18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Useful and Chilling,
This review is from: The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist (Hardcover)
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I am rating this five stars because of its usefulness and original content. I found the book didn't move very quickly when it started off and I began to wonder if our subject would ever truly become an exorcist. Although, for me, this wasn't particularly a page turner at first, once it took off it was hard to put down. Also, it presents things that even the most harsh critic would be hard put to dismiss. I learned a tremendous amount about exorcism in this book as well as demons. For those of rational and logical bent it also has various psychological and scientific attempts to explain the phenomena. I found some things too far beyond the pale to be logically explained away. For example, when flushing out frauds the exorcist, knowing that demons speak all languages, will do the exorcism in a language unknown to the person being exorcised. Sometimes they will read poetry and literature in those languages. If a person reacts violently to poetry they are a fraud. A demon will react only to the parts that are the actual rite to exorcise them. Are demons real? You be the judge. If you read, The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, and are sure demons don't exist, you will be a little less sure. This book is unique and fills a niche not filled by the numerous books on demons.