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This Present Darkness Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2002
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When school teachers in a small town begin teaching a new curriculum to their innocent, moldable students, the Fourth Grade class begins to manifest "spirit guides" -- and all Hell breaks loose. Literally.
This is 'Good Vs. Evil' at its most fundamental. I'm not going to summarize this story because I'd reveal too many surprise plot twists that unfurl themselves like demon's wings as the novel progresses. Read it for yourself. If your soul isn't deeply perturbed by this book, then maybe you don't have one. Or maybe Someone Else is in control of it.
Go on. I dare you to read it.
I have a couple of copies of this book in paperback, I wanted one for my kindle so I could read it at anytime. Typically I read it every so many years, and then follow that with its sequel, Piercing the Darkness. Read this book and you'll never look at mundane things in exactly the same way again. Not really scary, but exciting and fast paced and plenty of "other worldly" activity. (If you want scary, may I call your attention to Peretti's The Oath.)
I also love love love how the angels allow the demons to seem to be winning and then swing a surprise rout. Very like God to catch the crafty (the deceiver) in his own craftiness. The princes of this world go ahead and crucify Christ not knowing it's a trap. This book lets you see that God will have the final say, when we refuse to fear, we pray, we stand on His Word. God will contains evil no matter how pervasive it is, when believers step up to the plate. After all, it's His universe, He created the playing field.
Satan fears a true believer who knows his or her rights in Christ. One true believer can change the spiritual climate of a city or a region. But the power increases exponentially when believers unite and we set aside all our theological or doctrinal differences and we just unite around Christ and Him crucified. That is when we become the body of Christ and the days of evil in our communities and cities and societies and economies are over.
For adults, I highly recommend this book and the series, but for the younger audience, it may be to mature or scare the pants off them. I'm OK with that ;)