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Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants

Title: Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants

Author: Louie Giglio

ISBN-10: 0718088867
ISBN-13: 978-0718088866

Publishing Date: May 16, 2017

Availability in London: Creation Bookstore.

Available in: Paperback

Reviews courtesy of: Goodreads


Fear. Rejection. Addiction. Anger. Comfort...Must Fall.

It’s likely you have a threatening giant in your life…an adversary or stronghold that’s diminishing your ability to live a full and free life. Frozen in the grip of rejection, fear, anger, comfort, or addiction, we lose sight of the promise God has for our lives. Demoralized and defeated, we settle for far less than his best.

God has a better plan for you, a plan for you to live in victory. That’s why he has silenced your giant once and for all.

In Goliath Must Fall, pastor Louie Giglio uncovers a newfound twist in the classic story of David and Goliath. The key to living free from our giants is not better slingshot accuracy, but keeping our eyes on the one and only giant-slayer—Jesus. Put your hope in him and watch Goliath fall.

Reader Reviews

Dave Weiss rated “Goliath Must Fall” 5 out of 5 Stars.
Using the story of David and Goliath as the background, Louie Giglio writes the wonderful book on overcoming the "giants" we face in our lives—giants like anger, fear, addiction, etc. The solution is clear, these giants not just can fall, they MUST fall! Through personal stories and strong biblical teaching, Giglio makes a wonderful case for the freedom God wants each of us to have in our lives. Now to be clear, I have heard teachings relating the story of the biblical giant killer to overcoming our struggles before, but there is something very unique and very correct here. Most authors writing books like this one will tell us we're to be like David, we're the giant killers, etc. Giglio takes a different tack and I believe it is the correct ones. You see, he goes to great lengths to remind the reader that we are not the giant killer in this story, Jesus is and so it is with us. The ultimate victory in our battle against the giants we face will not be ours. It is Jesus who will win the battle and it is Jesus who will set us free. This is an excellent book that everyone who has ever struggled with anything should read.

Kerry Lofton rated “Goliath Must Fall” 5 out of 5 Stars.
This was my first time reading a book by Louie Giglio and I’m impressed. His story telling is phenomenal and his writing is very relatable. His ideas are not to grand. This is one of the few books I’ve read that doesn’t spend a ton of time magnifying the topic without ever presenting a solution. You could stop at the end of every chapter and walk away with a plan on how to tackle giants. Very practical and useful. It’s also an easy read. Just 240 pages and it feels long at times but it’s very easy to get through and enjoyable. Overall, I loved the fresh perspective on the David and Goliath story. I’ve never heard it broken down from this position and that’s what drives the freshness of this book! Highly recommend it!

Laura Shannon rated “Goliath Must Fall” 5 out of 5 Stars.
Louis Giglio's confidence in God to take on the issues in our lives that appear as big as Goliath is infectious. Identifying the giants of fear, rejection, comfort, anger and addiction, he transparently shares about his own struggles with the need to control and receive approval which grew into anxiety. However, using the insight that Jesus played the role of David by conquering our giants for us, Louie invites us to God's presence. David's own words of worship in Psalms, lead us into worship and banish our giants. This book is an invitation from God to join in the victory of Christ on the cross giving Him glory through changed lives.

Nay Denise rated “Goliath Must Fall” 5 out of 5 Stars.
My God this was a phenomenal read! I loved everything about this book. Took me 3 months, but it was worth it. The nuggets and jewels of wisdom and inspiration in this book was fantastic. The scripture references were awesome.

This book really dives into the story of David and Goliath and sort of "corrects" the way many of us view it. As a kid we are taught about the story and as we grow up we believe ourselves to be like David in this story. However, Louie makes us under that we are in fact NOT David, but that David is actually a representation of Jesus to come in the New Testament and defeat Goliath who represents the giants in our lives. When looking at the story that way it makes everything easy to understand.

I loved this book and totally recommend it! It will change your life and help you better understand the story and its meaning.

Paul Kurtz rated “Goliath Must Fall” 2 out of 5 Stars.
This book had two worthwhile things to say. First; in the account of David and Goliath, David represents Jesus, not us. Second; Jesus delivers us for God's glory, not our own. Much of the rest of the book was a mediocre rehash of worldly wisdom (pop psychology) that is not very helpful and not what Christians, or anyone else, really needs. Although, to be fair, the author did frequently point to Jesus as the one who can provide what we really need. I just wish a lot of the more worldly wisdom had been left out.

Mark Wheeler rated “Goliath Must Fall” 3 out of 5 Stars.
How do you gain victory over your toughest challenges? How do you get rid of an adversary that constantly steals your joy and passion? How do you live a life of victory rather than succumb to defeat and give up? Those questions lie at the heart of author and pastor Louie Giglio latest book, Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants.

Using the story of David and Goliath as a backdrop, the author suggests that each of us face one or more threatening giants. He specifically addresses the issues of fear, rejection, addiction, anger, and comfort. Rather than be demoralized and defeated, the author reminds us to fix our eyes on the size of our God, not the size of our giant. The author combines Scripture, personal stories, illustrations, and practical application to flesh out his argument.

On the one hand, Goliath Must Fall is a helpful and encouraging book. On the other hand, I found myself uncomfortable with how the author interprets the story of David and Goliath. As he explains, he adds three twists to the story.

If you’ve been keeping track of the twists and turns in this book, we started by touching upon one big twist. In the story of David and Goliath, we are not David; Jesus is David. We unpacked that twist in depth near the beginning of the book.

Then we looked at a second twist, that our giant is already dead. The victory is already won. Jesus has accomplished what he set out to do. We have unpacked that twist throughout the whole book as we’ve looked at various specific giants.

As we close this book, we want to look at one final twist, and we’ve touched upon it in several places already. It’s that David’s motivation in this whole thing was the fame of God. David was motivated by God’s honor and glory. That’s our invitation as well.

While I understand what the author is trying to do, and while I agree with his main points, I am not comfortable with spiritualizing a story rather than interpreting it correctly. Jesus is not in the story. David faces a very live giant, not a dead one. David is victorious because he keeps his focus on God and his promises, and because his motivation is for God to be honored and glorified. While his third twist is true, his first two are not. While you can be encouraged by the stories and principles, you must not follow his method of interpreting Scripture.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Reg Rivett rated “Goliath Must Fall” 4 out of 5 Stars.
“You are closer than you think to a life that’s not diminished any longer. A life of true freedom. A life that fully radiates God’s glory.”

There are some problems that will not leave. Some obstacles rear their ugly heads over and over again. It doesn’t matter what we do, what we change, what we pray; they are always there. You can call them stumbling blocks. You can call them whatever small, cutesy name you want, but the reality is anything but. These problems, they are giants. Demoralizing, life-stomping giants standing in the way of you and the life that you want.

To hope and say “one day, my giant will be slain” is to still leave you in the clutches of fear and despair. To say that “my giant was defeated in the past” sets us up feeling like the giant wasn’t really dead, or perhaps we somehow, accidentally, resurrected it. To speak of the giant’s demise in the past or future leaves us with strange and conflicting ideas. Because the truth is, the giant is dead. He must fall down. It can and will stay down.

In his latest book, Louie Giglio shows how we can live in this “now and not yet” victory. We are not stuck living with a giant hounding us day and night. We are not beat or destroyed by some violent oppressor that will not go away. Quite the opposite really.

We are victors. We can live free from the giants that hound us. Not in the past, not in the future, but now. The giants, called by name, have met their end. Goliath MUST Fall. Fear, Rejection, Addiction must fall, for they are defeated. Anger, and even Comfort, these giants too, do not have the reigning power of us. Now we need to live like it.

Goliath Must Fall tells us how we can live in this “now and not yet” victory as Louie Giglio shares a new spin on the classic David and Goliath story. With new personal stories and that iconic Giglio style, Goliath MUST Fall is the book that every Christian needs to read if they want to live out from the shadow and rule of a giant.

“We are not the David in the story of David and Goliath.”

I can’t say that Giglio’s revelation that “the whole of Scripture points not to our abilities, but to Jesus as Savior of the world (23)” is something new, but I can say that it is great to seem more and more preachers and teachers grabbing hold of this and sharing it. The story is not about us, or us conquering or defeating Goliath. It is, and always should be, about Jesus.

Every chapter, every giant that Giglio talks about is ultimately defeated already by Christ. What Giglio shares in his iconic style are how we should live in that truth. Because the giants are defeated, but still deadly. We cannot walk around in ignorance, Giglio makes that abundantly clear. Fear, rejection, addiction, anger, and even comfort are all destructive forces in our lives that are ripped of their power in Jesus, but they are still venomous. In telling a childhood story, Giglio compares these giants to venomous snakes that he killed. They were destroyed, but that didn’t mean that he could walk barefoot on their teeth. The venom would still hurt him, regardless of how defeated the snake was.

Most people won’t think that these five giants are the only ones that we face. Surely, there are more problems, larger than life issues that we deal with. But Giglio has wisely broken down each giant and illustrates how every major issue we face does fit into one of those five categories.

Each giant is given a chapter, explaining how this giant appears in our lives. With each explanation comes a story about how each of these giants has affected Giglio’s own life, punching the message with personality and relate-ability: everyone faces these giants, in one way or another, at some point in your life.

While Giglio does make connections and share how we can win the battle against our giants, this book isn’t without a problem.

I have no problem with Giglio’s assertion that anger is a giant that doesn’t have power over us. This is overwhelmingly true, and more people need to realize that and live in that. Anger is not a default emotion that you have to fall into. It is something that we feel, but still, it is only a feeling. We can, and should, have control over our feelings.

Giglio sticks with the David and Goliath story for imagery and states there are five smooth stones of truth that we need to remember and live out if we are going to see the giant of anger destroyed. While he is right in all but one, that one is troublesome.

The title is innocent enough, “We remind ourselves we aren’t perfect to begin with”, and theologically correct. We can be hurt. We can feel anger. But then Giglio shifts to the idea that someone has already been hurt and angry with us, and that Person is God. What follows is a discourse of how God is wrathful, alongside his love, and he has every right to feel this way. The implication is that God has dealt out his wrath before, or is currently, or will soon.

God’s judgment is long discussed in scripture. There is no refuting that God will avenge and make right the wrongs (Giglio mentions that as another of the five smooth stones of truth). But he places God’s wrath beside God’s love as if the two were the primary characteristics of God. God is love, and God is wrath.

To make this more confusing, Giglio makes a statement that undermines, then silently explodes, destroying any coherent train of thought about God and his wrath. “Really, God’s ‘wrath’ just means that he exists (155).” Is God’s wrath proof he exists? Is God in a perpetual state of wrath? While at the same time always loving? If wrath is just another word for existing, then wrath has no meaning when discussing anger either.

While this may seem to be a major blight on Goliath MUST Fall, it is only one problem in an otherwise fantastic book. Even in the other five smooth stones of truth, this was the only problematic one I found.

Louie Giglio does what he is known for and does best: he preaches. He takes the truth of Scripture, shows people Jesus, and encourages them to run to Christ in worship. That still rings true of Goliath Must Fall. With Giglio’s emphasis from the start that we are not the David in this story, that we are a defeated, traumatized Israel needing saving from the giant(s), the focus is put on Christ the Victor. Yes, there are things that we can do to live like our giants are defeated, but it is not us that took each one done.

“…we need to immerse ourselves in that awesome reality. Jesus died one time - for all time…the work of defeating death and all hell’s power is finished. Completed. Done. Accomplished.”

While you may not have an issue with Giglio’s anger chapter as I did, I think most readers will agree that Goliath MUST Fall is fantastic. A Louie Giglio presentation, through and through, this book speaks to the modern Christian and the issues that each of them faces. The giants in all of our lives must come down, and Giglio is helping people struggling with fear, rejection, addiction, anger, and comfort see those Goliaths defeated through Jesus Christ.

I would have to give Louie Giglio’s Goliath MUST Fall at 4 out of 5-star rating.

Laura Briggs rated “Goliath Must Fall” 5 out of 5 Stars.
Do you struggle with ANYTHING in this crazy life? read. this. book. we all have giants, but the cross is proof that these giants have fallen and can no longer torment us. I'm going through it again with my small group and the feedback has been incredible. It's a quick read, but rich and honest.

Nathan Albright rated “Goliath Must Fall” 4 out of 5 Stars.
I am not unfamiliar with either the writings of Louie Giglio or the story of David and Goliath from which this book springs. This familiarity brings with it a certain degree of contempt for the way that the author handles this story, as I found myself in fierce disagreement with the author on any number of points while I was reading this book. From the very title of this book--Goliath "must" fall--I had a degree of offense against the author for his glib "name it and claim it" attitude, and while the author did address some worthwhile giants that many of us (myself included) have to deal with in a thoughtful manner, the author made some notable missteps as well. Notable among them is his deliberate refusal to consider believers as being future rulers with godly hearts in the manner of David.

Ultimately, the most unsatisfactory portion of this book, and one that undercuts a lot of its potential value, is the way that the author frames David as being only a precursor for Christ and not as a potential model for believers. His way of thinking is too narrow, too restrictive, and not nearly focused enough on the larger plan of God in which David is an inspiration for all believers, and this makes the book less enjoyable of a read than it could have been had the author been more biblically knowledgeable and less concerned with making glib and superficial attempts at midrashing the story of David and Goliath to make it relevant to the author's target audience of non-intellectual readers.

The book as a whole is about 250 pages and is divided into two parts. The first part of the book is introduced by an "overture" that promises that the giants the reader is facing are going down. After this there are five chapters, the first of which points that God and Jesus Christ are bigger than our giants, that like the wiggling dead snakes the author harvested as a young man that Satan is defeated but still deadly, and that the giants of ear, rejection, and our longing for comfort must fail. The author has a lot of worthwhile points to make about all of these elements, and I will certainly own that they are relevant in my own life and that of many other people. After an interlude that seeks to convince the reader that our problems are defeated if we will simply claim our victory in Christ, the author has four more chapters, dealing with such issues as anger and addiction--all very relevant to many of us--as well as the importance of not giving Satan a place at our table to condemn us and our need for fuel for our personal spiritual warfare. After that the author includes some acknowledgments and notes.

As might be imagined, my feelings about this book are somewhat mixed. To be sure, the use of the story of David and Goliath is a worthwhile one, and the author is able to make effective use of his own personal stories, although I was not able to entirely buy the author's assertions that his problems of anxiety were in the past. This book appears to be a product of a manic phase of unrealistic confidence and optimism, with a depressive phase soon to follow given the author's tumultuous life history. Even so, the author squanders a lot of goodwill by combining a sloppy and casual approach to writing with a dogmatism about his points that springs from limited competence in handling scripture. A more skillful author who was more sensitive to both his audience and more knowledgeable with the scriptures could have taken the story of David and Goliath and made it a vastly better work, but a skillful reader will still be able to find much of value in here to apply to our lives and a great deal of encouragement in our long warfare against our demons. Whether or not this would be a worthwhile use of one's time I leave for each potential reader of this book to decide, as this book had good intentions but not particularly successful execution.

Zachary Houle rated “Goliath Must Fall” 4 out of 5 Stars.
I recently reviewed Louie Giglio’s The Comeback, but it turns out the publisher might have let reviewers have that book (now in paperback) as a primer for the author’s latest book, Goliath Must Fall. While it’s not quite necessary that you read the earlier book first, it may be helpful to do so because Giglio mentions stories that he brought up in The Comeback, but doesn’t go into them in as much detail here. So, if you want more background on Giglio’s life and teaching, reading The Comeback may be a bit of a prerequisite.

But what about his new book? Well, to be honest, I’m still unpacking this one. I’m still having an internal conversation with Giglio over the whole Jesus died on the cross for your sins business, which shows up greatly here, but it seems to me that the author isn’t harming anyone with his beliefs, so it’s okay. The thing about Goliath Must Fall that struck me from the outset is that it appears to have been written for people on the cusp of becoming Christ followers. Heck, towards the end of this book, there’s even a prayer that newbies to the faith can pray. (And, yes, it does mention Jesus dying on the cross for our sins.)

But what about the meat and potatoes — the content of the book? Well, Goliath Must Fall does retell the story of David’s battle against the titular giant from a number of different angles, with the point being that David didn’t really slay the giant. It was Jesus who took down the giant through his death on the cross. We are not David, Giglio argues, when it comes to dealing with anger, rejection or addictions — big problems in our lives. Rather, the whole idea is that the giant is now dead thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice, and by getting closer to Jesus and glorifying God we can be transformed and defeat the sins of our lives that have already been defeated for us.

Or something like that.