Friday, January 23, 2015

Book Review: The Ishbane Conspiracy by the Alcorns

The Ishbane Conspiracy by Randy Alcorn and his daughters Angela and Karina appears to be based on C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters.  If you haven't read that, Jillian Fletcher is finishing up high school, cheering at basketball games, and has a new boyfriend.  As we follow her "adventures" in high school, like dealing with another cheerleader who holds a grudge against her, we are also privy to letters written from a greater demon to a lesser one.  These letters detail the ways the demons try to keep her from the "Enemy" (Jesus) through her relationships with her family and friends.

I find this book (and Screwtape Letters) to be scary.  No, not because there are demons in them, but because it brings to my attention how involved in our lives they might be.  This book is an eye-opening look into the spiritual warfare going around us all the time, and I think we need this reminder.

I don't have teenagers (yet), but this book would be especially relevant to parents of teenagers.  I was amazed at the way that things like heavy metal music can be used to keep them from Jesus Christ, and I couldn't believe how prevalent things like seances are.  This part of the book scared me, as well.

In conclusion, read this book!  Open your eyes to the fight going on around you all the time, the fight between Good and evil.  It's a book that I plan to read regularly for the reminder.

I want to thank WaterBrook Multnomah for my review copy of this book, but my opinions are my own.

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