- Paperback: 145 pages
- Publisher: Sophia Institute Press (October 20, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1622823451
- ISBN-13: 978-1622823451
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
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An Exorcist Explains the Demonic: The Antics of Satan and His Army of Fallen Angels Paperback – October 20, 2016
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"Fr. Amorth combines Church teaching with practical application and his own rich background in the ministry of exorcism. This is a must-read."
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"Father Gabriel Amorth with his signature clarity, certainty, and discernment provides the reader with a keen insight into the machinations of the devil."
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From Fr. Gabriel Amorth, the renowned exorcist in Rome, comes this powerful, eye-opening book on the deadly antics of Satan and his fallen angels, as well as spiritual remedies for each.
These pages provide a basic orientation in the dark phenomenology, succinctly explaining Catholic doctrine on the fallen angels and the innumerable manifestations. Among the many questions Fr. Amorth answers in this book are: Where does the Evil One dwell in the human body? How does the Devil appear and what does he look like? What are the powers that come from Satan? Do the sins of ancestors influence our life? How are spiritual evils contracted? What is the state of souls in purgatory? What is the role of sacramentals in fighting off temptation? When should exorcisms and prayers of healing be performed? What happens during an exorcism? What you should do when a family is being attacked by a demon?
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In An Exorcist Explains the Demonic, the late Father Gabriel Amorth warned of the "temptation of sensationalism" (p. 7), echoing Bishop Sam Aquila in his foreword to Father Jose Antonio Fortea's Interview With an Exorcist: "Although all Catholics should have a basic understanding of the reality of evil, we should also avoid being overly preoccupied with the topic of the devil. The Evil One is capable of using such a fascination as a means to ensnare us - with despair, fear, or discouragement" (p. 3). Only God is All Powerful, and He is absolutely victorious over the devil!!! In surrendering to God, who loves each of us without limit, we find absolute fulfillment and happiness. God is forever calling us back to Him, with all our hearts.
As per Father Amorth, "If Mary, who is the Mother of Jesus, is our hope, anyone - anyone who suffers, anyone who is alone, or anyone who feels sad - can look at the Nativity of Jesus and at His Resurrection with a heart full of hope" (p. 9). "I am convinced that a good confession, which is a very powerful sacrament, is much more efficacious than an exorcism, which, as we shall see, is only a sacramental" (p. 87). That is NOT to say that Father Amorth is any way devaluing exorcism!
Those with a knee jerk skepticism about all things Catholic would no doubt be surprised by these words of Father Amorth:
* "When signs appear that could be the result of an evil spell, my first advice, always, is to address the concerns to a psychiatrist" (p.84). And that is NOT to say that Father Amorth is any way being dismissive of spiritual suffering!
Fr. Gabriele Amorth, who died in Rome this past September, was an exorcist and author. AN EXORCIST EXPLAINS THE DEMONIC is the first book of his I have read, and I intend to read more. I found his words to be both direct and comforting. Direct, because he doesn’t mince words when it comes to Satan. And comforting because, in the end, he offers hope for those suffering from ailments such as Possession, Vexation, Obsession, and Infestation.
For authors interested in true stories of the paranormal, I can highly recommend this work. Movies and television may exaggerate some of what happens during an exorcism, but apparently, they get a lot of it right. And I believe that if you’re going to write about something unfamiliar, you should research the hell out of it. For believers, Fr. Amorth offers advice on how to keep yourself safe from the forces of Evil. And for nonbelievers, the book is a fascinating read.