Winning the Battle for the Night

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Do you dream? Do you want to dream? In this book, Faith Blatchford delves into the world of dreaming, and receiving inspiration through your dreams. It is full of scriptural dream stories, and good advice on how to start dreaming.
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I enjoyed reading Winning the Battle for the Night by Faith Blatchford  because this book teaches how God speaks to people through dreams at night and what God wants to do in us through the night.
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Winning The Battle For The Night by Faith Blatchford is a great resource for Christians on sleep and dreaming. I mainly picked up this book for help with my poor sleep, but this book is so much more. It helps with sleep issues, but also deals heavily with dreams and what God wants to do in us and through us while we sleep. I highly recommend this book to all Christians.
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Winning the Battle for the Night

God's Plan for Sleep, Dreams and Revelation
by Faith Blatchford

Chosen

Chosen Books
Christian

Pub Date 04 Jul 2017 

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of Winning the Battle For the Night through Chosen Books and Netgalley:

In this book the author points out that in this day and age sleep is underrated. In this day and age we are often overworked leading to insomnia, fatigue and other sleep issues.  This book reminds us that our body was designed for sleep that a decent amount of sleep and good quality sleep can give us a longer lifespan.

We are reminded that many things can become sleep robbers, but the author points out too that we are not defenseless to the enemy's tactics of trying to rob us of sleep.  We are reminded too that unforgiveness of others and ourselves can rob us of sleep so we need to forgive.

This book encourages us too to get the Children in the habit of turning off electronics, and getting sleep and encouraging them to say goodbye to the boogeyman.

I give Winning the Battle of the Night five out of five stars.

Happy Reading!
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[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Chosen Books.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

As someone whose troubles with sleep are well documented [1], this book is both a risk and an opportunity.  The author talks about her own longtime struggles with sleep and her own deep interest in divine and demonic influence on sleep, and how one feels about this book depends on a variety of elements.  Do you believe that God still communicates with believers through dreams, and that dreams sometimes contain warnings that are often ignored, to the peril of those who had been given prophetic dreams and did not take them seriously?  Do you believe that there is a demonic influence in many nightmares, as the author specifies this as meaning night demon numerous times in this book?  If you believe both of these things, this book will likely contain much of interest and value for you.  If you believe neither of these two, this book will be at best a reminder of various human factors–PTSD, anxiety, high levels of technology use, obesity, sleep apnea, and so on–that negatively affect sleep, many of which I am sadly all too familiar with.

This book was a short one–I read it as an ePub and it only came to 113 pages there, filled with a variety of chapters organized in a topical fashion.  Throughout the book we find out that the author was born into a mainstream Christian background and found little encouragement or insight from her religious background concerning dreams.  She relays various stories about the dreams of Abraham Lincoln and victims of the Holocaust who were given what appeared to be prophetic dreams.  The author’s charismatic background accounts for the extreme interest in the spirit world here, which may put off some readers, both in its references to the Holy Spirit as well as its references to the demonic world.  Despite the author’s own frank confession of her longtime struggle with bad sleep, there is a certain “blame the victim” approach to poor sleep here, where people are blamed for having their sleep harmed because they have been deceived by satanic lies, even where they are not to blame in terms of diet and exercise and going to bed earlier for their sleep problems in other ways.

Even so, although there was much that could offend, overall I found I was satisfied with the book’s approach.  The author’s tough approach to the reader was balanced by her own sincerity, and the author’s depth of study into the problem of sleep for believers is obvious to anyone who has shared her troubles and her approach to them.  As someone who has strong beliefs about both the malign nature of a third of the spirit world as well as the way that dreams are an aspect of divine communication, I found much to agree with concerning the author’s perspective, despite some differences.  Likewise, the author’s comments about PTSD and the responsibility of parents for the dream life of their children was also something I could agree with and wholeheartedly endorse.  If there was much in this book that reminds me that a great deal of the unpleasant nature of my own sleep is my responsibility, it was comforting to know that my horrific sleep life is not a problem I have alone, and there is considerable value in that realization.  For those readers who share my struggle and the author’s, then, this book provides both comfort as well as a prod to take action.

[1] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016/12/31/sleep-fleeing-from-the-eyes/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016/12/26/a-little-slumber-a-little-sleep/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016/11/23/only-when-i-sleep-the-corrs-and-insomnia/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2015/07/25/sleep-to-dream-her/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2014/11/06/sleep-an-over-determined-problem/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2014/06/27/while-the-world-sleeps-under-lead-gray-skies/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2014/04/05/even-while-we-sleep-we-will-find-you-acting-on-your-best-behavior/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2013/04/28/asleep-at-last/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2013/03/28/i-should-be-sleeping/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2013/02/21/robbers-of-sleep/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2012/09/08/sleep-is-for-the-weak/
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It does seem that in Christian circles there is always a book that you are told you must-read or even one everyone should read so I'm not going to say it.  However if you want a book about sleep, or suffer from insomnia,  or just want advice on how to handle dreams this is a excellent book to read and is very uplifting which is not always the case with books on this subject.  Faith is an amazing Lady with a fantastic name that is clear to see in her character, her writing as well as her name.  I do recommend this book and not just for understanding of dreams but as the title says for a deeper understanding of the night a and a insight into the truth of darkness and sleep or lack of it that many of us have or do experience.  The real benefit I had was a insight into the facts on sleep that is more than worth while reading.  
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in return for a honest review.
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