by Ruth L. Snyder
Is spiritual warfare real? Are you aware of how you’re being attacked? If so, what can you do about it? Equipped takes a detailed look at God, at our enemy, and at our response. Everyday struggles happen, but you can be victorious.
In Africa, people believe in spirit beings. Witch doctors cast spells. People dance barefoot over red-hot coals without being burned. Spiritual warfare is obvious.
In other cultures, the spiritual battle is not so evident. Still, it is very real. Homes are divided by discord and divorce. Parents are overly busy. Children are lured into drugs and sex-trafficking. Churches are complacent and powerless. Is there hope?
Jesus said, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10 NIV). What's stopping you from living life to the full? Read Equipped. Become aware. Put on your spiritual armour as described in Ephesians six. Stand firm. Pray.
Michelle Berkey on Amazon wrote:
1. How is the writing style or quality of the writing? Nice and conversational, like over a cup of coffee.
2. What do potential readers need to know most about the topic? It's not a deep-dive Bible study into Ephesians 6. It's more of a collection of short devotional chapters. It begins with the doctrinal foundations of Whose side we're on and who is on enemy. Then it shares some of our response choices and finally ends with descriptions of each piece of the armor of God.
3. Was the material well-researched and logically organized? I appreciated the consistency of the format, with the four different parts clearly marked, and each chapter/devotional with a “Think About It” section and a “Prayer.” Several of the “Think About It” sections made me think about my own life in a way I hadn't yet.
4. Did you agree with the thesis? “The choice is ours. We can continue on in complacency, pretending there is no battle. Or, we can put on the armour God provides and be victorious. I pray that this book will inform, equip, and motivate us all as Prince and Princess Warriors of the King of Kings.” (p.8) This book informs us of the battle and calls us to fight it, equipping us with the right tools. So yes, I agree with the thesis, and I think it accomplishes the goal.
5. Is there humor or personal narrative in the book? There is not much humor, a little, but mostly inspiration. There is a lot of personal narratives. The beginning of almost every devotional includes a personal story from the author's life, usually from her time as a missionary kid in Africa or from her experiences as a parent of a special needs child.
6. What spiritual truths did you glean from the book? We don't battle against flesh and blood. It's a spiritual warfare. But we have all we need to stand firm against the weapons of the evil one.
7. For whom would you recommend this book? Any Christian wanting to resist temptation or stand firmer against the world.
8. Who will not like this book? Only those looking for a step-by-step guide of how to use the armor of God, maybe.
9. Why did you give it the star rating you did? I enjoyed many aspects of this study, but I was a little disappointed that my expectation wasn't met of being a little more practical. However, it had a lot of Greek definitions and doctrinal teachings for the newer believer. I also loved most of the personal stories, something you don't always get from in-depth, academic Bible studies.
10. Favorite quotes: There are so many!
“According to Bill Bright...a new Christian described this conflict as a dogfight between a black dog (sin) and a white dog (obeying God). When asked which dog wins, he answered, 'The dog that wins is the one I feed and the dog that loses is the one I starve.” (p.75)
It had so many of my favorite verses: 1 Peter 1:3-6; 1 Peter 5:8; Numbers 6:24-26; James 1:13; 2 Corinthians 12:9; etc.
“It is so easy to slip into half-truths and false inferences. Help me to diligently put on the belt of truth in my life.” (p.96)
“In our prayer life, sometimes we are so focused on the talking part of praying that we rush ahead without listening for the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit.” (p.115)
Elaine Roper on Amazon wrote:
Written in a conversational-tone and full of nuggets of wisdom, this is an easy to understand introduction to the topic of spiritual warfare. Great reminders of biblical truths with everyday application. "God...calls us, prepares us personally, and provides others to support us, but he also keeps us in a place where we realize we must totally depend on him for the victory." was one of those nuggets that really hit me tonight. Worth reading!
This is an Especially enlightening book. I highly recommend it. There is much to learn about spiritual warfare. I am 82 and I have never seen a time when we have needed this information more.
Ruth L. Snyder was privileged to spend the first 10 years of her life in southern Africa where her parents served as missionaries. From there her family moved to Canada, settling in Three Hills, Alberta. Ruth enjoyed her years as a "staff kid" at Prairie and is grateful for the biblical grounding she received there. She now resides close to Glendon (the pyrogy capital of Alberta, Canada) with her husband and five young children. Ruth enjoys writing articles, devotionals, short stories, and Christian fiction. She is a member of The Word Guild and The Christian PEN. Ruth currently serves as the President of InScribe Christian Writers' Fellowship.
Ruth's children have taught her many things about living with special needs. She is a strong advocate and spent several years serving on the local public school board.
Ruth loves her job teaching Music for Young Children. She is fascinated by children's imaginations and enjoys helping young children learn the basics of music through play.
In her spare time, Ruth enjoys reading, crafts, volunteering in her local community, photography, and travel. Several years ago, Ruth and her family traveled through 28 States in 30 days!