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About the Author

John Dawson is a well-loved author and leader. He is founder of the International Reconciliation Coalition, a global network dedicated to healing wounds between people groups and elements of society. He is former founder/director of Youth With A Mission-Los Angeles.

 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Charisma House; Rev Upd edition (March 12, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884197646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884197645
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is very encouraging and written very well.
Barbara Powers
There is one passage where Jesus talked about "binding the strongman", Matthew 12:29, but Dawson seems to be using it in a different way.
audie
Excellent guide by one of the pioneers of the modern strategic spiritual warfare leaders.
Roger Converse

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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mohanan Unni on March 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
While curiosity about the occult and the supernatural pervades our society, the devil's best defense has been the successful delusion of mankind into thinking that the kingdom of darkness does not really exist. Consequently, there is a widespread ignorance about the evil power, even among Christians. Many churches that preach the existence of Satan and demons do not acknowledge that people need help and deliverance. John Dawson's experience and the word of God lead to another conclusion. John Dawson presents a spiritual and systematic way of understanding and dealing with the kingdom of darkness that tend to block the progress of the Kingdom of God in an urban area. He states these problems and offers a strategy for faith and intercessory prayer. In the fourth section, Mr. Dawson deals with the subject of crossing the Jordan to take the land. Christians were born to fight the spiritual warfare. Mr. Dawson challenges us to catch the demonic arsonist and bind the demon with God's power. He provides us with a theology of the unseen realm such as the Angels, the evil spirits and the territorial control. With Scripture and fascinating personal testimonies, he shows us the reality of territorial control and spiritual strongholds. Mr. Dawson gives us a five-step strategy for faith and intercessory prayer. This includes worship, waiting upon the Lord, confession, overcoming evil with good and travailing in prayer. This topic challenges our so-called "enlightened" western minds. It is not a scientific book but it is a biblically based theological reflection on the question of spiritual territorial control. Demonic influences affect many in varying degrees and the cities need the Gospel of Christ. John Dawson explains that Christians can take authority over the demonic realm and bring freedom to those that need it so desperately. Mr. Dawson speaks very effectively to a much-neglected aspect of the Gospel in the church today.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By audie on November 2, 2011
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I've read the Kindle version of this book so I'll use the section numbers for reference, but that may not help anyone with a paper version of the book. The Kindle verson has 2018 locations, so you may be able to use that to help find roughly where the part referenced is located.

In this book, Dawson writes so many things that simply left me asking "Where is that in the Bible?"

For example, in locations 105-106, Dawson claims, concerning the account in Joshua of Israel marching around Jericho, that "Marching in silence around a wall for days on end made no sense militarily, but the people were gaining spiritual authority by the exercise of faith, obedience and self-control"; however, nothing is said about such a thing in the biblical account itself. So, "Where is that in the Bible?"

In locations 224-226, Dawson claims that cities have what he calls "a redemptive gift". He gives no Scripture in support of this statement. So, "Where is that in the Bible?"

In locations 235-237, Dawson says that he believes that God has stationed high-ranking angels over each city. He tries to use a part of Daniel 12:1 which talks about Michael, the angel who seems to watch over Israel, but that passage doesn't mention angels being assigned to cities, not even for that matter the city of Jerusalem, but only Michael having some of kind protective role over the nation of Israel. So "Where is that in the Bible?"

In location 346, Dawson claims that "In the place of prayer we will receive from God a specific strategy of spiritual warfare and a specific strategy of evangelism." I can't think of anyplace in the Bible where such a thing is said, and there is no scriptural support given to this statement. So, "Where is that in the Bible?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jane N. Ogg on August 9, 2009
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I highly recommend this book! It is not only an inspiration to pray more, but there is tremendous insight into why prayer works, how to pray, spiritual warfare, and God's perspective on your town. Especially enlightening was the section that teaches you how to examine the past to discover the strengths and weaknesses of your city.

This is easy reading and well worth the time it takes to read it.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By skrapEjack on June 10, 2011
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I picked up Taking Our Cities For God when I was much younger in my Christian faith and a part of a group that held the charismatic theology espoused in this book. Thankfully God moved me out of these groups and into more mature fellowships--though I have still ventured into charismatic settings from time to time out of a desire to understand their perspective on God. The book sat unread on my shelf for many years but recently I picked it up and began reading. My motivation to read this book now that I have had some distance from the so-called "Charismatic renewal movement" was to gain more insight into charismatic theology and see if I could glean anything from the content. After reading it I certainly respect Dawson's devotion and commitment to living what he feels is a Christian lifestyle--like I do many charismatics--however, I found myself disagreeing with about 80% of what he wrote.

From start to finish, Taking Our Cities For God reads more like an extended journal entry than a coherent discussion about cities as it pertains to Christianity. It primarily consists of anecdotes, one-liners, and disconnected thoughts. The chapters are somewhat thematic but, truthfully, the breaks are quite arbitrary because all the themes constantly overlap and are revisited over and over throughout the book. You could, quite literally, flip randomly to any page in the book, start reading, and understand the gist of his entire book. I found Chapter 17 by the far the most helpful, with Dawson making many good points about needing to love the city you are in. I also appreciated some of his points about evangelism in the last chapter (Chapter 21).
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