Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Manual for Spiritual Warfare” as Want to Read:
Manual for Spiritual Warfare
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Manual for Spiritual Warfare

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  289 ratings  ·  16 reviews

A fierce war rages for your soul. Are you ready for battle?

Like it or not, you are at war. You face a powerful enemy out to destroy you. You live on the battlefield, so you can’t escape the conflict.

It’s a spiritual war with crucial consequences in your everyday life and its outcome will determine your eternal destiny.

You must engage the Enemy. And as you fight, you nee
Leather Bound, 336 pages
Published September 4th 2014 by TAN Books
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Manual for Spiritual Warfare, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Manual for Spiritual Warfare

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
4.46  · 
Rating details
 ·  289 ratings  ·  16 reviews

Sort order
Paul Thigpen’s Manual for Spiritual Warfare could be compared to a marine field manual for spiritual combat survival. Sure you can face the enemy without reading a guide, but why? This one is very good. And trust me, we are at war.

James 4:1-7 identifies three primary threats to our souls: our own passions, the world and the devil. This manual focuses on the last of these adversaries because—according to Thigpen—our society tends to dismiss the existence of Satan as an outdated superstition. Even
Steven R. McEvoy
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Like it or not, you are at war.

This book is excellent. To be honest I had no idea where to begin with writing a review. So I went back to the book and copied my highlighted texts from the introduction and first chapter to give you a taste. To begin with we have: "First, belief in Satan's existence and activity is today widely dismissed as an outdated superstition. As a result, most Catholics hear very little about him, leaving them unprepared to understand and defeat him. They need to know their
Jeff Miller
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As the introduction spells out:

"Sacred Scripture speaks of our ongoing battles with the world, the flesh, and the Devil (see Jas 4:1–7). This book focuses on our struggle with the last of those three adversaries …"

He gives his reasons for concentrating on this aspect based on disbelief in Satan’s existence, lack of knowledge regarding resources available, and that even our struggles with the flesh and the world can be influenced by the Devil’s interference. This is a book of considerable balance
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Manual for Spiritual Warfare has been one of the most popular Catholic books in recent memory. It seems like as soon as TAN Books ships them out to various retailers, they fly off the shelf before the dust ever settles. Now, I for one, don't normally fall prey to popular books. I like to think I look for the less known and less popular books, but when I was offered a chance to review this book, I figured I'd see what all the hype was about. Boy, was I glad that I did!

The Manual for Spiritual
Kenneth Patrick
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enlightening Book .

I didn't know the Holy Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church was so on the spot so brilliantly were the Devil and.his horrible Fiends were at work in this Daily war we are in.

This book has just raised me from spiritual apathy and showed me how real this monstrous Enemy is.

He is still here and he is still a murderer and snake and a liar.

Kenny Mckechnie .
Jane Lebak
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: catholic
Overall I think it's a good book, with a couple of caveats. I read the Kindle version, and first problem is it's too expensive. It's $10 for the Kindle version at this moment in time, and that's not competitive when most Kindle books are in the $5 range. Secondly, I found formatting and typographical errors in the text, such as Padre Pio's birth/death dates given as 1997 - 1968 (that would be a trick) and "chord" for "cord" at one point. Also, the margins run right up to the sides of the Kindle ...more
May 08, 2016 rated it liked it
I give this book a lot of credit because it introduced me to one of my favorite Saints: Bridget of Sweden, and of her life, the plethora of incredible revelations she witnessed.

Because of author Paul Thigpen's familiarity with St. Bridget of Sweden, and his willingness to quote her mystical experiences (a lot of Catholic authors are very shy to reveal which mystics are influencing their theological studies), I came to trust him and look forward to more of his works.

Otherwise, it is a good book,
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerful spiritual guide

The many prayers, quotes, and bible verses were a good resource in combating spiritual attack. I also appreciated the guidance at the beginning of the book.
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
If only this book is translated to Indonesian, I would frequently give this as a gift to my Catholic friends.
Brandon Tate
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
the book itself is very well made, it was an easy read through but also one i will be coming back to from time to time, a lot of good prayers in this book and very useful knowledge to gain from it
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: catholic
good if it's your first book on spiritual warfare
Jess Reidt
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paul-thigpen
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: catholic, toreadagain
Definitely one to pocket and reread throughout spiritual direction. The resources are rather helpful as well.
Martin Escarzaga
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wonderful read for those that wish to add just a small measure to their faith. Organized well.
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
The first third of this book is an overview of spiritual warfare, in the last two thirds of the book is A collection of prayers, scriptures, and testimonies from the Saints. Very good overall, production value was very high on this book. I love the way it feels in my hands, and I love the bookmark ribbon included with it. I only wish that there were better footnotes and citations for where to track down original sources.
rated it really liked it
Dec 04, 2017
Kimberley R. Franklin
rated it it was amazing
Nov 06, 2018
rated it really liked it
Jan 24, 2016
Patrick  Walker
rated it it was amazing
Apr 11, 2017
Daniel Cardona
rated it it was amazing
Jun 14, 2018
Francisco Nieves, Jr
rated it really liked it
Feb 25, 2018
rated it it was amazing
Apr 21, 2017
Denzel Burnside
rated it it was amazing
Jan 03, 2019
Johnny Blanchard
rated it liked it
Feb 21, 2015
Cecil Trugo
rated it really liked it
Feb 21, 2015
rated it did not like it
Mar 04, 2018
rated it it was amazing
Jan 16, 2017
Andrew Hedstrom
rated it it was amazing
Jul 20, 2016
Joan Markley
rated it it was amazing
Mar 28, 2017
Jodie Wingert
rated it it was amazing
Dec 29, 2018
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Thirsting for Prayer
  • The One Thing Is Three: How the Most Holy Trinity Explains Everything
  • Theology of His Body/Theology of Her Body: Discovering the Strength & Mission of Masculinity/Discovering the Beauty and Mystery of Femininity
  • A Travel Guide to Heaven
  • The Old Testament
  • Who Am I to Judge?: Responding to Relativism with Logic and Love
  • Navigating the Interior Life: Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God
  • Uniformity with God's Will
  • Saint Paul
  • Hungry Souls: Supernatural Visits, Messages, and Warnings from Purgatory
  • Teresa of Ávila: An Extraordinary Life
  • Music of Silence: A Sacred Journey Through the Hours of the Day
  • Surrender! The Life Changing Power of Doing God's Will
  • When the Well Runs Dry: Prayer Beyond the Beginnings
  • The Monks of Tibhirine: Faith, Love, and Terror in Algeria
  • Prayer Primer: Igniting a Fire Within
  • 7 Secrets of Confession
  • The Ascent of Mount Carmel
Paul Thigpen, Ph.D., is the editor of TAN Books. An award-winning journalist and best-selling author, he has published forty-two books. His work has been translated into twelve languages and circulated worldwide.
“St. Bernard of Clairvaux tells us: “However great may be the temptation, if we know how to use the weapon of prayer well, we shall come off as conquerors at last, for prayer is more powerful than all the demons.” 2 likes
“our days in this life provide a season for God to test, purify, strengthen, and perfect us, making us fit to live with Him forever in heaven. To that end, the demons serve as useful tools for Him as they constantly test us by tempting us, so that we become purer and stronger and closer to perfection every time we resist the temptation.” 1 likes
More quotes…