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Hostage to the Devil: The Possession and Exorcism of Five Contemporary Americans Paperback – January 6, 1999
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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)
“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)
“In the barrage of books on possession and exorcism, this is undoubtedly the most authoritative and convincing.” (The Washington Post Book Review)
“Malachi Martin ... was the greatest expert on the subject of possession and exorcism in the English speaking world.” (M. Scott Peck, M. D., author of Glimpses of the Devil)
“Hostage to the Devil is the first and only textbook on the subject of possession and exorcism in modern times. It is the only work to describe the stages of exorcism and it is obviously based on an enormous amount of personal experience. ... a brilliant work.” (M. Scott Peck, M. D., author of Glimpses of the Devil)
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Reviewer: Rick (Beijing, China) - See all my reviews
First, a confession: I am on the verge of becoming a member of that nearly lost legion--the reborn Roman Catholic. Second, a minor revelation: this book brought me back to the Faith. Rather than scare the reader into submission to the Will of God, Father Martin stirs one's dormant and perhaps deeply buried awareness of what is altogether pure and holy and ultimately victorious in the seemingly eternal struggle between Good and Evil. In an age of jaded youth media culture, comedians and pundits who relish in their cynicism, and unabated Hollywood hedonism, it is a breath of fresh air after the rain to read and ponder on Martin's accounts of personal travail and utter spiritual anguish.
This is not an "easy read;" it requires concentration and an appreciation for intricate prose style. In five lengthy and detailed case studies, written in stirring narrative style, the author carefully chronicles the slow descent of otherwise unusually clever, sensitive, and gifted people into the pit of demonic possession. Father Martin does not sensationalize, nor does he intend to appeal to the reader's emotions. Nor does he harangue or cajole or attempt to make us feel guilty. Instead, his very sure hand and deft writing leads us to realize that whether we wish to confront it or not, evil and its dark kingdom of demons thrives in this soiled earthly domain, guised and cunning but here nonetheless.
Some have attempted since the untimely death of the author to dismiss him as a fraud or, worse yet, one possessed himself.Read more ›
Word of warning: This book is not for everyone. There are detailed accounts of satanic rituals and experiences - only for a mature, well-grounded audience with a stomach for it. I fancy myself a pretty tough fellow, but there were things in this book that made me cringe/flinch and almost vomit. So be forewarned.
The stories are not sensationalized, but rather display an interesting combination of story-telling, reportage, and scholarship that make them impossible to dismiss. Although I am not a Catholic, I finished the book believing I'd been exposed to dangerous, but edifying truths about the nature of evil.
If you are truly interested in the phenomena of possession and exorcism and are not easily disturbed, then Hostage to the Devil will be well worth your time.
To cut a long story short, there is a chance that, by reading this book, new light will be shed on aspects of your life that you maybe rather wasn't shed.
You might, as I did, cement a realisation of just how close you have come to the dark one, or something operating in his name, and in doing so, bring to the immediate fore elements that you'd rather not get too acquainted with.
This book, just paper and print though it is, could act as a trigger to strange happenings that will revolve around very personal (and usually undesirable) aspects of your life and your self.
It will not "create" anything new in your life, only make you aware that certain influences already present might actually be something more than you feared and act as a catalyst to escalate certain processes.
Yes, you might be getting "tested" by dark forces and not be entirely aware of it until you read this book and relate the experiences and processes described. Not a nice revelation to have, though perhaps, necessary? The subtlety, complexity, disturbing "realness" and almost boundless reach of Lucifer into your very life and person will make itself known to you in stark and obvious shades of bright light to an extent that is hard to digest. So don't read this book if you doubt you are ready for such things.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awful. I kept waiting for it to get scary, let alone even a little believable, 200 pages in I was still waiting. If I could give a negative star I would.Published 5 days ago by M. A. Perry
Really creepy...teaches a lot. Don't read this in an empty house on a rainy night. .. scared me half to death.Published 13 days ago by Oneida Musa
Scary as Hell. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject matter. Actually has the Roman ritual in the appendix.Published 15 days ago by Robert L.
This is a very interesting, and very disturbing, book. Recommended with cautions. It is explicit, and those who are possessed are not pleasant to watch, even in writing.Published 17 days ago by William Meyer
HILARIOUS!!! This book is written by a complete fantasist. It is comedy gold from start to finish. Remember those Pan Horror anthology books from the 70's? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dave Leon
If you ever asked about God and demons, and if either were real - you gotta read this book. One story will scare the #;@# out of you-Published 1 month ago by lisbethkroberts