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Defeating Dark Angels: Breaking Demonic Oppression in the Believer's Life Paperback – July, 1992

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About the Author

Charles H. (Chuck) Kraft is retired from the faculty of the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Seminary (formerly the School of World Mission) after 40 years as professor of anthropology and intercultural communication. He taught anthropology, comm --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Vine Books (July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089283773X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892837731
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,672,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book was like a key that I used to unlock the chains that had held me in sprirtual bondage for over 20 years. In the bible, Ephesians tells us that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers and authorities in the spiritual realm. By confronting the demonic presences in our lives, we can, using the Power of the Cross, defeat these forces and be victorious. This book is easy to read (riveting, actually) and you may find yourself crying along with stories that may seem so very similar to your own. relating to others who have sufferred as you, and have won their battles through soul searching, and truth seeking. I highly encourage you to read this book if you are spiritually grounded in the bible, and are still feeling opressed. A Christian who is oppressed is ineffectual, and miserable; just the way Satan wants you! Break his "external" hold on you, and get rid of the "spiritual garabage" keeping you from finding peace in your life. Don't let the fear of the very subject of demonic forces keep you from fighting back. you can, and will, be free, with God's help and these valuable insights.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Tim Nance on April 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
Charles Kraft does not give in to usual sensationalism found in other books on this controversial topic. He refreshingly speaks to the need for healing in one's life to end unwanted entrenchment by demonic oppression. Akin to the old adage regarding burning the down the barn to get rid of the mice, he asks the question: Why not clean out the trash so that the hungry rats go elsewhere? By analogy Kraft effectively argues that the trash in our lives-whether apparent or not-encourages demonic encroachment in the first place. If not dealt with, the "trashy" condition often results in loss of deliverance.
A powerful book to aid in the ministry of deliverance or just understanding what you might be stepping in, get it.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Reader on February 29, 2000
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For those of you delving into the area of deliverance ministry, this book is a must-read. Charles Kraft is an expert in his field. This book is well-written, thought-provoking, and concise, as well as factual. Much of his theory is based on actual case studies, which give it life. He teaches us how to 'deliver the captives' from bondage thru the redeeming power and love of Jesus Christ.
After reading this book, the movie, "The Exorcist" appears fraudulent. Who says deliverance ministry has to be so sensational and violent? Kraft believes that because Jesus Christ is Lord and because satan and his kingdom submit to His Lordship, all that sensationalism in exorcisms is unnecessary.
This book not only serves as an excellent reference guide for my ministry, but has enabled me to understand the love, power, and compassion that the Trinity God feels for those who are demonically oppressed.
I highly recommend this book to Christians and Non-Christians alike. It is a well-spring of spiritual truth, hope, and knowledge. I especially recommend it to those who are demonized. Perhaps the message in this book will give you the courage to seek spiritual freedom and the desire to establish a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Keep up the good work Mr. Kraft. May God bless you in your ministry.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent source of information for delivering people from demons. Using the analogy of rats being attracted to garbage, so are demons attracted and attached to emotional garbage. Deliverance involves "inner healing" (getting rid of the emotional garbage that demons attach themselves to) and then getting rid of the demons. After inner healing, expelling demons is then much easier because they no longer have a "legal" right to remain in the person. Emotional garbage may include unforgiveness, abuse, previous occult involvement, inherited curses, etc. Author also illustrates how demons can be cast out as a group, can be weakened, and can be used as sources of information during the emotional healings. Finally, the author gives unusual events that can happen in a deliverance session and how to handle them.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jon Watt on August 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
I first read this book the summer of 1990. At the time, I was in a course at Fuller Theological Seminary that Chuck (Charles Kraft) was teaching. Over the next couple of years, I was able to get to know Chuck fairly well and took other courses from him.

This book is a good distillation of what he teaches those that will one day be pastors, teachers, missionaries and evangelists. Chuck wrote this based on personal experiences that began during his missionary field experience in Africa more than 40 years ago, but which did not come to a head until John Wimber (Vineyard Christian Church founder) taught a course at Fuller in the late 1970s that Chuck and C. Peter Wagner (another expert in Spiritual Warfare with books out) monitored and evaluated. From that began a series of investigations and the development of a ministry.

This book provides a solid theological and biblical base for the ministry and informs readers of the dangers and excitements of such a ministry. Further and more importantly, it lays out a solid basis for understanding the "enemy" (a term that most in spiritual warfare prefer to "demon" or "satan") and how to combat the enemy. It also contains good discussions, in easy to understand terms, of how "demonic possession" (a misnomer) comes about. It also discusses the authority of the believer that is granted from the Lord Jesus Christ.

I highly recommend this book - and still (2003) refer it to others. While it is dated, or should I say that Chuck and Peter (and others) have more updated materials available - to better grasp them - one should start with this book
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