Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

85 of 88 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 1999
The Handbook For Spiritual Warfare by Dr. Ed Murphy addresses an area critically missing from the teaching of most mainline theological denominations. Over the centuries since our Lord completed His redeeming work here on earth, the Church seems to have lost sight of the almost invisible raging spiritual battles that our Lord clearly dealt with during His brief physical time on earth. The resulting carnage of evil influence is all around us in drugs, weapons, and crushed lives. The apostle Paul found it necessary to spend much time tutoring and strengthening his fledgling churches on exactly what was happening and how our enemy literally attacks God's work. Likewise, Dr. Murphy methodically traces the teachings on spiritual warfare from Genesis to Revelation. His work is dramatically illustrated with his global experiences of power encounters with enemy spiritual forces. The church today definitely needs to re-awake to the battle around us and become aware of the enemy's great power and tactics. This book brings good balance to the topic. Unlike some who consider deliverance a single event, Dr. Murphy shows the need for a more encompassing approach. His 45-10-45 time rule explains that the actually deliverance comprises only 10% of the time needed to successfully deliver the oppressed from the bondage of Satan's minions. He encourages that 45% of the time is needed for pre-deliverance (preparation of the counselee to understand what is happening in their lives and the need to seek deliverance) and 45% in post deliverance counseling to assure that they can continue to succeed in being free and avoid a return to worse demonization (Matthew 12:43-45). The book does a great job in showing Christians the need to root out the "sin handles" in our own lives that enable Satan and his demons to get a foothold. We seem to have little idea how bitterness, anger, unforgiveness, and other reactionary sins can compromise our life and witness. The newly added chapter on the "Dangers and Pitfalls of Spiritual Warfare" is outstanding in helping us keep everything in perspective and avoid excessives. Overall this large book is well worth the effort to get grounded in an essential area needed to spiritually survive and succeed in today's world. The battle is growing larger everyday and we need to prepare for it.
55 commentsWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
78 of 82 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2000
If you're looking for some solid teaching/understanding about the issues of demons, demonic oppression and possession, and deliverance then this tome is one of the best buys you could make. I've had this book in my library for years (bought it when it first came out and have the hardcover edition) and have read it front to back several times over.
Dr. Murphy has put together a strong, informative, and biblical presentation. As noted in an eariler review, this is not a light read. There's no way a topic such as this could be a light read! The book tackles such topics as 'oppression vs. possession,' ritual abuse, multiple personality disorders, and various other difficult and confusing issues. He clearly details what demonic influence is like and how it acts and then takes the reader into the Word to show them the tools of their spiritual warfare and how to use them effectively.
As a theology student who has completed a course on spiritual warfare for my studies, this book was invaluable in study and essay-writing. As a believer who wants to be informed and rightly wielding the Sword of Truth, this book is a necessary and valued part of my library.
'Tis good to see the book in paperback edition now, making it more affordable for a wider reading audience.
Spiritual warfare, by definition, can be a scary issue for many, but with Dr. Murphy's concise and clear teachings and explanations the veil of confusion is lifted and 'solid ground' is found by the reader. Can't recommend this title highly enough.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 1998
This book makes a great followup to Bob Larson's book "In The Name of Satan"! Dr. Murphy has written a comprehensive and inclusive book on spiritual warfare. He backs himself well with Bible scripture. One warning: this is not casual reading as the book is somewhat encyclopedic. However, it has proven excellent in deepening my understanding of spiritual warfare, and Satan's tactics and strategies! Highly recommended reading.
11 commentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2005
This book studies in depth all the relevant topics about spiritual warfare; it focuses on the importance of becoming more sanctified and more obedient to Jesus. This book is not for a new convert because it requires come previous knowledge on the faith in general before moving to a more complicated topic as this one, i recommend this book especially for people in ministry. Pray before reading and read it with an open mind.

I found the ideas and concepts described to be in accordance to the Bible text and in the proper context of the Scriptures. The author was careful to show the original meaning of things as to show that nothing was distorted from its true meaning. Also i found Dr. Murphy's teaching to be consistent with reality because i was able to verify many of it with my personal ministry experience in the field and such experience must always be validated by the Bible before being considered valid.

It was a challenge to read it all because it has so many pages, but it's worth the effort. However don't expect to learn everything you need to know from just this book but i found it to be the best one about the topic. Always rely on the Holly Spirit for everything and The Bible.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2001
Spiritual War that is! Great book in helping you to understand the enemy's tactics and increases your wisdom in why spirtual warfare is so very important. Gives you a much deeper insight into the spirtual realm of things and has been a great tool in encouragement and gives you a deeper desire to pray more specifically in these areas over others and in your own life.
Jesus the Lamb (the gentle sacrificial Savior) and the Lion (the mighty warrior) calls us out of our complacency to be soliders of the cross. Girded with the full armor of God, we are to overcome the Evil one, to challenge the principalities and powers who hold people in bondage with the authority we have in Christ through declaration and intercession.
Read this book with lots of prayer and you will be blessed with how much God will open up your spiritual eyes and reveal many things to you concerning spiritual warfare!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2006
I've had this hardcover edition since it first came out. I've read through it several times, and refer to it often. Even cite from it to my church family and friends. It is very much a time-consuming read, but worth every second. It is a thick book. And this is even smaller than what the original manuscript was before his proof-reader or editor helped parre it down to what it is now. So much information, so little time. I'd love to have the original manuscript. If you've wondered about spiritual warfare and things related, and want to understand more, this would be an excellent well from which to drink. It is a wealth of information and truth that every christian can and will benefit from in so many ways.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2006
The author acknowledges that God had placed three levels of protection around Christians (the hedge, the angels, and the shield of faith) to protect us. One of the main themes of this book is that this protection can be breached and Christians can be demonized (i.e., controlled internally by demons) under what is considered unusual circumstances of sin: "Under unusual circumstances of sin, true believers can become demonized" (p. 437). Anger, bitterness, rage, rejection, child abuse, exposure to the occult, and sexual sins are listed amongst the unusual circumstances that lead to Christians being internally invaded. I am not clear where this is taught in Scripture. However, the author does acknowledge the non-demonic origin of mental illness including depression; he also states that only the emotionally and spiritually healthy believers will be able to deflect the arrows of the devil (Eph. 6) - that is, not be the victims of demonization . Does that mean that God abandons us at our weakness moments - when our emotional and our spiritual health is less than healthy? Does the internal presence of the Holy Spirit who is greater than he who is in the world no longer protect us? Anyone who has read this book should also read a dissenting evangelical perspective (e.g., The Stronghold of Grace) and come to their own conclusions.
1111 commentsWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2004
There is a variance in how different people view the world. Satisfying every person is always difficult. But there is only one truth and that is Jesus. Without the authority in His name, we can do nothing. Especially in waging a spiritual war.
Dr.Ed Murphy does an excellent job by starting from the basics. In order to fight an enemy, you have to know about him and how he became the enemy.
Spiritual warfare is real. Most people hava a hard time accepting this because to them reality is what they perceive. All these mumbo-jumbo about psychics and their connection with the spirit world is nothing but deception from the enemy. And spiritual warfare is not about exorcising the demon-possesed. That is but one aspect of it.
As chrsitians, we are in a constant spiritual war in our daily lives. Dr. Murphy's books explains this all clearly.
This a great tool for christians who want to move into intercession and spiritual war. I think this book should be an essential read for anybody who desires to grow in spiritual maturity. This book draws everything from the bible which is the true word of God. If you cannot accept the bible, you will not accept what's mentioned in these pages.
This book has definitely opened my eyes to alot of spiritual issues in my own life and has strengthened my faith in God, that I want to live a life pleasing to Him because I love Him!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2006
I can't begin to tell you how this book open's one's eye's to life here on earth.. Backed by scripture our battle here is quite the tedious one we are constantly at war with satan and most of the time we arn't even aware of it..It sure has brought me closer not only to God but to the understanding of our lives here as humans..God sure is an awesome God!This book is very worth buying and it is a keeper..
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2001
No body that i know explain better about Spiritual Warfare than
Dr.ED Murphy., He knows what he is talking about in his book.
This book is for mature christians and for liders who are
working in deliverance ministries.
He explain in his book all about demons, sin, the flesh, and
also about your body,soul, and spirit.
Great book, lots of information, for serious readers.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.