The Master Deceiver: Understanding Satan’s Lies and How to Resist Them
David J. Stitt
Cedar Fort, 2008
There are great scholars who can write and speak on the danger of
listening and giving into temptation. While these scholars are valuable,
at times they are hard to understand. David J. Stitt uses his insight to
bring his subject to a level that is easy to understand, without being
In this book, David goes through seven lies. The lies are not profound
or complex, but are gripping in their simplicity. One of the lies that
is discussed is “You need to experience sin in order to understand the
negative consequences so that you can warn others.” While this is a
common perception, it is only a half-truth. I do not need to smoke or
drink to know and understand the negative impact these activities would
have on my life.
The “lies” segment of the book is only a small portion of the entire
work. After exposing the lies, Stitt spends time offering hope and
comfort to the reader. He does this with short sections of easy to
remember phrases to help in personal battles with temptation and sin.
This is not the same old advice that is handed out on Sunday, but rather
it is full of insight and encouragement.
Each chapter has something to offer in overcoming temptation and the
constant whispers of the Master Deceiver. He points out that it is part
of life to be tempted. Just because one is tempted to do or say
something does not make them a bad individual. Rather it makes them
mortal. David explains that hearing the lie is not the same as acting on
Stitt gives the reader several suggestions on how to build personal
arsenals against the constant bombardment of lies and temptations. It is
nothing difficult or profound, but logical and helpful. The greatest
weapon one can have is truth. This is a book that is easy to understand
and is filled with comfort and encouragement for the reader struggling
for a moment of peace and understanding.