(Literary Essentials: Christian Fiction and Nonfiction)

Popular Bible teacher, conference speaker, and author Beth Moore writes about powerful “strongholds” that can ensnare individual believers and consume “so much . . . emotional and mental energy that abundant life is strangled.” Early in the book, she assures readers that she herself has been released from bondage and stands as living proof of the power of “praying Scripture to overcome strongholds.” Most often, Moore argues, battles are waged not in the physical world but in the minds of believers. She sees pride, insecurity, depression, and sexual addiction as emotional responses to the lies Satan tells Christians.

Moore first explicates what will become the central Scriptural passage of her work, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, which beginsFor though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have the power to demolish strongholds.

The “weapons we fight with,” Moore tells readers, are Scripture and prayer, and together, they are strong enough to set captives free.

Each of the book’s main chapters is organized around a lesson that describes how to overcome a particular stronghold. Moore lists fourteen: idolatry, unbelief, pride, deception, insecurity, rejection, addiction, food-related strongholds, guilt, despair resulting from loss, unforgiveness, depression, sexual strongholds, and finally, the enemy, Satan himself. While...

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(Literary Essentials: Christian Fiction and Nonfiction)

Sources for Further Study

Cowman, Mrs. Charles E. [Lettie Burd]. Streams in the Desert. Los Angeles: Oriental Missionary Society, 1925. Rev. ed. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 1999. Mrs. Cowman’s popular devotional journal (and its revised editions) has been a best-selling title for nearly a century and is an early model of books like Moore’s.

Moore, Beth. Breaking Free: Making Liberty in Christ a Reality in Life. Nashville, Tenn.: Broadman & Holman, 2000. Published the same year as Praying God’s Word, this more extensive work describes the journey of transformation believers undergo as they seek union with God.

Vara, Richard. “A Victorious Life: Local Bible Teacher Builds National Women’s Ministry.” Houston Chronicle, January 8, 2000, 1. Article looks at how Moore came to be a Bible teacher and how she founded the Living Proof Ministries.