The wise man is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things both new and old.

Review: “I Declare War” by Levi Lusko

This is a review of the book I Declare War by Levi Lusko.

Alright, so what’s I Declare War about? Put simply, this book is a four-part battle plan against idolatry in its many forms. This is a topic many pastors and authors have addressed, but it seems like each one who does has something new or a new way to say the same thing so that it does not seem trite and a retreading of the same ground. I Declare War is no exception on this. While the topic of dealing with idolatry is as old as idolatry itself, Lusko’s book is a practical one which the reader will find worth picking up.

The premise of the book is simple: through addressing our thoughts, words, actions, and relying on the power of the Holy Spirit for help, anyone is able to overcome all the stuff that is holding him or her back, idolatry. But what makes this book poignant and worth the read is everything Lusko brings to the page to accomplish his thesis. He provides a strong foundation of Scripture, personal anecdotes and practical application tips, as well as 21st Century pre-millenial snark to keep the book moving and put a new light on what can feel like “the same old stuff.”

One neat thing about the book is a playing card motif that is present throughout the book. In the book, once in a while a picture of an ace of spades (the ace of spades is explained at the end) appears on a full page by itself with a quote from either the previous page or one that is relevant to the chapter’s subject. Those alone are a valuable piece on their own. I found Lusko’s “Analyze, Extrapolate, Prioritize, and Navigate” matrix to be perhaps the most helpful thing.

In the end, read I Declare War or don’t. If you do, there is guaranteed to be content of worth for you found in its pages.

I received my copy of this book for free through the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for reviewing it. I was not obligated to write a positive review; the opinions expressed are mine.

#30SongChallenge – Day 6

SONG 6: A Song That Reminds You of Somewhere

Artist:  All Time Low

Song:  Running From Lions

Album:  Put Up or Shut Up

I have been to the Warped Tour more times than I have fingers and a thumb on one hand. I have seen many bands thanks to this summer festival (R.I.P.). Every time I here the song “Running From Lions” by All Time Low though, it takes me back to Noblesville, IN at Verizon Wireless Music Center or whatever the place is called these days.

The year that I saw All Time Low was after they had just released their first full-length album after their E.P., Put Up or Shut UpPut Up or Shut Up is a total pop-punk onslaught. After hearing a whole bunch of bands which could not be classified as anything close to punk, All Time Low was a welcome bit of relief. They also played on a stage with a roof over the area in front which was a pleasant break from the July sun. And to top it all off, All Time Low’s set was quite enjoyable.

The reason I pick this song is because Alex changed the lyrics to the bridge for the live version they way they performed it when I saw them on the Warped Tour. Instead of singing, “Running from lions never felt like such a mistake,” he sang, “I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly; my body’s too booty-licious for you babe!” The fact that all these years later that line is still memorable is a testament to how that song hit me in that moment.

Sadly, I guess the actual E.P. version does not exist on YouTube, so I leave you with the unplugged version. Cheers!