Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Safe and Sound: A Book Review

Safe and Sound: Standing Firm in Spiritual Battles
"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places" (Eph. 6:12, ESV).

What is this spiritual battle that all face yet cannot see? How does one fight an unseen enemy? How do we think biblically about spiritual warfare?


David Powlison wrote Safe and Sound because he wanted "...us to be awake and alert to the real battles we face" (pg. 1). In Part 1, he carefully examines Scripture to answer questions regarding the nature of spiritual warfare, the role that the Evil One plays in this world, and how we are to stand against him. Powlison faithfully unpacks Ephesians 6:10-20 by examining the Old Testament Messianic passages in Isaiah and Psalms to which Paul alludes (as opposed to the more common, but erroneous, teaching that Paul has the Roman centurion in mind). In so doing, Powlison helps us "...learn how to fight well, how to put on Jesus Christ himself, wearing the weapons of light with which he defeats the power of darkness" (7). In Part 2, he helpfully illustrates what spiritual warfare looks like and applies the wisdom of Scripture to these scenarios. This section, in particular, makes this book unique with its emphasis on and application to personal ministry to other believers. In addition to tackling difficult topics like the occult and animism, Powlison addresses battles with anger, fear, escapism, and death.

Coming in at around 100 pages, Safe and Sound is incredibly concise, making it easily accessible to those who are short on time and looking for a biblically faithful primer on the subject of the unseen spiritual warfare in which we all engage daily. I'm happy to commend it.

*Many thanks to New Growth Press for sending me a copy of Safe and Sound! This is my honest opinion.




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