I recently received The Necessity of an Enemy: How the Battle You Face Is Your Best Opportunity by Ron Carpenter Jr. and was intrigued by the title. Although I do agree that our challenges in life can help us grow, I didn't care for the brash, in-you-face type of preaching style utilized by the author. Some of his points are things I believe (such as God has a plan for us, His children), but I felt that the book presented the points in such a harsh way. I also felt that the author kept rehashing the same points over and over.
I found it hard to relate to the personal experiences shared by the author. I think this book could be helpful to someone who doesn't know much about God, but for those who have the scriptures, a reading of the Bible would do more to teach than reading this book. But if you do find yourself with a copy, glance at the bold statements throughout the book that teach simple principles. Here are a few examples from the text:
"God has intent about every person's life, which means no one was a mistake."
"Everything in life starts in seed form."
"You can make a decision in one day that will take you five years to straighten out."Overall, I wouldn't recommend this book to my friends.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.