Kingdom Come, by Justin Coogle, has exciting spiritual warfare surprises for you. The blurb reads like a Roman Catholic nightmare. But the book is really much better than that. Because of the obvious RC setting, I was concerned as I started.
Then the action starts—a lot of it. The tale gives us a gritty look at spiritual warfare, but certainly not objectionable. My problems centered on the unreality of fighting demons with swords, knives, hammers, and the rest of the worldly tools of war. Action/adventure fans will find a lot to like. Yet, I continued to find more.
The characters of the book show us the meat. The relationships bring us into questions we all face throughout our lives. More than that, these are people you can like with whom you get involved quickly.
It took a while, but I enjoyed the read. It truly snuck up on me—in a good way. Be prepared for an entertaining ride.
The exciting spiritual warfare surprises sneak up on you
The action can obscure the spiritual truths, but Justin navigates this issue well. The end of the book becomes very satisfying. There is some real meat here. The spiritual reality avoids evangelical or pentecostal norms but reveals some hardcore Christian roots. The content rates 3-stars, the religious level, in my Spiritual System for Rating Books release. But the content contains Truth—quite a bit of it in fact.
Justin gives us a lot of this in his Author’s Notes at the end
…the dangers of idolatry, no matter its form. Even good things (like the Pope, your pastors, your family, your spouses, good deeds) can become idols which can create a chasm between you and God. This doesn’t mean to not enjoy and love things that are good, it just means keep perspective. God wants you to delight in his workmanship.
A key element to the Christian life is recognizing what is core to your being. Where do you place your identity?
The most dangerous demons aren’t those that hurt you physically. No, the most devilish are those that remain hidden and corrupt you slowly. An effective demon is one that separates you from God. That is all a demon has to do to be victorious. The moment your faith isn’t in Jesus, the demon’s job is done and they just feed off all your sin, all your fears, insecurity, etc.
[Quotes from various areas of the substantial Author’s Notes at the end of the book.]
But mainly, these exciting spiritual warfare surprises entertain
We don’t see doctrinal issues at all. The Truth is revealed in the lives of people doing the best they can while trusting the Lord. As Justin tells us in the notes, he sees himself as non-denominational. That remains the truth of this Christian book. We get a fun read with a bit of meat. We rarely see that these days.
You will enjoy this book. Parents of teenagers, as always, need to read the book before your child starts with the questions. But I do not hesitate to recommend this one.
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