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Dancing With the Devil: An Honest Look Into the Occult from Former Followers Paperback – September 4, 2012
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“Dancing With the Devil is far more than just intriguing true-life stories; it is a manual on how to break free from demonic chains and how to help others find true freedom through Christ. It is a must-read for anyone trapped on the dark side and for everyone desiring to rescue others from the shadows.” —Delron Shirley, former dean, Indiana Christian University, Noblesville, IN
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Mr. Harshbarger, a former Satanist, compiled a collection of true stories telling what led the person into the occult; the torment & terror, bondage, depression, isolation, fear, & in some cases suicidal ideation due to hopelessness that occured as the person delved deeper into the occult; & what made the occultist decide to leave & how the occultist made his/her way to Jesus Christ who was this person's only hope of salvation.
This book is also designed to inform the Christian on ways to tactfully introduce this person to Christ & dispel the fear of meeting & greeting this person. While the gospel message is in no way to be compromised, there is no one model used to introduce a person to Christ. It is important to know that most occultists are law abiding citizens who merge into mainstream society & never impose their beliefs on anyone. It is important not to go rushing in preaching condemnation & punishment of sin with hellfire & damnation. Also pointing out that their beliefs are wrong because the Bible says so will fall on deaf ears. It is important to be prayed up & led of the Holy Spirit. The Christian needs to reach out & first be a friend, reach out a helping hand if needed, listen to what the person is saying, & win their trust & let the occultist come to you with his/her need when the time is right & then you can lead this person to Christ. Once the person leaves the occult, it is going to take a long time to heal from the emotional & spiritual scars so threre are going to be additional needs that must be met. Christians cannot just leave the new converts to find their own way. These new converts are going to need your continued friendship & your gentle guidance all the more because they have given up their old life, beliefs, & friends-everything.
This book was very believable & credible. I would recommend this book to a teenager as well as to an adult-anyone that can read on a high school level. The stories came from a variety of practitioners such as Satanists, Wiccans, Pagans, Spiritists, & a Psychic Vampire so the reader gets to learn a few quick facts about different facets of beliefs & practices without too much sensationalism. This is one of my favorite books.
Also, the author welcomes questions from anyone trying to get out of the occult or anyone trying to help them at : firstname.lastname@example.org.
You never know what is going on in a person's life. Scary to think that a Satanist aspired to be a child psychologist. However, nice to know that God is still in the miracle business, every time He changes a human heart.
I would even suggest to the author/compiler of the book that he rename and repackage it somewhat in a future printing, keeping "formerly entitled Dancing with the Devil" in smaller print somewhere on the cover so people don't accidentally purchase it thinking it is a different book. Had it been called something slightly less menacing, such as "Dancing with the Dark" and had less menacing cover design, I would not only have read it more quickly but I would feel freer to buy it as a gift to give to others who would surely benefit from this wonderful book...!