Thursday, August 1, 2013

Book Review: The Spiritual Battle is Real

Bethany House provided a complimentary copy of Unseen: Angels, Satan, Heaven, Hell and Winning the Battle for Eternity by Jack Graham in exchange for a review.
     In many circles speaking of the evil dimensions is taboo. Other people seem to shirk at the idea of angels. Jack Graham delves into the Bible and explores the spiritual battle that is waging and the entities that are not visible but, surely there. Unseen: Angels, Satan, Heaven, Hell and Winning the Battle for Eternity not only leads the reader through biblical excerpts but, also gives personal accounts and practical application. Graham discerns truth from cultural fiction making sense of taboo topics. He relegates the pitch-forked-tongued, red-clad-bodysuit-wearing devilish character to the gutter and extracts Satan of the Bible. Angels surround us, assisting in the war we face as the targets of evil exploits trying to capture our souls.
     In the past I would have passed this read over. It has only been through the Spirit that has taught me the truth of Scripture. Some of Unseen will be difficult for some believers to swallow but, with the guidance of the Spirit this truth needs to be absorbed. I appreciated Graham's willingness to tackle these topics in a style that is personable yet, real. He readily admits that he doesn't have all the answers. The Bible has provided enough detail though to have a relatively good idea of what is there and what we can do about it.
     The highlight of Unseen is the practical use of the spiritual weapons God has given us. Graham looks at the weapons in Ephesians and provides helpful knowledge to wage war. He goes onto the power of prayer and really explores ways to have an impactful prayer life. The glorious hope of heaven awaits us that are willing to persevere to the end. That hope is painted in such a beautiful way that it is heartbreaking to think what many are willing to give up in exchange for the pleasures of this world.
     Unseen is recommended for believers, new and seasoned alike. This gives a comprehensive perspective of the reality of the spiritual world. If you have any doubt about the realm beyond our comprehension I beseech you to peruse this book and ask the Spirit to guide you to the Truth.


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