Spiritual Warfare by Brian Borgman and Rob Ventura is a short (124 page) discussion of Ephesians 6:10-20. In this book, the authors briefly explain the armor of God in 13 short chapters. At the end of each chapter there are several discussion questions. There are also three appendices: “The Sovereignty of God and Satan,” “Can a Christian be Demon Possessed,” and “Christian, Pray for Your Pastor.” Unfortunately, the book is lacking a Scripture index.
The content of the book is straightforward, clear, and written from a conservative evangelical Baptist perspective. The authors draw on Spurgeon, D. M. Lloyd-Jones, John Piper, John MacArthur, and so forth. The book is also pastoral; the authors encourage, challenge, and exhort the reader to depend wholly upon God in the spiritual battle we all face. The authors call the readers to faith, prayer, perseverance, and confidence in Christ. There is nothing fluffy in this book and there are no rabbit trails. It is simply a layman’s commentary on Ephesians 6:10-20.
I have to admit I was a little disappointed in the book for this reason: the title is a bit misleading. I thought this would be a book that discussed spiritual warfare broadly speaking, including examination and critique of unbiblical views on this topic. The title – or at least subtitle – should let readers know this is basically a commentary on Ephesians 6:10-20. It isn’t a broad discussion of spiritual warfare.
On that same note, if you have some commentaries on Ephesians, you probably won’t have to get this book. I’ve been preaching through Ephesians using various commentaries, so I found Spiritual Warfare to be redundant because it builds on other commentaries. If you have other evangelical commentaries on Ephesians (i.e. Boice, Bruce, O’Brien, Hughes, Chapell, Lincoln, Arnold, Stott, Lloyd-Jones, Snodgrass, etc.) you probably won’t need to purchase Spiritual Warfare.
In summary, the content of Spiritual Warfare is good, biblical, and pastoral. It is a helpful study of the “armor of God” verses in Ephesians 6. But since there are many other similar resources on this section of Scripture, not all of our readers will need it. This book is for readers who don’t have commentaries on this part of Scripture and want a simple discussion of these verses. It would also be a good resource for small groups who want to study the armor of God. As the authors say, “In the mystery of providence, even Satan is under the control of our sovereign God and king, who is the Ruler of rulers, the God of all gods” (p. 115).
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (not due to poor content, but due to my concerns in paragraphs 3 and 4 above)
NOTE: I received this book from CrossFocused Reviews; I was not obligated to give a positive review in exchange for the book.