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4.0 out of 5 stars Just beneath the surface......
Of the Christian novels I have read, this is easily the best. The followup, "Piercing the Darkness," is a disappointing sequel, and the famous "Left Behind" series left me cold before I had finished the first installment, being sadly predictable and written in such a superficial style that it seemed to have been solely aimed at a junior high school...
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3.0 out of 5 stars How to Practice What You Despise
Frank Peretti's work is a good example of what we Christians accuse the New Age movement of being. It is a book that is mostly derived from experience and not Scripture. Most of the spiritual warfare themes are those that were developed by well meaning Christians who had had experiences, and do not necessarily reflect the teachings of the Bible. Frank has gone out of...
Published on Jan. 21 1999


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3.0 out of 5 stars How to Practice What You Despise, Jan. 21 1999
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This review is from: This Present Darkness (Paperback)
Frank Peretti's work is a good example of what we Christians accuse the New Age movement of being. It is a book that is mostly derived from experience and not Scripture. Most of the spiritual warfare themes are those that were developed by well meaning Christians who had had experiences, and do not necessarily reflect the teachings of the Bible. Frank has gone out of his way to defend himself by saying that he meant the stories to be symbolic, but one cannot help but wonder if this was true when Frank wrote the story. The whole idea that angels actually gain some sort of empowerment from our prayers is pure theological hogwash. The idea that we need to pray and pray and pray and pray and pray or the angels will lose their power and the devil will get us is spiritually unhealthy at best, and almost downright demonic itself at its worst. Satan would love for Christians to become fixated on the devil and occultism, believe that they need to pray every second or the devil will get em, and see a demon under every rock. It is the classic strategy that says "If you can't get them to go off the path on one side, push them until they go off the path on the other". This is not the best Christian book ever written. It might be good if you are practicing the occult, and need to have a fire lit under your tush, but basically it is an unbalanced pseudo-christian story that is full of culturally acceptable christendom, but perhaps not much true Christianity.
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1.0 out of 5 stars New Age paranoia run amok., Jan. 16 1999
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There is no doubt that this book contains a degree of excitement, especially if one reads it as primarily a book about the "spiritual warfare" of angels and demons, of praying Christians and the forces of evil in the guise of New Agers. But (and this is a big BUT) the book is largely negative and paranoid to the MAX. One has to first buy into the questionable idea that there is such a thing as a "New Age" consipracy to take over a town, a college, a corporation....the WORLD! (Yeah, right.) Then one has to buy into the idea that folks interested in this deviant form of spirituality are not only misguided and mislead but thoroughly evil as well. (Has anyone out there met any "evil" practitioners of Buddhist meditation?) In addition, the good characters are all too good, lacking real-life human frailties. The bad guys are all too bad, evil and rotten to the core despite their New Age spirituality. In short, this novel may capture one's attention because of its action, may merit praise in its emphasis on the merits of Christian prayer, BUT it is FATALLY FLAWED because of its incessant and UNREALISTIC PARANOIA. This is fiction, but not of a noteworthy or enduring sort. It is more akin to writing intended to undergird a predetermined ideological portrait of the world rather than a serious work that explores perennial questions of human existence. It is the fundamentalist Christian version of pulp fiction. And thank the God of the universe that there are serious Christian alternatives to fundamentalist pulp fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, True Christianity at work!!, Dec 22 1998
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The awesome thing about this book is that it captures Christianity at it's core, aside from Peretti's brilliant style of writing.
Just by the opening paragraphs, you can tell he is a well educated writer.
One of the most facinating things about this book, is that no matter how long ago it was written, it can never go out of style. It captures Christ's commission in a nut shell, being, to destroy the works of the devil, and set the captives free.
Portrays true Christianity, to a world so anti-christian, yet open to the "Un-Christian" "Non-religious" teachings such as satansim, new age, witchcraft and etc., where Christianity is viewed as religion, when in actuality has nothing to do with religion but on the contrary is true relationship with Jesus Christ.
In essence, this book might be a shocker to those who to their great misfortune and error have reduced Christianity to a mere "old-tradition" or religion, because it shows the power of God in action, and shows how christians can literally "Kick some Devil Butt".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but...., March 7 2004
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Richard Magee "Wish Ewe Were Hear" (Abingdon, Maryland USA) - See all my reviews
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This novel is quite entertaining, although it presents such a good versus evil plotline that the characters are clearly on one side or the other. It seems as if the novel represents something Stephen King might write if he were a fundamentalist Christian, which might explain why I kept comparing it to THE STAND as I read it. While I quite enjoyed reading this book (it was difficult to put it down!), I think that "Satan" and "demons" would more likely influence humanity as portrayed in CS Lewis' THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS. That is to say, that the free will of humans would be more emphasized and that demons would tempt people more than possess them. I also found myself recalling Christ's words to "lover thy enemies" and wondering how this fit in with the angels slashing demons to shreds with swords. If the angels cannot love their enemies, how can we mere mortals hope to? While these criticisms may give the impression I don't like the story, I do. I just have some reservations, that's all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! WONDERFUL! REAL-LIFE! DRAMA! THANK YOU MR.PERETTI, Oct. 27 1997
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This book helped me realize that demons are names subject to the name of Jesus! It has helped me understand just who I am in Christ and the benefits of being born again. Anyone who contradicts or do not beleive that Mr. Peretti is not a child God must not be. And for those who feel that the Third Person of the Godhead was omitted from this book really could not understand the bible. There is no way Mr. Peretti could have written this book without the help of the Holy Spirit leading and guide and showing him things he needed to know in order to give such vivid insight into the spirit realm. I was never really a book reader but now I am since there are Christian books like this one. This book was so informative that my Pastor is thinking of making it mandatory to the congregation to read it before becoming a member at our church. Again, thank you for this book and the many more to come. See you on the big screen soon!!(THROUGH THE EYES OF MY FAITH!!!) LYDIA BARNETT;ST. LOUIS MO
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Original, Feb. 21 2001
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With this book, Peretti has shown himself to be one of the very few authors able to write a satisfying Christian thriller. Breaking into the fascinating realm of the supernatural, Peretti gives us a breathless view of the daily war waged between angels and demons.
Where this novel fails is in its stereotypical view of angels and demons. While most Christians believe demons are fallen angels who have teamed up with Satan, Peretti makes the angels seem almost human while the demons seem more like dark, dirty renditions of the slimy green ghost in the hotel in "GhostBusters". And the demons seem woefully inferior to the angels.
Still, those moments are few, and Peretti's deft writing (which does get a little bogged down in the middle) keeps the action moving and doesn't allow such low-points to have much affect on the flow of the story. Highly recommended if for no other reason than as a prelude for the second book which is even better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christian fiction!, Jan. 7 2002
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I used to love to read mystery novels, stories full of suspence and intrigue. As a Christian I wondered if there was something out there I could feel comfortable reading, when I came across this novel in my church library.
It deals with the struggle between good and evil. I saw where someone lessened this struggle by insisting what was portrayed as evil simply is not, but as a Christian familiar with God's Word I assure you it is forbidden in the Bible and is in fact evil. The story may take a bit to get into, but once you do it is action packed, full of suspense! I simply did not want the story to end! This story also is carried on in Piercing The Darkness, which I highly recommend! I actually enjoyed the second novel the most.
Anyway, if you are looking for Christianity's answer to Stephen King, look no more! Good writing, good story, all from the view of a Christian writer. And I would recommend it to anyone!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting..., Jan. 28 2000
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Interesting that people are saying his characters are "predictable." A sure sign of bad writing is "unpredictable" characters, which means, more likely than not, a weak plot and underdevelopment. I don't understand why people didn't just stop reading the book if it was below their literary caliber. What literary caliber that is I don't know, as the plot progressed so well and smoothly, with perspectives from so many different characters, not once losing the reader, that I'd call that some first-class writing. What I love about this book was the way it held me in suspense until I finished it all! You know it'll be a happy ending, but how that will come about keeps you riveted. Undoubtedly, it's dangerous to take the book as a Biblical parallel. It's a fictional work and uses convenient Biblical truths for illustration. But insightful-reminded me of the Screwtape Letters
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Far So Good....., Sept. 27 2003
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With it already being said: this book is a great door to realizing the spiritual battles that take place in our every day lives. I was disgusted to see the one bad review of this book. That person obviously has no grasp on the bible at all. If you believe that Wiccans and New Agers are not evil, well think again. That just goes to show you how fooled you really are. You're blinded by deceit so terribly that you can't even recognize the faults in your own beliefs. I am still in the process of reading this book and I must say that as much as it seems to be like fantasy, that fantasy is truly a reality. Take it or leave it this book shows us what's really going on in our lives every single day. If you have read this book and don't like it, I dare you to attempt at critizing this book with any truth of your own. How blind you are if you do not believe in the message this book is portraying. Read your bible!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story not to be taken %100 seriously, Sept. 2 2001
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What Frank set out to do, and what he occomplished is treuly wonderful. He brought the christian unseen world into a context that is understandable and enjoyable. As one other reviewer sia,d most xian literature is dreadfully dull and unredable. This, and Jim Walker's books are very readable. Some of the pheology is stretched, but I think it's done so to give the story life. I do wish some angels had been killed, and are demons ugly? Also, some of the demons asked who Tal was. They all knew each other! That whole temper tamtrem that was put in there could have been eliminated. I don't believe that newagers are trying to take over the world like he says, but it does make for a good read. If you haven't read the book do so! I think it can be appriciated by both christian and onchristian alike. Just don't think it's a perfect reflection of reality as some people appear to believe.
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