Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
1 Peter 5:8-9
Don't Go through Life Naked: How to Clothe Yourself in God's Power
by Susan B. Mead
Publication Date January 23, 2018
Genres: Christian Living
Written for: Adults
The enemy of your soul wants you to feel out of control…overwhelmed, outwitted and under resourced. When you listen to the lies the enemy weaves in your marriage, finances, relationships, and health, he wreaks havoc. Steals your joy. Kills your hope. And aims to not only dull, but destroy the power of God in your life.
In Don’t Go through Life Naked, Susan B. Mead shares her own deeply personal experiences with feeling exposed and engaging the enemy—from the recurring nightmares of childhood to the loss of her son and perceived judgment of others.
With scriptural insight, let’s-get-real vulnerability, and a wry sense of humor, Mead helps readers:
- Toss out misconceptions about spiritual warfare to understand what Jesus really said about your spiritual authority and the certainty you have in him.
- Know what to pray to steady your soul and restore your confidence.
- Stop feeling overrun by the enemy and start believing the authority of God abides in you to overcome.
In Don’t Go through Life Naked, Mead provides strong spiritual weapons for your life through the scripture of God’s prayer book, the Bible. These weapons enable you to successfully clothe yourself in God’s power and promises every day.
A portion of the proceeds of Don’t Go through Life Naked will benefit Proverbs 31 Ministries to help them continue teaching biblical truth and taking the hope of Jesus to women and families around the world.
I would like to thank Celebrate Lit for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
The focus of this short book is to equip Christians to not just survive the attacks of Satan, but to understand how he attacks and how to fight back. The author shares some personal experiences, Bible verses and reflection questions to this end. In many ways, the book reads like a conversation with a friend.
Overall, the author does a good job in covering this. She also makes it very clear that the promises of Scripture apply to the Redeemed and explains the way of salvation. Yay!
I expected this book to be mostly about the spiritual armor mentioned in Ephesians. I was wrong. The author uses Scripture from the Old and New Testament to back up her teachings, and for the most part, I agree with her interpretation and application.
A few things gave me pause, but they aren’t significant enough for me to suggest you not read the book. She quotes what Wikipedia says about who Lucifer is. While I use that resource frequently, I don’t suggest using it as a source of learning Biblical truths without verifying the facts from other reliable sources. Anyone can have input in the articles there, and thus you don’t necessarily know if it was posted by a Christian, atheist, Mormon, etc. That is an important distinction because we all come to look at these things with a very different perspective.
She also suggests that the reader search Bible Gateway or another online Bible to find truth that applies to their circumstances from Scripture. Personally this worries me, because it is so easy to take Scripture out of context and use it to prove things that are simply not true. Therefore, dear reader, please be diligent when you read Scripture and always read it in full context.
Guest Post from Susan B. Mead
Seriously Susan? You’re taking the Word of God and making it laughable?
Yes, I am. The subject we address is serious – it is arming ourselves with the Full Armor of God. Do you realize that makes this topic Spiritual Warfare? Yes! Warfare. Why was I compelled to write about this?
We address being 1) aware of the adversary, 2) mindful of his methods and 3) positioned for combat with a powerful promise.
God gave me His sense of humor to lighten the mood and open our minds to His message. Now that is a blessing, in my humble opinion.
Why would God let me poke lightly at this problem? So we can look forward to digging in to discover every tidbit, tool, and treasure He has for us. The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.
Do you see the nuggets here? I consider them valuable like pure gold and solid silver. When we forge the Word of God into our hearts, He equips us with a tool – the sword of the Spirit. That allows us to clear the ground of every obstruction.
God also covers us with His Word when we come to Him as Lord of our lives. His Word is His Son, Jesus; the Jesus who lived, bled, died, and rose to Heaven for you and for me. We are covered and protected by that amazing gift, for the Word Jesus carries power to prevail against all powers of evil when Jesus is Lord of our lives.
Not the enemy and not us – Jesus.
Are you ready to venture into the vault of God’s vast truth?
Expect adventure, excitement and breathtaking breakthrough IF you choose to forge ahead.
There are twists and turns ahead.
(Spoiler alert! You may already know the end of this story.)
Oh by the way, on April 19, Susan received an email from the Jenkins Group. You know, Jerry Jenkins of the Left Behind Series – and so many other books. She was humbled – and incredibly honored – to read the 2018 eLit Book Awards Medalist list and find this line…
Don’t Go Through Life Naked by Susan B. Mead
GOLD Medal Winner
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