Book Review: Combating The Lies Of Satan

Combating The Lies Of Satan:  Your Guide To Being Uncompromising In A Compromising World, by Shirley White

[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by BookLook/WestBow Press in exchange for an honest review.]

It is honestly mystifying that this book was self-published.  When one reads a lot of self-published books as I do, there are consistent issues that one sees.  Some books are too derivative and fail to provide original thought.  Some books are written by people who clearly could use copyediting or even co-writing services often provided to those whose name can sell a book even in the absence of substantial writing talent.  Yet sometimes a book is written well and by a polished writer and it is strange that such a work did not draw the attention of a publisher because the book clearly deserves the increased marketing budget and legitimacy as a book that come from being part of the offerings of a publisher rather than being relegated to self-publishing.  This book is clearly one that stands above the grade of self-published books, and one that with little or no work would make a compelling volume on contemporary politics and society as well as spiritual warfare, both subjects in which there are no shortage of books that provide this one with a welcome and helpful context in which it belongs [1].  The fact that this book’s natural comparisons are in mainstream Conservative texts that combine a strong Christian belief with a strong right-wing political mindset, written well and directed in a persuasive manner and striking and original format suggests that whoever’s job it was to serve as the gatekeeper for publishing this work failed to recognize the potential in the book and give it the audience and backing it deserves.

The contents of this book amount to a combination of two fairly common and worthwhile genres of non-fiction books that I must own to reading in somewhat large quantities.  The first of the genre consists of books written from a religiously and socially conservative worldview that critique contemporary social, cultural, and philosophical trends, and the second genre is the work on spiritual warfare aimed at believers.  Both of these elements work well together, and it is a wonder they are not combined more often.  The book itself is organized around ten lies:  Jesus is not God, God and Satan do not exist, Evolution is fact and creation is a myth, all religions are true and equally valid, there’s no such thing as absolute truth, life does not begin at conception and abortion should be legal, marriage is defined according to one’s sexual preference, there should be a two-state Israel, America was not founded on Judeo-Christian ideals, and capitalism is evil.  Each of the chapters begins with an imagined short dialogue between God and Satan and then the author discusses the matter in larger detail speaking to the audience in the second person.  The discussions are, on the main, rather pointed but also nothing particularly extreme.  Although liberals/atheists/Democrats would probably not like their political worldview compared with Satanic lies, every one of those lies discussed by the author is, in fact a lie, even if they are only part of the story.  Indeed, the author’s attack on one side of the Satanic dialectic is itself often well-supported.

This is not to say that the book is without flaws.  It should be noted that in many cases the author’s views are nuanced and not as one-sided as the chapter headings would indicate to the casual readers, and that at times the author demonstrates a lack of awareness of relevant biblical law relating to the Sabbath and Jubilee.  Some readers would quibble at the fact that the author seems to nearly exclusively use the 1984 version of the NIV as her biblical text of choice.  Likewise, the author does not appear here to be writing in order to build a bridge to those whose worldview she disagrees with; rather, she appears to be writing mainly to those who claim or profess a belief in the Bible but who may not be living or voting according to those professed beliefs.  To that regard, the book is itself uncompromising, even if the book’s approach appears that the author began with a particular political worldview she wishes to support with scripture, rather than beginning from scripture and then seeking to define what political implications scripture would lead to, although in most cases, as in abortion and sexuality, the result is the same regardless of the approach.  Even so, despite these relatively minor flaws, this is a worthwhile book, and certainly one that deserves attention for its uncompromising approach and its clear contemporary relevance.

[1] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/book-review-the-spiritual-warfare-answer-book/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2014/08/30/book-review-spiritual-warfare-jesus-way/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/book-review-gods-plan-for-spiritual-battle/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/book-review-man-myth-messiah/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/book-review-if-my-people/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/book-review-you-will-be-made-to-care/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/book-review-right-wing-handbook-debunking-ten-lies-of-the-left/

 

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