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"Kristine McGuire writes with refreshing vulnerability as she shares her experiences as a witch, medium, and ghost hunter. Using Scripture to anchor her words, she encourages the church to love and not condemn those trapped in Satan’s snare." —Tracey Bateman, author of Widow of Saunders Creek

 
"Kristine McGuire’s testimony is a wake-up call to be aware of the continual influence of our culture to push us into consideration of the paranormal." —Rick Oppenhiezen, pastor, Grace Reformed Church

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Kristine McGuire spent eight years blending Christianity with the occult. She has been a Solitary Eclectic Christian Witch, a clairsentient medium, and a lead investigating member of a paranormal enthusiast group. Kristine is a popular blogger and speaker. Her writing has been featured on Faithful Devotions, Focus on the Family, and Crosslinks websites. You can learn more about her at www.kristinemcguire.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Charisma House (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616386975
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616386979
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #772,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kristine McGuire is an inspirational author and speaker, sharing her testimony and encouraging others in their walk with Christ. A gifted writer, her work has been featured in Faithful Devotions, The West Michigan Christian News (Volume 11, Issue 7, July 2009), and Praise & Coffee Magazine (Fall 2011), Charisma News/Magazine (October 31, 2012).

Kristine 's first book, "Escaping the Cauldron: Exposing Occult Influences in Every Day Life", is an informative memoir, recounting her journey from committed Christian to witch, medium, and ghost hunter for eight years until restored to faith in Jesus Christ. Her second book,"An Insider's Guide to Spiritual Warfare: 30 Battle-Tested Strategies from Behind Enemy Lines", will be published by Chosen Books in October 7, 2014.

Kristine has been a contributing author to Dancing with the Devil: An Honest Look into the Occult by Former Followers by Jeff Harshbarger and a consultant for the novel The Widow of Saunders Creek by Christy Award Winning Author, Tracey Bateman.


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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ProphetPaul on October 7, 2012
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I am an avid reader and I heard about this book through a friend. I especially enjoy reading books that demonstrate the redemption power of God and writers who can communicate their experiences and message in an articulate and tangible manner. Now I know that to say anything negative about such a book can come across callous because it would seem to be an attack on a prodigal who comes back to our Loving God. So, it is important for the readers to separate the sharing of scripture and testimony, from the craft of writing. In saying that, I always give God a BIG 5 stars because of His mercy to save us in any story, and His book, the Bible, a BIG 5 as well! But, since we are not reviewing the Bible, we must focus on the book, Escaping the Cauldron. That said I give this book 2 stars.

I felt the writing sounded pretentious, as in trying to persuade readers she is an expert in her field, repeatedly referencing former witch, medium, and ghost hunter as if trying to convince us and herself, by her spooky childhood and internet occult involvement.

The book shares no new knowledge and seems to contain information Kristine rehashed already on the market. There were many fragmented sentences and misused words, which concerns me being a product of a professional publishing house. The book lacked flow and was repetitious; bouncing her experiences through the three spiritual hats she wore. Even at the end of the book, it seemed the publishers were adding filler material after Chapter 28 to stretch the book beyond 200 pages.

I feel she has an interesting story that would have benefited from a well experience ghostwriter to bring it to life and make it a more enjoyable read.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on August 31, 2012
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I just received my book 2 days ago and pretty much read it in one sitting. I have been a regular visitor to Kristine's website for a couple of years now and had no idea how deeply she was into the occult. Obviously I knew she is a former witch and ghost hunter but finding out how extensive her involvement and, from the sound of things, affinity for it really surprised me. There are alot of wannabe mediums and ghost hunters out there but Kristine's talent for it was genuine. After reading her book I respect her even more for walking away from that lifestyle and having the courage to share her story and warning others about the dangers of occult involvment. I especially appreciate that she is open and honest about the struggles associated with breaking away from the lure of occult seduction and temptation.

All I can say is THANK YOU KRISTINE FOR WRITING THIS BOOK!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Janzen on November 8, 2014
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Kristine McGuire traveled a very long path to come back home to the Savior. In this book she recounts that stumble and recovery with an open honesty that certainly makes her vulnerable to criticism from all sides of the seekers of supernatural understanding and development. Her professed dependency on Jesus wins the battle should it ensue.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Missy on February 10, 2014
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Very informative! Thank you for sharing your Testimony! Glad you changed! Praise and Glory to Jesus! He is faithful and true!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sandra m. on August 27, 2013
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I found this this book a very interesting, easy, informative read. It approaches the issues in a balanced Biblical way.
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13 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. Fagan on August 14, 2013
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I have 30 years of experience in most of the areas Ms. McGuire describes,(excluding ghost hunting which always seemed unwise and unnecessary as those wish to speak to us usually don't have to be "hunted"), and another 20 exploring every form of Christianity before that, but I have to say this comes across to me as an effort to achieve fame by simply bashing other people's religions, or even bashing the more progressive views of Christian traditions that have been able to get past the Days of Salem Witch Trials and recognize that there are many different ways to view a single entity some call God and others call by other names.

Simply put, I am happy she found a happy path for her, but sad that she is so stuck in believing everything is good or bad that she trashes all the good she found outside of the narrow minded approach some fundamentalists have labeled Christianity. Jesus is my best friend and always will be, but I don't think he would approve of books designed to throw everything away that is not a part of the most extreme fundamentalist versions of worship that modern humans have put together and try to put forth as the one and only approach to God.

Wicca, for one example of a religion she trashes, at it's core, is basically an exploration of ways to reach God by those that don't find Christianity effective for them. Some do it well. Others don't. It basically draws almost directly from Traditional Hindu Sutras for it's philosophy which is very similar to the sermon on the mount. It's cosmology comes from the same source with minor alterations. The rituals tend to draw from pre-Christian Celtic and Saxon traditions.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Norwood on August 19, 2014
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I grew up in the 70's as did Mrs. McGuire & had a fascination for the occult, an alleged harmless past time. I became a Christian at the age of 10, & renounced occultic activity. An adult gave me tarot cards & a Ouija Board when I was about 11 or 12. Although I had misgivings, I delved into the occult once again. A short while later my brother & I became spiritually harassed & began to experience terror as we had opened a portal of paranormal activity in our home. I realized that Satan hated God. Satan saw my Heavenly Father in me so he despised me as well & wanted to destroy me to get back at God so I once again renounced the occult. I was forgiven & freed from demonic harassment. I knew better than to delve into the occult again. Mrs. McGuire also had a childhood conversion & pursued her interest in the occult until the age of 16 when she rededicated her life to Christ. At 16 years of age she had an experience with a dark entity in her bedroom which would require the blessing of her priest so she too knew the dangers of the occult.
She gave up her persuit of the occult until her husband decided to forsake his Christian faith. This gave her an excuse to search for a better way. She stopped praying & reading her Bible which caused her to drift away from God, become decieved, & blinded by Satan & fall into sin. She had a rebellious & hard heart & stopped attending church; thereby, cutting herself off from the fellowship of other believers who could have offered her strength, encouragement, & helped to strengthen her faith. She does state that Satan wanted her isolated from her brothers & sisters in Christ & to feel involnerable to sin. She states that she was alone, discoureaged & depressed which are all tools used by Satan to cause doubt & drive a person away from God.
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