Book review: I Declare Way by Levi Lusko

I Declare War is a new book by Levi Lusko, the lead pastor of Fresh Life Church – a multisite church located in Montana, Utah, Oregon, and Wyoming that he and his wife Jennie planted in 2007.

The basic premise is this:

Win the battle with yourself by declaring war on your darkness, demons, and self-sabotaging tendencies. Discover the thoughts, words, behaviors, and power you need to achieve ongoing victory. You might not want to (or even know you need to) declare war, but it’s time for you to want to enter the fight. It’s likely you are your own worst enemy. Learn to get out of your own way and discover the secret weapon to winning the war within.

Lusko specifically targets our thoughts, words and actions and outlines how we can gain control over these areas in order to win the war within ourselves.

In all honesty, I’m a bit torn after reading this book. On one hand, I readily acknowledge I struggle to do the best and right thing when it comes to words, actions and even thoughts. I am can be grumpy and snippy, spend time doing things that aren’t beneficial to my life, and get bogged down in anxious and depressive thoughts. I know this needs to change, and Lusko offers some helpful tools towards that end.

Having said that, I’m not big on war metaphors, and using examples from the real world (or even biblical tales) wherein there’s a hero on one end and, well, death and destruction on the other … there’s better language to use, in my opinion.

There’s not much new in this book, but that’s the thing, I think – these are timeless struggles and timeless answers, and we all need the reminder every now and again.

Definitely worth a look and there’s some helpful nuggets in this one.

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