Saturday 18 January 2020

Spiritual Warfare and the Discernment of Spirits - Dan Burke

Spiritual Warfare and the Discernment of Spirits
Spiritual Direction Series
Dan Burke
Sophia Institute Press
ISBN 9781644132579
eISBN 9781644132586
ASIN B082FG1489


If you only read one Catholic book this year outside your bible, make it this volume. I am very serious in that statement, and do not make it lightly. Last year I read almost 400 books, 194 were non-fiction, and almost 185 were Catholic books. And This book Is a book that I honestly believe every Catholic, every Christian should read, and will benefit from reading. A few years ago, I read Into the Deep, by Burke. When I finished it, I researched his other titles and planned to get around to reading them. This book has reinforced that desire. When I finish reading a book I usually give it away if it is a physical book, and if an eBook remove it from my devices. I did not do that this time. I know I will reread this book. Likely very soon. I guarantee that this book will have a deep and lasting impact on your life.

The chapters in this volume are:

Foreword, by Fr. William Watson, S.J., D.Min.
Preface (and a Promise)
Introduction: Out of the Darkness
Counterfeit Remedies
An Invitation to Healing
Foundations for Discernment and Navigating the Path of Peace
The Voice of the Devil — The Voice of God
Rules for Discernment of Spirits
Rule #1: For Those Moving from Mortal Sin to Mortal Sin
Rule #2: For Those Moving from Good to Better
Rule #3: What Is Consolation Exactly?
Rule #4: What Exactly Is Desolation?
Rule #5: What Is the Most Important Decision I Can Make When in Desolation?
Rule #6: What Changes Should I Make When in Desolation?
Rule #7: How Can I Adjust My Thinking While in Desolation in Order to Better Overcome It?
Rule #8: How Can I Better Persevere When I Am in Desolation?
Rule #9: What Are the Causes of Desolation?
Rule #10: How Should I Act or Prepare When I Am in Consolation?
Rule #11: How Can Humility Help Me Deal with the Ebb and Flow of Consolation and Desolation?
Rule #12: Understanding and Dealing with the Aggression and Threats of the Enemy
Rule #13: The Power of Exposing the Enemy’s Efforts
Rule #14: How to Strengthen Yourself against Spiritual Attack
What’s Next?
Recommended Resources for Continued Spiritual Growth

This book from the beginning of the forward to the end of the support resources is an incredible read. Over the last 30 years I have read many books on Spiritual Warfare. And this is honestly one of the best. I have come away with a new focus. With tools to deal better with things in life when they pop up, and a renewed experience of the daily examine. The book alone will be life changing but Dan has offered access to online resources to take this knowledge much deeper and to sustain the enthusiasm of the book and really install deep growth.

A few years ago I was challenged to create a Top Ten Catholic Books List, If I had read this book prior to creating that list it would have taken 6th place. And it has been added to the list of books I would include today.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2020 Catholic Reading Plan!

Books by Daniel Burke:
Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God
Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara
30 Days with Teresa of Avila
Into the Deep
Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux
Spiritual Warfare and the Discernment of Spirits

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