Winning the Battle for the Night
God’s Plan for Sleep, Dreams and Revelation
God created the night and the dark--and He called it good.
In our fast-paced world, we may see sleep as "wasted time," or else we may lie awake as anxiety, fear or distractions race through our minds. This was never God's intent for nighttime. Without realizing it, we have handed this sacred time over to the enemy.
With warmth, compassion and keen biblical insight, counselor and speaker Faith Blatchford reveals that it's during this precious time that God imparts everything necessary to equip us for the day. Without peaceful sleep, we are robbed mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually of the resources we need--including insights from God.
The dark does not belong to the devil, so don't let him steal that replenishment time from you or your family. Here are the tools you need to overcome nightmares and insomnia, encounter the God of rest, and sleep peacefully the whole night through.
It's time to take back your nights!
"Wonderfully practical, brilliantly insightful and sure to inspire you to reconnect with God's purpose for sleep: communion and rest."--Bill Johnson, senior leader, Bethel Church, Redding, California
"It will empower you to value and experience good sleep, thus improving health, performance, wisdom and God-given creativity."--Dr. Michelle A. Miller, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick
"A powerful guide for anyone who has struggled with sleep problems."--Margaret Nagib, Psy.D., clinical psychologist, Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center; founder, The Dunamis Project
Faith Blatchford, with a B.A. in religion from Vassar College, serves as an ordained pastoral counselor at Bethel Church in Redding, California. She is also a regional facilitator-at-large of the International Bethel Sozo network. Faith spends more than half the year speaking at conferences and seminars around the world, as well as meeting with leaders to provide personal counseling and creativity coaching. Visit www.faithblatchford.com for more information.
"Faith Blatchford's Winning the Battle for the Night is wonderfully practical, brilliantly insightful and sure to inspire the reader to reconnect with God's purpose for sleep--communion and rest. Our capacity to fellowship with God is sometimes stronger in the night than in the day, when we often have so many distractions. He longs to communicate with us through the dream realm. He deposits things in our hearts and minds while we sleep that we wouldn't be able to process while awake. We can position ourselves for this, as a yielded imagination becomes a sanctified imagination, and a sanctified imagination is positioned for visions and dreams. This is for everyone!"
Bill Johnson, Bethel Church, Redding, California; author, When Heaven Invades Earth, God Is Good and The Power That Changes the World
"I love this book. I've read many books on dreams, but Faith Blatchford's story and unique insights caught me up in wonder and ignited hunger to be saturated in the last-days language of the Holy Spirit. This book will provoke you to take the dream seriously and act on it. In so doing you will become a shaper of history. I've been in the dream stream for years, but this book put a further hook in my heart. I can no longer say, "It was just a dream." It was the roar of the Lord! Read it and find your night wings."
Lou Engle, co-founder, TheCall
"I am excited about this book. Faith does an excellent job of explaining how sleep can become our friend to help us grow spiritually. You will find this book a great help as you yourself learn the importance of dreams and sleep not for just yourself but for your whole family. Great job, Faith!"
Beni Johnson, author, Healthy and Free and The Happy Intercessor
"Faith Blatchford's Winning the Battle for the Night is a beautifully written book that helps us prepare our hearts to find sweet sleep so that we can dream with God."
Linda Evans Shepherd, author, Winning Your Daily Spiritual Battles
"Faith Blatchford has been my friend for more than thirty years. The word passionate describes her well. She is also challenging, original, witty and imaginative in her writing. Winning the Battle for the Night captivated me and encouraged me anew to listen to God--indeed to ask Him for dreams. Faith Blatchford challenges me deeply, but kindly and honestly. This unique book will help countless thousands."
Pam Rosewell Moore, executive director, Pam Rosewell Moore Ministries
"Wow! Insightful, helpful, a joy to read. While I've read books on dream interpretation, I have not come across one that helps remove the barriers to dreaming. Faith explores the hindrances that keep us from communing with God in the night hours. What a great read."
Gwen Gibson, associate pastor, Hope Center, HRock Church
"Increasingly, people report sleep problems, which lead to poor physical and mental well-being. Winning the Battle for the Night explores the importance of sleep, giving practical steps to restore God's nighttime gift. It will empower you to value and experience good sleep, thus improving health, performance, wisdom and God-given creativity."
Dr. Michelle A. Miller, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick
"This is a powerful guide for anyone who has struggled with sleep problems, and the first book I've seen that so clearly explains the spiritual science behind sleep. Faith Blatchford arms you with relevant and practical information about the physiological, psychological and spiritual roots to sleeplessness. Her insights will give you hope and help you reclaim God's design for rejuvenation and revelation through sleep."
Margaret Nagib, Psy.D., clinical psychologist, Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center; founder, The Dunamis Project
"I never knew how significant sleep and a healthy dream life were until reading Winning the Battle for the Night. I was immediately drawn into the book by the real-life stories from both the author and well-known historical figures. I greatly appreciated Faith Blatchford's ability to clearly combine teaching, research, practical application and personal learning and turn this into a personal guide and reference book that I will use and recommend for the rest of my night life!"
Andy Mason, author, God with You at Work and Dream Culture: Bringing Dreams to Life; director, Heaven in Business, www.heaveninbusiness.com
"In my career as a medical doctor, I have clearly understood the challenges caused by poor sleep. Faith Blatchford helpfully addresses the subject from different angles, not only aiding understanding but also offering practical solutions. Accessing practical help on the physical issues, finding the peace of God, which can guard our hearts and minds, and interacting on a spiritual level with the Prince of Peace all combine in Winning the Battle for the Night."
Peter Carter, M.D., family practioner in the U.K.; director, Eastgate, www.eastgate.org.uk; author, Unwrapping Lazarus
"Reading this has reminded me of the importance of adequate sleep and rest from both a biblical and a medical perspective. This excellent scholarly work integrates key Scriptures with evidence-based medical practice to address sleep and rest deprivation. Anyone desiring to put into practice the truths found within the pages of this book will find a deeper, richer meaning with which to live their lives."
Brenda B. Jones, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing, Lee University
"This generation has more distractions from sleep than any generation before. Faith does an excellent job of explaining the importance of sleep and dreams but also gives so much encouragement in telling us how much God wants to give us dreams. Winning the Battle for the Night will bring a fresh confidence in God's design for sleep and dreams and challenge you to contend for more!"
Kim Walker-Smith, Jesus Culture