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Demon Possession and the Christian: A New Perspective Paperback – February 1, 1989


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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books; 5th Printing edition (February 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891075216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891075219
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This may be the best book on this topic.
Aquinatis
He warns against a theoretical stance denying that Christians can be demonized without having had counseling experience with the demonized.
Valerie Caraotta
Dr. Dickason is very careful with his theology as well.
Donald P. Babcock

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Donald P. Babcock on June 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
I have read a number of books on the subject but none with the solid logical approach taken here. Dickason is candid in clearly differentiating what can and can't be completely established via scripture. At the same time he does not neglect evidence from many years of counseling experience much of it involving bible college students (very serious Christians.) Far from being a harbinger of conflict with scripture (as suggested by one reviewer), this is a refreshing concern for clearly drawing source boundaries when developing the doctrine. I think perhaps Dr. Dickason's early training as an engineer may explain the character of his approach. It evidences clear logical progression and careful classification and handling of the emprical evidence as is common in the sciences. Dr. Dickason is very careful with his theology as well. This too would be expected, having served many years as the Chair of the Department of Theology at the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. If not the oldest it is certainly one of the oldest and most conservative Bible colleges in the nation and the world. I would have to consider Dr. Dickason one of the foremost experts in the world in this subject area. This book is a must read for every serious Christian. For more general theological treatement of angels in general, I recommend his book "Angels Elect and Evil."
Christian marriages and families are falling on all sides today because our materialistic society has all but rejected the truth about the war going on in the spiritual realm. According to the Bible, Christians war on three fronts: the world, the flesh, and the Devil. We are suffering defeat today because that latter front is all but neglected in practical teaching. This book goes a long way towards restoring some balance. I recommend it without reservation.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Writer on October 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am one of those 400 plus people...and I am a disciple of Christ, "well-educated" theologically raised in an evangelical church now serving in full-time missions. I have been set free. I can walk now, my mind is clear, I have a spouse and children. Many who knew me when I was deeply sick and depressed hardly recognize me now. No one could help me all those years, my pastors, my bible college profs....but God's hand was upon me. I am grateful for the simple, bold prayers and teaching of Dr. Dickason and his wife--my spouse was there and can attest to all that happened. We continue to praise God that He indeed is our deliverer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Caraotta TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book comprises a culmination of Biblical evidences, theological arguments, and experiences of counselors and counselees on the topic of demon possession. For several years Dr. Dickason has counseled more than 400 individuals who have experienced satanic warfare. The chief characteristics of demon possession shared is the automatic projection of a new personality in the victim, controlling the thought processes and emotions. He warns against a theoretical stance denying that Christians can be demonized without having had counseling experience with the demonized.
The cases reported in this book conclude that genuine believers have been inhabited by demons. Demons cannot initially invade a Christian if he is walking with the Lord however, one's background ( including ancestral sins) can open the door for invasion. The author shares the following: "We have heard...that demons promote the concept that believers cannot be inhabited by demons. We hope that these case studies may contribute to that defeat and to the effective helping of God's children who should not have to endure demonic harassment or the inadequate counsel of those counselors, even Christian counselors, who dismiss the spirit world or demonization as a factor in the lives of Christians."
Because some deliverance sessions were recorded you will get the actual dialogues that took place when demonic spirits had to yield to the powers of Christ. Their schemes and ways they would reveal how they immobilized their victims is alarming. Read this book with a prayerful, humble attitude that the Holy Spirit will reveal truth to your heart.
Also included will be 8 symptoms of demon possession and causes of demonization.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Aquinatis on March 22, 1999
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This may be the best book on this topic. With all the involvement in occult experiences that resulted from the Pentecostal/charismatic "renewal", there is now so much evidence about Christian demonization that the old a priori idea according to which "Christians cannot be demonized" should be hold by anyone serious and honest. Dickason covers a lot of studies and gives a comprehensive view.
What lacks are philosophical considerations about the functionning of demonization in the soul, as opposed to the epistemological understanding of the mystical experience (Christian philosopher Maritain built a brilliant epistemology that encompassed mystical experience). Also a distinction should be drawn between the initiation of occult experiences (where one seeks the experience by making his mind and body control open to a spirit, at least at the first time) and the mystic experience (where the experience is not sought the first time, or sought without offering one's mind,etc.)
Responsible Christians who are in touch with the charismatic movement may not want themselves or their friends to be exposed to demonization, they will then do well to read this book and other ones such as George Birch's The Deliverance Ministry (Cases of deliverances of spirits of tongues and others caught during charismatic experiences) or the books by Kurt Koch (Occult Bondage, etc.), or Felicitas Goodman's "How about Demons? Possession.." (Goodman is not Christian, but possibly the world's most eminent academic specialist on demon possession and she classifies pentecostal/charismatic experiences in her branch.)
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