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Demons, Deliverance, Discernment What Are These Evil Spirits We Call Demons How Can We Recognize When And How They Are Influencing Us And Most Importantly, How Do We Fight Back In Demons, Deliverance, And Discernment, Fr Mike Driscoll Answers All These Questions And Drawing On His Experience As A Priest And Counselor, And On His Research With Exorcists, Fr Driscoll Clears Up Many Popular Misconceptions About Demons And The Spirit World And Offers Sound Information And Pastoral Advice Rooted In Catholic Tradition, Including What We Know About Demons From History, Scripture, And Church Teaching How To Tell Whether Personal Problems Come From Mental Illnesses Or Demonic Attacks What Exorcists Actually Do And Don T Do When They Help People Suffering Possession Why Homemade Deliverance Ministries Are Not A Truly Catholic Way To Counter The Influence Of Demons Authentic Prayers And Practices That Will Make Evil Spirits Flee And Invite God S Grace Into Your Heart The Devil Has Designs On Our Soul And Hosts Of Wickedness Who Want To Win It For Him Know Your Enemy Read Demons, Deliverance, And Discernment And Prepare Yourself For The Fight Good overview of possession and the work of exorcists Not sure I learned anything new, however. This book takes a different focus then other books I have read on the subject Often even when there is a serious look at the subject there can besensationalist elements Not surprising since elements such as those fictionalized in The Exorcist are a draw for many I found the treatment of the subject in The Rite to be rather balanced, but its main focus was just on exorcism and the training of a priest as an exorcist.One of the points regarding exorcism that I have heard stressed multiple This book takes a different focus then other books I have read on the subject Often even when there is a serious look at the subject there can besensationalist elements Not surprising since elements such as those fictionalized in The Exorcist are a draw for many I found the treatment of the subject in The Rite to be rather balanced, but its main focus was just on exorcism and the training of a priest as an exorcist.One of the points regarding exorcism that I have heard stressed multiple times in Catholic circles is that the Exorcist has to be the greatest skeptic That every possible cause must be investigated first and that many seemingly apparent cases may well have a psychological or material foundation This is a focus of this book as Fr Driscol is a counselor and has a doctorate in the area He did his doctoral dissertation on the area of possession and exorcism and came to do many interviews with exorcists concerning this The Church has long made such distinctions throughout history and he points out that even in the Rite of Exorcism published in 1614 distinguished between demon possession and psychological disorders.The books first chapters investigate possession and exorcism in cultures through the ages and then their history in scripture This is built on with information on the theology of Demonology and the various classification used as to levels of Demonic attack from temptation, oppression, up to possession As discernment is a major focus of this there is much information regarding how these diagnosis are made I actually found this whole process of discernment to be quite fascinating regarding how much rooted in a psychological problem can be taken for possession The authors review of such discernment is totally in agreement with what the Church officially teaches regarding this He is also very careful to identify these areas with his own opinions.I really found his chapter on two approaches to exorcism as a classification of Exorcists to be very informative He classifies two basic styles in what he calls narrow approach and wide approach exorcists These are his own classifications which he developed after all the interviews he made with Exorcists I won t go into the details of these classification, but again I found the distinctions made to be useful He has some skepticism to wide approach exorcists which from the little I know I am inclined to agree with.One aspect of this book not normally seen is a look at deliverance ministries While I was aware of this growing trend in Protestantism, I did not realize how much it had come into Catholic circles This is an area of ministry that is not officially sanctioned by the Church for the laity and so it is an area with little oversight He offers plenty of caveats regarding this along with what would be the actual role for the laity here.Along the way I found plenty of questions addressed that either I had previously wondered about or that I had just never considered Really so much about this subject is shapedfrom Hollywood then from the Church s careful teaching on the subject.Overall I found this to be a very useful book on the subject that makes necessary distinctions That while there are actual possessions and other forms of Demonic attacks, that is much to learn about other causes of such traits Also while this book does not concentrate on thesensationalist aspects of actual exorcisms, there are stories peppered throughout regarding such phenomenon.The first appendix includes prayers for protection and the second appendix includes advice for pastors and ministers I ve read my fair share of books about exorcisms and demons This was by far my favorite The main point I got out of this book is that when discerning whether somebody is possessed, start with the presumption that the person is likely mentally ill Even if you start seeing signs of possession, still assume the person is mentally ill The person is likely mentally ill Possession is very rare, and some exorcists might only perform an exorcism on a possessed person, only a few times in their li I ve read my fair share of books about exorcisms and demons This was by far my favorite The main point I got out of this book is that when discerning whether somebody is possessed, start with the presumption that the person is likely mentally ill Even if you start seeing signs of possession, still assume the person is mentally ill The person is likely mentally ill Possession is very rare, and some exorcists might only perform an exorcism on a possessed person, only a few times in their life But that doesn t mean demons or the devil do not play a role in our world.As a person of faith, when I see those in the Catholic Church as well as other Christians who are downplaying the role of the devil in our world or even denying that he exists, it makes me worry A superb write up with good evidences and really gives great insight on recognizing demonic possession or distinguishing it from mental health issues Having worked in hospital where I encountered the potentiality of dealing with this issue a few times, I feel good that I am better equipped the next time I run into this type of issue I d really like to rate it a 5 as it is a great read There were just a few areas I wish the author had gone into great depth, but still I give it my highest recom A superb write up with good evidences and really gives great insight on recognizing demonic possession or distinguishing it from mental health issues Having worked in hospital where I encountered the potentiality of dealing with this issue a few times, I feel good that I am better equipped the next time I run into this type of issue I d really like to rate it a 5 as it is a great read There were just a few areas I wish the author had gone into great depth, but still I give it my highest recommendation

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