done with Esther, why not try a chapter of John, in the New Testament, a chapter a day for a month? It’s a life changing experience.
I also am not afraid to say I got a great grasp on the Bible through Veggie Tales. I’m not legalistic so I’m ok knowing that the characters in the Bible were not really singing vegetables. Yes there is some dramatic license but the essence of their stories aren’t just true, they are memorable. Their take on Esther: The Girl who Became Queen is a good one. It’s available on Netflix as well.
Another dramatic look at Esther is through the movie, One Night with the King. Here is a glimpse of it: