[Reading] ➸ This Present Darkness (Darkness, #1) Author Frank E. Peretti – Thepurelynaturalcompany.co.uk

This Present Darkness (Darkness, #1) 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 Ephesians Ashton 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 Than Million Copies Have Been Sold The Companion Volume, Piercing The Darkness, Continues The Story Of The Battle Between Spiritual Forces How do I review a book like thisI asked myself this question many times as I got further and further in, close and closer to the end.How can I write a review worthy of this novel Now we must pause, and we must reflect What made it so good How can you even explain what made it so good There are no normal, straightforward words that can convey what this book really is So I ll go into descriptive comparative mode now This book is dark, it s frightening, maybe even slightly gritty Kind of gave How do I review a book like thisI asked myself this question many times as I got further and further in, close and closer to the end.How can I write a review worthy of this novel Now we must pause, and we must reflect What made it so good How can you even explain what made it so good There are no normal, straightforward words that can convey what this book really is So I ll go into descriptive comparative mode now This book is dark, it s frightening, maybe even slightly gritty Kind of gave me that creepy feeling that The Screwtape Letters successfully conveyed, but it wasn t stifling because it wasn t told exclusively from a demon s perspective This novel is sort of, I guess, like walking down a long black tunnel all by yourself, alone and afraid, and then suddenly hearing a friend s voice Or,appropriately, it s like when you re driving home in a storm, the sky so dark that it feels like nighttime, and suddenly the sunlight starts seeping through the clouds, and the rain stops You feel safer, and you don t really know why I once read a quote in another book that said, You live through the night, knowing dawn is coming And I guess that s sort of how this book felt And see I m banging my head against a wall because I just didn t get that right at all It s impossible to review this book well It just is I think the overall message of this book is that we need to prayI know I don t pray enough I m a Christian, and this is a very Christian book and as I read it, I felt like this is real We can t see it, certainly, but we can feel it And that s the point of this book We re not dealing with flesh and blood, we re dealing with the world rulers of this present darkness The spiritual goes along with the physical You can t really separate the two, they re inexplicably connected in ways that we ll never fully know This book gives you a glimpse of that, and it s unbelievably creepy.Aside from the beautiful Christian themes yes, beautiful , this story is gripping Remember it s a mystery thriller and do yourself the favor of not peeking ahead As you read, a certain amount of WHAT THE HECK dread will be building up inside of you It s ominous because you re absolutely certain that there s going to be a train wreck but you re not exactly sure how it s going to come about, or if it will even happen at all in the end I m not going to tell you.I always feel, after I write a review, that I didn t write it very well Or that I did a terrible job of conveying the meaning of the story But honestly, this is probably the best I can do When I read the last sentence and closed the book, I smiled to myself For once, I had nothing to say right after finishing a story I was speechless.This novel is about angels and demons, good and evil It s about miracles It s about spiritual and physical struggles It s about redemption It s about finding the light when you d been lost in the darkness And I can t recommend it Besides the bad writing and the clich d, predictable storytelling, the message of this book is really ugly Tall, handsome angels are associated with Protestantism, and foul demons are associated with, well, everything else e.g., New Age spirituality, Eastern religions, and any philosophy that does not place Christ at its center Personally I think New Age philosophies, astrology, and crystal power are all pretty silly, but deliberately associating them with Satan is not only ridiculously simp Besides the bad writing and the clich d, predictable storytelling, the message of this book is really ugly Tall, handsome angels are associated with Protestantism, and foul demons are associated with, well, everything else e.g., New Age spirituality, Eastern religions, and any philosophy that does not place Christ at its center Personally I think New Age philosophies, astrology, and crystal power are all pretty silly, but deliberately associating them with Satan is not only ridiculously simplistic, it s really hateful Further, the idea that taking a college level class on Eastern religions might imperil one s immortal soul deliberately attacks the very notion of ecumenicism, not to mention the values of love and understanding It s really depressing that this book is so popular with evangelical Christians, and that so many of them mindlessly accept Peretti s ideas about secular society and non Christian religions Also, the very notion of a Christian horror novel is almost as idiotic as Christian porn Christians should be able to read a novel by Stephen King, recognize that it is a made up story, and then go back to getting their information about good and evil directly from the Bible, instead of fearfully rejecting anything not labelled Christian, yet revel in all the B grade, watered down versions of mainstream media that are labelled Christian Speaking of which, I m not even sure if This Present Darkness can technically be called Christian, since in it, Peretti has created his own bizarre cosmology nearly from whole cloth one that ignores the very real notion of personal responsibility, since good and evil in this novel are solely the province of unseen angels and demons which is why I honestly can t recommend this novel to anyone, Christian or non Christian 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 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

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