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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,
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 26th 2003 by Crossway Books (first published January 1st 1989)
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Feb 27, 2011 Lynai rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-a-copy
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
Wow. The first book was amazing, but the second book was even greater. This was full of action as well as suspense as you follow Sally visiting all the significant places in her past in search of answers.

After Sally escapes barely from a plot to kill her, she escapes in search of answers and trying to stay on step ahead of her killers. Angels are trying to protect her while demons from her past is trying to destroy her.

This is one amazing book of spiritual warfare I would recommend to any Christ
Dec 12, 2008 Barbara rated it really liked it
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.
David Sarkies
Feb 02, 2016 David Sarkies rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to David by: A Fundamentalist Christian
Shelves: fantasy
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
Anne Hawn Smith
Oct 03, 2009 Anne Hawn Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comfort-read
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
Dorothy Bandusky
Mar 05, 2013 Dorothy Bandusky rated it really liked it
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
Gary Butler
Dec 31, 2014 Gary Butler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
79th book read in 2014.

Number 158 out of 422 on my all time book list.

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C.J. Darlington
This book is the one that first made me want to be a writer. One of my all time faves. I have read it multiple times, and that says something for me. A classic!
Sep 14, 2016 Jeanette rated it it was amazing
Shelves: personal-library
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Joseph Rudin
Jul 09, 2011 Joseph Rudin rated it really liked it
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
Nike Chillemi
May 13, 2010 Nike Chillemi rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 25, 2012 Donovan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, thriller
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
Feb 17, 2015 Adrielle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
4.5 stars
One of my all time favourite novels. In part because I am able to connect with it spiritually and the other because it is well constructed and written. I laughed, I cried and I wanted to do it all over again. I think I have read this four times now and will do so again. Not quite as good as the first but most definitely brilliant in its own right.
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
Jan 03, 2010 Ellen Maze rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 10, 2008 Keiki Hendrix rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 10, 2009 Joshua rated it liked it
Shelves: religious
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.
Memz Turaga
Aug 10, 2015 Memz Turaga rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own-a-copy
wow....This is one amazing book of spiritual warfare I would recommend to any Christian reader. Beautiful book written by Frank Peretti.

Dec 21, 2015 Lily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you don't believe in God and/or don't like reading books with heavy spiritual messages, do yourself a favor and skip this one. I read several negative reviews based on a dislike of the genre rather than quality of writing or story. Don’t buy Christian fiction, and then blast it for being spiritual. One reviewer went as far as to accuse the author of false allegations against a well-known organization that has a similar name to the powerful group in the story. True—one does infer the connectio ...more
May 22, 2014 Martin rated it it was ok
Piercing the Darkness was recommended to me by a fellow Christian who suggested that I read Mr. Peretti’s books.

Most of the negative reviews I’ve seen seem to revolve around the writer’s Christian outlook and the fantastic stories of demons and Angels doing battle in an unseen realm. It does sound sort of fantastic doesn’t it but then that’s what the Bible says is happening in a dimension or realm which we cannot see. It would be frightening to be aware of all of the struggles on God’s behalf an
May 11, 2013 Matthew rated it it was ok
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
Aug 17, 2012 Liza rated it it was ok
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
Jun 25, 2015 Barbara rated it it was amazing
The saga between angels and demons continue in this second installment of Peretti's. Even though the book is fiction, it brings to light the many facets of the spiritual warfare that is constantly going on around us. At one point near the beginning of the book, I became so angry that I wanted to quit reading the book. Mr Peretti pointed out through the story line just how twisted lawyers can make things sound just to justify their cause. Again, the book is fiction, but I believe this happens all ...more
May 31, 2015 Angela rated it it was amazing
This book is the sequel to This Present Darkness. This book is not as scary as the first part, but it is still pretty scary. This scary story starts in a town called Bacon's Corner. It seemed like there was action right from the start. **Spoiler Alert**

Sally Beth Roe is a seen as a loser by people around her. She lives on a farm and has one kid. An assassin was hired to kill her, but Sally killed her instead. The police thought that Sally killed herself. However, a police officer by the name of
Ali Alk
Oct 01, 2014 Ali Alk rated it it was ok
What Do I Think About Piercing The Darkness By Frank E. Peretti? The Main Plot Of The Story Is About A New-Age Group That Is Attempting To Help A Single Mother Sue A Christian School For Abuse In Order To Set A Judicial Precedent To Restrict Christians In The Future. The Main Character In This Story Is Sally Roe.

The Story To Me Was Very Bland And Boring And It Was Very Religious. I Think The Religious Is What Made Me Dislike It The Most. It Had Demands And Angels In It And I Didn't Really Like
Jennifer Dow
Feb 19, 2013 Jennifer Dow rated it it was amazing
Shelves: modern-fiction
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.
Jul 04, 2016 Kara rated it really liked it
This book is not perfect.

It is, in fact, quite far from it. ;)

But it's one of those books that I read years and years ago, in late middle/early high school, that I loved so much then that I can't help but still get enjoyment out of it now.

As an adult, I see the plot holes, the theological problems, the ethical problems, and the clunky dialogue.

But I still think it's fun. :)
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Estos libros se han convertido en clásicos, y con justa razón hicieron que Frank Peretti sea llamado el “rey de este género”.
Jul 08, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Piercing The Darkness" is the follow-on of Mr. Peretti's first novel, "This Present Darkness". Again, Angels are battling Demons, this time with a church school and its headmaster and his children as the prize, but the beautiful bright Angels still can't defeat the ugly dark Demons unless a sufficient number of people pray with a sufficient intensity for a sufficient time. Some of the cast of characters return (especially the Angels) and are joined by a new group of victims and perpetrators, so ...more
Todd Stockslager
Jun 09, 2015 Todd Stockslager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Peretti's demon followup to This Present Darkness starts better, but doesn't finish as well. Peretti does a good job of starting three separate plot lines (Christian father child abuse bureaucratic overreach, Christian school child abuse/spanking lawsuit, and mysterious burned-out hippie/suicide/runaway) and moving them forward. But he has trouble re-weaving them at the end. Still, it made me keep reading late into the night to finish it.

But the imagery of real physical demons and angels having
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