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What are these evil spirits we call demons? How can we recognize when and how they are influencing us? And most importantly, how do we fight back? In Demons, Deliverance, and Discernment, Fr. Mike Driscoll answers all these questions and more. Drawing on his experience as a priest and counselor, and on his research with exorcists, Fr. Driscoll clears up many popular misconc What are these evil spirits we call demons? How can we recognize when and how they are influencing us? And most importantly, how do we fight back? In Demons, Deliverance, and Discernment, Fr. Mike Driscoll answers all these questions and more. Drawing on his experience as a priest and counselor, and on his research with exorcists, Fr. Driscoll clears up many popular misconceptions about demons and the spirit world and offers sound information and pastoral advice rooted in Catholic tradition, including: •What we know about demons from history, Scripture, and Church teaching •How to tell whether personal problems come from mental illnesses or demonic attacks •What exorcists actually do—and don’t do—when they help people suffering possession •Why homemade “deliverance ministries” are not a truly Catholic way to counter the influence of demons •Authentic prayers and practices that will make evil spirits flee—and invite God’s grace into your heart The devil has designs on our soul and hosts of wickedness who want to win it for him. Know your enemy—read Demons, Deliverance, and Discernment and prepare yourself for the fight.


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What are these evil spirits we call demons? How can we recognize when and how they are influencing us? And most importantly, how do we fight back? In Demons, Deliverance, and Discernment, Fr. Mike Driscoll answers all these questions and more. Drawing on his experience as a priest and counselor, and on his research with exorcists, Fr. Driscoll clears up many popular misconc What are these evil spirits we call demons? How can we recognize when and how they are influencing us? And most importantly, how do we fight back? In Demons, Deliverance, and Discernment, Fr. Mike Driscoll answers all these questions and more. Drawing on his experience as a priest and counselor, and on his research with exorcists, Fr. Driscoll clears up many popular misconceptions about demons and the spirit world and offers sound information and pastoral advice rooted in Catholic tradition, including: •What we know about demons from history, Scripture, and Church teaching •How to tell whether personal problems come from mental illnesses or demonic attacks •What exorcists actually do—and don’t do—when they help people suffering possession •Why homemade “deliverance ministries” are not a truly Catholic way to counter the influence of demons •Authentic prayers and practices that will make evil spirits flee—and invite God’s grace into your heart The devil has designs on our soul and hosts of wickedness who want to win it for him. Know your enemy—read Demons, Deliverance, and Discernment and prepare yourself for the fight.

30 review for Demons, Deliverance, Discernment: Separating Fact from Fiction about the Spirit World

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Miller

    This book takes a different focus then other books I have read on the subject. Often even when there is a serious look at the subject there can be more sensationalist elements. Not surprising since elements such as those fictionalized in The Exorcist are a draw for many. I found the treatment of the subject in The Rite to be rather balanced, but its main focus was just on exorcism and the training of a priest as an exorcist. One of the points regarding exorcism that I have heard stressed multiple This book takes a different focus then other books I have read on the subject. Often even when there is a serious look at the subject there can be more sensationalist elements. Not surprising since elements such as those fictionalized in The Exorcist are a draw for many. I found the treatment of the subject in The Rite to be rather balanced, but its main focus was just on exorcism and the training of a priest as an exorcist. One of the points regarding exorcism that I have heard stressed multiple times in Catholic circles is that the Exorcist has to be the greatest skeptic. That every possible cause must be investigated first and that many seemingly apparent cases may well have a psychological or material foundation. This is a focus of this book as Fr. Driscol is a counselor and has a doctorate in the area. He did his doctoral dissertation on the area of possession and exorcism and came to do many interviews with exorcists concerning this. The Church has long made such distinctions throughout history and he points out that even in the Rite of Exorcism published in 1614 distinguished between demon possession and psychological disorders. The books first chapters investigate possession and exorcism in cultures through the ages and then their history in scripture. This is built on with information on the theology of Demonology and the various classification used as to levels of Demonic attack from temptation, oppression, up to possession. As discernment is a major focus of this there is much information regarding how these diagnosis are made. I actually found this whole process of discernment to be quite fascinating regarding how much rooted in a psychological problem can be taken for possession. The authors review of such discernment is totally in agreement with what the Church officially teaches regarding this. He is also very careful to identify these areas with his own opinions. I really found his chapter on two approaches to exorcism as a classification of Exorcists to be very informative. He classifies two basic styles in what he calls narrow approach and wide approach exorcists. These are his own classifications which he developed after all the interviews he made with Exorcists. I won’t go into the details of these classification, but again I found the distinctions made to be useful. He has some skepticism to wide approach exorcists which from the little I know I am inclined to agree with. One aspect of this book not normally seen is a look at deliverance ministries. While I was aware of this growing trend in Protestantism, I did not realize how much it had come into Catholic circles. This is an area of “ministry” that is not officially sanctioned by the Church for the laity and so it is an area with little oversight. He offers plenty of caveats regarding this along with what would be the actual role for the laity here. Along the way I found plenty of questions addressed that either I had previously wondered about or that I had just never considered. Really so much about this subject is shaped more from Hollywood then from the Church’s careful teaching on the subject. Overall I found this to be a very useful book on the subject that makes necessary distinctions. That while there are actual possessions and other forms of Demonic attacks, that is much to learn about other causes of such traits. Also while this book does not concentrate on the more sensationalist aspects of actual exorcisms, there are stories peppered throughout regarding such phenomenon. The first appendix includes prayers for protection and the second appendix includes advice for pastors and ministers.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nate McHugh

    I've read my fair share of books about exorcisms and demons. This was by far my favorite. The main point I got out of this book is that when discerning whether somebody is possessed, start with the presumption that the person is likely mentally ill. Even if you start seeing "signs" of possession, still assume the person is mentally ill. The person is likely mentally ill. Possession is very rare, and some exorcists might only perform an exorcism on a possessed person, only a few times in their li I've read my fair share of books about exorcisms and demons. This was by far my favorite. The main point I got out of this book is that when discerning whether somebody is possessed, start with the presumption that the person is likely mentally ill. Even if you start seeing "signs" of possession, still assume the person is mentally ill. The person is likely mentally ill. Possession is very rare, and some exorcists might only perform an exorcism on a possessed person, only a few times in their life. But that doesn't mean demons or the devil do not play a role in our world. As a person of faith, when I see those in the Catholic Church as well as other Christians who are downplaying the role of the devil in our world or even denying that he exists, it makes me worry.

  3. 4 out of 5

    RevRonR

    A superb write-up with good evidences and really gives great insight on recognizing demonic possession or distinguishing it from mental health issues. Having worked in hospital where I encountered the potentiality of dealing with this issue a few times, I feel good that I am better equipped the next time I run into this type of issue. I'd really like to rate it a 5 as it is a great read. There were just a few areas I wish the author had gone into great depth, but still I give it my highest recom A superb write-up with good evidences and really gives great insight on recognizing demonic possession or distinguishing it from mental health issues. Having worked in hospital where I encountered the potentiality of dealing with this issue a few times, I feel good that I am better equipped the next time I run into this type of issue. I'd really like to rate it a 5 as it is a great read. There were just a few areas I wish the author had gone into great depth, but still I give it my highest recommendation.

  4. 5 out of 5

    SiSApis

    The best and most useful explication of Church teachings regarding these topics I have found (and there are lots of junky or even hazardous books out there). This is clear, concise, and practical, with a "what you really ought to know" (and frankly, what you don't need to meddle with, as well) orientation. The best and most useful explication of Church teachings regarding these topics I have found (and there are lots of junky or even hazardous books out there). This is clear, concise, and practical, with a "what you really ought to know" (and frankly, what you don't need to meddle with, as well) orientation.

  5. 5 out of 5

    WTD JR

    Low rating could be due to it not being what I expected. It was formulaic instead of dynamic. The author does a good job of explaining cultures and their varied beliefs on demons etc. he then explains mental disorders and their being diagnosed/mis as possession etc. In between he sprinkles stories of exorcists. Maybe I was expecting something more gripping.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Andy Gans

    a primer on the church's view of demons, spirits and how exorcists and their work is accomplished. Fr Mike does a very good job providing clear explanations of events and discerning spirit from natural occurrences. a primer on the church's view of demons, spirits and how exorcists and their work is accomplished. Fr Mike does a very good job providing clear explanations of events and discerning spirit from natural occurrences.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Auston Carpenter

    This was a great book on the demonic. Probably the best I’ve read so far!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Landers

    I was worried that this would be a scary book. It's not, it's straightforward. Apparently, the simple prayers work best. I was worried that this would be a scary book. It's not, it's straightforward. Apparently, the simple prayers work best.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    What a great book full of no nonsense. If your looking to learn more about demons how they affect you and the Catholic Church teaching read this book!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Demons, Deliverance, Discernment : Separating Fact from Fiction about the Spirit World is a sensible, highly readable book about some complex and sensitive areas. He writes in the book that he wants to write a “different sort of book” about this topic, and he succeeds impressively. C.S. Lewis wrote in the preface to The Screwtape Letters, his book imagining letters between demons on how to tempt humans, “There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is Demons, Deliverance, Discernment : Separating Fact from Fiction about the Spirit World is a sensible, highly readable book about some complex and sensitive areas. He writes in the book that he wants to write a “different sort of book” about this topic, and he succeeds impressively. C.S. Lewis wrote in the preface to The Screwtape Letters, his book imagining letters between demons on how to tempt humans, “There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.” Father Driscoll’s book walks the line between these two extremes. As he writes, “Although we may not face the more dramatic demonic attacks, the devil tempts everyone—he even tempted our Lord. We would be mistaken if we acted as if demonic possession were commonplace. We would be equally mistaken, however—as well as foolish—to ignore the presence of the devil, and to neglect the means of resisting his activity in the world.” You can read more of my review here: http://readingcatholic.com/demons-del... And my Q&A with the author here: http://readingcatholic.com/god-will-h...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emily Schaefer

    I enjoyed this book and its perspective until it became opinionated. Some of the names that were defamed were individuals who had an impact on my life and I didn't appreciate what was said about these individuals by name, with little evidence to back up the claims. This also led me to disagree with the author on some points because I realized reasons were not given. (I don't have the book anymore, otherwise I would give examples.) The first half felt solid and well researched. I have read better I enjoyed this book and its perspective until it became opinionated. Some of the names that were defamed were individuals who had an impact on my life and I didn't appreciate what was said about these individuals by name, with little evidence to back up the claims. This also led me to disagree with the author on some points because I realized reasons were not given. (I don't have the book anymore, otherwise I would give examples.) The first half felt solid and well researched. I have read better books about this subject.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Fr. Driscoll does an excellent job covering Catholic teaching, thought and his own beliefs in this simple book. He does so in a relatable way that addresses basic questions of practices and beliefs re. demons.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    excellent read! very informative! it makes me want to be even stronger in my faith and also very grateful for the Catholic Church.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Good overview of possession and the work of exorcists. Not sure I learned anything new, however.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Patricia La Barbera

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joe

  18. 5 out of 5

    TOM MORRIS

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dan

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tibor Csizmadia

  21. 4 out of 5

    George A Semaan

  22. 4 out of 5

    Caleb

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jo

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sioban Fisher

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shahrazad Thousand nights and nights

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bobby Mitchell

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bill Wheeler

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Martin

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christina

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