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Victory Over the Darkness

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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 t ...more
Paperback, 10th Anniversary Edition, 256 pages
Published July 10th 2000 by Regal (first published March 31st 1990)
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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.
This book changed my life forever! Read it!
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
Abbie Riddle
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
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
awesome book! great study at church.
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
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
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
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
Stephenie Kay
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
Lynn Knapp
If you want to be set free from issues that have plagued you this is a good start. My church uses Neil Anderson's material for their deliverance ministry. I have been set free from many things and Jesus has changed my life. My father has abandoned me and I had anger issues as well as a poor self esteem and became promiscuous at an early age due to the fact I was looking for someone to fill that longing for love I so desperately needed.
The Lord used this book along with good counsel to set me fr
Lisa Fischer
Good stuff. Lots to digest. Underlined and dog-eared throughout.
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.
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
Shaidornell Swer
One of the best books I have ever read in my life. Few men have the insight that Neil has. This is not only a book that must be read but also one that should always be kept as a handy reference source. It is a book that will change not only your worldview but your life itself!
Aurelia Brouwers
Wat een saai en slecht boek. Ik heb nog een ander boek van hem gelezen, 'De bevrijder' en dat was echt een goed boek maar dit boek heb ik niet eens uitgelezen. Ik kwam er niet doorheen. Nee dank je dus. Ik heb ook al veel van dit soort boeken gelezen en ze lijken nogal op elkaar. Niet aan te raden dus, het andere boek van hem wel.
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
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
Discusses our identity in Christ, the use of affirmation statements, denouncing Satan, and how to take our negative thoughts captive. Good stuff.
Debra Wagenecht
A great introduction into the believers identity in Christ. Will transform your walk and your view of yourself and others.
Dempsey Butler
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
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
Trevor Durbin
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
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
Kind of slow at times, especially in the beginning and a little hard to get into but overall a really good read.
Good theology of spiritual warfare.
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.
Abigail Sands
An excellent book for those in heavy duty ministry.
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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
“Why should I say I can’t when the Bible says I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13)?  2. Why should I worry about my needs when I know that God will take care of all my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19)?  3. Why should I fear when the Bible says God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7)?  4. Why should I lack faith to live for Christ when God has given me a measure of faith (Romans 12:3)?  5. Why should I be weak when the Bible says that the Lord is the strength of my life and that I will display strength and take action because I know God (Psalm 27:1; Daniel 11:32)?” 0 likes
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