The Deliverance and SPiritual Warfare Manual by John Eckhardt is worth reading and re-reading more than once, in order to empower the reader when confronting personal crisis and trials. John Eckhardt has written many practical, spiritual books bringing light to the evil that exists. He brings the deliverance ministry to the forefront, explaining how each and every believer can counteract evil and the devil. Not many believers understand the concept of the Holy Spirit and that we are all called to fight against the devil, our Enemy. The author presenst scriptural background and bible passages from the old and new testaments, as well as prayers to share with the reader that each of us is called to resist and fight against the devil with the power of the Holy Spirit. The author refers to this as the deliverance ministry and explains this is one of the privileges all believers have at their disposal. This background scripture material is necessary as many readers may be unfamiliar with these spiritual concepts.
The main focus on the book is to be a "manual" or one stop guide to show the reader what the bible has to say about deliverance as well as to expose the works and deceptions of the devil as well. The cover itself might seem like a satire in that is "mimics" an actual handbook- yet this book is truly a manual for deliverance.
This exhaustive book contains too much information to be digested in a single, quick reading. The words contained are life changing. While some traditional readers and those in organized religion may find this book difficult to believe and a bit theatrical, a close minded attitude is exactly what the devil wants in order to operate. In it important to keep in mind the charismatic background of the authors is based on the belief of the real workings of the Holy Spirit and the literal belief in modern day spiritual gifts such as tongues and healings.
Much of the book is an invaluable resource where the author have taken scriptural truths and prayers and relate them to the modern day believer to use and apply when facing any trial or work from the enemy. The scriptural references will empower any reader with a quick resource of how to respond in faith to any difficulty- large and small. It is a spiritual self help book in the fact that it will allow the reader the tools to look within himself and identify any areas or issues where Satan has his foothold. Not only that it tells the reader how to face and address these issues! For those who are at a loss of how to begin to approach their spiritual problems there are a number of sample prayers applicable to any number of situations. Eckhardt's animated and enthusiastic writing style will reach out to all readers. The reader will get the impression as if the author really wrote this book for his or her own situation. This is a book to meditate on and use- and is not intended to collect dust on a book shelf. As a blogger for the Booketeria I received this book published by Charisma House for the purpose of writing this review.