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Powers and Principalities (The Royal Oak Series of Spiritual Thrillers) by [Calabrese, Dan]
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From the Back Cover

20 years ago, at a high school party, teenager Clay Bender's eyes were inexplicably opened to the true nature of spiritual evil. The things God revealed to him were so terrifying, he changed his entire lifestyle to ensure he would never see them again. But now, he is seeing them again.

And as much as he hates his ominous spiritual gift, Clay cannot ignore the signs that the spiritual powers of the air are converging for an all-out assault on his hometown of Royal Oak, Michigan. With the help of his two closest friends, an intriguing woman and the nearly forgotten pastor who baptized him long ago, he must find a way to stop them before the entire community perishes - and before his own personal demons vanquish him first.

About the Author

Dan Calabrese, editor-in-chief of The North Star National (www.northstarnational.com), is also a syndicated columnist and freelance writer. A past elder at Woodview Christian Church in Wyoming, Michigan, he leads a Bible class there that focuses on how God works through the grace of Christ and the Holy Spirit.

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  • File Size: 844 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Publisher: North Star Writers Group; 1 edition (January 6, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 6, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006UMLOES
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By F. L. Vernier on February 26, 2013
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i heard a book review of this story on Christian radio and since i know the area, and it's less than 5 miles from where i live, i figured "why not buy it?" this author writes about this location because he grew up in the city of Royal Oak, Michigan, where this story takes place. i was somewhat chagrined to learn the author was a Pastor, because the language in the book is extremely vulgar and perverse. the author would tell you the language was nasty because the demons represented in the book were, in fact, demons and therefore the language reflected that. well, i disagree. the author could have told the same story without using the vulgar language. case in point: Frank Peretti's novels, "This Present Darkness" and "Piercing The Darkness" are also about demons, yet he kept the language clean, and Frank isn't even a Pastor. this novel is ADULT reading ONLY! if you are a Christian, do NOT buy this for your children until YOU have read it first!!!!!
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Review of "Powers and Principalities" by TRACY KRAUSS

WARNING: This novel could change your perception of the spirit realm!
Powers and Principalities is a powerful story about the unseen spiritual forces that exist everywhere around us and how these forces are bent on human destruction - both personal and global. Author Dan Calabrese weaves a tale that is simultaneously fantastical and imaginative while at the same time realistic in its gritty portrayal of the characters. It centers around three friends - a somewhat eclectic and unlikely trio - who come face to face with these dark forces of evil when one of their number is `gifted' with the ability to see into the spirit realm. Once he sees the forces at work, an even more insidious plot is uncovered and it is up to the threesome to save the city from mayhem and destruction. Not since Frank Peretti's groundbreaking novel This Present Darkness was released 25 years ago, has a novel about spiritual warfare had this kind of potential to impact people's thinking on the topic. Powers and Principalities jumps in with both feet and comes out swinging.

Having said that, as a work of `Christian' Fiction this novel is sure to raise a few eyebrows, or, as is more likely the case, garner some strong criticism from mainstream church-dom. As `Edgy Christian' fiction, it is way beyond edgy. Perhaps the initial warning could have read: `Explicit language and graphic sexual descriptions'. However, since author Dan Calabrese has done this himself quite openly in the preface to the novel, there is no need. Mr. Calabrese clearly explains to the reader what is coming, and why he chose to write in this style - a style that many Christians will undoubtedly question and certainly that many more will find offensive.
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I very much enjoyed reading this book. The story was great, and by the end I really cared about all of the main characters. Because the author happens to be Christian, and the subject matter deals with spiritual matters which (for a pleasant change) are not outside the realm of biblical possibility, I think the book is getting a little bit over critiqued.... I think the author did a fine job of presenting a very enjoyable story, which at times deals sin, demonic influence, etc., but also made me think about some things along the way, so I am giving this one five stars. Will begin book 2 this evening :)
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By cathy on February 28, 2013
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Love the characters, And Jesus is Lord. Love the sense of humor in the 3 main characters. I'm very sure that these spiritual gifts can be given to some and that Dan C. is pretty right on about the world we can't see and the spiritial battles going on all the time. The thief is always up to something, Its about time Jesus gets the credit for making things right through His body. Thank you Mr. C. Maybe the language could have been toned down a tad. But who am I>
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I don't usually read for fun. I prefer to read for knowledge and I usually find fiction pointless. However, knowing the interesting man who is Dan Calabrese, I thought perhaps it wouldn't be a complete waste of time to check out his books. I was not disappointed. I grew up in a Baptist church so I have found it to be a unique challenge to listen to Dan's take on his relationship with God and the way he views the spiritual world. While I don't always necessarily agree, it is always thought provoking. I have found myself questioning a lot that I took for granted based on my early Christian education. This book is hiding a story that kept me coming back to it daily. I'm the kind of person who usually figures out the whole plot and outcome of a movie 5 minutes in but this book kept me guessing until the very end. I especially appreciated how much more realistic it was when determining the character and actions of people who don't know Jesus. It didn't gloss over reality. I'll be reading the next book for sure. Thanks for all that you do, Dan, to show people the way to forgiveness through Jesus!
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Excellent! I appreciate the foreword in the book, letting me know that Dan changed some of the X-rated language and story line to match his belief in his Savior and mine, Jesus Christ! There is activity in our world, though unseen, that is truly running the world. All you need to do is look at our world to see the evil that is so pervasive! Great read, exciting, and the good guys and God win...until the beginning of the next book in the series, Pharmakeia, which I am reading now!
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