Pastor Don Basham takes readers through his journey of doubt and questioning through study and eventual acceptance into the existence of demons and evil spirits. Although it is a story of his journey, he also shares the truths he learned throughout his experiences and his study of scripture as it relates to spiritual warfare. By the end of the book, readers have an understanding of recognizing a struggle with evil spirits as opposed to a struggle with the flesh, methods of deliverance, and how to protect yourself from invasion.
I always love to read books in which the author is completely open and honest about their own struggles. Throughout the book, Pastor Basham shares how he resisted his calling to the deliverance ministry, and also his failures and embarrassing mis-steps. Sometimes it is tempting to look at pastors and think that they have it all together, but Pastor Basham clearly describes the times he failed or said or did the wrong thing. He also shared his successes and triumphs in a very humble and God-honoring way. Even more than the lessons in the book about spiritual warfare, Basham’s book offers a lesson of God guiding and using us to His glory, despite our mistakes and resistance.
This is a very balanced book. It cautions readers against perceiving everything as a spiritual attack, while at the same time realizing that spritual attacks and invasions are real. Basham’s story is engaging and his checklists are easy to follow and informative. It is easy to see why over 300,000 copies have been sold, as it is one of the best books I have ever read on this subject.
I was actually surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did, because I typically do not enjoy books written from the 1960’s and 70’s. However, Basham’s writing style is so engaging and the pace of the book is spot on. He strikes the perfect balance of telling his story along with the discoveries he made in his Bible study. It reads like a very current book, despite being written over 40 years ago.
If you are looking for a realistic book that does not sensationalize demons, this is a must-read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.