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Exorcising the Unpossessed [Kindle Edition]

Janet Cooper
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Book Description

A 'must read' for anyone who has been hurt or let down by church or its leaders.

It's 1990 and in a town in Wales a woman is undergoing a 2 year exorcism by a Free Church minister with devastating consequences. Twenty years later, in a nearby village, another woman goes through almost the same experience of exorcism, for the same period of 2 years. This time the 'exorcist' is an ordained Anglican priest. What, on earth, was going on?

This book offers a fascinating and unique discussion of modern exorcism based on the author's personal experience. It also tells the story of Julia who, like the author, underwent a series of major exorcisms over a two year period with serious consequences to mental and physical health. Both of them could have died. Incredibly, the exorcisms were almost certainly completely unnecessary as neither woman was possessed.

An initial discussion about whether demons even exist is intelligently approached with constant reference to scripture, psychology, and a large helping of plain common sense.The same sensible exploration of the idea of 'demon possession' leads to a fascinating insight into the psychology of the author and Julia. What were the signs and symptoms leading to a diagnosis of demon possession? What was going on during exorcisms lasting for up to seven hours? Why was psychiatric help and support not sought as a matter of urgency? Why were both ladies becoming progressively worse?

Interspaced throughout the book are italicised journeys into the very heart of the exorcisms. What does an exorcist do and say? How did both women react during the exorcisms? What, exactly, was happening?

The middle of the book is devoted to the author's convincing arguments that neither she nor Julia were possessed in the first place, hence the exorcisms were unnecessary. This is fascinating, profound and, surprisingly, a comfort and a joy to read.

The latter part of the book explores the theology, spiritual status and psychology of both exorcists. Why did they do what they did? The reasons put forward for their behaviour are thought provoking, plausible and perhaps controversial. The author makes no bones about the fact that pastoral abuse is wrong and needs to be brought into the light, acknowledged and dealt with. Much is expected of those to whom much has been entrusted,

This is a disturbing book. Shocking in places. Nevertheless, there is a main emphasis in the power of God to intervene whenever a shepherd is caught battering a sheep. That these two women are still devoted Christians is testimony to an almighty, loving God and to the strength and determination of the human spirit that rests in His love. The gates of hell did not prevail!

Absolutely riveting. Don't miss it!


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 369 KB
  • Print Length: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Janet Cooper (3 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A1N2HOS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #397,146 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hi! I'm 55, a very proud mum and grandma, and I love to write. So far all my books are autobiographical/non fiction. My fourth book is different - a sort of fictionalised novel based on real life events. I'm working hard on it now! Mr. Rumbles, my cat, is keeping me company.

I was passionate about writing 'Exorcising the Unpossessed' as, having been seriously traumatised by church leaders not once, but twice - then meeting others with similar stories - enough was enough! Although writing the book was wonderfully cathartic, my other aim was to bring a disturbing but little talked about facet of Christian ministry into the broad light of day for discussion and exposure. That Exorcism of demon possessed people is happening now, in today's churches, is alarming and begs questions and investigation. What are the people concerned getting out of it???

I am uniquely placed to write as I do, having been the victim of such abuse and then going on to earn a 1st class honours degree in Theology from Cardiff University. Having studied Biblical Greek and Hebrew I am thus able to examine texts that were used against me and comment intelligently and logically. I love and reverence the Holy Scriptures that were once a weapon used against me.

I wonder if anybody out there has undergone experiences similar to those I describe in Exorcising the Unpossessed? At a recent meeting with the Bishop of Monmouth it was suggested that exorcism was very much alive in many christian churches today, both Free and Institutional. This is alarming. Are so many people really demon possessed? If anyone wants to contact me I'm janetthesheep@hotmail.com


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4.0 out of 5 stars Exorcism as an abuse in itself. 10 Nov. 2012
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This book should be compulsory reading for all charged with leading a congregation, whether as ordained Ministers or lay people with pastoral duties. Too many people have an unhealthy interest in the whole subject of demon possession, but only know it through overblown fictional accounts. This is a raw but true story, with a well researched and biblically based critique of what was going on, spiritually, psychologically and in terms of abuse of power. The author asks the pertinent question,'who is really the one under the power of a demonic mind-set, with the sin of pride?'
I recommend it as a fascinating true and brave account from a survivor who loves God and the church and has no bitterness, just a wish to save and educate.
Elinor Kapp. MB.BS. DPM. FRCPsych. BA.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the name of God, but not of God 10 Nov. 2012
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I read this book and very quickly realised the extent to which some people will go to gain power and control over vulnerable women in the name of God. This book tells of the abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment displayed by a minister and a vicar over two women who were desperately seeking help from them. The women, due to the power of persuasion, began to take on the attributes of the so called demons that were supposed to possess them and believed that they were possessed. Instead of attempting to quell the womens beliefs that they were possessed, they continued to feed the beliefs in the women's minds and to cruelly feed off their vulnerability and distress for long periods of time. This book displays the awful extents that some maverick preachers will go to just to gain power and control, even though these women were never possessed in the beginning.

Anyone who is involved in this type of ministry should read this book, even if just to learn how NOT to carry out such ministry. Possession is rare and people who are in this sad state must be treated with love and true care, not abused horrifically to feed the needs of these spiritual mavericks!

I found this book to be very interesting, as well as a horrendous picture of antiquated beliefs being put into action when not required. The book is backed up by scripture and leaves you with no doubt that attempting to exorcise unpossessed people can drive these abused people to great harm and possibly to suicide, due to the psychological cruelty that is used. It is a miracle that these two women survived these horrors, but they survived it due to their faith in a loving God who has obviously never let them down despite everything. These men, as ministers of God, will have to answer to God for their actions towards His people....punishment indeed. This book shows that God is all powerful despite the actions of these maverick preachers!

Jules Jenkins. RGN.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Practical and informative 20 Jun. 2013
By Robert Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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There's a pretty dynamic line where a severe mental condition can be interpreted as evolving from preternatural influence, this book helps to clarify that line. The practice of assumption rather than diagnosis can lead to devastating consequences, and once performed cannot be undone.
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better 18 July 2013
By Patty - Published on Amazon.com
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I think the book could have been organized better and I would have liked to know more about what Janet's husband and family went through and what they thought of the Glynns and Vic.
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally someone has written a book that happens to a ... 11 Dec. 2014
By Lindy Wise - Published on Amazon.com
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Finally someone has written a book that happens to a lot of Christians who visit "Deliverance" ministries. Well written and eye opening. Please read before you visit a "Deliverance" ministry. This book may just save your spiritual life. Thank you Janet Cooper.
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