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Hostage to the Devil : The Possession and Exorcism of Five Living Americans
Hostage to the Devil The Possession and Exorcism of Five Living Americans Author:Malachi Martin In this controversial bestseller, the author examines the contemporary climate of Satanism in America. "In the barrage of books on possession and exorcism, this is undoubtedly the most authoritative and convincing".--The Washington Post Book Review — "Hostage to the Devil" begins with a dramatic account of a 'failed' exorcism, followed by a compr... more »ehensive guide to every facet of the Rite of Exorcism, from the time a case of possession is brought to the attention of Church authorities through the completion of a successful exorcism. Common 'symptoms' of possession are explored, as well as the great care taken to verify cases of true possession. The constant dangers faced by all who participate in exorcism are explained, plus some of the qualities and attributes generally found in a successful exorcist, who willingly and at great peril offers himself as hostage to the devil to free the possessed for that one final moment of choice between evil and salvation.....« less
According to the author, the stories in this book are true and he provides transcripts and contact information for his sources, as well as describing his own experiences talking to participants. There are parts which are understandably frightening, but this isn't a mere book of horror stories. The characters are interesting and enough background is given to the accounts. Some of the descriptions of demonic encounters are meant to be shocking or even titillating (ie: "The Virgin and the Girl-Fixer"). Easy reading but enough substance to be worth the time spent. Pick it up for an enjoyable afternoon of spooky fun.