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I remember This Present Darkness with fondness from my early mid teen years While some may disdainfully complain that Peretti is nothing but a fantasy writer for Christians and that his works cause the easily influenced to see demons behind every tree, in my opinion he does the church a service by reminding us of the supernatural forces which actually are at work in our world and which many of us have done out best to forget in this modern era Do they function exactly as Peretti descri I remember This Present Darkness with fondness from my early mid teen years While some may disdainfully complain that Peretti is nothing but a fantasy writer for Christians and that his works cause the easily influenced to see demons behind every tree, in my opinion he does the church a service by reminding us of the supernatural forces which actually are at work in our world and which many of us have done out best to forget in this modern era Do they function exactly as Peretti describes No, I am certain they don t This is clearly fiction, and the author would not claim otherwise And I don t envy the line he has to walk between theology and story telling, fearmongering and faith Certainly there are going to be some slip ups, and equally certainly no single group of Christians is going to agree exactly where they are But there are undeniably some good principles behind the action, and a darned good story to boot I still recommend This Present Darkness and its sequel Piercing the Darkness to anyone looking for a good read and perhaps an eye opening glimpse into the spiritual forces beyond our ordinary perception Hands down, the most eye opening book I ve ever read that actually changed my views and outlook at everyday happenstance in the world I couldn t wait for the sequel but darn it It just did not stack up to the first Sure it s fiction but man..this particular fiction has become my fact by deliberate choice because for me there is no down side in doing so The book is a sparkler I passed it on to my husband, who couldn t put it down, then my son who also loved it and finally I convinced my non Hands down, the most eye opening book I ve ever read that actually changed my views and outlook at everyday happenstance in the world I couldn t wait for the sequel but darn it It just did not stack up to the first Sure it s fiction but man..this particular fiction has become my fact by deliberate choice because for me there is no down side in doing so The book is a sparkler I passed it on to my husband, who couldn t put it down, then my son who also loved it and finally I convinced my non reader daughter to buckle down and read it She was not disappointed If you re a christian, Frank Peretti pulls away the curtains and give a view of what might be going on in the day to day goings on of angels in the upper and lower realms So enjoyable, so entertaining, so satisfying in the end O man can anyone come up with something to compare I had high hopes for the Left Behind series that crashed and burn when I couldn t get past the first chapter of the first book SO there it sits, on my shelf for treasured books only To be re read every few years until I die Christian fiction at its very best.Peretti doesn t make the mistake that a lot of other Christian authors make He doesn t ever stop telling his story to preach some valuable theological lesson Rather he weaves it seamlessly into the narrative The overarching theme of this book is the power of prayer But the story is straight out of a Stephen King novel A small town is under attack from dark forces, both in this world and in the spiritual realm The story is told from the points of view of Christian fiction at its very best.Peretti doesn t make the mistake that a lot of other Christian authors make He doesn t ever stop telling his story to preach some valuable theological lesson Rather he weaves it seamlessly into the narrative The overarching theme of this book is the power of prayer But the story is straight out of a Stephen King novel A small town is under attack from dark forces, both in this world and in the spiritual realm The story is told from the points of view of humans and their angel protectors Truly fascinating Even if you think Christianity is a farce, this book still stands on its own.I will also say that the sequel Piercing the Darkness wasn t nearly as good I read this some 15 years ago and still it resonates A great depiction of good v evil Angels v Demons Highly recommend This book was written in 1986, but I read it for the first time just recently There are some things about the book that seem a bit dated now, but at the time I m sure Frank Peretti was breaking new ground in a lot of ways.This book was written at a time when the big enemy to the church seemed to be the occult, and it exercising influence in American daily life, and surreptitiously leading Christians astray hence the main themes of the book.What this book did that was unique in its time was giv This book was written in 1986, but I read it for the first time just recently There are some things about the book that seem a bit dated now, but at the time I m sure Frank Peretti was breaking new ground in a lot of ways.This book was written at a time when the big enemy to the church seemed to be the occult, and it exercising influence in American daily life, and surreptitiously leading Christians astray hence the main themes of the book.What this book did that was unique in its time was give a full on view of the spiritual warfare that happens all around us as we fight the good fight.I found the human characters engaging with a lot of depth They seemed, for the most part, totally unaware of the battles raging all around them.It was very easy to root for the angelic characters, and I enjoyed seeing how Mr Peretti described their militaristic tactics to win battles.The demonic characters were a despicable bunch, with no redeeming qualities whatsoever as one would expect But, they also had tactics of their own, and somehow expected victory against God s host.This book reminded me of how temporal and fleeting this life of the flesh really is.We must empower the ministering spirits that have been put in charge over us by praying and speaking words of authority in Christ I would encourage anyone, Christian or not, to read this book If you are looking for excellent Christian Fiction for young people, please try Vicki Silver Mysteries The Stolen Gem and Cruise Control by Alissa Wood Written as a Christian science fiction or a Christian fantasy, this involved a behind the scenes war between angels and demons, taking place invisibly while Earthly struggles are taking place contiguously Obviously there is going to be a certain audience for this kind of fiction, but it was well written and entertaining Written as a Christian science fiction or a Christian fantasy, this involved a behind the scenes war between angels and demons, taking place invisibly while Earthly struggles are taking place contiguously Obviously there is going to be a certain audience for this kind of fiction, but it was well written and entertaining Could be eye opening for the discerning believer.Peretti is probably one of the best known Christian fantasy writers One of the reasons is that he wrote these books in the 80 s and there wasn t that much of this type of material around His writing is pretty good and the plot does capture the imagination as long as you remember that it is fiction Peretti s world of angels and demons lurking behind every corner is possible but not probable Christians have different views on these issues.This b Could be eye opening for the discerning believer.Peretti is probably one of the best known Christian fantasy writers One of the reasons is that he wrote these books in the 80 s and there wasn t that much of this type of material around His writing is pretty good and the plot does capture the imagination as long as you remember that it is fiction Peretti s world of angels and demons lurking behind every corner is possible but not probable Christians have different views on these issues.This book is pretty dark and I would place a health warning on it especially for children Details of seances, levitation, demon possession and other occultic practices occur throughout the book Indeed, the whole premise is the battle between good and evil in the spirit world as the demons attempt to take over a town Would you want your child watching The Exorcist There really isn t much difference in terms of the graphic nature of the occultic power involved I guess it sreal on screen but books can be pretty life like as well.I m not sure how to rate this really as the first half of the book drew me in this was the story aspect and the lives of the real characters in the town The second half involved so many supernatural occurrences and spiritual warfare that it became a bit repetitive The ending was definitely dragged out and predictable.Jury s out I ll try another of his books before making a final decision about this &Download Book ⇵ This Present Darkness ⇛ For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places EphesiansAshton is just a typical small town But when a skeptical reporter and a prayerful, hardworking pastor begin to investigate mysterious events, they suddenly find themselves caught up in a hideous New Age plot to enslave the townspeople, and eventually the entire human race The physical world meets the spiritual realm as the battle rages between forces of good and evilThis Present Darkness is a gripping story that brings keen insight into spiritual warfare and the necessity of prayer Since its original publication thanmillion copies have been sold The companion volume, Piercing the Darkness, continues the story of the battle between spiritual forces The book that started it all I didn t realize that this book was based on Fundamentalist Christianity when I downloaded it from Audible.com The story started out just like any science fiction fantasy book and then introduced a Christian component which I was perfectly fine with though I originally thought it was merely a basic good vs evil type story Being a C.S Lewis fan also of his Christian essays and books I didn t have any problem with the book until it started to demonized and vilify Eastern Mysticism Now man I didn t realize that this book was based on Fundamentalist Christianity when I downloaded it from Audible.com The story started out just like any science fiction fantasy book and then introduced a Christian component which I was perfectly fine with though I originally thought it was merely a basic good vs evil type story Being a C.S Lewis fan also of his Christian essays and books I didn t have any problem with the book until it started to demonized and vilify Eastern Mysticism Now many religions and philosophies fall under that umbrella and while it was never specifically stated it insinuated that, among other religions that strive to do good, Buddhism is anti Christian and even Satanic in nature which just isn t true Part of the reason I believe that it was Buddhism that was being rebuked is the importance of meditation, the reference to dragons described as dragons but written as demons which mean a different thing in Buddhism than it does in Christianity and several other practices I saw misinterpreted and maligned The book portrayed these aspects in a very ugly light and was often out and out incorrect in what the Buddhist practice is about Granted, Buddhism is non theist religion, but it isn t anti theist There is a big difference Western Buddhism often has no problem having od or Christ incorporated into its practices The 2,500 year old view is to be compassionate to every living thing There s also the Three Pure Precepts to not create evil, to practice good, and to actualize good for others Not very demonic in my book Saving the environment and animals that God created hardly seems to me a heretical or blasphemous act.The message about God and Christ would have been quite enlightening and influential if it weren t for the Eastern beliefs bashing which really turned me off from the book If it weren t for that I would have given the book 4 stars As it was well written for fantasy writing, and had a decent adventurous story line It would have been very easy for them to be a quiet satanic cult under the guise of Christianity which they did cover, but it satanism that uses, always, Eastern Mysticism or religion as its right arm Again, I would have liked it had it not equated Eastern Religions with Satanism One s failure to believe in God does not equate being evil There are many who are moral and ethical who believe different things or incorporate different aspects into their beliefs Hate is not what Jesus proposed but loving those who may not be awake in the manner in which you think they should