Title of Book: Spiritual Warfare for Women by Leighann McCoy: Winning the battle for your home, family & friends ♥ ♥
Author: Leighann McCoy
My favorite quotes from book:
Year Published: July 1, 2011
Publisher: Bethany House
Genres: Spiritual Warfare for Women
Characters in book: N/A
Do You Know How to Protect Your Family, Your Friends–and Yourself?
The enemy is real, and his mission is to hurt you, your family, and your relationships.
But the enemy has no weapon that could ever compare to God's love.
Leighann McCoy, women's minister and speaker, shows how sometimes the most significant spiritual battles are the ones you fight inside yourself. With warmth and wisdom, she offers practical tips on identifying and combating Satan's most powerful attacks, helping you find the victory that comes through knowing who God is and who you are in Him. Spiritual warfare doesn't always mean plunging headlong into the enemy's camp with sword raised high. Sometimes it comes down to a more subtle war between the lies that imprison and the Truth that will set you free. (from the back of book).
My Overview:Spiritual Warfare for Women: Winning the battle for your home, family & friends by Leighann McCoy is divided up into four parts. Each chapter is broken down into several smaller parts.
My Overview: In each chapter the author explains how the enemy seeks to destroy our lives through relationships & our own choices. In this book, I found that many other author's were quoted, the author uses these quotes to make her points. After each chapter the author follows up with scriptures & questions regarding the chapter. There is a prayer to pray then a section called sharpen your sword (scriptures relating to the chapter).
Scriptures are used throughout the book and the author uses her personal stories to relate to the reader. I found her biblical stories, yet fictional in content, brought clarity to & understanding to the chapter & verse. She discusses how the enemy targets our lives & how to handle these situations.
My Thoughts & Comments: I was reading along, taking notes, when I reached chapter three on "Love's Completed Work". I was shocked & grieved to discover on page 62 that the author talks about setting up a prayer Labyrinth in her church? She goes on to mention that every Good Friday, at their church, they show a scaled down version of the Passion of the Christ. Then goes on to say, that this is part of the Prayer Labyrinth we have set up at our church. My question would be to the author, what prompted you to set up a prayer labyrinth in your church?
If I want to know if something is biblical, then I need to know what the word of God has to say about these things?
Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one carries you off as spoil or makes you yourselves captive by his so-called philosophy and intellectualism and vain deceit (idle fancies and plain nonsense), following human tradition (men's ideas of the material rather than the spiritual world), just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe and disregarding [the teachings of] Christ (the Messiah).
Leviticus 19:4 Do not turn to idols and things of nought or make for yourselves molten gods. I the Lord am your God.
Exodus 34:12-14 Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it be a snare in your midst. 13 But you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images 14 (for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God),
2 Corinthians 6:14-16 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you[a] are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “ I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Too many times I've seen the enemy get an open door invitation, through deception. We might compromise the word of God without understanding that we have opened the door to deception. The enemy very often presents something that sounds or looks spiritual, and waits for someone to take a bite of the forbidden fruit. Non Christians as well as Christians are often deceived, because they assume that if something sounds spiritual it must be of God. Satan comes as an angel of light. Sometimes we don't recognize the enemy & he throws us a curve ball! Before we know it, we've opened the door to the enemy, through ignorance. We need to seek after God's plan & purpose for our lives.
However once we open the door to the forbidden it brings in spiritual death. One of the key factors that Satan used in the garden of Eden was he made the forbidden fruit seem enticing to Eve. Personally, I have seen the enemy work his way into ministries many times with this type of deception. However, over a period of time, the fruit from that deception becomes evident & the harvest is reaped! The harvest is confusion, deception and the final outcome, division! Many are left on the Jericho road wounded & confused! The enemy claps his hands & shouts with glee because we failed to recognize his finger prints! By the time we do, the damage is already done! When you give an open door invitation to the enemy, even out of ignorance, he will surely take advantage of it.
Note: I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for a review. This review only reflects my personal opinions that were formed by reading this book. Although the content of this book had many scriptures and gave personal testimonies, I find that I am not able to recommend this book. I can't recommend this book, because of what I discovered on page 62. I recommend to all those that are searching for books on spiritual warfare, to read the bible & then line up the word of God with what you are reading.