Reading Spirit Wars: Winning the Invisible Battle Against Sin and the Enemy really enhanced my Good Friday experience. It was pretty amazing how God tied it in to my other readings (especially my Bible readings) and the events of the day.
I'd never heard of Kris Vallotton before this book. He starts out the book telling his testimony. With the exception of one disagreement, I found myself learning a lot from this man who has had such a different life than me.
One thing I was excited about was his explanation of how the gift of the discernment of spirits often manifests itself. Apparently Christians with this spiritual gift can get confused that what they're spiritually sensing in those around them are their own emotional feelings... That is so me. One time in college I remember being given a ride by a friend which I desperately needed to a museum I had to visit for my art appreciation class. I was excited to get the ride and cheerful as I got in the car. As we drove down the road I felt inexplicably sad. That happens to me a lot, unexplained emotions. So I was giving myself a mental pep talk on why I should be happy when I looked over and saw silent tears streaming down my friend's face. It turns out he'd broken up with his girlfriend the night before. It was the first time I realized that my unexplained emotions had to do with me picking up on those around me... and reading this book is the first time I've realized that it's an extension of a spiritual insight.
I had worried about it before, because there is no Biblical mention of this (I had thought) and as a Christian, I don't want anything that isn't God-given. But Vallotton's explanation that those who are unaware of the gift of discernment in them often have this experience was a joyful realization for me, especially since a) the discernment of spirits is a Biblical gift and b) I've actually prayed for that gift before! I just didn't realize that my prayer had been answered!
Admittedly, this mention of the Biblical gift was just a small side note of this book, taking up a page or two. But the rest of the book is also enjoyable and fascinating. Vallotton discusses demons, but also warns against obsessing about them, and how we should always keep our eyes on Christ. I definitely recommend this book.
I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my unbiased review.