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Invisible War, The: What Every Believer Needs to Know about Satan, Demons, and Spiritual Warfare Hardcover – January 1, 2007

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Ingram (Sex 180), president of the Walk Thru the Bible ministry, draws on personal experience in this book about confronting spiritual darkness. He succeeds in taking a balanced approach, challenging readers who either ignore spiritual warfare or see manifestations of it around every corner. Expounding upon Ephesians 6 (in which Paul talks about putting on the "armor of God"), Ingram gives most of his time to "the everyday schemes of the evil one" and daily defensive spiritual disciplines (prayer, Bible meditation, repentance). He stresses that we are all in the middle of an "invisible war," that we don't need to fear the enemy but respect him, and that God's victory can be ours in every spiritual conflict. As a pastor in Santa Cruz for more than a decade, Ingram confronted occult activity that he believed threatened his ministry and family. While these tales are fascinating, more enlightening is Ingram's description of the subtle attacks he and others feel they have experienced through discouragement and doubt during key periods of ministry. While well-balanced with useful information, the book often reads like a sermon series transcript and will prove most informative for pastors looking for detailed sermon outlines, which are included with each section. (Jan.)
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Chip Ingram (Author of Sex 180), president of the Walk Thru the Bible ministry, draws on personal experience in this book about confronting spiritual darkness. He succeeds in taking a balanced approach, challenging readers who either ignore spiritual warfare or see manifestations of it around every corner. Expounding upon Ephesians 6 (in which Paul talks about putting on the 'armor of God'), Ingram gives most of his time to ''the everyday schemes of the evil one'' and daily defensive spiritual disciplines (prayer, Bible meditation, repentance). He stresses that we are all in the middle of an ''invisible war," that we don't need to fear the enemy but respect him, and that God's victory can be ours in every spiritual conflict. As a pastor in Santa Cruz for more than a decade, Ingram confronted occult activity that he believed threatened his ministry and family. While these tales are fascinating, more enlightening is Ingram's description of the subtle attacks he and others feel they have experienced through discouragement and doubt during key periods of ministry. While well-balanced with useful information, the book often reads like a sermon series transcript and will prove most informative for pastors looking for detailed sermon outlines, which are included with each section. (Jan.) 
Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --From Publishers Weekly

Excerpt in catalog: This book is my best attempt to bridge the gap in the teaching available on spiritual warfare. Although it is an exposition of Ephesians 6, the reader will find the application of this passage far from theoretical. When one is ministering in a culture where witches are actively praying against you and a horse's head is placed on a stake across from your church to cast a spell on it, there's no room for platitudes or vague spiritual answers to pressing difficult questions. Much of satanic opposition, however, is extraordinarily subtle and has no dramatic manifestations. For this reason, much of the book will deal with the everyday schemes of the evil one in a forthright, biblical, and relevant manner. --From the Inside Flap --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801012880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801012884
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The subject of Spiritual warfare is one that many Christians shy away from today. I think that is mainly because there is a lot of extreamism. There are alot of preachers and authors today who see a demon around every corner and go way beyond the scope of Scripture. I know, because I have read some of these types of books. However, spiritual warfare is a vitally important subject, one that no Christian can afford to ignore.

I have been looking for a long time for a book that is both practical and solidly biblical. This book by Chip Ingrim is both. This book has really opened my eyes. I have always believed in Satan and demons. However, I am beginning to realize now just how ignorant I was to the enemy's tactics and work in my life. I have recently reached a point where I am sick and tired of living a defeated Christian life. I want to learn how to defeat the enemy and live in victory. This book will teach you how to do just that.

This book is based on Ephesians 6. This is a chapter that is regularly preached and taught on. But no one has enriched my understanding of this chapter more than Chip Ingram. He goes through each piece of armor and then talks about how to apply it in your own life. He talks about how each piece protects us from a specific type of attack. But Ingram makes it clear that the responsiblity of putting on the spiritual armour isn't God's. It's ours. If we fail to put on our spiritual armour, we will be extremely vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy.

This book is incredibly practical and Biblical. It is an invaluable resource for any Christian. But I think this book would be especially valuable to a new believer. I am grateful to Chip Ingram for having the courage to write this book. My one regret is that I didn't read this book sooner. This book will convict, challenge and encourage you. Every Christian should read this book. I highly recommend this book.
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Format: Hardcover
To begin, Chip Ingram's message is not one of extremes. The text of THE INVISIBLE WAR doesn't promote a sensationalist scare-tactic mentality nor does it present a purely academic one. Somewhere in the middle, where average Christians live and pray and worship, Ingram seeks to educate, inform and equip said believers for what he terms is an "invisible war" being fought everywhere in the world today. Ingram is quick to point out that the Bible doesn't tell believers everything there is to know about how Satan and his demons work. However, it does provide enough information to formulate patterns, strategies and practical ways for Christians to combat such spiritual attacks.

Citing Ephesians 6:10-20 as the principal New Testament teaching on spiritual warfare, Ingram breaks this section of scripture into two basic themes: "Be strong in the Lord" and "Put on the full armor of God." Ingram says that when people suddenly are fearful of or in danger from spiritual entities, they react with either a fight or flight response. He suggests that both responses require embracing the mentality that humans are indeed weak and only in the might of the Lord can they effectively face down spiritual foes. Secondly, the Bible is explicit in the how-to of preparing for spiritual battle. From the biblical standpoint, "full armor" is described as "taking up the shield of faith," the "helmet of salvation" and "the sword of the Spirit."

Ingram believes there are specific times in Christians' lives when they are most vulnerable to spiritual attacks.
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It is amazing to me how Chip Ingram can take one verse and write a book on it. His description of the armor of a Roman soldier is both unique (in my experience, at least) and succinct.

Ingram states something in this volume that many modern Christians don't want to face; there is evil, it is personal, it is involved in a battle that is beyond our vision, it has an invisible face, it is very attractive, and if you don't believe it then you cannot believe in the Christian God.

It is that simple.

His Biblical description of Satan, Devil, Lucifer, Beelzebub, Belial, The Evil One, The Tempter, The Prince of This World, and the Accuser of the Bretheren is informative. His application of these names to the sufferings of many Christian minds and families is appropriate. There are many who need to realize why they feel as they do about their faith, strong or weak.

The solutions offered are doable and in accordance with Biblical principles.

Larry Fischer

Topeka, Kansas
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Format: Kindle Edition
While I found this book helpful in the areas of worldview and useful scripture references, I felt that the author's view of Satan's attacks to be very much understated and, perhaps, underappreciated. His examples of being under attack indicated by several consecutive home appliance problems made me think he doesn't "get it": Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy, not to inconvenience us!

I appreciate that the worldview he presents recognizes the fact that we live in the midst of ongoing warfare. For a fuller presentation of that topic, I recommend "God at War" by Greg Boyd. However, I have yet to find an author who fully appreciates the "fallenness" of the world in which we live and how pervasive Satan's rule as "the god of this world" really is. All one needs to do is read a work like Robert Weinberg's "One Renegade Cell" on the development of cancer to see that there is unquestionably a malevolent force at work that is attempting to destroy us at the microbiological level.

If Satan can keep our attention on the trivial and mundane things that go awry in our lives, he can continue his destructive physical work that, quite frankly, is only being addressed from a medical perspective, but not a spiritual perspective, right now.
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