Manual for Spiritual Warfare by: Paul Thigpen

Synopsis

A fierce war rages for your soul. Are you ready for battle?

Like it or not, you are at war. You face a powerful enemy out to destroy you. You live on the battlefield, so you can’t escape the conflict.

It’s a spiritual war with crucial consequences in your everyday life and its outcome will determine your eternal destiny.

You must engage the Enemy. And as you fight, you need a Manual for Spiritual Warfare.

This guide for spiritual warriors will help you recognize, resist, and overcome the Devil’s attacks. Part One, “Preparing for Battle,” answers these critical questions:

– Who is Satan, and what powers does he have?
– What are his typical strategies?
– Who fights him alongside us in battle?
– What spiritual weapons and armor do we possess?
– How do we keep the Enemy out of our camp?
Part Two, “Aids in Battle,” provides you these essential resources:

– Teaching about spiritual warfare from Scripture and Church documents
– Scripture verses for battle
– Wisdom and inspiration from saints who fought Satan
– Prayers for protection, deliverance, and victory
– Rosary meditations, hymns, and other devotions for spiritual combat


St. Paul urges us to “fight the good fight of the faith” (1 Tim 6:12). Take this Manual for Spiritual Warfare with you into battle.

Review

Considering how well of a job that synopsis did at describing what the book is about, I’m just going to speak from a reader’s standpoint. I have been a spiritual warrior all my life: fighting the demonic in my personal life, teaching it on my blog, writing it into fiction. This handbook (that is just small enough to tote everywhere) is a great resource for all those who are active in the battle against the Evil One (which should be all of us Christians). Your fight doesn’t have to be quite grand like The Conjuring. In fact, our every day battles with Satan are much smaller and harder to detect than that.

The ordinary activity of demons is subtle and occurs within our thought life.”

– PAge 12

The mind is his battlefield, and every time you resist habitual temptation, every time you control your tongue from speaking evil, every time you choose love instead of anger, you’re fighting the holy fight.

This book arms you with Scripture-centered knowledge, verses, and prayers. It also teaches you what weapons to include in your arsenal and how to put on the armor of God spoken of in Ephesians. So you know not only WHOM you’re fighting, but also HOW to fight him.

One of my favorite parts of the whole book, however, is the mentioning of the saints. Before reading this book, I had never understood why it was important to learn about saints that weren’t included in the Bible. If they aren’t in the Bible, they aren’t important, right? However, my understanding of the saints comes from Thigpen’s line on page 123: “The saints are veterans of the spiritual war that continues to rage in this world.” Saints are veterans to the war we’re currently facing. We can learn from their experience. I had never thought about it like that before.

Stand firm on the Word of God. Believe nothing and no one of this world that contradicts Scripture.

Definitely pick this book up. It’s not a replacement for your Bible; this book is an addition to it. The way a Bible app summarizes the books of the Bible for ease of grasping, this manual compiles the Scripture, saints, prayers, and weapons necessary to battle the Serpent.

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