Spiritual Warfare and the Discernment of Spirits


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Satan is always at work breeding sadness and anxiety while providing obstacles that prevent souls from making spiritual progress. In this concise yet powerful book, author Dan Burke presents the venerable, time-tested wisdom of Catholic mystics to help you understand the influence of the Enemy on your mind and heart, and the tactics you need to combat him.

With St. Ignatius as his guide, Burke presents here an indispensable, authoritative manual for engaging in daily battle with the Adversary—combat that is both inevitable and winnable. Burke will help you recognize the ebbs and flows of consolation and desolation, and distinguish between the voices of God and of Satan. Best of all, you’ll come to see the spiritual life not as a science to be learned, but as an intuitive art to be practiced as you move with increasing success from habitual sin to sanctity.

The battle for our souls is unavoidable. The saints won theirs by learning how to be spiritual warriors and by recognizing that we become stronger through battle and grow weaker from avoidance. With this book as your guide, you’ll grow in strength and contentment as you learn:

  • How to take captive every negative thought and make it obedient to Christ
  • St. Ignatius’s revelations exposing how the Devil seeks to influence us
  • The Paradigm of Ascent and the Five Steps to Sanctity
  • The three ways you can discern “Good Spirits” from “Bad Spirits”
  • The three principal causes of desolation—and what you must do when it afflicts your soul
  • Proven methods for moving away from sin and toward self-giving love of God and neighbor.
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"I recommend this book for anyone ready to grow in holiness."

Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller
Former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
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"I expect this work to inspire a movement of fierce soldiers for Christ!"

Kathleen Beckman
Deliverance and Exorcism Ministry Coordinator, Diocese of Orange
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"I hope and pray that many faithful will be helped by this book on their spiritual journey."

Cardinal Anders Arborelius, O.C.D.
Bishop of Stockholm
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"Dan Burke has become a wonderful conveyer of the deep wisdom of the saints in language that is easy to understand."

Dr. Ralph Martin
Author, Fulfillment of All Desire
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"For those who want to live in victory over the enemy, I heartily recommend this book!"

Fr. Mathias Thelen
President, Encounter Ministries
  • Pages: 120
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-64413-257-9
  • Product Code: 2579
  • Availability: In Stock
Life Changing Book
his is an exceptional book that all Catholics should read to help them engage in the Spiritual Battle taking place so as to help them grow in their relationship with Christ and be better able and prepared to resist the temptations from the evil one. Dan Burke provides a very comprehensive, yet easy to understand guide according to St. Ignatius's Rules for Discernment to strengthen our desire to better serve God, His Church and one another by developing a stronger resistance to temptation. This is a life changing book and you will be glad you bought and read it.
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Essential guide for every Christian!
This is an essential book for every Christian and especially for every Catholic; laity and religious. If you want to learn how to discern the will of God in your life and remain peaceful through all stages of the spiritual life, look no further! Inside these pages you will find many answers in this powerful little book. What do I like about this book? 1) It’s 120 pages are easy to read and highly engaging. 2) It’s for the beginner as well as for those experienced in navigating the spiritual life. 3) It’s a clear and concise life saving guide to recognizing and winning the spiritual battles commonly found in the life of every Christian. 4) It is personal, filled with scripture references and deeply instructional. 5) It’s practical - it can be used for personal growth and/or small group study. 6) It’s applicable to every aspect of my life-past, present and future. The titles of the chapters reveal them: “Out of the Darkness”, “An Invitation to Healing”, and “Foundations for Discernment and Navigating the Path of Peace” 7) It’s a keeper and a book I will be referring to often and will be recommending to many. Thank you Dan Burke for writing such an amazing little book on a subject that is often ignored, dismissed and very difficult to understand yet very much needed in the Church and society today.
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I recommend this book for any soldier of Christ. It is a navigation tool to help give you a very clear understanding of spiritual warfare and how to discern the spirits. This book written by Dan Burke is well done. Not only does he help you understand the rules of discernment, he has questions at the end of each chapter to give you a better understanding of where you stand in your spiritual life. This information is designed to make one aware of the spiritual surroundings and how they effect you. With that being said, it is a true way of healing of one's soul. Well done.
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Spiritual Warfare Set bundle

Spiritual Warfare Set

Learn how to understand the influence of the Enemy on your mind and heart, and the tactics you need to combat him through strengthening your spirtual life.


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