Thursday, May 31, 2012

Waterbrook Multnomah Book Review: The Necessity of an Enemy by Ron Carpenter, Jr.

Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press (January 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 030773028X
ISBN-13: 978-0307730282
Price: $19.99
Purchase at:  Amazon | BN


“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” —  Jesus

Congratulations!  Your Goliath Has Arrived.

Enemies often seem to get in the way of our plans, leaving us discouraged and disoriented.  But what if these obstacles are a part of God’s plans for us?

Our enemies - whether our weaknesses, circumstances, deep-seated sins, other people, or any other challenge—can become our stepping stool to new breakthroughs in life, if we leverage the opportunity.  Just as David’s encounter with Goliath transformed him from a delivery boy to a national hero, our enemies can be a blessing in disguise - if only we recognize and face them head-on.

Human nature tells us to flee our enemies, but Ron Carpenter will challenge you to embrace them. In The Necessity of an Enemy, Ron shares engaging insights like: 

   • God intended for every enemy to be your footstool for promotion.
   • If you want to be number one, you can’t just beat number nine.
   • The depth of your battle gives you insight into the greatness of the potential God put in you, and enemies are your key to unlocking that potential.
   • All battles are fought over your future, not over your past or present circumstances.

Are you ready to reach your next goal in life? Do you want biblically-based wisdom to help defeat every enemy and move with confidence to your destiny?  The Necessity of an Enemy will give you the tools to change your perspective – and find meaning and purpose in all of life’s trials.


The Necessity of an Enemy by Ron Carpenter Jr. is an interesting book.  The title alone is inviting.

This book was full of a lot of wisdom, it was like reading a sermon a day.  Ron Carpenter Jr. writes in a real and down to earth style.  He shares all of the things he has learned in his spiritual journey.  He presents things in a very matter of fact way and with humility.

I personally gleaned a lot from this book.  Before reading this book, I didn't know who Ron Carpenter Jr. was.  I didn't know anything about him actually, so it was refreshing for me to get to know him in his book.

Unfortunately, he has been through some pretty tough circumstances which he was completely candid about.  Ron Carpenter Jr. shares his personal experiences and testimony in The Necessity of an Enemy.  All the principles he writes about in his book, he has applied in his own life.

This book is very encouraging and teaches you a lot about adversity and overcoming the enemy in your life.  I was inspired by Ron Carpenter's life and wisdom.  He has spiritual insight based on all the trials and hardships he experienced.  He generously shares how he overcame it in The Necessity of an Enemy.  

My favorite chapters are "Seeing Is Not Believing", "Dream Killers" and "The Three Courts of Intimacy."

If you have been undergoing great conflict and difficulty in your Christian walk, I highly recommend this book.  The Necessity of an Enemy will definitely encourage and inspire you.

In conclusion, I want to personally thank Waterbrook Multnomah for sending me this complimentary book to read and review.

RON CARPENTER, senior pastor of Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, South Carolina, is recognized worldwide as a leader of leaders. As both a senior pastor and an entrepreneur, Ron's relentless passion for developing potential in others permeates his organization. After graduation from Emmanuel College, Ron and his wife, Hope, founded their church in 1991 with three members and a passion for breaking down walls of racism, crossing cultural lines, and changing poverty mindsets.  Today the congregation numbers over 16,000 and the ministry of the church includes 150 community outreaches, television and web programming, and a worldwide network of over 1,500 affiliated churches, Ministers, and leaders. Visit his website at

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