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Through his personal story of demonic bondage and deliverance, Kris Vallotton reveals the diabolical lies and strategies of the enemy, showing you how to take hold of victory....

Title : Spirit Wars: Winning the Invisible Battle Against Sin and the Enemy
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Spirit Wars: Winning the Invisible Battle Against Sin and the Enemy Reviews

  • James
    2019-05-01 09:09

    As I am reflecting on the nature of sin this season, I thought it would be worthwhile to read a book from a Charismatic/Pentecostal perspective. This book talks about the invisible battle we face as we seek to live holy lives. As someone who’s diabolic imagination has been set aflame by Screwtape Letters I accept the world that Kris Vallotton describes in Spirit Wars: Winning the invisible Battle Against Sin and the Enemy. I have attended charismatic churches and been around when people were praying over others for demonic deliverance. A lot of these ‘deliverances’ seem more psychosomatic than real, in the same way that divine healing can sometimes be attributed to the placebo effect. Still I have seen enough, and have thoughtful friends with enough discernment that I know that some of it is real and there is a real spiritual battle being fought. Therefore a book helping Christians better wage this war makes sense to me.And Kris Vallotton does not disappoint. He shares from his own experience of demonic oppression, physical depression (or in his case a hormonal issue), experience in praying with people and his reading of scripture. He argues that for those who are in Christ, victory over sin and the powers is not only possible, it is the norm (explaining at one point that he can go several weeks without sin). Vallotton does not discount that there could be psychological causes for struggles and advocates that those struggling with long term depression or anxiety see a physician, get a proper diagnosis and medication. He also avoids the spirit-flesh dualism of some Pentecostal preachers by urging that physical, emotional and spiritual causes for our struggle are intermingled inside the human person and cannot be easily separated.I don’t endorse everything that Vallotton says here. He oversimplifies at some points and takes fanciful leaps. I would question his interpretation of the Bible. People who self-describe as prophets (as Vallotton does) often take an imaginative approach in biblical exegesis, which provides keen insights as well as abysmal errors. So I affirm some of what he says but have serious questions about other portions of this book. For example, he uses Nehemiah and Joshua as exemplars of how we can resist “the enemy” and carry out the task that God gives us. This spiritualizes and allegorizes the biblical history of the Old Testament, which is legitimate to a point, but Vallotton’s approach means an uncritical view of both Nehemiah and Joshua. Contrary to leadership and popular accounts, the hero of the books of Joshua and Nehemiah are not the men the book is named for, but Yahweh himself. Joshua and Nehemiah do some things well and also make horrid missteps along the way ( i.e. Joshua is told to be strong and courageous, but instead sends spies and sits on his hands for several chapters, fails to call on God; Nehemiah ends with the sending away of foreign wives). I think if Vallotton was attentive to the ways these leaders failed, his insights for spiritual warfare would be more incisive.Also, Vallotton makes errors in his interpretation of passages by drawing distinctions that are not in the text. He makes the common error of drawing a strong distinction between spirit and soul (within the human person), but the biblical material neither supports this nor warrants it. Likewise, he distinguishes terms (such as a distinction between prisoner and captive in Isaiah 61:1) which betray an amateur understanding of Hebrew poetics and parallelism.I think this book is more useful as describing one person’s experience of the spiritual battle and his personal insights into the nature of it. When it comes to Biblical interpretation I do not think Vallotton is a trustworthy guide though he does provide and interesting window on individual texts. I would recommend this book to the discerning charismatic Christian who can separate the good from the bad, truth from error. While I have my reservations about parts of this book (some of which I failed to mention here), I will likely refer back to sections.Thank you to Chosen books for providing a copy of this book in exchange for this fair and honest review.

  • Tanya
    2019-04-25 05:12

    I love all of Kris Valloton’s books. His life story is incredible. As someone who has suffered from anxiety & fear even as a believer, his story and wisdom gives me hope, revelation & instruction.

  • Brad Kittle
    2019-04-30 08:03

    Spirit wars was very good. There are a few points in the book that I might disagree with or at least I am not sure of. His take on the flesh is under review! I heard him teach on that subject and it just didn't set with me. But, I thought overall the book was really, really helpful and good. He makes great points about generation curses, well meaning Christians who don't take authority in their lives, the love of God and its power in our lives and others, deliverance ministry and some other topics. Kenneth Hagin's view of the spiritual hierarchy of demons is a little different but overall in agreement with Kris'. The Lord showed Ken in a vision about how Satan's kingdom works. Some, maybe many, in our fellowship don't embrace Ken, but I do and I have gained a lot from his teachings. I never believe anyone without going to the Word and examining things against the Word. Men can say many things that don't line up with what God says and they can twist and bend, but the Spirit will teach us and show us what is true as we study to show ourselves approved! I would recommend to those who are ready to read this book. Some simply are not....

  • Victor Gentile
    2019-05-18 10:00

    Kris Vallotton in his new book, “Spirit Wars” published by Chosen Books helps us in Winning the Invisible Battle Against Sin and the Enemy.From the Back Cover: You know the battle is raging–but are you fighting the right enemy?Just as enemies fought Joshua in the Promised Land, and Nehemiah faced opposition as he rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem, our enemy will fight us as we approach the spiritual terrain God has promised us. Most Christians retreat at the first sign of conflict because they fail to recognize the true nature of the battle. But you can prevail in freedom and joy.Sharing his deeply personal story of demonic bondage, torment and ultimate deliverance, pastor and bestselling author Kris Vallotton turns the idea of spiritual warfare as we know it on its head. He reveals the diabolical lies and strategies of the enemy–attacks and traps so subtle and deceptive that we may find our souls and hearts imprisoned without even knowing it.No more! Now you can win the invisible battle against sin and the enemy. Victory is within your grasp. Will you take hold?The Bible tells us that God made spiritual beings called angels. The devil seduced a third of these beings to launch a coup in Heaven which, of course, was beaten and the devil and these fallen angels were cast out. Now when God created mankind He gave us authority over the Earth which we happen to co-habit with these fallen angels, also called demons. They don’t like us! Never did! And if we are not careful they can bother us and cause us all kinds of trouble. The problem is we do not understand that what we are facing is them and we do not do spiritual warfare. Kris Vallotton knows about spiritual warfare. He has faced it and overcome. However, there was a time in his life when he didn’t know he was in a battle so, therefore, they were winning.With chapters like: Fighting For Peace Are You Living in a Haunted House? Rules of Engagement The Wilderness The Flesh Is Weak Treating Yourself Kindly Serious Joy The Armor of God Casting Out Demons Generational CursesKris Vallotton gives us, by example, of what spiritual warfare is and how to win against the unseen forces that are against us. This is a book that all of us should read and read more than once. We need to understand who our enemy is and that we can win the battle. I recommend this book enthusiastically!If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to www.kingdomhighlights.org where they are available On Demand.To listen to 24 hours non-stop, commercial free Christian music please visit our internet radio station www.kingdomairwaves.orgDisclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Chosen Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Andrew
    2019-05-14 10:59

    In Spirit Wars, Kris Vallotton wrote an awesome book on the spiritual world and how to stand against the demonic forces that are attacking us. Kris has experienced firsthand attacks from Satan and his demonic forces. He has suffered from panic attacks and depression. He became free! Vallotton discovered Nehemiah teaches believers the ways Satan attacks believers. Nehemiah was trying to rebuild the walls and gates around Jerusalem. Sanballat criticized Nehemiah by trying to stop him from rebuilding the walls. The devil is still present in today times and he is trying to stop believers from fulfilling the call of God on their lives. The devil makes us doubt our gifts and talents, he likes us to throw questions into our minds, he makes us lose our Faith in God, and so much more. Readers will learn about the armor of God and how to stand strong. The book contains chapters on "How to Cast out Demons" and "Generational Curses".The book was very eye opening and it was the best book that I have read on understanding the devils schemes. I have realized the importance of standing on the truth of God's word. I have struggled with the spirit of depression and it was very comforting that Kris Vallotton came through his attacks. He also shared a story that many students entered College with feelings of anxiety. He noticed that they were getting closer to God's purpose in their life and the enemy was trying to get them to remain in bondage. I have experienced the attack of fear and loss of sleep when I entered College. I connected with this story and saw what the enemy was trying to accomplish. I would recommend this wonderful book to everyone because we need to understand that we are in a fight. Satan is throwing conflicts right in front of our very lives. This book will encourage readers to stand strong in the last days and it will help you to know what you aren't alone. The enemy is attacking us but we must stand on the truth of God's word. If you're struggling with spirits of depression, fear, addictions, and many other kinds of attacks just remember that they are from Satan. I gained a lot of knowledge from this book and I believe it will help you too!"I received this book free from the publisher through the Chosen/Bethany House Publishers book review bloggers program."

  • Pilar
    2019-04-28 10:11

    Spirit Wars is an interesting book to say the least. I was definitely intrigued by Kris Vallotton's personal testimony and experience with spiritual warfare. I have read many books on this topic and I have to say that this was a very different and unique book on the subject. Kris Vallotton writes with honesty as he conveys his personal and spiritual experiences. The first chapter deals with the premise by which he wrote this book. His goal is for people to be set free from demonic strongholds. I also found it to be somewhat of a self help book. He discusses ways in which people can fall prey to depression and the importance of taking care of oneself. I found his views to be sound as he wasn't propagating that people should not take medicine if they suffer from depression. Spirit Wars offered good advice in some regards. However, the following are concepts I had trouble with."We are no longer sinners. But we do have a devious, evil enemy who is a sinner." (Page 43) "What I am saying is that we do not naturally sin because we no longer have a sin nature that is married to the Law." (Page 43) "A deceptive theology keeps circulating through the Church--a doctrine that basically says it is still our nature to sin after we have been born again. I am convinced this is a doctrine of demons." (Page 44)"In fact, I have gone several weeks in a row without sinning." (Page 45) I am sure there are some who agree with Kris Vallotton's position, however, I'm not one of them. Truthfully, I had a lot of trouble with the above and also that he calls himself as a prophet. He may very well be, as I am no one to judge. However, I personally don't subscribe to titles or positions in the Church.Overall, I thought Spirit Wars was an interesting and somewhat informative book. However, I would have personally liked to have seen more scriptural references pertaining to his experiences. I'm wary of ingesting information of this nature at hearsay. I believe one has to discern truth from falsehood by the Word of God which alleviates confusion and deception.In conclusion, I would like to thank Mr. Hart of Baker Publishing Group for sending me a complimentary copy of this book to review.

  • Gail Welborn
    2019-05-14 05:01

    Kris Valloton’s new release, “Spirit wars” teaches how to battle against and wrest control from an invisible, devious and deceptive enemy who uses mind games to wage war. He writes about a spiritual war he personally fought and won that began with a “panic attack” when “…an intense thought hit him…” as he climbed from a refreshing, relaxing bath: “I am going to die.” That attack, “… was the beginning of a three-and-a-half-year journey through hell” reports Kris. An attack that began with insane, heart-stopping panic, fear and unfamiliar thoughts he went on to learn were not his own. Instead he found, “Evil spirits talk to you by giving you their thoughts.” Inescapable thoughts would fill his mind with foreign, destructive mental images that led to additional nightmares, night sweats and increased anxiety. His life became a non-functioning, living nightmare, day and night. Until…Full Review: http://tinyurl.com/88fa8r2

  • Melanie
    2019-05-20 05:14

    A GREATTTTTTTTTTTT read for taking back authority when you've allowed the enemy to deceive you and believed lies and agreed with him. Very practical. An amazing manual. Kris has been through the ringer with the enemy so a lot of this book has been based on his own life not just stories of other people. He's lived it! Love this book! But, I haven't read a bad book by Kris Vallotton either! One of my favs!

  • Hye Sung
    2019-04-30 12:14

    For all the hype built up for this book, I was slightly disappointed. Though there are many great teachings found in here, a lot of it seems to be poor exegesis. His writing style, which is very conversational, also kind of annoys me. When he used the word "doo-doo", I got sad. His testimonies, though, are extremely powerful and it is evident that he has had a lot of training in deliverance.

  • Justin Nichols
    2019-04-22 10:07

    4.4/5 -- Really good book. Amazing and truthful points as well as practical application. There was some lack or incongruity in specific scriptural backing for a couple things, but nothing major and more my preference for those things anyway. I love Vallotton, and he does a remarkable job here bringing a level-headed and wise perspective to spiritual warfare. The last chapter almost doesn't seem to fit, but then when you remember or understand what the divine driving force behind every movement or thought of benevolence is-- love-- then you know why it's a vastly important chapter. Terrific book. I recommend it.

  • Jordan Kotur
    2019-05-10 11:26

    Hi, Ms. Moles,This is another one of my extra credit books. Kris Vallotton, the author, is one of my favorite people ever. This book about the spirit, the body and mind has given me incredible insights. It has equipped me with incredible knowledge and tools in which to practically influence my life, and wellbeing in all the three areas mentioned above.

  • Joanie Standridge
    2019-04-25 12:09

    This was a good read. It was like a refresher course on some things. It was also a confirmation of some things. I appreciate the real life examples that were given. This book is worth the read. Spiritual warfare is a real issue. Knowing is half the battle. Kris Vallotton shares from a perspective of learned faith and victory in Christ Jesus.

  • Paul Heather
    2019-05-12 05:09

    Excellent! Insightful and a great way to help you deal with your stuff. Will immediately reread some of it.

  • Laura
    2019-04-24 04:13

    We live in the realm of two different worlds, the visible one we see with our earthly eyes and the invisible spiritual one that isn’t always visible, the one we sometimes see with our spiritual eyes. God created both worlds, and He has omnipotent power over both! Whether one believes in the invisible world or not, it still exists. It’s the evil entity of the invisible world that we war against in the power of the Holy Spirit. (Read the 6th chapter of Ephesians for a better understanding.)Kris tells us his life story of bondage and torment to exemplify the two worlds clashing, and how the battle was won. It’s a story that is believable and horrific. It’s also believable in how his life was changed. He goes into detail about the lies, tactics and traps the devil uses, ones that everyone will go through at one time or another in their lives. His book is pertinent and relevant. Each chapter is vital to understand the battle we are in, and Kris is thorough in his teachings in each area.Winning the invisible wars that haunt people is addressed in these chapters: Fighting for Peace Are You Living in a Haunted House? Rules of Engagement The Wilderness The Flesh is Weak Treat Yourself Kindly Serious Joy The Armor of God Casting Out Demons Generational Curses On-the-Job Training For the Love of GodKris Volloton’s book, Spirit Wars, is the first book I’ve read about Spiritual Warfare on this level since the teachings I received about seventeen years ago. I can easily say I agree with 99.99% of what is in Kris’s book! It’s Scriptural, forthright, and necessary for everyone’s spiritual life if they want to win the invisible war and bask in God’s joy, love and abundant life.I would recommend this book for a Bible study group, a Sunday School class or personal study. Whichever way you decide, please decide to read it!This book was provided by Jim Hart of Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged for my review.

  • Kate
    2019-05-05 11:21

    This book equips the reader with the tools needed for recognizing and combatting evil forces at work in our lives everyday. The author uses scripture passages that correspond with the material being presented. Included are many real life stories and the authors as well dealing with many of the chapters in the book.I seem to gravitate towards the thinking of "what if this happens or that?" I found my answers here and now know how satan can take life circumstances such as fear and cause weakness in a person and cause them to doubt themselves asking what if questions.A few of the topics discussed in detail are: dealing with depression and anxiety, putting on the armor of God and dealing with demon issues head on, how the flesh is weak, are Christians demonized, generational curses and how to break them, breaking contact with evil spirits and so many more. I found this book to be informative but was disappointed in a few of the chapters ie: Are you living in a haunted house? which really did not answer the question. Some chapters ie: Casting out demons and the authors life experiences with demons was very eyeopening also gave me cold chills.The book gave lots of ways to know if a spirit is of God or of satan which is very helpful. Overall I really did enjoy this keeper book and will use it. I found it cannot be read in a few hours more like a few days so the information can sink in and be reflected upon. I recommend this well documented and written book to eveyone. I received a complimentary copy from Chosen Books for my honest review.

  • Trevor Lloyd
    2019-05-14 12:18

    Read this for a second time this year, and really appreciated it more the second time. I have found this really helpful as a book which takes seriously the reality and serious issues of spiritual warfare and demonic oppression of Christians but without getting too flaky or bizarre (though I guess bizarre is in the eye of the beholder!). He gives a reasonable biblical and theological basis for his position while still keeping it accessible. He recognises how 'deliverance' ministry has sometimes done more harm than good when it encourages the bizarre, but is also honest about his experiences. Even when dealing with some of his own more way out experiences, his humorous, honest (not many who write so candidly about their own struggles) and folksy style makes it easy to engage with. Key truth in it is that we often fight the wrong enemy - our own flesh, thinking that we are the problem instead of the spirits and demonic power who we are giving access and opportunity to. Especially excellent on being aware of attack strategies with his reading of Nehemiah. A good balance of Scripture and his own personal experience. Loved his last chapter on a much neglected topic when it comes to spiritual warfare - the importance of love (for neither angels or demons or the powers of hell can separate us from this love!)

  • Lynn
    2019-05-03 10:27

    I found this after listening to podcasts of weekly sermons from the Bethel Church in Redding, CA, where Vallotton is the senior associate leader. Being a religious mongrel, I read books from the Baptist to the Catholic viewpoints, and much in between. I very much enjoyed Frank Perreti's "This Present Darkness" series as well as biographies about Pope John Paul and Pope Francis.I took my time reading through this as I used it during times of personal stress and unrest. It provided insight into why Christians still have difficult times in their lives. We are not promised an easy life, rather, we are promised help regardless of our trials, temptations, and turmoils. I have not witnessed the driving out of demons, but does that mean they don't exist or aren't real??This book provided hope, encouragement, and ways to deal with the demons that invade our peace. It also reinforced my belief that the closer we draw to God, the more the Devil tries to separate us and drive us to personal destruction. My favorite line from the book in on page 96. "Jesus became our advocate or lawyer, and it is important that we never talk to the devil without our attorney present." On that same page we are reminded "He (the devil) cannot touch us; he can only talk to use. So when we self-destruct, we are doing for the devil what he cannot do for himself."

  • Ali
    2019-05-19 03:57

    I was surprised by how much I liked this book. I am not really big into spiritual warfare, but I read this because a patient I work with is and he recommended this book. Although at times the author uses scripture out of context for strange purposes, overall I found his reading of scripture to be creditable even if not the way I have usually interpreted it. He draws on his own experiences as he discusses spiritual warfare and I found his viewpoint to be nuanced in ways I didn't expect. For instance he discusses how sometimes a person might be plagued by a spirit of depression and other times the person has a mental illness and needs professional help. This is a good introduction to spiritual warfare for people not accustomed to it and provides a neat perspective to how to deal with one's own struggles.

  • Irene
    2019-04-20 10:20

    Everyone who says that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior, regardless of denomination, needs to read this book. Kris Vallotton clearly conveys what happens in the spirit realm as the enemy seeks to terrorize God's children. My mind was blown with how simple and powerful the information was; he put to words some of my own struggles as well as gave me tools to help myself (and hopefully others) overcome those nagging ugly voices threatening to cause us harm. For me, Vallotton's writing style is refreshing in a way that there's no fluff, no punches held back, yet scattered with well-placed bits of humor as he writes from a place of love and purpose to help people get back their freedom. I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend this book.

  • Kendra Fiddler
    2019-05-17 06:57

    Very helpful.

  • Rachel Maria
    2019-05-08 07:57

    Kris Vallotton is a brilliant writer. This book is not recommended for rose-colored glasses. It's one thing to acknowledge God and proclaim your belief in Him. It's quite another to acknowledge demonic spirits; not only how they exist but how they can take hold of one's spiritual, physical, and emotional well being. Vallotton presents vivid details of his own life and encounters with the spiritual realm. It is eye-opening, biblically based, and compelling.

  • Shawnee Wildey
    2019-04-20 11:22

    A practical guide to spiritual warfare and deliverance.; very insightful. I appreciate how he includes body mind and spirit. I like how he distinguishes between spiritual gifts and counterfeit gifts offered by the enemy. And how he emphasizes that love covers a multitude of sins. And the basis for deliverance and freedom is always love. Love should always be the motivation!

  • Danielle
    2019-05-13 04:01

    Excellent, excellent book. I didn't finish it, only because I felt that I was receiving good resources and input outside this book during this season, and not all the information was relevant to me right now. But I hope to pick it up again in the future, great perspective, reminders, and commission for everyone!

  • Diana Jamerson
    2019-05-11 05:03

    A Really Good ReadI loved this book and was sad that it ended. I would have went on reading more of what the author had to say very happily. I like how Kris uses his own experiences to teach about what spiritual warfare really looks like and how to have the victory. I will read this book again.

  • Margaret
    2019-05-09 10:26

    I enjoyed this book and gleaned some good info but seemed a bit too remedial and I had hoped for more depth. His writing style seemed a bit immature to me and this disappointed me; perhaps this was because he was trying to hard to be relate-able to his audience.

  • Joshua Liem
    2019-05-08 12:03

    Based on personal experience of the author, the book highlights interesting concepts and provides insightful revelations to the spiritual realm. A must read to get a basic understanding of the spirit worls and highly recommended!

  • Rebecca Taylor
    2019-04-30 10:01

    I LOVE this book! It opened my eyes to so many things that were just festering from my past! Things I needed to let go of and be free from the bondage that made me just an absolutely miserable person! Definitely a must red for everyone!!!

  • Jan
    2019-05-03 04:12

    3.5 This is a surprisingly grounded look at the spiritual realm and the gift of discernment. The writing style is fair, which is far better than most books in this genre. It is worth recommending for anyone interested in the subject.

  • Gloria Russell
    2019-04-23 12:04

    It's the author's own story, so it's very interesting and enlightening.

  • Matthew W
    2019-05-02 12:26

    Great book on Spiritual Warfare. Told from an experienced, yet down-to-earth way.Has a great chapter on Laughter and its benefits.