Creating a Hostile Environment for the Flesh

Creating a Hostile Environment for the Flesh coverCreating a Hostile Environment for the Flesh:
Reclaiming and Maintaining Personal Victory

By Bernard King
WestBow Press
05 September 2013

Creating a Hostile Environment for the Flesh by Bernard King reads like several preacher’s sermons strung together, which I suppose makes sense because King is the senior pastor at Cornerstone Bible Fellowship in Delray Beach, Florida. There’s potential in such content if it’s well-written, but Creating a Hostile Environment isn’t. For one thing, the author doesn’t seem to realize that he’s preaching to the choir; anyone else picking up this book would put it down again before the first chapter ended. Despite the entire first chapter being completely about giving one’s life to Jesus through prayer, I don’t know how any non-Christian could read this book and actually find any benefit in it. The disparity between what I perceive to be King’s intended audience (…I can’t actually tell who the intended audience is, so…) and his actual audience (“the choir”, so to speak) is too great.

King does write with assurance, I’ll give him that, and the chapters read as though he’s an authority in God and Jesus studies, but the content just doesn’t add up. I don’t know; maybe he is such an authority, but the writing and content are unconvincing. The overuse of alliteration and assonance doesn’t do the book any favors either.

As a side note, the book’s description (below) explains exactly nothing about what’s between the covers.

God, by his amazing grace, will cause you to internalize and apply the material in this book, in order that you will abandon the depths of defeat and ascend the stairs of victory. So, Lord willing, let’s proceed and procure the following steps that would forward your success in creating a hostile environment for the flesh, maintaining and reclaiming personal victory.

Creating a Hostile Environment for the Flesh is too poorly written to be of much spiritual help, especially because it’s difficult to get past the writing to the content, much of which in itself is confusing, not fleshed out, or otherwise arbitrarily muddled.

DISCLAIMER: I received Creating a Hostile Environment for the Flesh free from WestBow Press for this review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Viannah E. Duncan

Viannah E. Duncan is a writer and activist hailing originally from Los Angeles. She lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She has a cat, Cleo.

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