Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Book Review: Defeating Jezebel

The Spiritual Warrior's Guide to Defeating Jezebel
By Jennifer LeClaire
Chosen Books, 2013
English, 192 pgs


From the Back Cover

Is Jezebel bending you to its will?

What is the "spirit of Jezebel"--and what influence does it have on your life? Despite decades of teaching on this subject and specific warnings in the Old and New Testaments, the Church is still being distracted from her endtime purpose. This high-level principality fools sincere believers into directing their prayer power against controlling individuals in their midst, while the real enemy and its real purpose remain hidden.

Through Scripture, prophetic insight and practical experience, Jennifer LeClaire roots out the underlying workings of this evil spirit. Manipulation and control are just surface-level fruit. The devil's deeper agenda, she explains, is idolatry and immorality.

If you are a believer, then you are already being baited by this seductive spirit. This guidebook shows you how to identify the true enemy and engage in effective warfare. Here are the weapons you need to battle the Jezebel deception--and win.

I'm still not sure what I feel about this book. I cannot find fault in the Scripture references or the logic and truth behind the book. It is well researched and written. This is not a book you can "skim through" or read lightly. The material is dense and heavy and it will change a lot in the way you view others and their motives.

I appreciate that there is a chapter titled "Loving Jezebel Back to Jesus". This chapter redeemed a lot of the condemning tone of the book. There is not anyone too far gone for the love of Jesus. He died for all, including the person being controlled by this spirit.

I'm just not sure about this book. The author would probably say that I'm being too tolerant of evil because I'm hesitant to fully and completely agree with everything she says. Please know, I'm not arguing against what she said. But rather how she said it seems harsh.

It's a hard, condemning book to read. I think it could have been done in a more loving manner. Being a Christian isn't about condemning each other (Romans 8:1 - Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus) or judging other believers (Luke 6:37 - Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.). It's about showing the love of Christ and allowing the Spirit to work in someone's life. We are not the harvesters. We are not the judges. We are not the jury. We are not the executioners. We are the planters. We are the nurturers. 

I received a copy of the book from Chosen Books in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation has been received. 

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