Book Review: God’s Plan for Spiritual Battle by Russell M. Stendal
This book’s premise is that we, as Christians, should be living the beatitudes. The author takes each one and fleshes them out deeply and widely. I found the information to be the opposite of shallow, and I found myself thinking, “Finally! Some deep truths!”.
Even more than that I consider this book to contain gems of wisdom. Not your typical Christian party line stuff here. No cliches. No platitudes. But true wisdom born out of the author’s relationship with the Lord and his experiences in walking out his Christian life.
I loved the author’s definitions of repentance and meekness. They certainly gave me food for thought. For example, he talks about repentance not just being about giving up things, as in what not to do, but in giving up our own way which includes doing the right things God’s way.
Some other topics that are included are dying to self, the fire of God, worry, our thought life, peace. And a consistent theme throughout the entire book was about obedience. Are we really doing everything God says, in the way He says and in His timing?
For me this was convicting. I want it (true repentance and obedience), I pray for it but is it really happening in my life? Not as much as it should be. There is definite room for improvement in my life. And even though it was convicting I felt no sense of malice behind it.
There is some exposing of false doctrine throughout the book but it was exposing of doctrine and not of people, no names, which is as it should be, as no one person has perfect doctrine anyway.
I believe every sincere Christian could benefit from reading this book. The author encourages us to use the beatitudes as a checklist to see how we’re doing and this book will help you along those lines.
To purchase your own copy of this book go here:God’s Plan for Spiritual Battle (Victory over Sin, the World, and the Devil)
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