Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Book Review: Spiritual Warfare for Women by Leighann McCoy

Spiritual Warfare for Women by Leighann McCoy is one of the first spiritual warfare books I've seen specifically for women. I often am skeptical about books that are geared specifically toward women, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. All of her information is straight forward teaching from the Bible, but she integrates her own stories of a cancer diagnosis, raising a family and a daughter turning away from the Lord to illustrate her points. Without dipping too far into the Charismatic pool, she gives a clear picture of how Satan can attack a person and how to handle the attacks in different areas of her life.

What I like best about the book is how much of the Bible she references. Often times, books for women are loaded with personal anecdotes that to the point of watering down the message from God's word. This book does not cross that line. The scripture teaching is complimented by her story, not the other way around.

The only downside, and I'm not sure it is really a downside at all, is that the first few chapters don't seem to do a whole lot with spiritual warfare. They focus on God's love for us and what that does in our life. At first I thought, "What does this have to do with spiritual warfare. This is just the basics of Christianity." What I realized, though, was she was setting a foundation for the rest of the book. If you don't have the basics right and don't understand God's great love for you, the spiritual warfare you engage in will be ineffective.

Overall, I would say that I recommend this book, both for the woman starting her journey through spiritual warfare and as a refresher for women who are throughly schooled in the topic.

This book was provided for me free through Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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