This Present Darkness

This Present Darkness 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 heaven
  • Title: This Present Darkness
  • Author: Frank E. Peretti
  • ISBN: 9781581345285
  • Page: 293
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 6 12Ashton is just a typical small town But when a skeptical reporter and a prayerful, hardworking pastor begin to investigate mysterious events, they 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 6 12Ashton 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 evil.This Present Darkness is a gripping story that brings keen insight into spiritual warfare and the necessity of prayer Since its original publication than 2.7 million copies have been sold The companion volume, Piercing the Darkness, continues the story of the battle between spiritual forces.
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  • Frank E. Peretti

    FROM HIS WEBSITE With than 12 million novels in print, Frank Peretti is nothing short of a publishing phenomenon and has been called America s hottest Christian novelist Peretti is a natural storyteller who, as a youngster in Seattle, regularly gathered the neighborhood children for animated storytelling sessions After graduating from high school, he began playing banjo with a local bluegrass group He and his wife were married in 1972, and Peretti soon moved from touring with a pop band to launching a modest Christian music ministry Peretti later spent time studying English, screen writing and film at UCLA and then assisted his father in pastoring a small Assembly of God church In 1983, he gave up his pastoring position and began taking construction jobs to make ends meet While working at a local ski factory, he began writing This Present Darkness, the book that would catapult him into the public eye After numerous rejections from publishers and a slow start in sales, word of mouth enthusiasm finally lifted This Present Darkness onto a tidal wave of interest in spiritual warfare The book appeared on Bookstore Journal s bestseller list every month for than eight years Peretti s two spiritual warfare novels, This Present Darkness 1998 and Piercing the Darkness 1989 , captivated readers, together selling than 3.5 million copies The Oath was awarded the 1996 Gold Medallion Award for best fiction For kids, Peretti wrote The Cooper Kids Adventure Series Crossways and Tommy Nelson , which remains a best selling series for children with sales exceeding 1 million copies In August 2000, Peretti released the hilarious children s audiocassette series titled Wild and Wacky Totally True Bible Stories, reprising his role as Mr Henry, the offbeat substitute Sunday School teacher found in two Visual Bible for Kids videos Peretti released his first ever non fiction book, The Wounded Spirit in 2000, which quickly became a best seller The book addresses the pain of wounded spirits and was writted as a result of painful childhood experiences Frank Peretti and his wife, Barbara Jean, live in the Western U.S In spite of sudden fame and notoriety, Frank still lives a simple, well rounded life that includes carpentry, banjo making, sculpturing, bicycling and hiking He is also an avid pilot.


  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • I read this some 15 years ago and still it resonates A great depiction of good v evil Angels v Demons Highly recommend

  • Written as a Christian science fiction or a Christian fantasy, this involved a behind the scenes war between angels and demons, taking place invisibly while Earthly struggles are taking place contiguously Obviously there is going to be a certain audience for this kind of fiction, but it was well written and entertaining.

  • This book was written in 1986, but I read it for the first time just recently There are some things about the book that seem a bit dated now, but at the time I m sure Frank Peretti was breaking new ground in a lot of ways.This book was written at a time when the big enemy to the church seemed to be the occult, and it exercising influence in American daily life, and surreptitiously leading Christians astray hence the main themes of the book.What this book did that was unique in its time was give [...]

  • Hands down, the most eye opening book I ve ever read that actually changed my views and outlook at everyday happenstance in the world I couldn t wait for the sequel but darn it It just did not stack up to the first Sure it s fiction but particular fiction has become my fact by deliberate choice because for me there is no down side in doing so The book is a sparkler I passed it on to my husband, who couldn t put it down, then my son who also loved it and finally I convinced my non reader d [...]

  • I must honestly admit first and foremost that this is a book I read many years ago and as such I cannot offer properly any views about the quality of writing That is except to admit while not the worst nor the greatest quality of writing Peretti is in my eyes a powerful story teller although I must admit in my view his Monster is in some aspects powerful and for what he I believe aimed to do his work is fine.This Present Darkness is in many ways a thriller but I do not believe that the thriller [...]

  • I read this book decades ago and it had a really significant impact on me at the time Though I was definitely a person of faith, the idea of spiritual warfare going on all about us in this modern day was very foreign to my understanding of how God works in world events today Frank Peretti s fictional story of the community of Ashton was an enjoyable read back then, but it really challenged my thinking.I have just re read it because, surprise, it is our current book club selection I was foggy eno [...]

  • How do I review a book like this I 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 t [...]

  • I have recently reread Daniel s story from the Bible Allow me to say that Daniel was my favorite Bible character when I was growing up He was a prayerful man who did not bent to any pagan rule, even if it meant being fed to the lions on a pit He was a man miraculously saved by an angel He was guided by God, not only to see visions but interpret them as well His book was, for me, the first evidence there was of spiritual warfare Although angels appeared many times in the Bible, their battles were [...]

  • Back when I was into Christian Literature, I really loved this author I ve moved past a lot of Christian Authors, persay, but Frank Peretti will always have my heart He s very witty and well spoken and a ham if you ve heard him speak in public This book was written with a lot of creativity and enlightenment, and though I ve moved past a lot of the spiritual warefare movement that ripped through the bible belt in the 90 s, this book is still one of the most riveting I ve ever read It s flat out s [...]

  • I didn t realize that this book was based on Fundamentalist Christianity when I downloaded it from Audible The story started out just like any science fiction fantasy book and then introduced a Christian component which I was perfectly fine with though I originally thought it was merely a basic good vs evil type story Being a C.S Lewis fan also of his Christian essays and books I didn t have any problem with the book until it started to demonized and vilify Eastern Mysticism Now many religions a [...]

  • I forgot I had read this I thought it was good, but in the context of the 90s when the New Age movement was booming and conservative Christianity was looking for a response Peretti put all of it in a Christian context and showed us an invisible world behind the scenes that although fiction, became reality for many people.

  • I forgot all about this book until it popped up on I read it almost 10 years ago, as a sensitive, emotionally wounded teenager, as I was being funneled through a fundamentalist religious conversion.Basically, this book introduced a paranoid neurosis into my awareness of self in the world The world read everything except for fundamentalist warfare obsessed Christianity is painted as basically evil, and all well meaning people who aren t Christians are actually playthings of demonic spirits from t [...]

  • I read this book twice, about a decade apart, and would read it again Since I have an open mind about religion I could read it as a story and not as a religious philosophy My dad didn t like the book because he didn t agree with the religious views in the book, but I saw them as background for the characters.Anyway, the book is about the basic fight between angels and demons, but you see it from the angels and demons perspective, as well as from the humans perspective that they are protecting co [...]

  • Yes, its over stylized with unrealistically gentle depictions of evil, but its the grand daddy of them all and deserves its five stars.

  • My boyfriend gave me this, and it had me on the floor laughing I never actually read any of it past the cover blurb, but the idea of a nefarious new age plot to enslave the world struck me as hilarious, considering the things I knew about Wicca from my adolescent I wanna be a witch phase It involves a lot of gardening and smelly candles, from what I remember Watching lunar cycles, I guess Dancing about without your drawers on , as Pratchett s Granny Weatherwax says Even now, I m having trouble c [...]

  • I had to read this book for school and it is one of the worst books I have ever read.The plot was ignorant and unbelievable, the characters were boring, and I felt like I was being preached to the entire time None of this should come as a surprise considering it is a Christian novel with an agenda of course I especially found it absurd that the villains would be controlled by demons while engaging in Eastern meditation and preaching unity and self awareness I understand that this book was suppos [...]

  • Damn, It was a long day that involved my spend over 100 on my truck, so to relax I got a pizza and went to the library to find a good horror novel They were closing early and this looked somewhat promising I did not realize it was a christian propaganda book untill halfway through Damnit It does get a couple stars for being page turnery But once you realize what the message is new age, mystasism, eastern religion, meditation, humanism is SATAN IN THE FLESH and notice that the author wont write v [...]

  • This book annoyed me in so many ways There were multiple typographical errors The characters all began sentences with Aw Not every sentence, but enough to be really irksome THe idea behind this book is interesting but the characters were so unbelievable The Christians were either fanatical or really evil in disguise Everything that happens is attributed to either demons or angels It was just too much I did finish the book and I have to say at least the pace did pick up about halfway through Stil [...]

  • This is the first of 2 books that were given to me during a very difficult and painful part of my life I am not one to read religious particularly Christian based books if it s not a horror but these were different This Present Darkness is the first of the two that I have read and is simply the good versus evil story with a much contemporary drive behind it More important is the hope that this book can inspire particularly if you are having a hard time trying to come to terms with why things ha [...]

  • Review by Jill WilliamsonBernice Krueger, reporter for the Ashton Chronicle, finds herself in jail after being in the wrong place at the wrong time She came to Ashton to investigate the supposed suicide of her sister Now, she and her boss, Marshall Hogan, start investigating some strange occurrences in town.Hank Busche is a small town pastor who is trying to keep his argumentative congregation from falling apart Little does he know, there are dark forces in town that are set on seeing him fail A [...]

  • This gets as high a rating as it does because I have to acknowledge it does have its merits when contrasted to the books in the genre I ve read, even if this is emphatically not a book for me I tried this because I m working through a list of recommended reading, The Ultimate Reading List and decided not to skip the Inspirational Fiction section of Christian fiction despite not being a believer After all, I do love CS Lewis, so I thought there might be one gem on the list This did well in presen [...]

  • Frank E Peretti s book This Present Darkness is brilliant This is my second time reading this book, and I am even impressed than the first time that I had read it, which was many years ago As I read through it, I realized that I didn t remember large parts of the story and was so glad to have decided to read it again.The story centers around two principal characters, Hank Busche, a new pastor of a small church in a nondescript college town, and Marshall Hogan, recently transplanted publisher of [...]

  • Okay I did what everyone told me to do 1 Keep in mind that it s written from the viewpoint of the fundamental religious right.2 At the height of the Reagan erad, I still almost couldn t finish it I ll be the first to admit that I don t agree with Peretti s agenda, but I ll also say that I imagine that there s pleanty of normal Evangelicals, just as there are Republicans But, Peretti, I hope is just blinded by his faith, and just not flat out retarded.The Cons For some reason, I don t think Mr Pe [...]

  • No idea what this was even about So confused I vaguely remember enjoying the view spoiler personification of the personality traits as demons hide spoiler and feeling scared with view spoiler possession of his child maybe hide spoiler And really appreciating the background noises in the audio But my audio only came to 3hrs total, and this is a whole novel, so I think I missed something Either it didn t end fully, or it didn t start fully Who knows I know that at the start I was super confused De [...]

  • I remember reading this book for the first time many years ago as a teenager Reading it again twenty years later as an adult, I find I didn t enjoy it nearly as much as I did when I read it for the first time at age twelve What I believed as a teenager and what I experienced as an adult, gave me two different perspectives about this book Both times I ve enjoyed it for various reasons the action, suspense, battle scenes, three dimensional characters, detailed writing, an imaginative plot, and the [...]

  • A common criticism of Peretti is that the writing isn t that great It isn t wonderful, I ll grant you that, but it s certainly not intrusively bad Another common criticism is the personification and representation of angels and demons, and that may depend on your personal theology I m not sure where my belief falls there, though I know those particular ones aren t real, but that s less important.What is important, and unique about this book, to my mind, is the way it made spiritual warfare real [...]

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