Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Book Review: Mike McKinley - Did the Devil Make me Do it?

http://d19w3hj6vw9gu6.cloudfront.net/media/product_images/qcadevil_large.z2u4vzhti47eg5nx.jpgIn this short but informative book, Mike McKinley takes a very balanced and Biblical approach to the doctrine of the Devil and demons.

When reading Christian books on the Devil, we usually find them at two extremes:

-Demons are behind every sin and Satan has almost as much power as God.


-Satan and demons were just metaphors in the Bible and there is no literal Devil in the world today.

McKinley has written a book that takes the middle ground. There is a Devil and he has power but is not all powerful. Not every sin we commit comes from Satan. Sometimes we are lead away by our own lust.

We tend to think that Satan is the evil version of God. We see it in cartoons where the two angels are sitting on the guy’s shoulder. One is telling him to do the wrong thing and the other telling him to do right.

In reality, the Devil is God's Devil. I don't mean that God makes the Devil do bad things. I mean that God has authority over Satan. God can stop Satan at any time. God allows Satan to do what he does because He has a plan.

As you can see from the table of contents, McKinley delves into some very intriguing questions.

1. Origins: Where did Satan come from?
2. Activity: What is Satan like and what does he do?
3. Control: What is demon possession?
4. End: How did Jesus defeat Satan?
5. Walk: How should we live in a world where Satan still prowls?

I truly enjoyed this book. Even though McKinley tackles some tough questions, he does it in easy to read and a simple to understand language.

I highly recommend this book, especially to young believers who have not read the subject.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Book Information:

    Publisher: The Good Book Company (2013)
    ISBN: 9781908762306
    Page Count: 80

I received this book, free of charge, from Cross Focused Reviews and The Good Book Company in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Roger,

    Thanks for contributing to the blog tour.

    Shaun Tabatt
    Cross Focused Reviews