Louie Giglio helps you find encouragement, hope, and strength in the midst of any valley as you reject the enemy voices of fear, rage, lust, insecurity, anxiety, despair, temptation, or defeat.
Scripture is clear: the Enemy is a liar who will stop at nothing to tempt you into poor decisions and self-defeating mindsets, making you feel afraid, angry, anxious, or defeated. It is all too easy for Satan to weasel his way into a seat at the table intended for only you and your King. But you can fight back.
Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table outlines the ways to overcome those lies so you can find peace and security in any challenging circumstance or situation. With the same bold, exciting approach to Scripture as employed in Goliath Must Fall and his other previous works, pastor Louie Giglio examines Psalm 23 in fresh ways, highlighting verse 5: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.”
You can find freedom from insecurity, temptation, and defeat—if you allow Jesus, the Shepherd, to lead the battle for your mind and heart. This spiritual warfare book for those who are leery of spiritual warfare books will resonate with Louie’s core Passion tribe as well as with Christians of all ages who want to live a triumphant life in God.
First up, be aware that this is a faith-based book, written by well-known pastor and speaker, Louie Giglio, so this may read like a sermon but it’s actually more focused on the positive experience of a relationship with God – more of what God wants to do for me than what God wants to take from me. It’s a stunningly inspirational read, with practical advice, relatable stories and quotable passages that you can meditate on.
Louie Giglio starts this book by relating an example of when he himself entertained negative thoughts and invited a friend to come along for the death-ride… but his friend spoke truth and the power to overcome back into his life when he gifted him the title of the book in a text message – Don’t give the enemy a seat at your table.
I really enjoyed reading Giglio’s anecdotes, both his personal stories and testimonies that have been shared with him, but even more than that, I admired how he explained and incorporated the message of Psalm 23 in the context of power and choosing how to define your life.
The message in this little book is a powerful one and would probably resonate more comfortably with someone who already has a baseline relationship with God and is looking for a more practical knowledge of God’s power but the lessons here would be applicable to anyone.
The book contains a few practical ways to identify the presence of the enemy already at your table as well as how to banish those lies that would encourage you to entertain him – like the lie of worthlessness that says you’re not good enough to deserve the seat you occupy, the lie of comparison to get you to move from where you are in search of even greener pastures, the lie of paranoia that gets you to believe no one, not even God, can be trusted.
Moreover though, the book also provides tips on how to ensure the enemy never takes a seat in the first place by focusing on the host and the meal (spoiler: both are God) and allowing your experiential worship to flood your timeline.
Now that we’ve talked about the content, let’s chat a bit about the presentation. The book itself is very appealing. It’s a slim hardback, with a trendy neon yellow cover, the pages are thick, almost like stock paper, bright-white so the text contrasts beautifully and there are pages with little pop-out quotes, almost beckoning you to cut them out and paste them in your faith journal, or take beautiful pics to share on social media.
If you know me, you know I love to share what I’m reading and how it resonates with me so definitely look out for me chatting about this one on Instagram too.
Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harper Collins Christian Publishing. Thanks to Lisa Munley from TLC Book Tours for inviting me on this book tour. I was not otherwise compensated for this review.