Winning The Battle For The Night: God’s Plan For Sleep, Dreams, and Revelation, by Faith Blatchford
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Chosen Books. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]
As someone whose troubles with sleep are well documented , this book is both a risk and an opportunity. The author talks about her own longtime struggles with sleep and her own deep interest in divine and demonic influence on sleep, and how one feels about this book depends on a variety of elements. Do you believe that God still communicates with believers through dreams, and that dreams sometimes contain warnings that are often ignored, to the peril of those who had been given prophetic dreams and did not take them seriously? Do you believe that there is a demonic influence in many nightmares, as the author specifies this as meaning night demon numerous times in this book? If you believe both of these things, this book will likely contain much of interest and value for you. If you believe neither of these two, this book will be at best a reminder of various human factors–PTSD, anxiety, high levels of technology use, obesity, sleep apnea, and so on–that negatively affect sleep, many of which I am sadly all too familiar with.
This book was a short one–I read it as an ePub and it only came to 113 pages there, filled with a variety of chapters organized in a topical fashion. Throughout the book we find out that the author was born into a mainstream Christian background and found little encouragement or insight from her religious background concerning dreams. She relays various stories about the dreams of Abraham Lincoln and victims of the Holocaust who were given what appeared to be prophetic dreams. The author’s charismatic background accounts for the extreme interest in the spirit world here, which may put off some readers, both in its references to the Holy Spirit as well as its references to the demonic world. Despite the author’s own frank confession of her longtime struggle with bad sleep, there is a certain “blame the victim” approach to poor sleep here, where people are blamed for having their sleep harmed because they have been deceived by satanic lies, even where they are not to blame in terms of diet and exercise and going to bed earlier for their sleep problems in other ways.
Even so, although there was much that could offend, overall I found I was satisfied with the book’s approach. The author’s tough approach to the reader was balanced by her own sincerity, and the author’s depth of study into the problem of sleep for believers is obvious to anyone who has shared her troubles and her approach to them. As someone who has strong beliefs about both the malign nature of a third of the spirit world as well as the way that dreams are an aspect of divine communication, I found much to agree with concerning the author’s perspective, despite some differences. Likewise, the author’s comments about PTSD and the responsibility of parents for the dream life of their children was also something I could agree with and wholeheartedly endorse. If there was much in this book that reminds me that a great deal of the unpleasant nature of my own sleep is my responsibility, it was comforting to know that my horrific sleep life is not a problem I have alone, and there is considerable value in that realization. For those readers who share my struggle and the author’s, then, this book provides both comfort as well as a prod to take action.
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