Fear Not: What the Bible has to say about angels, demons, the occult and Satan

Fear Not: What the Bible has to say about angels, demons, the occult and Satan

I have published a book! The cover looks like this:

What is the book about?

I do hope that the title is kind of self-explanatory, but the basic information is here:

Angels, demons and evil spirits often populate the pages of the Bible. We are tempted to either dismiss them as imaginary or be afraid of what might go bump in the night. The truth is that these supernatural aspects of the Bible are real and important. God has revealed them to us in his Word so that we can better understand the universe and the power of Jesus.

We live in a world where scary movies have supernatural themes and where fortune tellers and mediums have moved into mainstream culture. It is important that Christians are properly informed in how to think about these things, to have the understanding to adequately explain the supernatural aspects of the Bible and this world.

Fear Not will help you understand what the Bible has to say about angels, demons, evil spirits and spiritual warfare, including addressing questions like:

  • Are angels real? Do they have power?
  • How does Satan work in the world?
  • Should Christians be afraid of Satan?
  • Can Christians be possessed by evil spirits?
  • Are Christians called to engage in spiritual warfare?
  • How should Christians think about fortune telling, witchcraft and other occult practices?

Too many books on this topic speculate about what might be out there, ending up more like fiction than truth. Others are full of anecdotes and subjective stories of personal experiences with the unseen world. This book is different. Instead of speculating about what might be out there, we look carefully to see what God has revealed to us in his Word. This book explores what the Bible has to say about these supernatural themes, both in the Old and New Testaments. Fear Not explains passages systematically and logically, looking at both direct and indirect supernatural references and unpacking challenging sections. Only when we have seen what God has told us can we draw correct conclusions about this world we cannot see.

The core message of the Bible is that Jesus is truly the Saviour and Lord. Evil spirits and Satan are not figments of the imaginations of an ancient superstitious people; they are realities that can and should scare us if we don’t trust in Jesus. Christians, however, can have great confidence that our King Jesus is Lord, even of the things we cannot see.

Has the book been reviewed by anyone I know?

I know that this is the kind of thing I look for when I buy a Christian book, so here are some kind words from some early reviewers:

Simon has done Christians (and other interested people) a real service in writing this short book about the unseen spiritual world and the creatures that inhabit it. It is Biblical (for how else can we know the truth about such things), sane (which is rare for a book focussed on such matters), clear (which is wonderful for people like me), courageous (needed given the confidence with which ignorant people can speak) and applied (which is what all truth should be). Thank you Simon.

Tim Thorburn, Western Australia Regional Director for the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students


Fear Not gives wise and practical explanations of how this aspect of the Bible’s teaching should—and shouldn’t—affect the way we live each day as servants of the Lord Jesus. I hope that many people will read it—and I am quite sure that everybody who does will be glad they did.

Except from the Foreword by Allan Chapple, Honorary Research Fellow and Former Senior Lecturer in New Testament at Trinity Theological College, Perth, Western Australia.


What is the scope of this book? What topics does it deal with?

The easiest way to see this is to view the table of contents at the link below:

Table of contents for ‘Fear Not’


Where can I buy the book?

I am glad you asked! It is available most places you buy books, both as a print and ebook version.

For the ebook:

Amazon: you buy it here in Australia and anywhere in the world using whatever Amazon platform you use in your country; or

Kobo: you can buy it here.

It is also available via Apple books, but you’ll need to find that on an Apple device and search for ‘Simon van Bruchem’.

The ebook can also be found at Booktopia here.

For the print book:

Koorong is stocking it online here. (If they get a number of online sales, they will consider stocking it physically. For now, it is online order only).

It is available from Book Depository here (quick postage with free shipping, anywhere in the world).

Amazon: you buy it here in Australia and anywhere in the world using whatever Amazon platform you use in your country; or

You can also buy it at Dymocks here, or Booktopia here.

Hopefully it will be available in more Christian bookstores soon.

Why should you consider buying this book?

  1. It’s short; you will actually get around to reading it;
  2. The topic is interesting and one not many people think about from a Biblical perspective;
  3. It is encouraging and will help you appreciate the Lordship of Jesus more.

Why did I write this book?

I felt this was a gap in my understanding. Many people from a more Reformed perspective tend to shy away from this topic, but the Bible has a lot to say if only we would listen. After I did a lot of work to be clearer on this in my own mind, I thought it would be something that would be helpful for others as well. After encouragement from people I trust, I decided to publish it for a wider audience.