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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable insight into something thats not spoken about
I remember a long time ago borrowing a book from local library in Edinburgh about Exorcism. I like reading about different religious beliefs, studies etc and found this book on here. It is difficult to find a book thats not "hyped" up and this is a book thats written unbiased and talks about genuine priests who are exorcists. The book looks into how the Catholic church...
Published on 4 Dec 2010 by Mrs. C. Sherriffs

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Not as good as it could have been. I'd mark her report card 'Must try harder'. It reads like a slightly expanded magazine article; it could have been a lot more. There were three 'patients' and four exorcists covered, only a couple of which featured throughout. Not enough really. There were one or two sceptics quoted, a couple of scientific types, but all-in-all it was a...
Published on 17 April 2007 by Raven Stone


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable insight into something thats not spoken about, 4 Dec 2010
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Mrs. C. Sherriffs (UK) - See all my reviews
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I remember a long time ago borrowing a book from local library in Edinburgh about Exorcism. I like reading about different religious beliefs, studies etc and found this book on here. It is difficult to find a book thats not "hyped" up and this is a book thats written unbiased and talks about genuine priests who are exorcists. The book looks into how the Catholic church deals with exoricsms and how they deal with people who are actually mentally ill -not possessed. One of the best books I have read. However it can be quite heavy to read at times and have had to put it down twice . Fascinating and brilliant. In today's society where so many people are "lost" in the world where the seven sins are thriving this does make me ,personally, think that the Catholic church make more sense than most. I am of no religion so this is not a biased view either but the more I read ..the more I believe.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 17 April 2007
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Not as good as it could have been. I'd mark her report card 'Must try harder'. It reads like a slightly expanded magazine article; it could have been a lot more. There were three 'patients' and four exorcists covered, only a couple of which featured throughout. Not enough really. There were one or two sceptics quoted, a couple of scientific types, but all-in-all it was a bit of a disappointment. Given the subject matter, there's a lot more fantastic stories to pursue and cover. This reads like a journalist having nothing else to do on a Sunday afternoon but interview a couple of priests, a policeman, a psychologist, and three women.

The accounts of the exorcisms were quite dry, and almost boring in recital. The conversations with the priests were incomplete, where comments such as "You can't see what I've seen and not believe the Devil is an actual living person" were just left like that. No further elaboration or explanation. It leaves you feeling that there are much more interesting and elaborate tales out there, but that she just hasn't bothered to pursue them.

She made no real decision at the end, and given the paucity of evidence she appears to have garnered, you can't make any decision at all on any of the stories based purely on the information provided. So you're left with your own conclusions, which would be exactly the same ones that you started the book with.

It is an interesting subject, so not a complete waste of time, but it leaves you wanting far more in depth analysis, stories, and evidence for and against.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting., 14 Oct 2012
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This is a really interesting book because it gives you both sides for consideration and much to think about. I enjoy reading these type of books.
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