Winning the Battle for the Night: God's Plan for Sleep, Dreams and Revelation

Winning the Battle for the Night: God's Plan for Sleep, Dreams and Revelation

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ISBN-13: 9780800798185
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/04/2017
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 631,249
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Faith Blatchford, with a B.A. in religion from Vassar College, serves as an ordained pastoral counselor at Bethel Church in Redding, California. She is also a regional facilitator-at-large of the International Bethel Sozo network. Faith spends more than half the year speaking at conferences and seminars around the world, as well as meeting with leaders to provide personal counseling and creativity coaching. Visit www.faithblatchford.com for more information.

Table of Contents

Foreword Danny Silk 13

Acknowledgments 15

1 What If? 17

2 My Story-No Time to Waste Sleeping 27

3 God's Nighttime Activity 39

4 Five Historic Encounters with God at Night 49

5 My Body Was Designed for Sleep 58

6 God's Gift of Sleep 68

7 I've Been Robbed 77

8 The Enemy's Tactics 89

9 Weapons to Win the Battle 102

10 Nuts and Bolts of Repositioning 116

11 Teach Children to Say "Bye-Bye, Boogeyman" 128

12 I Had a Dream-Now What? 146

13 Dream Questions 157

14 Good Night and Sweet Dreams 173

Appendix: Declarations 175

Notes 179

Index 185

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Winning the Battle for the Night: God's Plan for Sleep, Dreams and Revelation 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Pooke More than 1 year ago
Mr. Sandman…. Has God spoken to you in your dreams? Do you want to catch some zzz’s, but have a hard time getting them? Do you catnap but never get good, lengthy sleep? Then this book is for you. It will help if you have trouble going to sleep, or if you have a problem staying that way. It also suggests ways to get rid of nighttime fears, allowing sleep to take place the way God intended. The author knows what she is talking about because she spent many years getting very few hours of slumber. Sleeping very much, she thought, was a waste of time, so she purposely filled her day and night with lots of activities that left little time for much shut-eye. Does God still speak to His people in their dreams? Many of the people around the author were having lots of dreams. They remarked that they were sure some were from God, and they received blessings or instructions from them. The author truly believed them, and that God still speaks through dreams. But not devoting much time for sleep was causing her to miss out on a possible God dream. Our bodies are designed to dream only after we receive a certain amount and level of sleep. Ms. Blatchford reveals how she went from someone who slept very little, and never had dreams, to someone who now experiences lots of dreams, along with much more sleep. It didn’t happen overnight, but she got there with prayer, patience and changes made to help promote good sleep—and all without drugs. Most important of all, she now has dreams that she knows are from God. This is not a dream interpretation book, although she does recommend a good book for that. Instead, she has very good tips for dealing with dreams, even disturbing ones. In the back of the volume are some declarations or prayers to say to help experience sound sleep and dreams. Throughout the book, are fascinating examples of dreams others have had, and the results from them. The author has written this in an easy-to-read manor, and from a Christian viewpoint. I have been a victim of sleep changes that were a big clue to a serious health problem, so don’t discount visiting a doctor for possible medical issues. I liked this five-star book very much, and highly recommend it. If you aren’t dreaming, sleeping poorly, or wondering if God is speaking to you, pick this volume up. Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing, has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Winning the Battle for the Night, for the purpose of review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Jani417 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book that offers readers insights into the need for sleep and how God communicates with us using visions and dreams. He gives us revelation, inspiration and wisdom, but we must learn to interpret dreams and to sort out God messages from other types of dreams. Far too many people in today’s busy world do not get enough sleep for a number of reasons. Stress, over-commitment, sleep disorders and more contribute to our poor sleep habits. Sleep is God’s tender gift to us, to renew us and make us the best we can be. Author Faith Blatchford offers readers a look at how and why we need sleep and how God speaks to us while we sleep. The book is a treasure trove of good information, but perhaps Chapter 13 offers the most organized, direct advice on sorting out our dreams and learning to listen for God’s directives in interpreting them. This chapter contains a list of specific questions and answers. Blatchford does not presume to instruct us on interpretation; only how to be alert, open and aware when God speaks to us. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review and am pleased to recommend it to those who need some help in taking back the night and enjoying communion with God during sleep.
Natonito More than 1 year ago
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Chosen Books. All thoughts and opinions are my own.] As someone whose troubles with sleep are well documented [1], this book is both a risk and an opportunity. The author talks about her own longtime struggles with sleep and her own deep interest in divine and demonic influence on sleep, and how one feels about this book depends on a variety of elements. Do you believe that God still communicates with believers through dreams, and that dreams sometimes contain warnings that are often ignored, to the peril of those who had been given prophetic dreams and did not take them seriously? Do you believe that there is a demonic influence in many nightmares, as the author specifies this as meaning night demon numerous times in this book? If you believe both of these things, this book will likely contain much of interest and value for you. If you believe neither of these two, this book will be at best a reminder of various human factors–PTSD, anxiety, high levels of technology use, obesity, sleep apnea, and so on–that negatively affect sleep, many of which I am sadly all too familiar with. This book was a short one–I read it as an ePub and it only came to 113 pages there, filled with a variety of chapters organized in a topical fashion. Throughout the book we find out that the author was born into a mainstream Christian background and found little encouragement or insight from her religious background concerning dreams. She relays various stories about the dreams of Abraham Lincoln and victims of the Holocaust who were given what appeared to be prophetic dreams. The author’s charismatic background accounts for the extreme interest in the spirit world here, which may put off some readers, both in its references to the Holy Spirit as well as its references to the demonic world. Despite the author’s own frank confession of her longtime struggle with bad sleep, there is a certain “blame the victim” approach to poor sleep here, where people are blamed for having their sleep harmed because they have been deceived by satanic lies, even where they are not to blame in terms of diet and exercise and going to bed earlier for their sleep problems in other ways. Even so, although there was much that could offend, overall I found I was satisfied with the book’s approach. The author’s tough approach to the reader was balanced by her own sincerity, and the author’s depth of study into the problem of sleep for believers is obvious to anyone who has shared her troubles and her approach to them. As someone who has strong beliefs about both the malign nature of a third of the spirit world as well as the way that dreams are an aspect of divine communication, I found much to agree with concerning the author’s perspective, despite some differences. Likewise, the author’s comments about PTSD and the responsibility of parents for the dream life of their children was also something I could agree with and wholeheartedly endorse. If there was much in this book that reminds me that a great deal of the unpleasant nature of my own sleep is my responsibility, it was comforting to know that my horrific sleep life is not a problem I have alone, and there is considerable value in that realization. For those readers who share my struggle and the author’s, then, this book provides both comfort as well as a prod to take action. [1] See, for example: https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016/12/31/sleep-fleeing-from-the-