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Armor of Light: A 7 - Week Devotional on Ephesians 6:10-18 Paperback – April 13, 2013
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Amanda is a wife of sixteen years, mother of four children, and author of "You Can Have a Happy Family," "The LOVE Walk," and "Armor of Light." God has done an amazing work in her and her family since He rescued her twelve years ago. Because of His unfailing love, she is passionate about sharing His love with others.
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Armor of Light is a seven-week devotional based on Ephesians 6:10-18. As with her other two books, I found Amanda's writing relatable and real, wrapping her personal experiences as a wife, mom, and imperfect Christ-follower around the solid foundation of scripture and its promises for our lives. Protecting ourselves with God's word is so important and yet underutilized in Christian circles, and I appreciate how Amanda Beth weaves real life with God's word to make application understandable.
While writing the book, Amanda encouraged me as I was going through a difficult season. In Chapter Four, The Shield of Faith, this paragraph in particular reminded me how to keep up my shield of faith in God, especially during the devil's attacks.
"The greatest thing we can do to strengthen our faith is to praise God. Praising God throughout our day keeps us looking expectantly to Him. Praising God keeps us focused on Him and not our problems. When our hearts are filled with praise, our shield is up and no trial, tribulation or persecution can weaken our faith.
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
--1 Peter 1:6-7"
Amanda's heart for Jesus and for sharing the gospel is evident in each of her books. When a writer has been there - when they've been through the fire and through the trial - it's clear in their words and in their heart. I appreciate that Amanda takes her trials and experiences and lifts those to God in her writing, so He can use them to help and guide others.
I highly recommend Armor of Light, along with Amanda's two other books, You Can Have A Happy Family, and The Love Walk.
First, AmandaBeth immerses herself in her writing. She doesn't preach, She shares her heart. When you read one of AmandaBeth's books, you are getting a glimpse of her personal life, her joys, her struggles, her strongholds, and her victories. Her personal life and her experience with God as He teaches her and grows her are what you get in the pages of her books. And everyone can relate. She is a thirty-something, stay-at-home mother of four young kids. But her message is universal. In Armor of Light anyone can relate to her experiences and her relationship with Jesus.
The other thing I like about AmandaBeth's writing is the way she weaves God's word throughout her writing. I have read books by other Christian authors whose references to Holy Scripture are not much more than token verses, sprinkled haphazardly throughout the book. Not AmandaBeth. Her writing is based on Scripture. AmandaBeth uses her personal life experiences to justify God's word for us, rather than using God's word to justify her writing or her opinions or her interpretation or application of Scripture, which is often the case with other Christian authors I've read.
Amanda doesn't just decide to pick a topic and write a book about it. Amanda takes her direction directly from God. I can guarantee AmandaBeth spent months in prayer and Bible study before she sat down at her keyboard to write the first word of Armor Of Light.
In this second book, AmandaBeth shares how and why the armor of light is a necessary robe we need to wear. "When we don't stand for the truths in God's Word," AmandaBeth said, "we open the door to deception. Too many Christians today are not standing for God's Word as complete truth. As a result, Satan has sown many lies within the body of Christ. The Bible warns us that it's only going to get worse. We need to be on guard so we don't fall into this deception." In her book AmandaBeth shares how God can keep us on guard so we won't fall into deception from the enemy.
I can recommend Armor of Light without reservation. It is an easy read with questions and scripture for meditating and deepening your enjoyment and application of God's truths.