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This Present Darkness Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2002
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While Peretti's theology on the subject may not be perfect (many of his ideas are pure speculation, but that's why it's "fiction"), he does most definitely give us a bold reason as to why prayer is so vital. Why prayer does, in fact, move mountains and can turn the tide in unseen spiritual battles that are taking place around us (as happens in the book of Daniel). For that reason alone, THIS PRESENT DARKNESS is worth reading.
To be fair, this is not Peretti's best written book. THE OATH and THE VISITATION are both more sound, from a literary perspective (real character development, for example, isn't the best here). But before the LEFT BEHIND series, no other Christian novels were as widely read as this and its sequel. It is a true Christian fiction classic and a real page-turner that will have you burning the midnight oil. FOUR 1/2 STARS.
It is this weaving of the plot between everyday issues and spiritual long term agendas that is the most compelling reason to read this book. The spiritual battles come to life in such a vivid way, that you may never view your life in the same way again! The images of how the spiritual battles are waged between God's Angels and the principalities of darkness, and how people are used for purposes beyond thier personal agendas, are presented in a manner which turns the perception of current events into something perhaps more than they appear to be.
The book starts a bit slow, seemingly the day in the life of a small town, but once the plotlines start coming together you won't be able to put it down. The main characters are developed well, and are presented as real people who could be our neighbors. It is fiction all the way, so don't expect an academic thesis on the supernatural and Biblical themes of spiritual realms, simply enjoy the story and the message.
I have given copies of this book to dozens of people and have not had anyone, Christian or Athiest, not enjoy the story. I highly recommend this book, as well as it's sequel: "Piercing The Darkness".
If you like Christian fnatasy that also has a strong basis for teaching you that sacraficing for God is not actually...a sacrafice..it's freedom, you'll find this book right up your alley! Just as Jesus died on the cross (Sacraficed himself), so does this book put readers in the shoes of intense characters and tramatic experiences where they lay it all down for what they believe in. Some lay it down for God, some lay it down for other things.
Make no mistakes, these characters are not all goody two shoes. They learn their lessons the hard way..just as we do. It can be a rough ride doing what you believe, stepping up your faith, and willing to give it all for God. This book does not hold back the mortal costs, but neither does it leave out the immortal gains (and losses) for these costs. This book brings you right into the horror of what many don't even realize is out there. Not only evil as defined by the word 'Satan and devil', but the evils humanity itself can and will do.
Frank Peretti gives us a tale of a small college town that has a war going on in it. It's not a war with guns and bombs, but a spiritual war. There are demons all over the town, making people turn away from God. The demons plan to take the entire town and rid the town of the angels that have come to help. It is a wonderful tale of good versus evil. It is very gripping and as my title tells, "Frighteningly realistic". I'm sure everyone has felt like they should be doing something, but there is something that is holding you back. This book gives a very unique idea as to why that happens. Read it and you might look at things a little differently. I highly recommend this book.
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This book is a fantastic story that truly can help one imagine and grasp what spiritual warfare is. I believe this book is not only a great novel, but also an encouragement and a... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Ethan
Love how relevant and real this book is! It's fiction or is it? My prayer life is ignited after reading this book. I could not put it down! I didn't want it to end. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Peggy Carelson
The book is great. However, it only cost one cent and it is coming apart.Published 6 days ago by Sally Hainen
I wanted to check this book out because I'd heard a lecture from Frank Peretti on truth which I loved so much I listened to at least 5 times over--until I could quote it. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Camille Janie T