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"Kristine McGuire writes with refreshing vulnerability as she shares her experiences as a witch, medium, and ghost hunter. Using Scripture to anchor her words, she encourages the church to love and not condemn those trapped in Satan’s snare." —Tracey Bateman, author of Widow of Saunders Creek
 
"Kristine McGuire’s testimony is a wake-up call to be aware of the continual influence of our culture to push us into consideration of the paranormal." —Rick Oppenhiezen, pastor, Grace Reformed Church

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Kristine McGuire spent eight years blending Christianity with the occult. She has been a Solitary Eclectic Christian Witch, a clairsentient medium, and a lead investigating member of a paranormal enthusiast group. Kristine is a popular blogger and speaker. Her writing has been featured on Faithful Devotions, Focus on the Family, and Crosslinks websites. You can learn more about her at www.kristinemcguire.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Charisma House (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616386975
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616386979
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #959,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am an avid reader and I heard about this book through a friend. I especially enjoy reading books that demonstrate the redemption power of God and writers who can communicate their experiences and message in an articulate and tangible manner. Now I know that to say anything negative about such a book can come across callous because it would seem to be an attack on a prodigal who comes back to our Loving God. So, it is important for the readers to separate the sharing of scripture and testimony, from the craft of writing. In saying that, I always give God a BIG 5 stars because of His mercy to save us in any story, and His book, the Bible, a BIG 5 as well! But, since we are not reviewing the Bible, we must focus on the book, Escaping the Cauldron. That said I give this book 2 stars.

I felt the writing sounded pretentious, as in trying to persuade readers she is an expert in her field, repeatedly referencing former witch, medium, and ghost hunter as if trying to convince us and herself, by her spooky childhood and internet occult involvement.

The book shares no new knowledge and seems to contain information Kristine rehashed already on the market. There were many fragmented sentences and misused words, which concerns me being a product of a professional publishing house. The book lacked flow and was repetitious; bouncing her experiences through the three spiritual hats she wore. Even at the end of the book, it seemed the publishers were adding filler material after Chapter 28 to stretch the book beyond 200 pages.

I feel she has an interesting story that would have benefited from a well experience ghostwriter to bring it to life and make it a more enjoyable read.
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I just received my book 2 days ago and pretty much read it in one sitting. I have been a regular visitor to Kristine's website for a couple of years now and had no idea how deeply she was into the occult. Obviously I knew she is a former witch and ghost hunter but finding out how extensive her involvement and, from the sound of things, affinity for it really surprised me. There are alot of wannabe mediums and ghost hunters out there but Kristine's talent for it was genuine. After reading her book I respect her even more for walking away from that lifestyle and having the courage to share her story and warning others about the dangers of occult involvment. I especially appreciate that she is open and honest about the struggles associated with breaking away from the lure of occult seduction and temptation.

All I can say is THANK YOU KRISTINE FOR WRITING THIS BOOK!
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Kristine McGuire traveled a very long path to come back home to the Savior. In this book she recounts that stumble and recovery with an open honesty that certainly makes her vulnerable to criticism from all sides of the seekers of supernatural understanding and development. Her professed dependency on Jesus wins the battle should it ensue.
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After reading this, my basic feeling of the author and her claims can be summed up simply-- she fluttered between various forms of the occult, including claiming to be a Christian Witch, a ghost Hunter and so forth but trotted back to Christianity once she claimed she heard a "demonic voice" on an EVP recording. Some reviewers here giving this a similar rating as I have have posted better, more detailed reviews of this book than I can, so I recommend reading their reviews.

As a Pagan for over 30 years, I can honestly offer my opinion she was a dabbler and what she described in her book, such as it is, is superficial and doesn't give me the impression she ever did some serious, actual study. This is the usual everything not of the Bible is evil and deceptions of Satan so go to my "loving" God's arms either-or message that some self righteous, intolerant forms of Christianity teach.

Whether or not she actually was as she claims in this book I don't know. I've read too many Christian books of this type that turned out to be lies to believe at face value what she claims. Everything seems so superficial, shallow, something from a teenager or simpleton, and to me it just doesn't`feel on the level.

If she's happy being Christian, good for her. But the old garbage of everything else being of Satan claim is one I disagree with.
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I grew up in the 70's as did Mrs. McGuire & had a fascination for the occult, an alleged harmless past time. I became a Christian at the age of 10, & renounced occultic activity. An adult gave me tarot cards & a Ouija Board when I was about 11 or 12. Although I had misgivings, I delved into the occult once again. A short while later my brother & I became spiritually harassed & began to experience terror as we had opened a portal of paranormal activity in our home. I realized that Satan hated God. Satan saw my Heavenly Father in me so he despised me as well & wanted to destroy me to get back at God so I once again renounced the occult. I was forgiven & freed from demonic harassment. I knew better than to delve into the occult again. Mrs. McGuire also had a childhood conversion & pursued her interest in the occult until the age of 16 when she rededicated her life to Christ. At 16 years of age she had an experience with a dark entity in her bedroom which would require the blessing of her priest so she too knew the dangers of the occult.
She gave up her persuit of the occult until her husband decided to forsake his Christian faith. This gave her an excuse to search for a better way. She stopped praying & reading her Bible which caused her to drift away from God, become decieved, & blinded by Satan & fall into sin. She had a rebellious & hard heart & stopped attending church; thereby, cutting herself off from the fellowship of other believers who could have offered her strength, encouragement, & helped to strengthen her faith. She does state that Satan wanted her isolated from her brothers & sisters in Christ & to feel involnerable to sin. She states that she was alone, discoureaged & depressed which are all tools used by Satan to cause doubt & drive a person away from God.
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