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Jessie Penn-Lewis: War on the Saints

When I first read this book, I was aghast that the Body of Christ had ignored such an important and enlightening work for nearly 100 years. I have been to many healing sessions (as both practitioner and recipient) and many sermons on the “gifts of the Spirit” and other “charismatic” teachings. When I compared the structural fluff of most of those teachings with the densely compacted instruction of this book, I wanted to cry. This is real meat; it does not pander to the modern-era “feel-goodism” or the “pre-chewed spiritual food” that is prevalent in the Church and many congregations. It does not accommodate the idealistic, self-congratulatory delusion that we, at the end of the age, are in the process of reaching some spiritual pinnacle, at which the whole world will marvel. Rather, I discovered how deeply deceived I had been regarding the very concept of spiritual warfare. This book empowered me to reassess my understanding of God’s work in my life, and equally importantly, the Adversary’s undermining work as well. Once I discovered the means to identify the “wiles of the Adversary,” I could effectively and powerfully utilize God’s word in removing the foundations that the Adversary was laying through lies and doctrinal confusion.

When I first read this book, I was aghast that the Body of Christ had ignored such an important and enlightening work.

The book can be acquired in two formats. The abridged version, which completely removes the discussion of “manifestations,” is available as a paperback at many quality, secular bookstores (specifically, Barnes and Nobles). The unabridged is out-of-print, though available at online in the public domain. The abridged version is excellent for the new believer, but even those who have been part of God’s church for many years will benefit highly from this version. For the serious student-for the person who desires to walk in as much light as possible, and to effectively fight against the Adversary—the unabridged version is a must. [Editor’s note: As of February 2020, both abridged and unabridged editions are available from multiple publishers.]

This book is preeminent in its field. Next to your Bible, it is the most important book you can ever read. Go buy it immediately. You will not be disappointed—but the Adversary will be.

Reviewed by Linda Williams


This guest review was originally published at the Pneuma Foundation (’s parent organization) website in 2004.

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Category: Living the Faith, Winter 2020

About the Author: Linda Williams has felt called by God to at times fill the various roles of teacher, pastor, evangelist, prophet, and apostle. She is married to Kevin Williams and together they have three adult children.

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