Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Book Review: If You Bite & Devour One Another - Biblical Principles for Handling Conflict

by Alexander Strauch
Lewis and Roth Publishers, 152 pages

Strauch tackles a subject in this book that many are afraid to. Everyone knows that there are fights within the walls of churches, fights between believers, and fights between denominations or doctrinal differences, but no one wants to deal with them or no one knows how to deal with them. This book provides sound, biblical teaching on how to handle conflict.

The strongest chapter in the book is the first chapter. It forms the foundation on which the rest of the book is laid. Strauch does an excellent job detailing the fact that every believer is in the Spirit, so in a conflict, every believer must commit to acting in the Spirit. Acting in the Spirit is the only way to avoid acting in the flesh. The main reason that believers have arguments among each other is that they act in the flesh.

If believers today would simply commit to acting according to biblical principles, especially during conflict, then we would see many conflicts resolved before they reach the exploding point. This book is a much needed tool for ministers and lay-people alike. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to avoid biting and devouring one another.

I have already used this book as a spring-board for Sunday PM sermons the last few months. It has proved, for me at least, to be invaluable. I find myself better able to deal with conflict through knowing the biblical principles for dealing with conflict. I have been better equipped as a servant of God through reading this book and studying the Scriptures it explains.

"If only we would spend as much time studying and obeying what the Scripture teaches about Spirit-led speech, conduct, and attitudes as we spend studying the doctrines over which we fight, our churches would experience far fewer divisions and more profitable theological discussions." -Alexander Strauch

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