The Necessity of an Enemy - Ron Carpenter Jr.

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Format: Hardcover

ISBN: 9780307730282

Release: 1.17.2012

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Engaging, Educational, Motivational

by Rodney Hall
August 27, 2012
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Do you feel like you are always in combat with giants or other enemies? Does it feel like the whole world is against you? According to “The Necessity of an Enemy,” there is a positive side to what you are going through. According to the author, “You will never be an exceptional person if you fight only ordinary battles.”

Blending personal transparency with pragmatic principles, Ron Carpenter, Jr. delivers an engaging guide to navigating life’s challenging ordeals. He skillfully combines spiritual wisdom with lessons learned from others and his own experiences to offer readers a positive perspective of life’s “enemies.”

The book hooked me after a few chapters. Perhaps it was the deep level of authenticity or the need to cheer the underdog. The more I read, the more I could relate - not necessarily to the author’s particular challenges, but to the common emotions and decision points that all struggles carry. It was like listening to the wisdom of a friend who has “been there” – one who naturally and easily relates and empathizes with the pain and confusion inherent in all tribulation.

In contrast to many books in this genre, “The Necessity of an Enemy” is multidimensional. It is part guided journey; a tour of challenges and struggles through the eyes of the person who experienced them. It is a good reminder that everyone faces difficulties of varying degrees. They are common to the human experience. It is part spiritual philosophy; wisdom developed over thousands of years through the experiences of faith-filled heroes who trusted God when hope appeared far away or even non-existent. It also contains a great pep talk; the narrative encourages readers to believe that even the most difficult circumstances can be used by God for our ultimate good.

Jesus’ admonition to “love you enemies” may be a bit easier when approached from the perspective of this book. After all as the author suggests, “An enemy arising in your life is a key indicator the next stage of your future is about to be born.”

You can read the first chapter of this book online here.

WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group provided this book to me for free in exchange for this honest review as part of their Blogging for Books program.

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