The Necessity of an Enemy when reaching out in and for the Kingdom

Cat Henry

4.5 Stars

September 18, 2012

Who wants to seek out or confront our enemies or in this case our personal demons? Can’t we just hide from them, ignore them or deal with them at our own discretion? I admit I’m a wimp at heart, I personally would just prefer to avoid pain. Perhaps it’s because daily I contend with a pain management for my various physical issues and I don’t want to take on anymore. Conscientiously I try to make choices to alleviate or minimize future pain. So the concept of the necessity of an enemy who inflicts hurt, sorrow, depression, lies, anger, fear…basically those things that make life miserable and derails many of us wasn’t something I wanted to embrace. But the title grabbed me to check out how the need of an adversary can benefit me.

In Pastor Ron Carpenter’s book “The Necessity of an Enemy” he writes and explains in an engaging manner full of examples, humor and reinforcing scripture to help demystify and take the enemy head on. Ron shares about the enemy on the outside but also the enemy on the inside. In order to have an external enemy you first have to feel the enemy’s impact which means you must be doing something right (which is encouraging) in life for your demons to be so busy. Then there is internal enemy which could be rephrased as we have met the enemy and it is within us. Ron imparts to the reader that God uses adversity to our advantage then goes on to tell us how to defeat the enemy and properly put into perspective the personal antagonist encountered in your life.

This first book by the author, culminating after his 20 years of the highs and lows of growing a successful minWho wants to seek out or confront our enemies or in this case our personal demons? Can’t we just hide from them, ignore them or deal with them at our own discretion? I admit I’m a wimp at heart, I personally would just prefer to avoid pain. Perhaps it’s because daily I contend with a pain management for my various physical issues and I don’t want to take on anymore. Conscientiously I try to make choices to alleviate or minimize future pain. So the concept of the necessity of an enemy who inflicts hurt, sorrow, depression, lies, anger, fear…basically those things that make life miserable and derails many of us wasn’t something I wanted to embrace. But the title grabbed me to check out how the need of an adversary can benefit me. In Pastor Ron Carpenter’s book “The Necessity of an Enemy” he writes and explains in an engaging manner full of examples, humor and reinforcing scripture to help demystify and take the enemy head on. Ron shares about the enemy on the outside but also the enemy on the inside. In order to have an external enemy you first have to feel the enemy’s impact which means you must be doing something right (which is encouraging) in life for your demons to be so busy. Then there is internal enemy which could be rephrased as we have met the enemy and it is within us. Ron imparts to the reader that God uses adversity to our advantage then goes on to tell us how to defeat the enemy and properly put into perspective the personal antagonist encountered in your life.

This first book by the author, culminating after his 20 years of the highs and lows of growing a successful ministry called Redemption World Outreach Center, is divided into 7 sections, totally 40 chapters (each a couple of pages) in easy to read current prose. There is a small group study guide that easily can be used as a personal devo(tional). Ron shows how to identify, overcome and defeat the spiritual foe who ultimately is trying to impact the growth of the Kingdom and the God given destiny for your life.
Prior to reading this book, I knew that you can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. I liked this book because it reinforced that knowledge and further clarified what those obstacles are that I have in my calling as I pursue and encourage others in Christian Outreach. It doesn’t matter what the ministry is or even what the conflict you find yourself up against, this book provides good ammunition to fight the demons that drag us down.

This first book by the author, culminating after his 20 years of the highs and lows of growing a successful ministry: Redemption World Outreach Center, is divided into 7 sections, totally 40 chapters (each a couple of pages) in easy to read current prose. There is a small group study guide that easily can be used as a personal devo(tional). Ron shows how to identify, overcome and defeat the spiritual foe who ultimately is trying to impact the growth of the Kingdom and the God given destiny for your life.

Prior to reading this book, I knew that you can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. I liked this book because it reinforced that knowledge and further clarified what those obstacles are that I have in my calling as I pursue and encourage others in Christian Outreach. It doesn’t matter what the ministry is or even what the conflict you find yourself up against, this book provides good ammunition to fight the demons that drag us down.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.