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Victory Over the Darkness: Realize the Power of Your Identity in Christ

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Ten years ago a breakthrough book launched a ministry that has helped more than one million people overcome this world and win the battle for their hearts and minds. Now Neil Anderson has revised and expanded Victory over the Darkness for a new generation of readers, outlining practical and more productive ways to Christian growth based on Christ's promise: "You will know ...more
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Published July 1st 2000 by Regal Books (first published March 31st 1990)
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Sep 15, 2012 Alte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book changed my life forever! Read it!
Mar 28, 2011 Honeybee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my top-ten all-time favorite books, next to the Bible. I try to keep copies on hand to give away to others. This book systematically addresses the lies we believe and the conflicts it causes, versus the truth about who we are in Jesus Christ.

My husband and I were first exposed to this book in a Sunday school class. I fought it tooth-and-nail. When I got to the diagram that showed the three ways we typically handle rejection in our lives, the truth finally sank in. It was the beginning of
Apr 23, 2013 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing insight! So much of this book felt directed right to me, like he was reading my mind... Which is strange because I can't even read my mind.
Abbie Riddle
May 13, 2011 Abbie Riddle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Plagued by doubt, burdened by fear, held captive by worry, trudging in the darkness of depression, shackled by the shame of the past, uncertain of your true identity? Are you searching for the confirmation of who you are - wondering what it is that defines you?

Discover who you are in Christ - open the pages of this book, and study the work book. This darkness and doubt that presses on the human race can be brushed away. Christ has called each of us to a life of victory free of the burdens of the
Cindy Rollins
Jan 30, 2016 Cindy Rollins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Once again I am reviewing a book I would not have read except it was a gift from someone I love enough to read their gift books. Gift books are the worst. So much pressure!

I am a bit of theological stickler also so I was not expecting to come away impressed but I did. This book was a perfect complement to my Christian and Missionary Alliance upbringing and my conservative Presbyterian leanings today.

It helped me make sense out of a few confusing areas of my life and relationships and also helpe
Dec 28, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll be honest--I thought I would rip through this book, halfheartedly nodding my agreement through most of it and occasionally grunting my disagreement. To my surprise, I found the content deceptively deep. "Deep" because the truths are profound, life changing, and timeless. "Deceptively" because it's simply written. It lacks the frills I've grown accustomed to with writers like Murray, Spurgeon, Lewis, Keller, Piper, Voskamp, and Elliot. Don't get me wrong--I love frills--but I've grown to app ...more
May 03, 2011 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! i was given this book to further my walk with my Lord, Jesus. I thought "13 Chapters, I will return it by the end of the week." I am here to say that it took over 6 weeks.

It has really made me see things in a new perspective. Not only my relationship with my family, but everyone i come into contact with. It has also made me look into myself and deal with things that i didn't even know where holding me back. I am a new Christian and it helped to put things in a better order of what God real
May 23, 2013 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
awesome book! great study at church.
Aug 25, 2013 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I reviewed Neil Anderson's memoir (Long Road to Freedom) for my blog at the beginning of this year. In a couple of months I'm slated to review a book by someone else from the ministry he founded (Freedom in Christ). It made me want to dip back into the organization's foundational literature.

My first exposure to Victory over the Darkness was about twenty years ago, when it was fairly popular in the Christian publishing world. When i was in seminary, Anderson wasn't talked about much, except to o
Nov 08, 2012 Ciera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book discusses the joy and peace of discovering our identity in Christ Jesus. For me, this came at an opportune moment in my life. The beautiful words of truth were so sweet for me to read...

Anderson makes the point that if we have accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior, we have been redeemed. We have become "saints." Though we still sin, we are no longer defined by our sinful nature. Instead, we have been covered by the blood of Jesus.

Though I usually read novels, it was refreshing to read
Lisa Fischer
Apr 22, 2015 Lisa Fischer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good stuff. Lots to digest. Underlined and dog-eared throughout.
Sep 28, 2010 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Knowing our identity in Christ and his victory over sin on the cross empowers us to live the victorious Christian life and to grow towards spiritual maturity. Anderson clearly defines our new identity as alive "in Christ": accepted, secure and significant by drawing on New Testament verses. Having left behind our old nature and identity,growing to spiritual maturity is a lifelong journey in which we gradually learn how to put off the "old" and put on the "new", our minds being renewed and confor ...more
Good read on becoming more grounded in a Christian's identity in Christ and breaking free of spiritual strongholds. This book's targeted approach is to find healing in Christ, highlighting the spiritual side but perhaps underscoring the physical and emotional components to health.

The good: most who are in the faith do not even know who they are. We live under the title of sinners yet the Bible informs us that the title of "sinner" belongs to unbelievers. We are in fact saints, not by our own ri
Jan 04, 2012 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely a book worth reading and reflecting on! I checked it out from the library to use for my Romans research paper for school, but found myself liking it so much, that I took it back home over break to finish it.

Anderson has a lot of great points throughout this book about how our awareness of who we are in Christ precedes spiritual maturity, and then, how spiritual maturity is developed. Although I've heard many of the points made before, it was still incredibly encouraging for me
Aug 11, 2016 Ashley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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The author is pretentious. Rather than showing the reader how this has helped in his life he instead insists on showing how he has helped other people. He doesn't recognize the struggle that it would be to change one's belief system and presents the information as if it is as simple as changing your socks. I felt much of what he was saying was short sighted and under developed. I didn't mind it at first but just about halfway through the book I felt I was being criticized, not loved.
Aug 22, 2014 Bookish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aside of the Bible, this book is one of my favorite books. It was recommended to me by my fiancé's mother. I am so thankful that I read it. The book walks you through recognizing pain and areas in your life that need repair. I enjoyed the approach and will share this with friends. The book does not condemn but uplifts. IFfyou approach it with an open heart and mind, you will walk away renewed.
Michael Hsu
Sep 15, 2015 Michael Hsu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What an amazing book!!!! Although much of what is written in this book I’ve also read in other books, there is something about Neil’s unique way to convey the messages that is very comforting.
Megan Helmer
Aug 09, 2016 Megan Helmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know even how to leave a review for this book. It's a life changer. No matter where you are at in your relationship and belief in God, you will find so much value in every aspect of this book.
Alex Tsai
May 20, 2016 Alex Tsai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dr. Neil Anderson blends foundational theology and practical advice together for a book that would be beneficial to anyone in their walks with God. Whether they are going through a time of darkness or know someone who is, he brings clarity to identity and emotional challenges that are difficult to understand on our own. I think it'll shape the way I approach not just my own walk with God but also how I approach fellowship too.

I would give the caveat that this book was a source of much frustratio
Jan 03, 2008 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every try "finding yourself?" Who are you anyway? Who am I? The culture in which we live encourages us to define ourselves by what we do, but that can be ever changing...and in an age where we are only as good as our last accomplishment, gain true worth as a person can prove to be a bit slippery. Neil Anderson does a wonderful job of helping us see that who we are really has nothing to do with what we do and everything to do with who we have become in Christ. It can be a revolutionary concept ev ...more
Jeff Carpenter
Well written guide to Christian growth. According to the cover, this book will assist you with the following: realize the power of your identity in Christ, free yourself from the burdens of your past, stand against the spiritual forces of this world, win the battle for your mind, become the spiritual person you want to be, and discover the truth about God's view of you.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the Christian life. I would have given it more stars, but the writing does b
Becky Giovagnoni
Overall I found the concepts and themes in this book helpful. The idea that our incorrect perception of who we are in Christ being the cause of our fear, anxiety, anger, depression, etc. I agree with.

However there were several instances where things he said or the way he spoke about issues turned me off. He seemed to "over-spiritualize" things. He talked about mental illness (specifically depression) and homosexuality as simply spiritual issues which I think is a very narrow minded and misguide
Dempsey Butler
Aug 19, 2012 Dempsey Butler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I first read this book in 2000. At that time I could not understand why I was not experiencing the joy of the salvation that I read about in Psalm 51.

Neal really helped me understand the problem was in my mind- incorrect thinking about who I am as a child of God.

Getting that right helped me discover what was already mine: Victory over the lies and deception of Satan and the Freedom that comes with trusting Him instead of trying harder.

So yes, this was a life changing read for me.

It led me to
Sara Trapp
Sep 09, 2016 Sara Trapp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely has some powerful messages! one you will want to refer back to and read again.
Stephenie Kay
Feb 21, 2015 Stephenie Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As my church began this series in the woman's study group; I could not go to church during the week. I was so fascinated by the video about Plan A vs. Plan B, I had to have this book. I bought it on Amazon, and I do not regret it one moment. As I read through the book, studied it along with my Bible, God began to heal me from the inside out. I had so much anger, bitterness and felt so betrayed by my family. As I began to learn about the strongholds we can get in life, I began to realize... I CAN ...more
Sep 06, 2016 Yanislava rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolute must read, in my opinion. DEfinitely gives a strong foundation, loved the writing style and clear examples. I love it when Christian books are deep as well as easy to read (as a foreigner who read it in english) Reminded me of John Bevere's Exceptional for some reason, anyway loved it!
David Mullen
Who we are in Jesus, for real. Radically reconnecting with God, through the work of the Holy Spirit, giving us (literally) the mind of Christ. Why do we get what we want, an then not want it? Why are we so into much, more, many, most? Why is enough never enough? Where do addiction and mental illness fall in the realm of faith? Thank God, that Jesus did not come to save only the soul of man, but to also cleanse him here and now, and empowering us to do good work for his glory. In this groundbreak ...more
Apr 23, 2012 Racheal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whether we are just starting to enter our relationship with Chirst or we've know Jesus our whole life, it is a struggle to live out of our identity in Christ. It's living out what we believe, instead of how we behave. Unlike many Christian living or "self-help" books, Anderson repeatedly brings us back to the basics of Scripture and scripture itself. It's about knowing the Gospel and applying it to every area of our life. He includes testimonies from his own experience of counseling other believ ...more
Nov 18, 2010 Trevor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is of utmost importance for Christians to understand their identity in Christ, namely because what we believe fundamentally affects how we act and react within the world we live.

This book is an excellent primer on a Christian's identity, but also delves into very practical aspects of how to build one's relationship with God as well as better understand peer relationships.

A wonderful resource for any Christian counselor, but accessible enough to recommend to any Christian who desires healing a
Mar 20, 2016 Barry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mr. Anderson delivers a message of hope and encouragement to followers of Christ that not only can we find freedom in Christ, but that we are saints who occasionally sin rather than sinners saved by grace. Perhaps he is splitting hairs, but he encourages us to see ourselves in the new light that Christ gave us when He died. Filled with Scripture, Mr. Anderson outlines what God tells us about His followers and contrasts that with the messages we get from Satan and his minions.

All in all a very up
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NEIL T. ANDERSON is founder and president of Freedom in Christ Ministries. He was formerly the chairman of the Practical Theology Department at Talbot School of Theology. He holds five degrees from Talbot, Pepperdine University and Arizona State University and Arizona State University and has authored several bestselling books on spiritual freedom, including Victory Over the Darkness and The Bonda ...more
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“Your greatest fulfillment in life will come when you discover your unique gifts and abilities and use them to edify others and glorify the LORD." (pg. 146)” 10 likes
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