Book Review: This Present Darkness

 I have been so slow on reading books now that Amelia is so active and taking less naps and now that I have another little kiddo! So it took me nearly 6 months to read this book but it definitely wasn’t due to a lack of interest in the material.

 This book was written by Frank E. Peretti in 1986 and is centered around a battle between Angels and Demons. It is set in a small town called Ashton where there are some strange things happening. A local reporter starts to notice that multiple people are being fired and replaced by a certain personality of people that is also showing up in different businesses and the local college. He starts investigating to find out these people are all linked together. In the meantime there is a new pastor at the local church who begins noticing strange things and people in the town and he begins praying intensively over the people and the town. In the background of the plot Peretti shows the angels and demons who are behind all of these strange happenings that the people are noticing. A set of demons are trying to take over the town through these people while in the meantime a set of angels are trying to use the Pastor and any other praying believers to ward off the attacks of the demons.

 I found this book very interesting. I am not knowledgeable enough in spiritual warfare to know the accuracy of which Peretti portrays the angels and demons (i.e. fighting each other with swords, the physical appearance he describes, etc.). But there is one message Peretti sends that cannot be fictionalized… the power of prayer. He really emphasizes how much power God has given us as believers through prayer. There are times when the situation is enough out of our control and cannot be influenced by the physical that the only means it can be touched is through our praying and stirring up God to act.

 I find this to be true in my own life especially with my children. I haven’t had too many experiences at this point but I know that they are their own little individual people who can make their own choices and as much as I would like to control every aspect of their lives I cannot and will not be able to BUT I certainly can pray on their behalf to God for their protection and to make good decisions and to enter into their own relationship with Jesus, etc.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12

 Jesus referring to a young boy possessed by an impure spirit: “This kind can only come out by prayer.” Mark 9:29

I would definitely recommend this book for some fun reading that can definitely spark your prayer life and to remind you that there is a spiritual battle out there that we are fighting with.

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