“The Full Armor of God” is a thorough and well-written examination of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians- and by extension to the church today- and it should appeal to a broad audience. Author Larry Richards unveils different strategies that Satan uses to hinder, hurt, oppress, and distract Christians in their walk of faith. He compares the first century view of spiritual forces-particularly the awareness of the demonic- with the modern view (or should we say lack of view?). He explains the critical difference between demonic possession (which he says is very rare) and being demonized (or influenced by demons), and he gives a solid Biblical basis for understanding how anger, bitterness, un-forgiveness and/or trauma can make us vulnerable to demonic influence. Richards gives a detailed list of lies that many Christians believe, which are “designed to make us feel weak and helpless…intended to fill our lives with guilt and misery…intended to rob us…” To counter these lies, Richards expounds on the depth of what Paul intended his readers to understand when he depicted the spiritual armor of God.
Here’s why I believe “The Full Armor of God” is recommended reading for Christians of all backgrounds: Many of us need to experience true freedom- yes, we’re saved- but we still find ourselves dealing with negative, defeating thoughts, beliefs, and lifestyles. Richards, I believe, is writing first to this group. However, others of us know true freedom but we are seeking to deepen our understanding of spiritual realities and our knowledge of God’s Word. I believe Richards offers a great deal to these readers as well. Indeed, in some respects I felt that he was essentially teaching basic doctrines, with an emphasis on understanding spiritual warfare. A final group of people I believe would benefit from this book are Christian counselors or teachers, who deal daily with people seeking help with personal struggles. Richards makes a strong case for how often sin and evil is overlooked as a root cause of people’s emotional or psychological struggles.
The Full Armor of God avoids being a dry, academic read. It is engaging, encouraging, and contains a great guide to leading small groups that are focused on helping Christians experience true freedom in Christ.
I received a complimentary copy of this book 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.