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5.0 out of 5 stars A window into the world of exorcism and the devil, June 26, 2005
This review is from: Hostage to the Devil: The Possession and Exorcism of Five Contemporary Americans (Paperback)
"Hostage to the Devil" offers 5 (and part of a 6th) in-depth accounts of exorcisms. Both the victims and the priests (all these exorcisms were performed by Roman Catholic priests) performing the exorcisms are examined in pretty good detail. It was much more real than any horror film or scary book you have ever read - because it was all real. The accounts are gripping and the narrative will propel you to the finish. After the 5 stories, the author offers insights into exorcism and theological underpinnings of it. Very interesting stuff.

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.
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Initial post: Dec 29, 2014 11:05:36 PM PST
I enjoyed your review "pistol" Pete.

The only other book I found even more tense is The Dark Sacrament by by David M.Kiely and Christina McKenna.

Most people slag the - The Dark Sacrament - off as complete fiction.

SPOILER ALERT - In that book a ten year old boy sees someone called Michael fight a powerful demon. The boy who seldom attended church observes that "Michael" has a 10 foot sword and pushes the demon into the heath under the fire.

This young boy is not a regular church goer. The priest in order to ensure that the 10 year old has not been coached takes the boy to a "non-denominal church." The boy correctly picks out the Archangel Michael.

Posted on Jan 4, 2015 9:43:20 PM PST
Jack Green says:
I agree with Pistol Pete,in that this book is very enlightening to Christians who seek a deeper knowledge and respect for those brave priests who conduct these exorcisms. I can not agree more,also to the fact this book is not for everyone. I prayed before every reading to keep my mind aware of the bizarre and very disturbing events that happened during the 5 exorcisms. I thought Mr.Martin really brought home the realities of what can happen to someone if they "open" themselves up to the spirit world and naively don't take evil for what it is. Very,very deep subject,that Christians may want to pray about and read this book.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 11:12:35 AM PST
Thank you, I appreciate your insightful and lucid review on this most controversial subject.
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