I am currently reading a book called "The Veritas Conflict". It is by Shaunti Feldhahn author of another book I like called "For Women Only".
The back cover says this "A heavenly battle is raging for the heart and mind of a young co-ed, a college, and a nation". It is about a young girl who goes to Harvard and the forces of good and evil (angels and demons) who are fighting for her soul. You read what the angels and demons are saying (even though they are invisible to the characters of the book. It is very much like Frank Peretti's book "This Present Darkness" if you've ever read that.
What really sticks with me is when you see the main character struggle with something like pride and then you read about the demon who is so happy with himself for getting her off track from living as God would have her live. It really makes all the attacks of the enemy much more visible.
On the flip side, you see the angels that surround her and are fighting for her, they are strengthened when others are praying for her. You will see prayer in a whole new light after reading this book.
Anyways, this book has some really good insight. One of the chapters says "Every member of the heavenly host longed always to be in that golden throne room, to sing "holy, holy, holy to the King! And here these children of the King dallied and strayed like that toddler he had just seen, letting anything distract them from going into His presence". Like the heavenly hosts, we should long to be in the presence of God praising him continuously. However, often we let everything and anything distract us or take our eyes off of Him. God made us to love him, to worship him, and to adore him.
(There are heavenly beings and Day and night they never stop saying: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come." Revelation 4:8 b )
I also liked this about God trusting us with our kids. "Well, at some point we have to let them go out into the darkness and trust God to care for them. After all, He's had the harder job trusting us with them all these years. Us trusting Him should be a piece of cake." It was an interesting perspective to think about. God trusts me with these kids. He sees the mistakes I make with them. He knows I am human. I should have no problem trusting Him with my kids. He is perfect, all knowing, and infallible. He has the perfect plan for my kids. He loves them more than I can fathom.
I'm sure I will be quoting many more things from this book as they challenge me and encourage me to become the woman God wants me to be.