Tuesday, January 27, 2015

50 Things You Need to Know About Satan and Demons by Mark H. Muska

I have a lot of experience in Spiritual Warfare and have gathered much theological and experiential information the spirit world according to the Bible.  Any new book I get on Satan, angels, demons or any other "spirit world" topic makes me nervous because 90% of what is out there is bad information and false teaching.

This book, 50 Things You Need to Know About Satan and Demons by Mark H. Muska is one of the better ones.  The author seems so make scriptural information the highest priority and tells us to use caution on the rest.  For the average Christian, this is exactly what they need.  I love what he says about celebrating Halloween.  In essence, he says to do it with caution and avoid the more demonic and occult practices.

What frustrated me about the book, though, is that as someone who has experienced a lot about demons, he leaves out some of the less common information or quickly generalizes it at the end of the section as by saying that anything else requires much caution.  While I agree with that and believe we should use much caution when it comes to near death experiences, seeing demons and deliverance ministries, I'm someone who was set free from demonic oppression through a deliverance and there have been times when I've had the gift of seership and have seen demons.  Is it something God gives me all the time?  No.  But have there been specific times and for specific reasons that He has pulled that veil back?  Yes.  And no, I am not charismatic.

My fear with his constant cautioning is that if I hadn't had a well-trained, well-grounded pastor to help explain what was happening to me with the demonic stuff, I probably would have turned to a book like this looking for answers and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have found them in here.  In fact, this book may have kept me from finding out the cause of what was going on and finding freedom from it.

So...as far as recommending this book, I highly recommend it as a general primer on Satan and the demonic.  It is very well-balanced and obviously written by someone who seems grounded in scripture.  If you are looking for information about deliverance, seership, or any other topic outside what the vast majority of Christians experience, this book is not for you.

I was provided this book free of charge from Bethany House in return for my honest review.

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