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The Fight

A Practical Handbook for Christian Living

The IVP Signature Collection

by John White
Foreword by Tom Lin

The Fight
  • Length: 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 0 × 0 in
  • Published: June 23, 2020
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 4376
  • ISBN: 9780830843763

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  • Over 300,000 Copies Sold

There is joy and triumph in the Christian life. But victory often comes through struggle. John White knows this tension well, and he gives us encouragement to persevere.

The Fight is an accessible, classic guide to the basics of Christian living: faith, prayer, temptation, evangelism, guidance, Bible study, interpersonal relationships, and work. Beginning with an exploration of what happens at conversion, White offers refreshing insights into the challenges and joys of freedom in Christ that will benefit both new and experienced Christians. Along with numerous stories from White's own journey of faith, each chapter includes suggested Bible study passages and questions.

Now redesigned as part of the IVP Signature Collection, with a new foreword by Tom Lin, The Fight has for more than forty years served as a powerful resource to help thousands of Christians fight the good fight of faith.

"Years ago, when I worked in campus ministry, I would often use The Fight with new believers (or anyone wanting to get serious about understanding and growing in their faith). I thought it was the most interesting, valuable, balanced, and nearly comprehensive tool around to help folks understand the ongoing process of deepening their discipleship. From its great opening about the process of conversion to topics as vital as new relationships, temptation, serving God at work, and being a witness, it generated so many great discussions and helped scores of us keep on without getting disillusioned. Decades later much has changed, but as a bookseller I continue to suggest this as, yes, one of the most interesting, valuable, balanced, and nearly comprehensive books for new Christians or anyone wanting to buckle down and learn the standard practices of fighting the good fight. I'm glad for this nice new edition and hope a new generation will find its older depth and winsome wisdom to equip them for living well in these times."

Byron Borger, Hearts & Minds Bookstore, Dallastown,

"The Fight helped me immeasurably in my early days as a new Christian—and it continues to encourage me now. In short, The Fight is timeless and still a must-read!"

Rebecca Manley Pippert, author of Out of the Saltshaker and Into the World and Stay Salt

"I've been recommending The Fight to new and old believers for years. John White sets a powerful example of how to struggle against darkness, persevere, and live victoriously in our lives with Jesus. I'm grateful for his practical wisdom on how to build a deep and vital life with Jesus in the midst of a broken world."

Jay Pathak, lead pastor of the Mile High Vineyard, Denver


Foreword by Tom Lin
1. Beginnings
2. Prayer
3. God Still Speaks
4. On Being a Signpost
5. His Infernal Majesty
6. Faith
7. Changed Relationships
8. Guidance
9. Holiness
10. Deliverance from Drudgery
11. The Fight


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John White

John White (1924–2002) was the author of twenty-five books, including Daring to Draw Near, Excellence in Leadership, and The Cost of Commitment. He served as a medical missionary, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Manitoba, and a church planter and leader in the Vineyard Church movement. A much sought-after speaker, he lectured around the world at churches, conferences, and leadership events.