Book Review: Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants, by Louie Giglio
How do you gain victory over your toughest challenges? How do you get rid of an adversary that constantly steals your joy and passion? How do you live a life of victory rather than succumb to defeat and give up? Those questions lie at the heart of author and pastor Louie Giglio latest book,
Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants.
Using the story of David and Goliath as a backdrop, the author suggests that each of us face one or more threatening giants. He specifically addresses the issues of fear, rejection, addiction, anger, and comfort. Rather than be demoralized and defeated, the author reminds us to fix our eyes on the size of our God, not the size of our giant. The author combines Scripture, personal stories, illustrations, and practical application to flesh out his argument.
On the one hand, Goliath Must Fall is a helpful and encouraging book. On the other hand, I found myself uncomfortable with how the author interprets the story of David and Goliath. As he explains, he adds three twists to the story.
If you’ve been keeping track of the twists and turns in this book, we started by touching upon one big twist. In the story of David and Goliath, we are not David; Jesus is David. We unpacked that twist in depth near the beginning of the book.
Then we looked at a second twist, that our giant is already dead. The victory is already won. Jesus has accomplished what he set out to do. We have unpacked that twist throughout the whole book as we’ve looked at various specific giants.
As we close this book, we want to look at one final twist, and we’ve touched upon it in several places already. It’s that David’s motivation in this whole thing was the fame of God. David was motivated by God’s honor and glory. That’s our invitation as well.
While I understand what the author is trying to do, and while I agree with his main points, I am not comfortable with spiritualizing a story rather than interpreting it correctly. Jesus is not in the story. David faces a very live giant, not a dead one. David is victorious because he keeps his focus on God and his promises, and because his motivation is for God to be honored and glorified. While his third twist is true, his first two are not. While you can be encouraged by the stories and principles, you must not follow his method of interpreting Scripture.
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