(Book review) The Hidden Enemy


Reviewed by: Alyssa Roat, a professional writing major at Taylor University

 


Introduction

Title: The Hidden Enemy: Aggressive Secularism, Radical Islam, and the Fight for Our Future

Author: Michael Youssef

Publisher: Tyndale Momentum

Publication Date: March 2018

Format: Print book

Length: 211 pages

OVERVIEW

In this book, Dr. Youssef pulls no punches. His message is clear: America is in trouble. He identifies secularism and radical Islam as two outward culprits. Using his experience growing up in totalitarian Egypt and drawing examples from history and resent news stories, Youssef posits that these two factors are working in tandem to destroy America. After explaining how these forces are undermining America from within, Youssef points to a deeper issue: the moral compromise and inaction of the church. In the end, secularism and radical Islam won’t destroy America; its destruction will come from a hidden enemy. However, Youssef encourages Christians to stand for truth, not give up, and take several steps to combat America’s demise.

Youssef’s writing is clear, intriguing, and supported by concrete examples and stories from antiquity, current events, and Scripture. His message ultimately endorses a theme of moral and theological integrity and the importance of prayer. Though he is passionate about his topic, he attempts to use examples and stories to illustrate his points rather than fall back on emotionalism. Whether a reader agrees with all of his ideas or not, this book is a fascinating and insightful text.

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5)

4 stars

Suggested Audience

This book is recommended for those interested in politics, current affairs, and the social and cultural climate of the church. However, no special knowledge of these topics is required to understand or appreciate the material presented here.

Christian Impact

Youssef sounds a strong, resonating call to integrity and commitment to the truth. He gives suggestions for being prayerful, for empowering citizens and for being stronger at witnessing.

Other Notes:

Youssef’s theology is sound and noncontroversial. However, he has clearly conservative political leanings and identifies many liberal positions as wrong or harmful. He also opposes same-sex relationships. Though he holds these convictions firmly, he does so with grace; however, they may be offensive to some readers.

 



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