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Hungry Souls: Supernatural Visits, Messages and Warnings from Purgatory [Kindle Edition]

Gerard J. M. Van Den Aardweg
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After a week of hearing ghostly noises, a man is visited in his home by the spirit of his mother, dead for three decades. She reproaches him for his dissolute life and begs him to have Masses said in her name. Then she lays her hand on his sleeve, leaving an indelible burn mark, and departs...

A Lutheran minister, no believer in Purgatory, is the puzzled recipient of repeated visitations from "demons" who come to him seeking prayer, consolation, and refuge in his little German church. But pity for the poor spirits overcomes the man's skepticism, and he marvels at what kind of departed souls could belong to Christ and yet suffer still...

Hungry Souls recounts these stories and many others trustworthy, Church-verified accounts of earthly visitations from the dead in Purgatory. Accompanying these accounts are images from the "Museum of Purgatory" in Rome, which contains relics of encounters with the Holy Souls, including numerous evidences of hand prints burned into clothing and books; burn marks that cannot be explained by natural means or duplicated by artificial ones. Riveting!

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About the Author

Gerard J.M. van den Aardweg, Ph.D., is a Dutch psychotherapist in private practice. In addition to his work in parapsychology - writing and speaking about near-death experiences and paranormal events such as those detailed in Hungry Souls Dr van den Aardweg has written extensively on pro-life and pro-family subjects. His previous books include Education for Life, The Saint of the Ordinary, and On the Origins and Treatment of Homosexuality. He lives in the Netherlands with his wife, with whom he has seven children and seventeen grandchildren.

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  • File Size: 2096 KB
  • Print Length: 187 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0895558998
  • Publisher: TAN Books (September 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Q3RK3W
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195 of 200 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book About Purgatory! December 26, 2009
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All Catholics should read Hungry Souls. Today we do not hear enough about Purgatory and Hell. As Cardinal John Henry Newman stated nearly 150 years ago, "We are cherishing a shallow religion, a hollow religion, which will not profit us in the day of trouble. The age loves an exclusively cheerful religion. It is determined to make religion bright and sunny and joyous......we take what is beautiful and attractive, shrink from what is stern and painful."

In "Hungry Souls" Van Den Aardweg relates stories of visitations from those in purgatory and presents physical evidence. Chapter 8, The Exhibits of the Museum of Purgatory, includes photos of evidence of visits from souls in purgatory contained in the Museum. The museum is located in the church of the Sacred Heart of Suffrage in Rome. The pictures and stories included in this chapter are enlightening.

These stories include the fact that even our smallest imperfections need to be removed before we can enter Heaven. Many have been surprised when souls of good and pious persons have appeared to ask for help. We ought not to think that our loved ones are immediately in Heaven, and we should continue to pray for them always. Van Den Aardweg states that while we help the hungry and needy in this world, we neglect those in the next who are even hungrier and needier.

While the souls in purgatory cannot pray for themselves, the souls in purgatory do watch over us. The souls of the deceased need our prayers and good works. From time to time souls in purgatory still appear to certain individuals to ask for help. Modern day saints who have been visited by souls in purgatory include St. Faustina, Padre Pio and St. Josemaria Escriva.
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
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This is an awesome book. Once I started reading it I did not put it down until I finished it. It is an easy read too. I do believe in Purgatory but this cemented that belief. There are photos in the book of burned hand prints from the poor souls. This book was written by a Lutheran Minister but all his facts come from the Catholic Church. My spouse read the book as quickly as I did and felt the same way. Please pray for the poor souls they are begging for your prayers. They also send you help as well. This is a must read!
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216 of 239 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Please proceed with caution December 13, 2010
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I would like to agree with everyone else here that this is a trememndous book, but I have some sincere reservations about it. While I agree that books about the souls in purgatory are necessary and often productive of improved spiritual life, there are some pros and cons about this book.

Pros first - it is a bonus to have these detailed photographs from the Suffering souls museum. I had read about some of these objects, such as the burnt cloth, burnt table, etc. in some other books on purgatory and am glad at last to see them. I wish these photos could be inserted in TAN's earlier and better book, Purgatory Explained by the lives of the saints, which contains descriptions from the saints themselves.

Which leads me to the first con. This book is almost entirely the words of Gerard Van Den Aardweg, and while I have no issue with him, I think it far more beneficial to hear first hand accounts from the saints who experienced these things themselves. Aardweg is also an apologist for some more controversial people such as the Jose' Escriva (wrote a book about him)and Sister Faustina. The reason these are controversial is that some traditional groups do not accept their accounts of sanctity, since Sr. Faustina's writings were condemned by the Holy Office (while it still existed) and the diaries were written in several people's handwritings. This is not the place to go into a discussion on that, or on Escriva, but the amount of people who have come forward in that case and wanted to testify at the canonization hearings against his santitiy (former secretaries who witnessed him curse and threaten, etc) is staggering, and these people were denied the opportunity to testify.
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77 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book February 25, 2010
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I didn't really understood much about Purgatory before, but got interested after reading a interview with Maria Simma. Looking for more about her, I came across Hungry Souls. It is true...all catholics need to read this book! Just got it today by mail and cannot put it down!!! I went thru the whole book first, and seems to be very well presented. We need to be aware of the souls in Purgatory and offer masses, pray the rosary and do more for them. I wanted to break away from reading and write this. GET IT NOW!!!!!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Send Souls to Heaven June 23, 2010
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What profit it a man if he materially gains the whole world but in the process loses his very soul? I am in strong agreement with most of the reviews of this book. We do NOT hear enough about Purgatory from our religious authorities nowadays. The F.X. Schouppe book from 1893 is good but over a century old. The Van Den Aardweg book fills a need for the modern 21st century reader. The fact the author is a highly educated lay married Catholic makes for more compelling reading by the vast majority of faithful. Faced with such stories of souls as described in this book, the only relevant question is, "Are these visions REAL or merely self-encouraged HALLUCINATIONS." When sober, rationally-inclined individuals report such visitations, hallucinations are less likely to be the cause.
As I was reading Van Den Aardweg's book, I myself had auditory communication from a soul of a dear friend, call her V.S., who has been in purgatory for over 20 years and wants my help with prayers and especially Catholic masses. I dare not refuse her out of love and out of risk to my own soul. Since I have a Ph.D. in Financial Economics and run my own tax business, I am not someone inclined to romantic hallucinations and mumbo jumbo. When one discounts those books written by sensational opportunists out to make a quick buck at the expense of spiritually and emotionally vulnerable readers, one finds books like HUNGRY SOULS with stories that resonate with legitimacy. Van Den Aardweg has done us all a service with his contribution. I highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly powerful book -- a must-read
This book may or may not scare the Hell out of you, but I like the fact it gives helpful tips to those who are lucky enough to be aware of the supernatural. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C B
5.0 out of 5 stars another must read
couldn't put this down once I began reading it. clears up some open questions I had before reading this book. EVERY person needs to purchase and read this book!
Published 2 months ago by Leslie J Weiss
5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving testimonies
This is actually the second copy of this book that I have purchased. The first one I gave to a friend who gave it to a friend who gave it to a friend. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lucille Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivered straight to my kindle
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Published 2 months ago by katharine ballance
4.0 out of 5 stars Messages to consider with life/death seriousness!
I am not catholic. I am not familiar with the catholic bible or their teachings. I do, however, understand and can endorse the unimaginable suffering and horror associated with... Read more
Published 2 months ago by annmarie easley
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read and truly challenges long held beliefs!
Sometimes, when I read of these types of things, I wonder why the local churches aren't pushing these types of reading materials to the faithful. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John F. Oldani Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hungry Souls
The book arrived as promised and I look forward to reading it during the summer when things calm down and I have more leisure time.
Published 2 months ago by Carol B. Whalen
5.0 out of 5 stars Glimpse of judgement after death.
Most people believe in Heaven, and some still believe in hell. As a Catholic I believe there is a place for purification of the soul between Heaven and hell. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John R. Bertorelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic journey into the spiritual world (The REAL World!)
Much content here won't be appreciated by the worldly.
Only those who have a grip on reality can begin to understand what lies ahead for all souls. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Weldman69
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting!
I happened to get a lot out of this book because now I pray for the people who have passed away in my life. The way I see it, is if I'm thinking of them I pray for them. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Enrique Vigil
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