The Psychology of Satan by Todd Abraham

Synopsis

The Psychology of Satan – Christians Know Your Enemy is a book inspired by the Lord for me to write to help Christians understand the tactics of the greatest enemy of mankind; the devil. Because in the end of our lives, all that matters is where we end up eternally. Christians know the devil exists but most are vague in their understanding of how many different ways he can attack and manipulate people. This book will give you the scriptures and understanding you need to fight this spiritual warfare. God has blessed me with many years of wisdom, knowledge and understanding in the word of God and given me the ability to teach/preach in a way that Christians can comprehend it. After you read this book, not only will you be able to fight the devil better using the sword of the Spirit but you’ll be able to help others to do the same! I’m an evangelist of the gospel of Jesus Christ for a long time and publisher of Heartbeat Christian News which is an independent Christian newspaper to help ALL Christians by rightly dividing the word of God. This is my first book and I’m excited to hear the feedback from the readers.

Evaluation

I never write reviews for books that get less than three stars. If it’s that bad a read, I’ll contact the author directly. There is no benefit in reviewing a book like that if all I do is rant negatively about it. This book is the exception because it pertains to God. Unlike fiction, where my rating could be swayed by the entertainment value of the book, this rating is purely founded on the red flags within this text claiming to be Scripture-supported. This book is getting a review so readers know not only what to look out for in books like this, but also not to be misled by this book in particular.

This is the Truth…Period!

The only theme in the book is the author’s forced opinion that is not founded on Scripture nor supported by any cited documents. Statements such as, “17% of Americans who go to church pay tithes faithfully” (Chapter 8) and “…even most prayer requests average about 3-6 months to come to fruition” (Chapter 12). That last one is proven by the author’s “experience and God-given wisdom”, but none of these statistics have cited sources which means Abraham could have pulled them out of thin air to validate his own perspectives.

The worst part is where he applied the forced opinion on Christians. For instance, in Chapter 21: “The reason it’s so hard to drive home is because nearly every preacher on the planet today doesn’t have it [the Holy Ghost] and therefore can’t teach it.” How could he possibly know who is filled with the Holy Ghost and who isn’t without having personally been to every church and heard the teachings of every preacher?

Another example of the author’s biased “truth” is this: “They are waiting on a dream or a vision or any other weird carnal wonder and that is not how God works.” (Chapter 15) Funny, because didn’t Joseph become the Pharaoh’s right-hand man in the Old Testament by interpreting dreams in prison, and then understanding the Pharaoh’s dream when God forewarned him of a seven-year famine? Yet, because this author says that’s “not how God works”, that must be the truth; period! You can’t see me rolling my eyes, but guys this is exactly why I can’t recommend this book and why it received zero stars in my review.

Majority of the book is the author’s personal interpretation of Christianity through a filtered lens that is called “his life”. Not a glorified message from God. Most of it is not verified by any source whatsoever, Scripture included.

Discouraging

Every Christian author must consider that their book might be the first book someone without faith picks up on the subject of God. With that in mind, the way we present ourselves as Christians through our writing matters just as much as what we’re writing about God. Of course, just because one Christian author writes a particular way doesn’t mean all Christian authors do. We as Christians know this. But a non-believer doesn’t need much encouragement to stay away from God. So when I read lines like the ones I’ve listed below, all I could do was shake my head in utter disappointment.

  • “Oh that I could hit everyone reading this book with a proverbial sledge hammer.” (Chapter 8)
  • “God ain’t never called a wimp into His service ever.” (Chapter 8)
  • “You cannot understand the Word of God without a preacher.” (Chapter 2)

First of all, no reader wants to be hit with a sledgehammer. Second, let me disprove that second point with Scripture. Moses had stage fright so badly that God granted his brother Aaron to go along to Egypt to speak for him. Sounds wimpy, right? And yet, through Moses, God delivered an entire nation out of oppression. See Exodus 4:10-16.

Phrases like these three quoted from this book are the very phrases Satan thrives on in written works for God. Why? Because they discourage non-believers or newcomers or those struggling with their faith from feeling worthy enough to be Christians.

On the last point, I will agree with that to a degree. Preachers are men/women appointed by God to deliver the gospel in ways their specific flock will understand. Sometimes we need to hear the same words we’ve been reading said a little differently, or shown in a real-life example, or we just need help applying what we read to our life circumstances. Preachers aid in that process. But to blatantly say “you can’t understand God’s Word without a preacher” discourages anyone from picking up a Bible on their own, which is wrong. You CAN read the Word and understand it. Maybe not on the first try. I definitely didn’t. Maybe not the second try. But the closer you get to God, the clearer the message becomes. And by closer to God, that often means hearing the Bible preached in God’s house (church).

Abraham goes one step further to state that you should only ever read the King James Version of the Bible which is one of the hardest texts you’ll ever read in your life. So not only does he tell you to read something that’s likely to discourage you just by the language it’s written in, but he discourages you one step further by saying even if you tried to understand it, you can’t!

The truth is, you CAN. Consult your pastor or a member of the church if there’s a passage you’re unclear about. That’s what the community of Christ is there for. Also, there are many variations of study Bibles out there guided to help you understand and apply the Word of God to your life.

A Few Good Quotes

I would NEVER take advice from this author, but a few things he mentioned in the book were actually well said:

  • Grammatically improper, but a good point: “If a soldier is confronted with two enemies at once and one is unarmed and the other is, common sense tells you who is going to attack first.” (Chapter 4)
  • If you aren’t “living in obedience to the Lord and putting Him first in your life, then you are one of the devil’s best weapons.” (Chapter 4)
  • “The devil wants you to stay in control of your life. He knows you will make a mess of it.” (Chapter 11)

Author’s Pride

The very first thing I noticed is that the first page of the book is “About the Author.” Now, when I brought this up to the author himself, he mentioned that he’s a first-time book author and didn’t know the layout. My argument is that if he’s been READING books for at least fifty years of his life, it’s common sense to know that the About the Author goes at the end of the book. I mentioned that it was a pretentious act to start the book with himself and not God, and his argument again was that the About the Author was a leading tone into how and why he wrote this book. Again, not a good start to a Christian book considering God hates pride.

Throughout the book, the author mentions more than three times his newspaper that he’s had for nine years and has “printed approximately 150,000 copies” of and sold “around the country and to at least 6 foreign countries” (Chapter 19).

Mentioning the newspaper in the book in relativity to an on-topic point would be validated. But to mention the paper just to use it as credentials as to why we should trust him does not make me trust him. Just because he’s been serving the Lord for 15 years and has owned this successful newspaper for almost decade doesn’t mean anything he says is verified by God. Scripture does that. The WORD of God is the only word we should trust. It is unbiased. It is unfiltered. It is the only Truth.

In fact, there is so much discussion of the author himself and his personal life in this book that I feel I know far more about him than the Devil. The title of the book wasn’t About the Author.

General Complaints

Aside from being wrong on all levels about God, this book as a BOOK is wrong on all sorts of levels as well. I won’t go into detail, but here’s just a few:

  • Structurally challenging
  • Bold fonts on every page
  • The title of the book is at the beginning of every chapter head in a font that’s as large as the chapter title, which is confusing
  • Abraham uses LOL in the book. The actual anagram for “laugh out loud”. I didn’t believe it when I saw it either, but it’s there. Chapter 4 and 8 are just references, but it’s throughout the whole book.
  • The chapters bounce around from idea to idea that makes it hard to grasp onto one specific topic

That’s just a few. There are all sorts of grammatical errors and basic writing no-no’s that an author of a newspaper should know after nine years of publication. The book was most certainly not beta read properly, professionally edited, and would never have been even considered with a cover like that by a traditional publishing house. But because the author was tasked to write this book by God, there’s no way it could fail.


The irony of the book was that Abraham said, “The most dangerous people on the planet is a religious person who thinks they are right in their own eyes but they aren’t and who tries to prove it to you by the bible.” (Chapter 2)

Abraham IS that dangerous person, and this book is not of the Lord.

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