Glimpses of the Devil: A Psychiatrist's Personal Accounts of Possession, Exorcism, and Redemption
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Glimpses of the Devil: A Psychiatrist's Personal Accounts of Possession, Exorcism, and Redemption

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The legendary bestselling author and renowned psychiatrist M. Scott Peck, whose books have sold over 14 million copies, reveals the amazing true story of his work as an exorcist -- kept secret for more than twenty-five years -- in two profoundly human stories of satanic possession.In the tradition of his million-copy bestseller "People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Huma...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 4th 2005 by Free Press
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Aug 08, 2011 Jeff added it
Umm, very interesting. I think when I think of demon possession I am just so used to the "charismatic" responses of being "violent" that it's what I expected with this book, and though they were forceful in dealing with demons it showed me a different way of dealing with possession I never saw before.

It was an interesting read for sure, and it showed me the journey of one man who went from 99% sure there was no devil, to realizing 100% there is a devil from a psychiatrist's point of view. Very...more
Very, very fascinating. I'm not a huge believer in Satan, but this opened my mind a little on the subject of possession.

My favorite parts:

"I gave examples from my clinical practice of how love was not wholly a thought or feeling. I told of how that very evening there would be some man sitting at a bar in the local village, crying into his beer and sputtering to the bartender how much he loved his wife and children while at the same time he was wasting his family's money and depriving them of hi...more
I feel a little unfair rating this book, since I'm apparently not anywhere near the intended audience. Peck is not going to convince anyone who doesn't already believe in actual demons and in Satan as an entity, and even those who believe in such things might find that this book stretches their credulity.

This book, as near as I can figure, expands upon two situations mentioned in Peck's earlier work, People of the Lie, where he encountered women in his psychiatric practice who he believed to be...more
In this book, the author definitely hits a road less traveled (pun intended). Peck talks about how he became interested in the possibility of demonic possession (he was quite skeptical at first), his relations with the controversial Malachi Martin, and two patients he believes were demonically possessed. The book doesn't involve over-the-top "Exorcist" type of things. However, it is disturbing and creepy in parts. Jersey, Peck's first patient, is a twenty something who is severely neglecting he...more
Matt Evans
Not as good as Road Less Traveled or People of the Lie, but still very, very interesting. What we have here is the transcript of two (or three, I forget) exorcisms. Demons show up. I remember that one of the demons expressed awe or wonderment at the fact that we're able to live in such vulnerable circumstances. (The earth is a tear drop circling a furnace, when you think about it.) Also, the demon's were under very strict regimentation. For any you Screwtape readers out there, this all will ring...more
Linda Lipko
This is a fascinating look at two cases of Demonic Possession as witnessed by psychiatrist M. Scott Peck.

Blending science and religion, Peck emphatically states that possession is real and also rare.

In both cases where he assisted with the exorcism, there was a definite time in the life of the client when they made a choice to allow evil to overtake them and there then was a choice that had to be made to accept love and light.

While the subject matter is dramatic, Peck did not embellish or shock...more

Fascinating book about exorcism. Engrossing, readable, and , if you are at all curious about this subject, Peck is rational, lucid and conversational in his speculation and investigation of what the heck the devil is.
Fran Friel
A creepy, well-written and compelling read. Left me mildly disturbed.
I need to just step away from the crazy.
Anne Hawn Smith
This is an extremely interesting book. The author, Dr. Scott Peck, is a well known psychiatrist and author. In his practice, he has seen situations in which modern medical thought is not sufficient to explain what is the problem for some of his patients. In People of the Lie he presented a number of situations in which either the patients or their family exhibited behavior that that was evil and yet they didn't suffer from a known mental illness. This book goes beyond those earlier stories to i...more
I found this book to be both interesting and quite troubling. I discovered it quite by accident as I was looking for a copy of Malachi Martin’s, “Hostage to the Devil.” I suppose what troubled me the most is a modern western psychiatrist acknowledging the reality of demonic possession and the need for ritualized expulsion or exorcism. The title suggested, at the very least, the fecund smell of superstition. It certainly is not worthy of someone who has an MD after their name.

Albeit the late Dr....more
I'll admit that I have a fascination with scholarly books on exorcism and abnormal psych. I like to read them from the skeptic's or the scholar's point of view, because they're going to approach and document the entire process differently than someone who approaches it from a purely religious standpoint. I appreciate that he started out from the position that he was trying to prove that there wasn't a devil and there is no such thing as possession, and became convinced otherwise. I think he talk...more
S. Saboviec
This discussion delves further into the details of the book than most of my reviews because I have some issues with the ethical behavior of the author of this book.

Though some might feel that a book recounting exorcisms is written on shaky foundation, I believe in the supernatural and, more specifically, the existence of evil spirits we call “demons.” I am not, however, a Christian, so I bring my own opinions to the reading of these stories, which is the impetus for this review. I believe that e...more
M. Scott Peck is a very readable writer. All of his books are page turners. I love his unique outlook. Most of the time, I am in total agreement with his thoughts. However, I don't agree with all of Peck's religious beliefs, and wonder if the events outlined in this book might have been interpreted differently by another psychiatrist.
Interpretation is of course, subjective. For instance, I am from Maine, where there are no earthquakes. My friend and I were in California together and experience...more
Benjamin Stahl
This was a fantastic book. Peck is the first person to give us a proper account of exorcisms which is intelligently explained, completely and utterly convincing, and pretty damned scary. As a psychiatrist, he details his daunting experiences with two particular patients who claim to be possessed by a demonic entity. Using his expertise and medical knowledge, he is neither biased nor at all ignorant in his dealings with this controversial subject. I won't say if he is successful or not, but I can...more
Angela Lay
Very intriguing! Couldn't put it down...until it got dark.
I liked this book but at the same time, I just couldn't bring myself to care about it. I found Peck to be kinda wishy-washy, especially in his relationship with Malachi Martin, who he has openly referred to as a con man and a tremendous liar, while simultaneously considering him a hero and mentor. I just got confused and... lost momentum, I don't know how else to describe it. Interestingly, I've seen Peck's work cited in other books and I enjoy what he's saying, but trying to read a whole book o...more
A very singular outlook on a very complex issue. One has to be careful looking into the abyss.
This book emphasizes that our choices matter. Fooling around with compromising-with-evil intentions--while it won't lead one into league with the devil per se--is utterly damaging to one's inner self. Evil's consequences are more real on whatever level we take it to than we like to think, operating as we all do on the surface of things most of the time. This book encourages the reader to stop and think about exactly what we are up to in our everyday choices.
Johnny Story
I love psych vs. geniune evil books. Peck has a great book called People of the Lie and after many years published what he witnessed at exorcisms. Love the unexplainable and I have a wild imagination. I really enjoyed the book. anything "based on a true story" has appeal just about these days, doesn't it?
Jay Minasi
wonderful book. This is a book the average person would not have to be afraid to read, unlike some demonic possession books. I like all his books that i read. Since he is not clergy, his viewpoint was fresh. if i was going to read only one book about exorcism, this would be it.
Lucie Pawlak
An interesting account of two exorcisms. I found most of it believable. It didn't answer all of my questions but some. Overall, it was a good read. Very different than the M. Scott Peck that I "knew" in "A Road Less Traveled". Good writing style.
Beth Dickey
I gave this book five stars because it was interesting and readable, and not sensational or condescending. I feel compelled to say I don't necessarily endorse everything in this book. There are Certain aspects of it I'm still pondering.
Nikki Vanderhoof
I'm being lenient giving this book a 3 it would actually be more like a 2.5. Good story but overall I think he relied too much on his spiritual/religious beliefs to actually be a good psychiatrist to his patients. Eh.
Melanie Lukesh
Interesting. And not something I would normally read, which probably made it all the more interesting. (BTW, I would give it 3.5 stars, but that is not an option. So I employed scientific notation and rounded up).
Interesting, but could have improved.

1) The author could have found a better way to exorcise. (But since these are his first times, it's OK)
2) Some minor narcissism is noted.

Otherwise an OK book.
Jeannine Gallagher
I' be always been drawn to understanding true evil in an attempt to protect myself from demonic attack. You cannot deny the devil and his angels. Doing so will not make them go away!
Dec 26, 2009 Beth rated it 3 of 5 stars
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when I give this book 3 stars, I mean it is an entertaining read, particularly for someone with a mental health background. It's full of bullshit, but it's entertaining bullshit.
Feb 12, 2008 Dennis added it
For me, it offers a different, more scientific, if you will, point of view. Can be somewhat entertaining for the more imaginative ones.

Not a bad book, I didn't agree w/much of it but it was hard to put down. More of a mainstream type book.
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Dr. Peck was born on May 22, 1936 in New York City, the younger of two sons to David Warner Peck, a prominent lawyer and jurist, and his wife Elizabeth Saville. He married Lily Ho in 1959, and they had three children.

Dr. Peck received his B.A. degree magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1958, and his M.D. degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1963. From 1963 unti...more
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