Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Demon's Bluff by Jerry B. Jenkins

Recommendation: Recommended

This fictitious novel, the second book  in the Renegade Spirit series, paints a picture of what a spiritual battle may look like. Humans, angels and demons are all a part of this picture as we see how easily we can be deceived, how weak our faith can be and the overwhelming power and mercy of God.

Positives: I loved the emphasis on prayer. Throughout most of the book, it is emphasized that prayer is a key component to any believer’s victory in a spiritual battle. I also liked seeing the very real struggle of some of the characters with their faith, their moments of weakness and how God ultimately revealed the true nature of their faith.

Negatives: I had a hard time understanding what was happening at first. A lot of characters were brought into the story and it wasn’t clear how they all fit together. It took me awhile to understand what was going on, and still, not all of my questions were answered. I guess I should have read the first book in the series!

Talking Points: The verses that kept running through my head as I was reading this were from Eph. 6. At the end of this letter Paul writes, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against … the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places (v. 12).  Then in verse 18 he writes, “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints…” Teaching our kids to pray is the best weapon we can give them. Don’t teach them independence, but dependence on the Spirit of God, knowing that they can never do anything in their own strength. Dependence is evident through a life of prayer.

Age Level: 14 and up

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