About the Book
Why do I feel like I’m going through life naked if I’m following God faithfully? The Bible tells you the war has already been won, yet some days you simply feel undone. The enemy of your soul wants you to feel out of control…overwhelmed, outwitted and under resourced. When you listen to the lies the enemy weaves in your marriage, finances, relationships, and health, he wreaks havoc. Steals your joy. Kills your hope. And aims to not only dull, but destroy the power of God in your life. In Don’t Go through Life Naked, Susan B. Mead shares her own deeply personal experiences with feeling exposed and engaging the enemy—from the recurring nightmares of childhood to the loss of her son and perceived judgment of others. With scriptural insight, let’s-get-real vulnerability, and a wry sense of humor, Mead helps readers: – Toss out misconceptions about spiritual warfare to understand what Jesus really said about your spiritual authority and the certainty you have in him. – Know what to pray to steady your soul and restore your confidence. – Stop feeling overrun by the enemy and start believing the authority of God abides in you to overcome. In Don’t Go through Life Naked, Mead provides strong spiritual weapons for your life through the scripture of God’s prayer book, the Bible. These weapons enable you to successfully clothe yourself in God’s power and promises every day. A portion of the proceeds of Don’t Go through Life Naked will benefit Proverbs 31 Ministries to help them continue teaching biblical truth and taking the hope of Jesus to women and families around the world.
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The title may be humorous but the topic is not. We have an enemy and we need to be prepared to do battle, clothed in the armor of God. Mead shares the lessons she has learned through her own spiritual battles and other experiences. She includes thought provoking questions at the end of each chapter for discussion or personal journaling.
I was a bit surprised when I read that Mead did not have a plan to clothe us in the armor of God. (Loc 880-896/1004). She does suggest we daily renew our mind by being in the Word and encourages us to live according to it. She also includes good teaching on prayer.
This book contains good encouragement for Christians to be in the Word daily as well as insights into how the enemy would attack. It does not contain a specific strategy for being clothed with the armor of God and using it effectively.
About the Author
With over 22 years in corporate American, 2 million airline miles under her belt, 2 Christian Literary Awards on the shelf, an MBA hanging on the wall, and a Doctor of Theology candidacy in process, Susan B Mead shares her expert teachings on business, grief, spiritual warfare and relationships. A master storyteller and award winning, best selling author, Susan leaves audiences motivated to live a life free of regrets even though she has done the hardest thing any parent can do – bury her youngest son, Kyle. Susan has been described as a solid, comforting voice in a messy world. Whether speaking to business professionals, women’s conferences, industry leaders or writer’s workshops, Susan’s insightful wisdom inspires audiences, empowering them to make healthy mental u-turns to help them find calm in the chaos.
Guest Post from Susan B. Mead
Seriously Susan? You’re taking the Word of God and making it laughable? Yes, I am. The subject we address is serious – it is arming ourselves with the Full Armor of God. Do you realize that makes this topic Spiritual Warfare? Yes! Warfare. Why was I compelled to write about this? We address being 1) aware of the adversary, 2) mindful of his methods and 3) positioned for combat with a powerful promise. God gave me His sense of humor to lighten the mood and open our minds to His message. Now that is a blessing, in my humble opinion. Why would God let me poke lightly at this problem? So we can look forward to digging in to discover every tidbit, tool, and treasure He has for us. The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (MSG) Do you see the nuggets here? I consider them valuable like pure gold and solid silver. When we forge the Word of God into our hearts, He equips us with a tool – the sword of the Spirit. That allows us to clear the ground of every obstruction. God also covers us with His Word when we come to Him as Lord of our lives. His Word is His Son, Jesus; the Jesus who lived, bled, died, and rose to Heaven for you and for me. We are covered and protected by that amazing gift, for the Word Jesus carries power to prevail against all powers of evil when Jesus is Lord of our lives. All power. All powerful. Not the enemy and not us – Jesus. Are you ready to venture into the vault of God’s vast truth? Expect adventure, excitement and breathtaking breakthrough IF you choose to forge ahead. But beware… There are twists and turns ahead. (Spoiler alert! You may already know the end of this story.)
Oh by the way, on April 19, Susan received an email from the Jenkins Group. You know, Jerry Jenkins of the Left Behind Series – and so many other books. She was humbled – and incredibly honored – to read the 2018 eLit Book Awards Medalist list and find this line… Religion Don’t Go Through Life Naked by Susan B. Mead GOLD Medal Winner.
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