Piercing the Darkness (Darkness, #2)
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Piercing the Darkness (Darkness #2)

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The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:5 (ESV)

It all begins in Bacon's Corner, a tiny farming community far from the interstate . . . An attempted murder, a case of mistaken-or is it covered up?-identity, and a ruthless lawsuit against a struggling Christian school. Sally Beth Roe, a young loner, a burnout, a kind of "leftover hippie,...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 26th 2003 by Crossway Books (first published January 1st 1989)
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David Sarkies
Feb 10, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to David by: A Fundamentalist Christian
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We must be prepared to face our demons
25 December 2012

The main reason that I did not like this book was because it was shoved down my throat by a fundamentalist Christian when I was twenty years old and living in a halfway house because I had pretty much stuffed up my life. To be honest, I had been charged with a number of criminal offences, stolen about $1000.00 (in 1990s money) off of my parents, and was hanging around with a guy that was not only a bad influence, but also a bad smell. Before...more
Even though I gave 5 stars to This Present Darkness, I love Piercing The Darkness more. The second book has touched me much deeply and has even moved me to tears as I “journeyed” with Sally Beth Roe until she finally found her salvation. I love the hide-and-seek-cat-and-mouse mystery that shrouds Roe’s character, and I feel strongly attached to her in a very emotional way. I can relate to the questions and confusions she laid down in her letters to Tom Harris. I especially loved that the story h...more
Dorothy Bandusky
I liked this even better than the first one! I really enjoyed the parts when the angels would nudge people to do something. It was just cool.
The characters are easy to relate to; I'm sure everybody could find someone at least.
Like the first book, there are a lot of characters to keep track of,so you need to be fully conscious when you read.
And like the first book, this is a pleasant reminder that prayer does work and God is in control. I'm sure all of us can use that!
I can't wait to read more...more
This book was even better than the first one. We need reminders about those evil spirits all around us every day. The same supernatural characters also appeared in this book, and the plot was even more exciting than #1.
This book only gets two stars for its ability to create effective suspense, and the inventive narrative structure which combines the drama of the human world with the drama of the conflict between angels and demons. Otherwise, this narrative is full of stereotyping from an evangelical conservative perspective, which in retrospect makes many of its claims laughable. For this reason, it has not stood up well under the test of time. Some of the outrageous evangelical stereotypes espoused by the aut...more
Anne Hawn Smith
This sequel was just as exciting as the first book and deals with a subject that is becoming an increasing problem and that is the encroachment of anti Christian bias in our schools. The quasi-religious activities such as using a mantra or acquiring a spirit guide are being practiced in our public schools and are not benign exercises in values clarification. In areas where there are no Christian schools, or other alternatives, people are turning more and more to homeschooling.

The small church sc...more
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Read when I was very young, naive and hopeful.......and then I grew up.

This is not the kind of book I'd like to read again, but enjoyed it at the time for its "explanation" / "insight" / at least its imaginary way of creating a Spiritual Realm we humans may choose to relate to. I would however recommend it to people interested in finding a fresh way of trying to understand the spiritual world.

It’s not possible to understand the Spiritual Realm fully because our minds are way too small to compre...more
I remember when my mother purchased both books, This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness. She tried to get me to read them when I was in high school but all the angels and spiritual warfare stuff really spooked me back then. I snagged, Piercing the Darkness, from her house a few years ago and finally started reading it earlier this year. I found it to be a slow read but I’m glad I stuck with it.

Lucy Brandon thought her daughter, Amber, had an innocent imaginary childhood friend when she...more
Jennifer Dow
As a young girl I read this book. It made all the difference to me as I faced a decision to follow a path of new age religion or Christianity. Through this book I saw that the intrigue and depth of Christianity was more than I had originally thought. I was compelled to choose the path of Christianity largely because of this book. I also suspect the prayers of those who loved me had much to do wit it as well.
Nike Chillemi
If you believe that angels are literally in the hen house and demons are lurking behind every sagging fence, this book is for you. The book is entertaining as the battle in the heavens reaches fever pitch, but it also has a sobering message about legal maneuvering that can take place on the earth.
Jae Green
Jan 07, 2009 Jae Green is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Even though this book is listed under Fiction... I believe that it definitely has some truth to it... If you have a relationship with Christ and you want to know something about the spiritual realm this book will definitely enlighten you!
Ellen Maze
This is a terrific sequel to THIS PRESENT DARKNESS. This one centers around the real problem we have in the USA which is demonic practice sneaking into our schools. Very well-done as usual and I want to read it again!
Keiki Hendrix
A supernatural, page turner. Opens your eyes to the real unseen world. Just because you can't see something doesn't mean it isn't there.

An absolute must read.
Loved reading this book back in high school. Opened my eyes to possibilities in the spiritual realm that I had not seen/considered before. Very cool.
Josh and I read this book and This Present Darkness on our way to and from Wisconsin, where he asked me to marry him on June 30, 2000!
Eric Cook
I was 13 when i read this so don't hold it against me.. haha
Mike (the Paladin)
Pretty good youth read, not quite as good as the first.
I loved it!
Main thought throughout the book: Where was HSLDA? The bad guys do so many illegal things that I have trouble believing they could get away with (view spoiler), and as for Tom Harris and his kids, there is no way HSLDA couldn't have helped him out in that situation. That Bledsoe woman was stepping outside of her rights, and trampling on his.


What I liked:

The focus on prayer. It is easy for me to not priorit...more
Joseph Rudin
This book is classic Peretti. He creates a situation in which the angels of heaven do actual battle with the demons of hell in a bid to help a group of people in a small town overcome the biggest personal and legal battles of their lives. Peretti is masterful at creating a story in which he has asked the question, "What if spiritual warfare looked like real warfare?", and then making that come to life in his words.

Piercing the Darkness follows the same heavenly warriors from the book This Prese...more
Davina Sinclair
Was a bit sceptical about this book before I started. However, during the course of reading it my children and I were looking at some clips on youtube from Cbeebies. While we were waiting for the very innocent Iggle Piggle to come on there was an advert which we couldn't skip for 21 seconds for the film "Twilight" which looked very dark and oppressive, although I believe is accepted as a normal part of youth culture at the moment. In addition I was reminded about our local shopping centre which...more
This book is a bit of a guilty pleasure. Some days I just crave flat, evil cultist baddies and a good ol'fashioned exorcism (though, unlike every movie ever, these actually work!). It is immensely stupid, yet fun to read. I would, however, advise Mr. Peretti to cut down on his cast; it doesn't really help the book.
Things I learned: if you want to be taken seriously, don't use onomatopoeia in your fight scenes. Especially "AWWWW!" Pacing and tension are not Peretti's strong points. Neither are...more
This is the second book and sequel to This Present Darkness and I found it to be as good if not better than the first. I need to point out it is heavily Christian in its content but don't let that put you off. Although I am not a Christian, I did find this to be quite a good read and was given to me (with This Present Darkness) while I was going through a particularly difficult period in my life. It provides an interesting and contemporary look at Angels & Demons in a setting that is quite b...more
M. J.
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Piercing through the Darkness features our two main characters Sally Beth Roe and Tom Harris. No they are not a couple, nor is this a romance book...between humans. It focuses on Gods love for his people and how we can be in the darkest place of our lives only to be taken up again by God. All this takes place in a small town known as Bacons Corner. It all begins with Tom Harris' who is labeled as a Pedophile and abuser due to a lawsuit against him and the school he works at for "abusive" behavio...more
This was the first book that I ever read and enjoyed by Peretti. However, I have to warn that anyone who's turned off by strong Christian themes shouldn't read this book (I sort of feel like that shouldn't be necessary to throw in there, since the author is a well known Christian author, but apparently some people just don't do their research.)

I guess what irritates people the most about this book is that they feel like it's focused too much on "self-works" since the main character has to fight...more
This novel is the second Christian thriller by Frank Peretti, and sort of a sequel to This Present Darkness. It portrays problems in small-town America which are mirrored in the spiritual realm with angels and demons battling for lives and souls. It's exciting enough that it would probably be enjoyed by anyone who likes action-packed thrilling novels although it probably makes more sense to Christians.

As encouragement for Christians to stand up for what they believe, and to keep praying, it's pr...more
Caroline Mulwa
Read this book ages ago.... But I can still remember how intrigued I felt. I just couldn't put it down. And even though I read it without having read the Prequel "This Present Darkness" I could very well relate to the character of Sally Beth Roe. I love how the author paints the story of her journey, the mystery that shrouds Sally's past and her struggle to soldier on until she finally found her salvation.

It was a real eye opener to me how the book talks about how special interest groups will u...more
Wow, another awesome book by Frank Peretti. This book had the duality of the intrigue and struggle both on the physical and spiritual realms happening simultaneously. It was very well written and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I real page turner, just like his first.

It was a real eye opener to me how the book talks about how special interest groups will use trial law to further their causes and build up rulings to bend the law in their favor, one ruling at a time. This is a "fiction" book, but this h...more
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