“Defending Your Marriage” Uniquely Tackles Spiritual Warfare

October 18, 2018

Tragically, we westerners still do not take the demonic seriously, especially when it comes to addressing problems in our marriage. That is until now. As far as I know, my friend and colleague Tim Muehlhoff has written the only book that tackles this crucial yet neglected aspect of cultivating healthy marriages.

I really can't say enough about Defending Your Marriage. It is thoroughly biblically based and experientially sound; it is so well written that it reads like a novel, and it is chock-full of insights and practical applications. To be honest, I don't see how anyone can afford not to read this book who is involved in marriage counseling or simply wants his or her marriage to grow. It deftly adds a new dimension to marriage protection and enrichment that you will find nowhere else.

Defending Your Marriage - set to be released in a few weeks! - approaches the topic of spiritual oppression in a balanced and biblical manner. The following features make the book useful and easy to apply:

  • Muehlhoff helps readers understand why their marriages may invite spiritual opposition. By understanding God’s design for marriage, readers will gain a better understanding of what Satan is so upset about and would want to target.
  • Couples are introduced to practical criteria that can be used to detect if spiritual oppression is at play. What are the most common indicators that Satan may be trying to derail your marriage?
  • Defending Your Marriage isn’t merely a book about Satan. Rather, it’s about how to protect our marriages by utilizing biblical tools such as prayer, meditating on God’s Word, and mobilizing fellow believers.
  • Interspersed throughout the book are short interviews with Christian thinkers who have walked deeply with God and fought through spiritual oppression.
  • Muehlhoff reminds us that a key reason we focus on the “schemes” of the devil (2 Cor 2:11) is to better understand how they could disrupt our strategies for cultivating a God-honoring marriage. By remembering and counteracting this forgotten threat, we not only pave the way for intimacy with our spouse, but also draw closer to our ultimate protector—God himself.
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About J.P. Moreland

J.P. Moreland is the Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Biola University.


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