Christian Psychology in Victory Over the Darkness Book Review by Neil AndersonFitness Gear & Equipment
In relation to Neil Anderson's Helping Others Find Freedom in Christ, Victory Over the Darkness brings new methods of Christian thinking to history and tradition of the Christian experience. There is also a 2 DVD seminar which outlines many of the concepts in the book in further detail including the major themes of escaping darkness and temptation. The text opens with a pious explanation of the passion and position with Christ that Neil Anderson carries into his writing. He quotes scripture throughout and affirms that feeling good about finding truth gives Christian readers a foundation to act in better light of conscience and action. The scholar Brian Burgess assisted this review of the text.
Reading through Victory Over the Darkness at times seems like an empowerment rally for the hearts and minds to the reader to fight for their freedom through the guidance of Christ and right thinking. Anderson outlines his goals to teach readers how to “realize the power of your identity in Christ” (18). Anderson talks about the acceptance of God’s ways and the assurance of His forgiveness (236).
Neil Anderson believes strongly in the innate mental ability to preserve prudence and fight demonizing. He believes strongly in the presence of these in dwellings but believes that they can be prevented and released from the body through Christ. While never calling it a possession he seems to describe a similar characteristic of the demonized. He hopes to provide information for strengthening Christian will power.
One of the things that can help Christians in Neil’s opinion is to be well versed in scripture, Christian history, and to have passion for Christ. In one example he explains the ideal relationship that he strives for, “I love my heavenly Father and I want to be in harmony with Him, so I strive to obey Him (62)”. Anderson always affirms his passion but frequently uses the future perfect tense to emphasize that the love of Christ is a continuous and lifelong path to be followed and strive for. He advises learning new behaviors as well as unlearning negative behaviors (62). Improving the harmony through diligent work is crucial according to Anderson.
Anderson refers to Christian history frequently to bring relations to Old Testament occurrences and how the great prophets were able to model their lives. The remnants of original sin, for example, are still “ingrained” in our existence and flesh (162). This writing style is effective in calling to mind all of the feelings and connotations of the bible to our own lives as readers and help us design lifestyles that serve God better just as people have been doing for hundreds of years.
In the second part of the book, comprehensive instruction is figured with plenty of biblical quotations. While recognizing “the lack of biblical evidence on this issue” (149), when referring to demonization, Anderson provides Theological conclusions to help people strengthen their will and relationship with God which provides the central idea of the book. Anderson has faith in the success of every individual. We are unable to do this alone, but only through Christ can we achieve Victory Over Darkness.