Monday, March 27, 2017

A Woman's Guide To Spiritual Warfare by Quinn Sherrer & Ruthanne Garlock

The revised and updated edition of A Woman's Guide To Spiritual Warfare: How To Protect Your Home, Family And Friends From Spiritual Darkness by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock is a practical book outlining the need for Christian women to be well-versed in Scripture for the purpose of spiritual warfare against the devil and evil forces determined to undermine our relationship with God.

First, they explain what spiritual warfare is, what our armor and weapons consist of, and why it's so important that we, as women, take a stand and intercede for those we love (spouses, children, co-workers, prayer partners, etc.). Then, Quin and Ruthanne break it down and cover common expressions of spiritual warfare and examples of how to face each one. They are quick to point out that there is no one specific method that works for every situation, and you need to ask the Holy Spirit for guidance on how best to approach your specific problems.

The stories related are comforting in that they help you realize that others have been through similar problems, and that there is hope is you persevere and commit to praying to God with absolute faith in His power and strength over darkness.

While I had a hard time relating to parts of the book (I'm not the type to be able to point straight at my daughter and vocally tell Satan that she is off limits and plead the blood of Jesus in public), I did find the prayers (which can be done in private or quietly) to be helpful in dealing with negative energies. I also do not personally agree with some of the examples of the Devil's work presented by Quin and Ruthanne (anything considered new age, homosexuality, and generational curses were the biggest ones), so parts of this book were a little extreme for my personal beliefs at this point in my life. That being said, I still found enough that I could relate to to consider the book helpful.

I do appreciate the prayers at the end of each chapter, and the section of topical prayers at the end of the book. For me, they resonate better than the ones in other similar books I've read. I'm rating this book as 3/5 stars. I would consider it helpful to women trying to find a way to fight back the evil or negativity that is trying to get a foothold on the lives of those they love, particularly if you are the sort that openly binds and rebukes evil spirits. If you're not so much the binding and rebuking type (quietly raising my hand here), then the prayers will still be very helpful, but there may be other books that you might have an easier time relating to.

*Disclaimer: I received a free print copy of this book from Chosen books for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*

About the authors (copied from back cover):
Quin Sherrer has written or co-authored 29 books, with sales exceeding one million copies. She has spoken to audiences in 48 states and 12 nations and on more than 350 radio and TV shows. For several years Quin also served on the Aglow International board of directors. She lives in Florida.
Ruthanne Garlock is an author and Bible teacher who, with Quin Sherrer, has co-authored 19 books and written two missions biographies. With a broad background of ministry in 35 nations, she travels and teaches for churches, seminars and women's groups. Ruthanne lives in Texas.
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