Safe & Sound – Standing Firm in Spiritual Battles paints a clear picture of the spiritual battles we all face, whether we realize it or not. Author David Powlison explains the triad of evil spiritual forces at work: the Devil, the flesh, and the world. We face a constant battle of who we will serve.
Our strength to resist is spelled out in Ephesians, where Paul describes the weapons Christians can/should use to combat evil forces.
After setting the framework, Mr. Powlison tackles the question at the heart of the battle… what do we do about it?
With prayer as the foundation, Mr. Powlison walks through the normal battles that stem from anger, fear, and escapism. Examples of real-life cases hammer home the points and I venture to say that any reader would find their own battles reflected within the examples.
With a deeper understanding of spiritual warfare, readers can acknowledge the forces we face on a daily basis. Knowing the tools we have at our disposal to fight against evil is empowering and encouraging. We can take control. The choice is ours.
The topic of spiritual warfare and our need to actively resist is presented using examples and language that the average reader can understand. Readers will be equipped to apply some of the concepts to their own life.
I was sorry to learn the author passed away in mid-2019 from pancreatic cancer. I had only read one of his children’s books before reading Safe & Sound, but I can tell that the Christian community has lost a major resource with the loss of this great author. May he rest in peace.
In the past, I ignored the idea of spiritual warfare because it scared me when I thought about it. This book taught me a lot in a non-frightening way. Safe & Sound also validated that one of my persistent human flaws is rooted in spiritual warfare. I will be able to apply what I’ve learned to my life and my marriage.
This book is intended for counselors, pastors, and anyone who provides spiritual guidance or counseling. Although it’s a technical topic, it’s written in common language and will be helpful for individuals who are interested to learn more about spiritual warfare.
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David Powlison (1949–2019) was a teacher, a counselor, and the executive director of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation for many years. He wrote a number of books, including How Does Sanctification Work?; Making All Things New; and God’s Grace in Your Suffering.
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