This Present Darkness (Darkness #1)
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Peretti doesn't make the mistake that a lot of other Christian authors make. He doesn't ever stop telling his story to preach some valuable theological lesson. Rather he weaves it seamlessly into the narrative. The overarching theme of this book is "the power of prayer". But the story is straight out of a Stephen King novel. A small town is under attack from dark forces, both in this world and in the spiritual realm. The story is told from the points of view of ...more
This book was written at a time when the big enemy to the church seemed to be the occult, and it exercising influence in American daily life, and surreptitiously leading Christians astray; hence the main themes of the book.
What this book did that was unique in its time was giv ...more
This Present Darkness is in many ways a thriller but I do not believe that the ...more
It's fl ...more
I have just re-read it because, surprise, it is our current book club selection. I was foggy ...more
Anyway, the book is about the basic fight between angels and demons, but you see it from the angels' and demons' perspective, as well as from the humans' perspective that they are protecti ...more
Basically, this book introduced a paranoid neurosis into my awareness of self-in-the-world. "The world" (read:everything except for fundamentalist warfare-obsessed Christianity) is painted as basically evil, and all well-meaning people who aren't Christians are actually playthings of demo ...more
How can I write a review worthy of this novel?
Now we must pause, and we must reflect…
What made it so good?
How can you even explain what made it so good?
There are no normal, straightforward words that can convey what this book really is. So I’ll go into descriptive/comparative mode now…
This book is dark, it’s frightening, maybe even slightly gritty. Kind of gave ...more
The story centers around two principal characters, Hank Busche, a new pastor of a small church in a nondescript college town, and Marshall Hogan, recently transplanted publi ...more
1. Keep in mind that it's written from the viewpoint of the fundamental religious right.
2. At the height of the Reagan era.
and, I still almost couldn't finish it. I'll be the first to admit that I don't agree with Peretti's agenda, but I'll also say that I imagine that there's pleanty of "normal" Evangelicals, just as there are Republicans. But, Peretti, I hope is just blinded by his faith, and just not flat out retarded.
For some reason, I don' ...more
Bernice Krueger, reporter for the Ashton Chronicle, finds herself in jail after being in the wrong place at the wrong time. She came to Ashton to investigate the supposed suicide of her sister. Now, she and her boss, Marshall Hogan, start investigating some strange occurrences in town.
Hank Busche is a small town pastor who is trying to keep his argumentative congregation from falling apart. Little does he know, there are dark forces in town that are set on seeing him fai ...more
The plot was ignorant and unbelievable, the characters were boring, and I felt like I was being preached to the entire time. None of this should come as a surprise considering it is a Christian novel with an agenda of course. I especially found the idea that the villains would be controlled by demons while engaging in Eastern meditation and preaching unity and self-awareness.
I understand that this book was supp ...more
I've since read both books again. They are just that good..
This book was really something.
Growing up, I always remember the hype around this book and how it made Frank Peretti a must read for his future publications. I avoided it for a long time because it was a book meant for older audiences, dealing with mature situations and also very long and very boring conversations about investigation.
But this was very epic. It really gave an interesting perspective about the spiritual world and how our world affects almost everything about it. There were very...more
Even for those that do not enjoy reading, “This Present Darkness” has an insight on information that the human mind always wonders about. This author tri ...more
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With more than 12 million novels in print, Frank Peretti is nothing short of a publishing phenomenon and has been called “America’s hottest Christian novelist.”
Peretti is a natural storyteller who, as a youngster in Seattle, regularly gathered the neighborhood children for animated storytelling sessions. After graduating from high school, he began playing banjo with a local blueg ...more