Item description for Spirit Quest: Our War With Choices by McElfresh, Jr....
Overview "People are reaching out in all directions in their attempt to escape from the seen world to the unseen world." -George Gallup, U.S. News and World Report Spiritual influence has many faces. Without some understanding of the dynamics involved, the unsuspecting person may be under spiritual control without any suspicion or awareness of that control. When you know the basic direction of spiritual influence, it becomes easier to understand and avoid that which leads to harmful, hopeless, or destructive choices. Spiritual forces impact all humanity and cannot be controlled by Man. Their impact can and will be positive or negative, and they are helped or hindered by prayer and its intent. Our senses can be programmed by what we consume from different media sources. Our senses move us toward truth or error, and that movement will produce results. Do you know whose spirit is influencing your choices today?
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Studio: Xulon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.5" Width: 8.5" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.48 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2004
Publisher Xulon Press
ISBN 1594675546 ISBN13 9781594675546
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Excellent book providing solid spiritual answers! May 21, 2005
JR McElfresh has done a tremendous job of articulating our daily 'war with choices.' All of us are invovled in a spiritual battle whether we realize it or not. Satan and his demonic forces are constantly at work trying to deceive, discourage and divide the Body of Christ. JR does a great job of helping us to better understand how to have victory in this relentless spiritual battle. This book is filled with solid biblical teaching and practical answers for everyday life!
Rethinking daily choices May 5, 2005
The story is, sadly, an all too familiar one: a successful, cultured, upper middle-class family is slowly being deprived of status and support. The parents, both working and striving to provide for their children, are weakened because of cracks in their integrity. Peer pressure and time restraints impact their decision-making. They do not take the time to consult with family members or trusted advisors. Their choices become hurried, tense and rash. Their life implodes, the family disintegrates and their future becomes hopeless. But, out of this destruction and chaos can come hope and new life. Eighty percent of Americans and 65 percent of Christians have only a vague idea of how spiritual influence impacts the choices they make. "SpiritQuest" leads the reader through many of today's spiritual quicksands. J.R. McElfresh, the author of "SpiritQuest: Our War With Choices," pursues the spiritual forces that impact so many in America today, often with devastating outcomes. These spiritual forces work upon our process of choosing in definitive ways. We aspire to make good positive choices but many times see those "good" choices take us in directions that are not anticipated. We make assumptions with our choices that are not well founded and consequently produce results that miss the mark we intended. To right the ship, we must understand the dynamics involved and learn how spiritual influence directs our choices. When you know the basic direction of spiritual influence, it becomes easier to understand and avoid harmful, hopeless, or destructive choices that lead to disaster. Spiritual influence has many faces. It must be understood. Without understanding the dynamics involved, one may be under spiritual control without any suspicion or conscious awareness. The author gives the basic directions of spiritual influence. These spiritual forces impact all humanity and Man cannot control them. Their impact can and will be positive or negative, and our five senses can be programmed by what we consume from media sources. Further, our senses move us toward truth or error, and that movement will produce results. Pray that you will know whose spirit is influencing your choices and if that spirit will help or hinder you in choosing wisely.
About the author J.R. McElfresh has been a teacher and church leader for over 20 years. Now retired from a 30-year career as a materials management professional, he is devoted full time to writing, teaching, and ministry. He is an avid Bible scholar, degreed and trained at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. His work has been reviewed by a number of prominent church leaders, university professors, and congressmen. Their overwhelming response is "This book is a must read for those searching for spiritual answers." His father, Herman S. McElfresh, was employed at a restaurant in Jerome for about a year (about 1936) while awaiting an opening at the smelter in Clarkdale. He worked at the smelter until about September 1938. He left and returned to Oklahoma to marry his mother. They intended to return to Clarkdale area, but ended up on a ranch in West Texas for about a year or so. West Texas was a detour on the way to Arizona as his family needed money to finish the trip. That trip was interrupted by my father returning to Oklahoma (after Pearl Harbor) to enlist in the Navy. Had it not been for World War II, J.R. probably would have been raised on a ranch in Verde Valley. J.R. McElfresh does not take lightly the responsibility that goes with writing on spiritual influence. As a survivor of Sudden Death Syndrome (January 2001), he sought spiritual answers for his survival and the purpose for being spared. The response lies in the pages of his writing. He is being obedient to share the wisdom he learned. He can be contacted at spiritquestministry.com.
A roadmap for making positive choices Aug 20, 2004
This book is a must read for those looking for guidelines in making positive choices. There are many negative forces in this world that try to deceive and destroy us. SpiritQuest will point out the different spiritual forces in this world and show how to find the positive forces. A great book for those searching for their significance in life. We all have many choices we make every day. This book is easy to read and will be helpful to any reader. The choice is yours.
interesting unique platform for delving deeper Aug 7, 2004
Bible study groups everywhere wishing to explore a blueprint for making choices and thinking critically, will enjoy JR McElfresh's "Spirit Quest: Our War With Choices", and his skill at decoding the bible has the potential to engage even the most scripture-phobic readers.
The first three parts of "Spirit Quest" address some incredibly hard hitting questions, reinforced with scholarly biblical discussions and enjoyable anecdotes. The first three parts also create and explain a concrete plan for living a conscious, spiritual life, that will appeal to both Christians and Non-Christians alike.
Often times, in this fast paced world, individuals can become confused on their spiritual paths. McElfresh on page 53 offers the following advice, "If you do not have 'inner peace' continue until you find it." Clearly this is sound solid advice for any spiritual being and I ecstatically applaud the author's unifying bold words. Somewhere at the end of part three however, McElfresh's work becomes more dogmatic and extreme and his fundamentalist rhetoric crosses the line to offending other religions, and equals in its intense ferocity, the mindset of terrorist religious extremists from other religions-extremists that McElfresh boldly condemns (and rightfully so).
Unfortunately, the hypocrisy of the- slightly buried in spiritual double speak- radical written stance McElfresh alludes to as acceptable from Christians, but as evil and unacceptable from others; will not go unnoticed by an objective reader. Additionally, if the reader has paid attention to the first few parts of "Spirit Quest" and learned McElfresh's well thought out lessons, they should easily be able to sift through the zealous rhetoric in later chapters and find deeper, unifying, spiritual truths rather than becoming caught up in passionate one-sided rants that unfortunately show little if any true tolerance and understanding of other religions beyond the superficial and cursory.
Overall, McElfresh, in "Spirit Quest" creates an interesting unique platform for delving deeper into Christian spirituality, and although it has a few pitfalls within its pages, it is a book that has great value and potential for encouraging Christians to challenge themselves, their spiritual leaders, and their communities to live better, more fulfilling, spiritual lives- and ultimately, "Spirit Quest" has the potential capability to create tolerance through critical thought, conscious living and spiritual exploration.