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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company (17 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908762306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908762306
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 11.5 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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A great series and an excellent resource. Important issues tackled thoughtfully, carefully, thoroughly and biblically. You couldn't ask for anything more. So don't. Buy these and use them well. --Steve Timmis, Director, Acts 29 Western Europe

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Mike McKinley is the author of Passion, Am I Really a Christian? and Church Planting is for Wimps. Since 2005 he has been pastor of Guilford Baptist Church in Sterling, Virginia. Before that, he served on the pastoral staff of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC, having received his MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary. Mike is married to Karen, and they have five children and a foster-daughter.

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By electrogoth77 on 28 Mar. 2014
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Pretty good short study on Satan and demons. Ideally I would have like the author to also cover a Christian response to the occult/paganism and whether there is any danger to Christians from these.
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By Sandstone on 8 May 2014
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I enjoyed reading this book but I did think it was a little on the small size (both dimensions and pages). There was little in it to inform me regarding its subject and I would not have bought if I had known a something of its compilation.
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Excellent Approach to Spiritual Warfare 11 July 2013
By Michael C. Boling - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Did the Devil Make Me Do It? by pastor and author Mike McKinley is a short yet highly relevant book on the topic of Satan and more importantly, how we as believers are to both understand our enemy and by understanding the enemy, how to properly fight against his efforts to steal, kill, and destroy.

I must say receiving this book was rather timely as this very topic came up for discussion in a Facebook forum I am involved in. The question as to Satan's origins and how various passages in Scripture should be interpreted, specifically whether those passages actually depict Satan's fall from heaven or whether they are more indicative of describing more earthly concerns, was one that was presented for discussion. McKinley's approach to the origin of the enemy is very honest and I believe is well in keeping with a proper understanding of passages such as Isaiah 14. While Isaiah may have not been actually describing Satan's fall from heaven, that does not mean Scripture is not clear on the character of the enemy nor can we state that Scripture does not desire for us to understand how our enemy operates. It is these issues which McKinley aptly discusses in great detail and that form the backbone of his book.

The very title of McKinley's book is also very apt as it interacts with the false impression that most people have about Satan. As noted in another excellent book, Torn to Heal by Mike Leake, "Dualism is the idea that the universe is in a cosmic battle between two forces - one good and one evil - with neither side completely able to master the other. In its Christian form, "this view is sometimes refined to make Satan either the personification of evil or the personal evil genius behind evil, in exactly the same way that God is the genius behind good...however, in this view neither Satan nor God is absolute; neither is omnipotent." McKinley avoids such a false approach correctly noting a very fundamental truth, that of "the evil one is always, and in every way, subservient to the will of God." While Satan may have what on the surface appears to be some level of authority on this earth, McKinley rightly states "while Satan is a powerful being with authority in the realm of demons, he never has independence from God or power that begins to rival God's." McKinley wonderfully states the posture believers must have when combating the evil one or when suffering comes our way. In all things, we must "resolve in our hearts and minds that we will trust God's goodness and wisdom in all circumstances." Why? Because God is sovereign and the enemy is not.

The chapter on demons and demon possession was truly enlightening. Many people rightly ask if Christians can be demon possessed. McKinley does an excellent job of explaining in great detail what terms like demon possession actually mean pointing out the more likely approach according to Scripture is that believers cannot be possessed. With that said, attacks against believers by demons and the evil one are certainly a reality although never outside God's sovereign control. Furthermore, McKinley does an wonderful job reminding the reader of the type of battle we are engaged in, one that is a fight against principalities and spiritual wickedness that manifests itself in sinful behavior. His overview of what strongholds mean was biblically sound and a salient reminder that behind sinful behavior is spiritual depravity. It is not that the devil makes anyone do anything. Conversely, he merely preys upon our sinful desires in an effort to lure us away from serving God in all we do. This is why the believer must constantly don the full armor of God as we engage in this cosmic battle, one which McKinley adroitly reminds us "God is the victor and the devil's destruction has been sealed."

This of course begs the question of if God is the victor, why does evil still take place in the world. This is a question that often trips up believers and McKinley expertly addresses this issue by reminding us the final victory has been won, however, we live in a now but not yet scenario. We have the ultimate victory over sin and death, but until Christ returns to finally vanquish the enemy, sin, and death, we will still remain engaged in a battle, one that is won, but one that still is being fought in part. McKinley describes Satan as a "fatally wounded animal, lashing out and trying to do damage with his last moments. He is dangerous, but power and authority is found in the name of Christ; the outcome of the battle is not in doubt."

McKinley's "Did the Devil Make Me Do It?" is perhaps the best 78 page book I have ever read to date on spiritual warfare and who the enemy is while constantly focusing on God's sovereignty. Short yet insightful, a quick read yet full of biblical truth, this book will provide valuable perspective on the nature of the battle we are in, how we are to fight it, and the reality that the outcome has been decided. These three truths are ones all believers need to grasp and to share with others who have questions about this topic. I highly recommend this excellent little book as a primer on spiritual warfare and how it should be fought. It is highly appropriate for scholars and layman alike and no, the devil did not make you do anything.

I received this for free from The Good Book Company via Cross Focused Reviews for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Balanced and Biblical approach! 17 July 2013
By Roger Leonhardt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In 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.

Or

-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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
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 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Biblically faithful and immensely practical. 16 July 2013
By Kevin P. Halloran - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In "Did the devil make me do it?", Mike McKinley writes a short (77 pages) and accessible mini-theology of Satan, demons, and evil spirits. McKinley does not mince words nor waste any time in answering the five main questions that make up the book:

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?

The format of this and other books in the "Questions Christians Ask" series from The Good Book Company feature bonus questions such as "Are demons just a way of explaining mental illness?", "Why does Satan have so many names?" and "Is C.S. Lewis an accurate guide to the devil?" that are brief, yet relevant and informative.

McKinley encouraged me by his focus on the limited power of the devil, the victory already won in Christ, and by explaining and applying the attitudes and practices Christians should foster to deal with spiritual warfare. He writes in a clear and entertaining way, making it easy to get through this book in about an hour.

This book does nothing new or unique, but does give readers a good understanding of theology in a tiny book that can fit into their pockets. McKinley writes clearly and succinctly, and lets readers know that there is nothing to be afraid of because Christ has already won.

I recommend this book for anyone looking for an introduction to the Bible's teaching about the devil and demons. I also think pastors would be wise to always have a few copies on hand.

This book was provided by Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for a fair review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Helpful introduction to a vital topic 15 July 2013
By Dave J. Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In my experience many Christians are confused about spiritual warfare and the Devil. While the majority of this confusion comes from popular teaching they have seen or heard on TV or on podcasts or books; this confusion can be avoided by opening up the Bible and reading what it says about these topic. While reading the Bible is vital for every Christian; as Christians we also need teaching rooted in the Word that will help show us where we are wrong about the topic in order to help us to further study the topic from the Word of God. Every topic that the Christian studies should be done through a biblical worldview with a focus on grounding one's thinking in Word of God. This is why I am excited about Did the devil make me do it? And other questions about Satan, demons and evil spirits by Pastor Mike McKinley. As Mike engages the Bible he does so with a view to confront wrong views on the subject from the Word of God in order to help Christians think biblically about spiritual warfare.

Did the devil make me do it has only seventy-seven pages and five chapters, all of which is aimed at helping the reader understand the origins, and activity of Satan; along with demon possession, how Jesus defeated Satan and how Christians should live in a world where Satan prowls around like a lion. As I read this short and very well-written book, I was impressed by both the depth of thought from the Word of God and the pastoral sensitivity of the author. The author doesn't mince words but rather seeks to deal with objections he has seen and heard in the course of his ministry. In an age where many people are exposing wrong ideas about this topic, Did the devil make me do it will help readers understand what the Bible teaches about this vital topic with a view to applying it to their lives.

Over the past few years I've read quite a few books by Mike and have been impressed that he writes with a clear goal: to help strengthen Christians so they can serve the Church well. Thankfully with this book this trend continues. While I've read dozens of books over the years on this topic, I can't think of one that is more concise and introduces the topic as well as this book does.

While many Christians seem to think the devil is lurking behind ever rock, Mike's book will help such people to understand not just the activity of the devil but also the sovereignty of God. The devil may be seeking to devour whom he may but our God is still the King of the world. While it may seem that our world is turning upside down, God makes our own personal world's right side up by His grace through the work of His Son-- Jesus Christ. More important than understanding spiritual warfare and the activity of Satan is understanding the present victory the Christian has because of the finished work of Jesus. It is because of Jesus that Christians can stand not perfectly, but in His grace and by His Spirit and proclaim that we are more than conquerors because of the finished work Jesus. It is precisely for this reason, I am excited about Mike's new book, and why I heartily recommend it to you as it is thoroughly grounded in the biblical text, pastorally sensitive and immensely practical.

This book would be a great resource for Pastors to hand out by the truck loads to people to help them answer their questions about spiritual warfare. I can also see this book being used in small groups and in many other areas in the Church. Whether you are a new or mature Christian Did the devil make me do it is a great resource that will help you grow in understanding the activity of the devil and and how God turns what was meant for evil and uses it for our good and His joy for His glory.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Biblical View of Satan 13 July 2013
By parkerj - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mike McKinley's short book, Did the Devil Make Me Do It? seeks to answer five questions:
-Where did Satan come from?
-What is Satan like and what does he do?
-What is demon possession?
-How did Jesus defeat Satan?
- How should we live in a world where Satan still prowls?

This little book does a wonderful job of giving the Biblical evidence of who Satan is and what he does. Believers tend to lean to one extreme or the other. Either attributing every negative event in their life to Satan, or basically denying that Satan works in this world at all. This book balances those two approaches with the Biblical evidence that Satan does move and work in this world, but God is sovereign, not competing with Satan, as if Satan might win and God might lose. McKinley also presents the truth that much of the evil and sin that comes our way "springs out of the human heart and flows out in our words and our actions." Satan needs only to present the bait most of the time and we willingly and naturally chose sin.

In speaking on demonic strongholds, McKinley clearly states that "we should see something of these strongholds in the godless philosophies, distorted systems of belief, and false religions that plague the world. Where human beings are engaged deeply in these ways of thinking and believing, the world (and the devil) has a "stronghold." But Paul is clear that the message of the gospel and the truth of God's Word have the power to demolish these places where unbelief flourishes." This is such a great statement in trying to understand how Satan works in this world. Satan does work in this world, most clearly through the anti-God world systems, but he in now way is able to trump God or to thwart God's plan.

McKinley also states that, "the spiritual war in which we are engaged is real and dangerous, but it is not an equal contest. Although Satan is a powerful adversary, we must never imagine that his is somehow a conflict between two rival powers or two perfectly matched opponents. The outcome of this war has already been decided; God is the victor and the devil's destruction has been sealed." This is the over arching message of this book and a truth that we should always remember when observing wickedness around us and in our own heart.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it!
I received a free copy of this book from The GoodBook Company through CrossFocusedReviews.com
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