Tuesday, April 5, 2011

book review: "the invisible world" by anthony destefano

I posted a FIRST review for this book a few days ago but wanted to post my own review as well. “The most important things in life can’t be seen with the eyes. Ideas can’t be seen. Love can’t be seen. Honor can’t be seen. This isn’t a new concept. Judaism and Christianity and Islam and Buddhism and Taoism have all taught for thousands of years that the highest forms of reality are invisible. God is invisible, and he created the universe. Our souls are invisible, and they give life to our bodies. Angels are invisible, and they’re the most powerful of God’s creatures.”

Just as angels are invisible, God is as well. It can be hard for us to fully even begin to comprehend God when we can’t see Him. “The fact that we can’t see God the way we see a book or a cell phone or the person standing in front of us isn’t because God wants to be hidden from us. It’s that it is his nature to be hidden from us. In other words, when God created the universe, he created something radically new and different from himself.” He created us and we’re not made to see the invisible. But just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there. That’s the definition of faith: believing in the unseen. To see the invisible, we must look with our spiritual “eyes” instead of our physical ones. “…if you insist on seeing only with your physical eyes, if you make your five senses into five tyrannical little dictators, if you worship science as the be-all and end-all of everything – then you’re doomed to live only half a life. And the half you do live is sure to be devoid of any real, lasting meaning.”

Out of all DeStefano talks about in his book, the thing that stands out to me relates to the devil. Since he is unable to inflict any harm on God, he does the next best thing: hurting those who God created. We’re merely pawns to the devil, being used in an attempt to “get back” at God. I’ve never thought about that before but it makes sense. The devil cares nothing about us so it truly is “nothing personal” when we come against his attacks. He also talks about how we all have an angel with us, assigned to protect us. Though the idea of being watched constantly makes me a little uneasy, it also brings a certain amount of comfort as well. I like the last line of the book, which in a way sums it all up: “And just believe.”

I received a free copy of this book from The B & B Media Group and all opinions are my own.

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