The Awakening is a story from 1841 with an important message for 2015. This is the true story of Johann Christoph Blumhardt’s encounter with Gottliebin Dittis, a young woman overcome by demonic activity. I usually avoid books about this subject, but this book is different. It is a respectful retelling of Blumhardt’s own writings not to sensationalize, but to show the real struggle with spiritual warfare.
Blumhardt approached each situation by putting on the full armor of God. The book states that when things took a serious turn, he would pray with a friend. “Together we searched through the Bible, determined not to go any further than Scripture led us.” His approach, his faith, his humbleness, and his honesty about his feelings made such an impression on me.
Not only did he encounter the spiritual fight, but also resistance from the local authorities. In spite of all of the obstacles, he saw a true spiritual awakening in his parish. While the book is about demonic activity, it is even more about the importance of repentance, confession, and reconciliation and peace that comes from Christ.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in spiritual warfare.