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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Harperone; Reissue edition (Sept. 25 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006065337X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060653378
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Martin's polished contemporary sense of traditional theology entices even the skeptical.... Stunningly pertinent ...Will set you thinking-and thinking-and thinking." -- -- Detroit News

"Martin is above all serious. He is not speaking about madness, about illusions or the irrational, but about the real beyond all reason.... He presents exorcism as ... a titanic clash of wills that threatens the lives, the sanity, even the souls of all attending." -- Newsweek

"Martin's polished contemporary sense of traditional theology entices even the skeptical.... Stunningly pertinent ...Will set you thinking-and thinking-and thinking." -- Detroit News

"The most shattering book on demonic possession isn't fiction at all but Malachi Martin's spellbinding work of interpretive reporting." -- New York (Sunday) Daily News

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A chilling and highly convincing account of possession and exorcism in modern America, hailed by NBC Radio as "one of the most stirring books on the contemporary scene."

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Auroran on Feb. 18 2004
Format: Paperback
Martin, an experienced exorcist, presents five full true-life accounts of demonic possession from the 1960s and 1970s. The book is made more interesting by the fact that each case has a different exorcist with his own personality, history, and flaws. (Martin's personal career as an exorcist was primarily in the 1940s and 1950s. He is apparently more of a consultant on such matters now.)
Interestingly, a Web site claims to quote from a Martin interview that, in his opinion, "Cases of possession and obsession have increased about 750% since the early 1970's." It is therefore doubly unfortunate that so many skeptical bishops have effectively forbidden the use of exorcism in their jurisdictions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leonardo LCH Lenbenhear on Dec 1 2003
Format: Paperback
This is truly a classic book on the subject of exorcism
from the Catholic perspective, but the truth is: Satan, the
Prince of Darkness, is much more subtle than generally
portrayed here. He [It: Evil] is very much active via
demonic elements which find access thru abuse, past pain,
and (especially) WRONG CHOICES in relation to forgiveness,
bitterness, and morality. Satan is also "The Accuser" and
"The Prosecuter" who is always looking for the opportunity
to slander and accuse GOD and His servants.
Dr.Martin's book is an eye-opener to those who never thought
of Evil as being both personal and a real force in the world
to be reckoned with. In the end, you will find that the only
real protection (and greater power) is Love, Faith, and the
atoning, all-powerful Blood of the Crucified Lamb.
"...and they over came him (Satan) by the Blood of the Lamb,
by the word of their testimony, AND THEY LOVED NOT THEIR
OWN LIVES UNTO DEATH." - Revelation 12:11
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11 2004
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend this book for those who don't believe that there is a God---Who is merciful and loves them. It is also for those who don't believe in the power of evil (the devil) in the our world. I read this book a while back and have not forgotten the images that were imprinted in my mind. It made me keenly aware of what a priest has to be like in order to carry out his priestly duties as a representative of Christ. It is not a pleasant book to read, but indeed a sobering experience. It gives light to what the true meaning of free-will is and of redemptive love. These exorcisms really happened to those 5 Americans..that is what makes this so impressive reading. This is not a Stephen King novel..yet it reads like one. And you almost wished it was--Instead of something that was recorded as though it was from a crime-scene forenics record...which it could be. Once you have read this book, you will not soon forget it... This book however, is not for the faint hearted. So if you have the courage to read it, then do so..you will not be disappointed in Malachi Martin's book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8 2003
Format: Paperback
There seem to be only a few good books on this subject : Amorth's books, M Scott Peck's book, and this one.
As my life sadly has been the subject of diabolical influences I have read them all, with care.
My late father surrendered his soul to an evil spirit while quite young. He became one of the totally possessed. Under his pressure I succumbed to a degree of possession at the age of about 8. I did not know I was possessed but felt something was wrong. At about the age of 19 I decided I was going to find out what was wrong whatever the cost. My father sensed this and cursed me.
I had a terrible life. But eventually I came across Amorth's books and at the age of 51 received the Rite of Exorcism of the Catholic Church. One quite simple exorcism freed me. It lasted less than an hour and was quite unlike the exorcisms in this book.
I do not know whether the cases in Martin's book are true. But I know from experience that possession may happen and that exorcism does work.
All above is true.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LINDA on Nov. 16 2002
Format: Paperback
* Satan is roaming the earth, seeking whom he may devour(1Peter 5:8). Many souls are ripe for his tormenting in a socieity where a man's opinion is his God (2TIM 4:3-4) and secular humanism runs rampant.This book sheds light on many of the enemy's tactics.It also empowers the believer in Christ with true knowledge and effective weapons (Ephesians 6:10-17 Remember the Word, the blood of Jesus, the name of Jesus, and the prayers of the saints).
* Martin is a former professor at the Vatian's Pontifical Biblical Institute.He researched and interviewed 5 exorcists and 5 cases of possession. He tells the story of each priest's calling and the circumstances leading to each possession. His prose will captivate you and you'll invite him back for more. I've read this book several times and distributed numerous copies as gifts.
* Martin is Catholic and I'm a Protestant Assemblies of God believer. This book breaks the DEMONINATION BARRIERS.Jesus is the vine(John 15).Who loves Jesus? John 14:21 states," Whoever has my commands and obeys them, He is the one who loves me....."
* Martin explores the spiritual fight that occurs in exorcism (aka deliverance) and details the battle for the soul.The will of the possessed, the strength of the priest's faith, and the crafty tactics of the devil's hordes all play a part in 5 climatic victory testimonies for Jesus....
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