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Subject: Anyone read The Haunted Rectory by Valentine?
Date Posted: 5/12/2008 8:17 PM ET
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Has anyone read The Haunted Rectory by Katherine Valentine? I have it on my TBR, but my mom read it and doesn't want me to, she says the demon possession scenes are too realistic. In fact the book freaked her out so bad she actually asked me to remove it from the house! I'm wondering whether to go ahead and read it or if I should just post it w/out bothering to read it myself.

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 8:38 PM ET
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Bren:

I wish that I could help.  I want to read it and have it on my Wl. It would be great to hear opinions from others who have read it though.  I will keep a check on this thread.

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 4:37 PM ET
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Karen I found this review on Amazon and it's pretty much convinced me not to read the book. Let me know if you are still interested and I'll post it directly to you.

I'll start by saying that I don't recommend this book. This book is an easy read and keeps you guessing from chapter to chapter but, what I was not expecting, was the very creepy description of Satan's evil and the depth of his hideous, gruesome, deadly power. Although the book does refer to God as being the Ultimate Good and points out that Jesus' power is greater than anything Satan's got...the priest and the women involved in the excorcism enjoy their booze and show no evidence of having a deeply committed relationship to God. In fact, they are not portrayed as praying at all, even in the midst of known evil. The book also deals with a woman that has psychic powers to see into the underworld.  I found the book rather scary to read, especially since Satan is real and his powers are deadly. I found myself feeling fearful of him and thinking about him. The good in that is that it sent me running to God, asking Him to have mercy on me and to protect me.

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 8:48 PM ET
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Bren:

After reading the review and knowing that I am a scared;y-cat, I was like you and going to give it a pass, but my daughter-in-law still wants to read it.   So, if you still want to, post it directly to me and I will order it for her.

Thanks,

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 8:07 PM ET
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I haven't read this book, either, but after reading the comment that you cited from Amazon, Bren, and then these short comments from 3 reviewers on CBD, I know I won't be reading it--


"I was surprised to find the swearing, etc in a novel, at a "Christian" bookstore."

"This was a somewhat entertaining story.  I was not always sure if it was to be humorous or serious. Do not take this as serious Catholic theology concerning exorcism. It is greatly off the mark."

"I kept thinking as I read this book, did I really buy this at christianbook.com? The storyline was very good, but the characters engaged in drinking, cursing, adultery, and with exception of the priests, never mentioned being saved."
Date Posted: 5/14/2008 10:41 PM ET
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Ya know, if I had such negative feelings about a book, I'd have a hard time posting it for someone else to read.  In fact, I felt so convicted by this thread that I deleted a book from my shelf which had some sexual content in it.  It is a book that I haven't actually read other than flipping through it, which is how I found the previously mentioned content.  I guess I feel if it isn't okay for me to read I shouldn't pass it on.  JMHO!  =0)  (Of course, it certainly isn't my place to police what other people do.  Just thinking out loud.)

Joy to all!



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