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This Present Darkness (Darkness, Bk 1)
This Present Darkness - Darkness, Bk 1
Author: Frank E. Peretti
Ashton is just a typical small town. But when a skeptical reporter and a pastor begin to compare notes, they suddenly find themselves fighting a hideous plot to subjugate the townspeople -- and eventually the entire human race. A riveting thriller, This Present Darkness offers a fascinating glimpse into the unseen world of spiritual warfare.
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ISBN-13: 9780891073901
ISBN-10: 0891073906
Publication Date: 8/1986
Pages: 375
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 352 ratings
Publisher: Crossway Books
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed This Present Darkness (Darkness, Bk 1) on + 36 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Amazing book for Christian or anyone of any religion.
Eye opening about the powers and forces BEHIND what we can touch with our five senses. The every book in this series by Peretti is wonderful but this one, the first one, changed how I look at the world around me and the people in it forever.
reviewed This Present Darkness (Darkness, Bk 1) on + 21 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Enlightening! This book opens the eyes to the "5th" dimension, the "real" reality.
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For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. Ephesians 6:12

Delve into a town that is being attacked in the spiritual realm and learn how the battle is far more unseen than seen.
prtyof10 avatar reviewed This Present Darkness (Darkness, Bk 1) on + 75 more book reviews
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The small town of Ashton is the scene of a terrific battle between evil demons led by Rafar and angelic forces led by Tal in this Christian suspense tale.

Leaders of the human participants are Marshall Hogan, editor of The Clarion, Pastor Hank Busche, their friends, and groups of praying Christians. The battle wages fiercely, working up to a thrilling and satisfying climax.

The born-again Christian preacher and newspaper reporter unearth a New Age plot to take over the local community and eventually the entire world. Nearly every page of the book describes sulfur-breathing, black-winged, slobbering demons battling with tall, handsome, angelic warriors on a level of reality that is just beyond the senses.

However, Christian believers and New Age demon-worshippers are able to influence unseen clashes between good and evil by the power of prayer.

Descriptions of exorcisms are especially vivid:

"There were fifteen [demons], packed into Carmen's body like crawling, superimposed maggots, boiling, writhing, a tangle of hideous arms, legs, talons, and heads."

This book is not for the squeamish. But for page-turning spiritual suspense,is hard to beat.

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A favorite novel that may have a lot more truth in it than we would be willing to admit. Skillfully written with insights on spiritual warfare and how/why prayer is important.
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This Present Darkness is the best depiction of Spirital Warfare that I have ever read. I have ordered or found at least 6/7 books in the last few months. I share them with new believers (Christians) in order for them to get a visual of what we find in Ephesians 6:12 where it says our fight is not against the flesh - but our war is with the spirits, the things that you can't see with your eye but are taking place in the heavenly and spiritual realm. I read this book in two sittings. It shows why so much chaos and mayhem go on here in the earth and how we need to pray. To say I loved this book is not an exaggeration. This book will have you sitting on the edge of your seat for the outcome. It is a must read!
devinneyh avatar reviewed This Present Darkness (Darkness, Bk 1) on + 9 more book reviews
I'm reviewing this old one because it's the one I own. This is a fantastic book. Doesn't matter if you're Christian or not, although coming from someone with a religious background I might be a bit biased. He's a damn good writer. I have read this book several times because each time I read it I remember something I forgot, or find something else that speaks to me. It has lots of action for that action-loving fiend in me. But it also has actual development of characters. You get to watch as these people transform. And from what I remember (bc I read it years ago now), the reader gets to follow a couple of characters. If you're a Christian it's simply a sin you haven't picked it up. If not, give it a try and tell me if a non-Christian can enjoy something like this. Honestly, he's just a great writer.
velvetdreams avatar reviewed This Present Darkness (Darkness, Bk 1) on + 8 more book reviews
Have you ever wondered what one person can do to right a wrong? This novel offers a view of exactly that. An overwhelming and undescribable evil is moving into Ashton, a small college community. There is an unusual population exchange occuring as long time residents silently leave and new folks arrive. There is the feeliing of a huge chess game with pieces being arranged and re-arranged, but who or what is in control?

Peretti has created an amazing story of spiritual conflict that is at least as real as the world in which we live and move. His characters are well developed and the story they weave is simultaneously terrifying and encouraging by virtue of the principles Peretti uses to tie everything together.

For the reader who enjoys mystery, suspense, imagination, and challenge, this novel is a must read!

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