Gladney explains how to avoid and recover from identity theft, both natural and spiritual.
After the author was victimized by identity theft, leaving her with credit cards and a mortgage loan issued falsely in her name, she asked herself if her spiritual identity could be stolen as well. Looking back, she realized that she had forgotten who she was spiritually and had let other factors in her life, such as career, define her. Gladney poses an intriguing question for Christians by asking if spiritual identity can be stolen, and, if so, how does one recover it? She defines spiritual identity theft as “a deceptive scheme of Satan to rob us of our God-given identity.” The book is broken down into four sections, each representing a step toward overcoming spiritual identity theft. Gladney begins by walking the reader through an assessment of what is missing, and then moves forward through the steps to full recovery. Along the way the reader learns a great deal about “natural” identity theft, as well, providing both a helpful resource and important background for the overarching spiritual discussion. Gladney warns that just like human identity thieves, Satan can be either a pickpocket or a con artist; the reader must be on his or her guard against both kinds of spiritual attack. Once spiritual identity theft has been identified and ascertained, the reader is encouraged to overcome the theft using scripture, prayer and other spiritual disciplines. Gladney’s approach is highly personal and therefore draws heavily upon her individual narrative. She shares not only details of her natural identity theft experience, but also such spiritual experiences as dreams she has had as well as the interpretations of those dreams that she has received from others. Review questions and other study aids add to the value of the text as a practical guidebook.
Gladney provides a service by seeing and sharing the spiritual side of a seemingly nonspiritual crime.