- Hardcover: 816 pages
- Publisher: Crossway; 1st edition (August 7, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1581342144
- ISBN-13: 978-1581342147
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness Hardcover – August 7, 2000
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The thrust of the books is Spiritual Warfare, including both "the big picture," and how it affects individual people, and the power of prayer. The reader can see and listen to the people, demons, and angels, while the people in the story cannot see the spiritual battle going on around them, though it influences them and vice versa. In a nutshell, it brings home Eph. 6:12 ("We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but... against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.")
I would definitely NOT treat either as a textbook for spiritual warface, as they ARE fiction books, so some liberties are taken. But it is a good reminder that we don't see everything going on around us, and we need to be on our toes--after we've been down on our knees.
I would also not recommend the books to young readers as some parts may be scary, or the concept too overwhelming. But junior highers and up would be fine, though I'd be sure to talk with them before, during, and after they've read the book about "the reality" of spiritual warfare, and that it's not just a fictional concept.
The difference between the two? "This Present Darkness," focuses more on the actual people in the book, whereas the 2nd, "Piercing the Darkness," contains more footage on the spiritual side, to the point where many of the demons and angels could be considered main characters. So if you liked the first one, and yearned for more of the spiritual side, continue reading with the 2nd.Read more ›
Aside from its effect on my spiritual growth and prayer life, these books are also very easy to read and can give readers hours of escape. I almost didn't put the books down while reading them and was really hooked until the last pages. But I was reading these books while looking after my grandmother after her eye operation and had to check on her often.
I recommend that you first read This Present Darkness to under the Piercing The Darkness better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First read this book when it was published. Now, many copies later, it still sits in its beloved corner on the nightstand.Published 22 days ago by NorthernGirl
This is the set that started it all - Christian Fiction at its very best. Spiritual warfare is real, and no one delivers critical insight into the battles we face better than Frank... Read morePublished 1 month ago by thechesscoach
really enjoyed the story...kept me wanting to read more. I liked the possible portrayal of 'spiritual activity' around us.Published 1 month ago by Kelly Fuller
One of the best books on spiritual warfare from a completely different perspective. If you've never heard of it or haven't read it, you owe it to yourself to read the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Phillip Bautista