By Margaret Lukasik
Slaying Life’s Dragons and Beasts by Gary Lee Millner is a book that reveals the power we have each been given through Jesus Christ to overcome addictions, self-loathing, the desire to be accepted by our peers no matter what the cost and a strong feeling of rejection by the world where one is living.
However, Gary shows us with his life that it’s not enough to know that we have power and ability, we also have to act upon what God has given us by using God’s Word every day to overcome the problems that are causing us defeat and steering us toward the lifestyles and people who keep us in bondage. He describes the inner longings and desires in a person that can pull them away from the reality of danger and instead toward the destructive part of life that entices the mind and emotions with the promise of excitement and acceptance only to turn into a monstrous enemy.
Gary doesn’t just tell his readers how to slay those dragons and beasts that insidiously enter a person’s life, he gives a clear path of winning the battle, recuperation and continued victory that only God’s Word provides. He knows what to do because he’s already fought the battle and won. And Gary reveals throughout his book how he keeps that victory on a day-to-day bases. He also gives the reader the ability to use the information from each chapter and apply it to their lives by writing it down on specific pages he provides. It can be so easy for information we read to be forgotten, but with each chapter Gary makes sure that his teachings will make an indelible mark on his reader’s hearts and minds.
If you’re ready to begin slaying life’s dragons and beasts that have your life in turmoil, Gary’s new book will teach you step-by-step how to fight every battle in your life and win! You’ll learn about the abiding love of Jesus Christ and God’s forgiveness that will empower you to live with a peace about who you are and a joy about the life and purpose God has given you to fulfill.
I recommend Slaying Life’s Dragons and Beasts to Christians who have received salvation, but were never taught how to live God’s Word. This is also a book for those who have not yet been saved, but are ready to move forward with God and shed the world’s hold upon their lives.
Over ten years of counseling, rarely have I come across a book so appropriate to the needs of people caught up in various addictions. This book covers broad areas of interests and necessary knowledge for the addicted as well as the friends and family members of such people. It is well thought out and presented in an easy to understand manner. While it is quite obvious that Gary Millner is a Christian, I feel that the non-Christian reader would derive much benefit from its consumption and consideration, because addiction can be the calling-card that brings that person to the realization that there is something much better to fill the emptiness in their lives than the addiction, whatever it is. The book is very practical in its approach and easily read. Dr. James F. Fulp, Counseling Pastor, Westwood Baptist Church.
I have read many books dealing with addictions and self-image, but most have been authored by “experts”, that is, by psychologists and counselors. Here is one, however, written by a man who hasn’t just helped others recover from some of life’s toughest battles, he has fought them himself. You’ll find Millner’s transparency refreshing, and his advice right on target. He writes with the voice of a beggar who has found food, and is now telling other beggars where they can find it, too.
Gary’s transparency and honest sharing of his victories and defeats or better yet Christ’s victory and Christ’s power in Gary, drew me to this book. Some authors tend to keep a professional distance between their books and their real life, but Gary holds little back and invites us to do the same as we get honest with ourselves and God. In addition to the transparency, this book is very practical and extremely Biblical using scripture to shed light on our everyday potential and real pitfalls. I hope to use the application section in the end of the book during future quiet times to apply the truths in this book to my own walk. My wife has also read some of the book, and she has encouraged me to keep reading it. Though I haven’t yet finished the book, the parts I have read have been very meaningful to some of my present challenges. I recommend this book for anyone who is struggling in their walk with Jesus and having difficulty working out Jesus’ salvation in his/her life. Thanks Gary!