Over the years, I have read numerous books on the subject of spiritual warfare. I am grieved to say that all of them were less than biblical, except for one, David Powlison’s outstanding work, Power Encounters. Regrettably, Power Encounters is presently out of print. Thankfully, a new book has burst upon the scene. It is entitled, Spiritual Warfare: A Biblical and Balanced Perspective. The authors, Brian Borgman and Rob Ventura, have produced a work that lives up to its title. The book is thoroughly biblical, and it most definitely presents a balanced perspective on spiritual warfare.
In summary, Spiritual Warfare: A Biblical and Balanced Perspective is a thorough exposition and application of the classic New Testament passage on spiritual warfare, Ephesians 6:10-20. The authors accomplish their work in 13 short chapters. They do a skillful job of unpacking the biblical truths contained in each verse of the Ephesians’ passage. Having recently preached through this text myself, I found myself continually nodding in agreement a with their exegetical conclusions and exposition.
Borgman and Ventura conclude each chapter with helpful questions that serve as aids to digest and apply the biblical truths taught. In addition, the authors include three appendixes that add further insight on the subject of spiritual warfare. The appendixes cover the sovereignty of God and Satan, the question can a Christian be demon possessed, and a plea to pray for one’s pastor. I really appreciated the last appendix as I am a pastor who appreciates and desires the prayer support of his flock.
In short, I am grateful I now have a book readily available on the vital topic of spiritual warfare that is theologically and biblically sound to heartily recommend. In my estimation, Spiritual Warfare: A Biblical and Balanced Perspective covers the essentials every Christian needs to know about the subject.