Book Review - Timeless Truths

The Inner Strength Series: John Bevere
by Marsha Gallard

Author John Bevere is known for a delivery that is part drill sergeant, part commander. He won acclaim in the early 1990s for his books on the fear of the Lord, breaking intimidation and avoiding offense. Today Christians can revisit those truths through Bevere's compact, five-volume Inner Strength Series: Recognizing Your Spiritual Authority, Break the Power of Negative Words, Forgive and Build Bridges, Walk in God's Pattern for Success and Embrace the Fear of God.

In discussing spiritual authority, Bevere points to intimidation as a prime way to lose out. "As with most of Satan's devices, intimidation is camouflaged and subtle. We feel its effects - depression, confusion, lack of faith - without knowing the root," he writes.

Offense is another tool if the enemy that can cripple Christian's progress in life. "Often those who are offended do not even realize they are trapped. They are oblivious to their condition because they are so focused on the wrong that was done to them. The most effective way for the enemy to blind us is to cause us to focus on ourselves." Bevere suggests taking a second look at why you're making a change. Are you just offended?

Bevere also exposes the traps of seeking revenge, explains divine order and discusses the difference between the fear of man and the fear of God. "Many believers often feel weak, helpless and inadequate to live strong, powerful spiritual lives, yielding to the temptations of the enemy, succumbing to the carnal passions of their human natures and failing to rise up in victory," he writes. Bevere's five booklets offer biblical remedies - ways to help believers grab hold of their inner strength.

Reprinted with permission from Charisma and Christian Life (April 2002). ? Strang Communications Co., USA. All rights reserved.

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