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The Awakening: One Man's Battle with Darkness

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  11 reviews
When Blumhardt, a nineteenth-century pastor from the Black Forest, agreed to counsel a tormented woman in his parish, all hell broke loose - literally. But that was only the beginning of the drama that ensued. Zuendel's account, available here in English for the first time, provides a rare glimpse into how the eternal fight between the forces of good and evil plays itself ...more
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Published January 1st 2000 by Plough Publishing House
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Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm always leery of accounts of the demonic that are so popular in our culture. They typically succumb to excessive spiritual sensationalism and apply an over-obvious appeal to the reader's sense of spiritual voyeurism. So I came to Friedrich Zuendel's The Awakening with a great deal of theological suspicion and reticence.

The story is from 1841, and contains Zuendel's -- a Swiss pastor -- account of the bizarre events surrounding Gottlievin Dittus. While one of his intentions is the historical
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Summary: An account of Pastor Johann Christoph Blumhardt's victorious ministry with a demonized woman, Gottlieben Dittus, the awakening in the village that followed, and the miraculous works and the reactions that followed.

Pastor Johann Christoph Blumhardt at thirty-three was assigned to ministry in Mottlingen in 1838. Very soon he learned of a woman in his parish suffering a strange illness, accompanied by bizarre symptoms that her doctor had been unable to alleviate. The symptoms were not limi
Linda B
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Awakening is a story from 1841 with an important message for 2015. This is the true story of Johann Christoph Blumhardt’s encounter with Gottliebin Dittis, a young woman overcome by demonic activity. I usually avoid books about this subject, but this book is different. It is a respectful retelling of Blumhardt’s own writings not to sensationalize, but to show the real struggle with spiritual warfare.

Blumhardt approached each situation by putting on the full armor of God. The book states tha
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
I have found this book to be a very interesting and challenging story. the reason for only two stars is a concern about theology and doctrine. The view of demons as tormented souls of dead people struck me as odd; among other things. I would recommend a discerning reader to search out scriptures to see it is right.
Matt Arnold
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An eye opening book which gives the account of a Lutheran pastor from nineteenth century Germany and his initial encounters with the paranormal through the possession of one of the women in his village and the deliverance process that he engaged in to release her. It doesn't stop there though as the fruit of this deliverance and his learning during the process (ie it's not a quick on-stage process, but a many months long one) - the spiritual revival/awakening of his village and the surrounding v ...more
Calvin Hecht
Dec 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
An interesting and disturbing tale of demon possession in a 19th century German village. I don't usually read such accounts because of what I consider to be a certain spiritual risk to do so. I don't know quite what to make of the casting out of the evil spirits as related in the book, nor do I understand the apparent subsequent revival in the area, nor have I verified the historical accuracy of what appears to be a non-fictional account. However, I do understand what constitutes salvation and i ...more
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بعد قراءة هذا الكتاب، تأكّدت أنّه لا يوجد فرق بين الديانات السماوية في نظرتهم لعالم الجن و العفاريت .. اللهمّ طريقة التعاطي و "التدواي" من مسّهم و همزهم.

الكتاب أقرب إلى الخيال منه إلى الواقع لولا أنّي لم أسمع بقصص مشابهة حدثت عندنا و قريبا منّا.

الكتاب أقرب إلى سيناريو فيلم منه إلى قصة حقيقية، دون تكذيب لصاحبه، ففيه بعض المبالغات التي لا يتقبّلها العقل المتعقّل.

على كلّ كتاب جميل يشدّك و يقشعر بدنك لبعض الوقائع فيه من حيث السرد و التشويق إن كان متعمّدا فيه، هذا أدبيا، أمّا ما جاء فيه سواء أحقيقة
J. Ewbank
Sep 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: a-good-read, religion
This is an unusual book. Normally books of this type I avoid because I do not quite know how to handle them - don't know whether to fully believe them or if they are written by somebody with a desire to fool us. This book is not of that type though, it is written about a pastor that was not always happy with the results, sometimes questioning them, but describing what was happening with his parishioners and others. It was fascinating reading and worthy for other Christians to have reservations t ...more
Feb 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Amazing. It will shake both the religious and the atheist alike. The honesty and humility of Blumhardt is what gives the story so much credibility, that he wrote this whole account reluctantly. One look into his life and even the history in Germany surrounding this event and it bolsters the account that much more.

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Mar 15, 2014 rated it liked it
An unusual book with some theology that seems at odds with prevailing evangelical thought. Not sure what to think of it, but the concluding section that includes the pastor's lament at the state of Christian belief in his day was powerful and accurate, even for our own day.
Jake Fraser
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: warfare
REALLY good for people who want/need a better understanding of Spiritual Warfare..if you're a newer Christian it might be a bit much and seem a bit hokey. But it was super interesting to hear about this true story.
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