This Present Darkness (Darkness, #1)

About the Author: Frank E. Peretti

FROM HIS WEBSITE Withthan 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 FROM HIS WEBSITE Withthan 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 bluegrass group He and his wife were married in 1972, and Peretti soon moved from touring with a pop band to launching a modest Christian music ministry Peretti later spent time studying English, screen writing and film at UCLA and then assisted his father in pastoring a small Assembly of God church In 1983, he gave up his pastoring position and began taking construction jobs to make ends meet While working at a local ski factory, he began writing This Present Darkness, the book that would catapult him into the public eye After numerous rejections from publishers and a slow start in sales, word of mouth enthusiasm finally lifted This Present Darkness onto a tidal wave of interest in spiritual warfare The book appeared on Bookstore Journal s bestseller list every month forthan eight years Peretti s two spiritual warfare novels, This Present Darkness 1998 and Piercing the Darkness 1989 , captivated readers, together sellingthan 3.5 million copies The Oath was awarded the 1996 Gold Medallion Award for best fiction For kids, Peretti wrote The Cooper Kids Adventure Series Crossways and Tommy Nelson , which remains a best selling series for children with sales exceeding 1 million copies In August 2000, Peretti released the hilarious children s audiocassette series titled Wild and Wacky Totally True Bible Stories, reprising his role as Mr Henry, the offbeat substitute Sunday School teacher found in two Visual Bible for Kids videos Peretti released his first ever non fiction book, The Wounded Spirit in 2000, which quickly became a best seller The book addresses the pain of wounded spirits and was writted as a result of painful childhood experiences Frank Peretti and his wife, Barbara Jean, live in the Western U.S In spite of sudden fame and notoriety, Frank still lives a simple, well rounded life that includes carpentry, banjo making, sculpturing, bicycling and hiking He is also an avid pilot


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  • This Present Darkness (Darkness, #1)
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  • 03 June 2019
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This Present Darkness (Darkness, #1) For We Do Not Wrestle Against Flesh And Blood, But Against The Rulers, Against The Authorities, Against The Cosmic Powers Over This Present Darkness, Against The Spiritual Forces Of Evil In The Heavenly Places Ephesians Ashton Is Just A Typical Small Town But When A Skeptical Reporter And A Prayerful, Hardworking Pastor Begin To Investigate Mysterious Events, They Suddenly Find Themselves Caught Up In A Hideous New Age Plot To Enslave The Townspeople, And Eventually The Entire Human Race The Physical World Meets The Spiritual Realm As The Battle Rages Between Forces Of Good And EvilThis Present Darkness Is A Gripping Story That Brings Keen Insight Into Spiritual Warfare And The Necessity Of Prayer Since Its Original Publication Than Million Copies Have Been Sold The Companion Volume, Piercing The Darkness, Continues The Story Of The Battle Between Spiritual Forces

10 thoughts on “This Present Darkness (Darkness, #1)

  1. Adam says:

    Besides the bad writing and the clich d, predictable storytelling, the message of this book is really ugly Tall, handsome angels are associated with Protestantism, and foul demons are associated with, well, everything else e.g., New Age spirituality, Eastern religions, and any philosophy that does not place Christ at its center Personally I think New Age philosophies, astrology, and crystal power are all pretty silly, but deliberately associating them with Satan is not only ridiculously simp Besides the bad writing and the clich d, predictable storytelling, the message of this book is really ugly Tall, handsome angels are associated with Protestantism, and foul demons are associated with, well, everything else e.g., New Age spirituality, Eastern religions, and any philosophy that does not place Christ at its center Personally I think New Age philosophies, astrology, and crystal power are all pretty silly, but deliberately associating them with Satan is not only ridiculously simplistic, it s really hateful Further, the idea that taking a college level class on Eastern religions might imperil one s immortal soul deliberately attacks the very notion of ecumenicism, not to mention the values of love and understanding It s really depressing that this book is so popular with evangelical Christians, and that so many of them mindlessly accept Peretti s ideas about secular society and non Christian religions Also, the very notion of a Christian horror novel is almost as idiotic as Christian porn Christians should be able to read a novel by Stephen King, recognize that it is a made up story, and then go back to getting their information about good and evil directly from the Bible, instead of fearfully rejecting anything not labelled Christian, yet revel in all the B grade, watered down versions of mainstream media that are labelled Christian Speaking of which, I m not even sure if This Present Darkness can technically be called Christian, since in it, Peretti has created his own bizarre cosmology nearly from whole cloth one that ignores the very real notion of personal responsibility, since good and evil in this novel are solely the province of unseen angels and demons which is why I honestly can t recommend this novel to anyone, Christian or non Christian

  2. Annette says:

    I remember This Present Darkness with fondness from my early mid teen years While some may disdainfully complain that Peretti is nothing but a fantasy writer for Christians and that his works cause the easily influenced to see demons behind every tree, in my opinion he does the church a service by reminding us of the supernatural forces which actually are at work in our world and which many of us have done out best to forget in this modern era Do they function exactly as Peretti descri I remember This Present Darkness with fondness from my early mid teen years While some may disdainfully complain that Peretti is nothing but a fantasy writer for Christians and that his works cause the easily influenced to see demons behind every tree, in my opinion he does the church a service by reminding us of the supernatural forces which actually are at work in our world and which many of us have done out best to forget in this modern era Do they function exactly as Peretti describes No, I am certain they don t This is clearly fiction, and the author would not claim otherwise And I don t envy the line he has to walk between theology and story telling, fearmongering and faith Certainly there are going to be some slip ups, and equally certainly no single group of Christians is going to agree exactly where they are But there are undeniably some good principles behind the action, and a darned good story to boot I still recommend This Present Darkness and its sequel Piercing the Darkness to anyone looking for a good read and perhaps an eye opening glimpse into the spiritual forces beyond our ordinary perception

  3. Brian Hodges says:

    Christian fiction at its very best.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 Christian fiction at its very best.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 humans and their angel protectors Truly fascinating Even if you think Christianity is a farce, this book still stands on its own.I will also say that the sequel Piercing the Darkness wasn t nearly as good

  4. Bibi says:

    I read this some 15 years ago and still it resonates A great depiction of good v evil Angels v Demons Highly recommend

  5. Lyn says:

    Written as a Christian science fiction or a Christian fantasy, this involved a behind the scenes war between angels and demons, taking place invisibly while Earthly struggles are taking place contiguously Obviously there is going to be a certain audience for this kind of fiction, but it was well written and entertaining.

  6. Eddy Wood says:

    This book was written in 1986, but I read it for the first time just recently There are some things about the book that seem a bit dated now, but at the time I m sure Frank Peretti was breaking new ground in a lot of ways.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 This book was written in 1986, but I read it for the first time just recently There are some things about the book that seem a bit dated now, but at the time I m sure Frank Peretti was breaking new ground in a lot of ways.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 give a full on view of the spiritual warfare that happens all around us as we fight the good fight.I found the human characters engaging with a lot of depth They seemed, for the most part, totally unaware of the battles raging all around them.It was very easy to root for the angelic characters, and I enjoyed seeing how Mr Peretti described their militaristic tactics to win battles.The demonic characters were a despicable bunch, with no redeeming qualities whatsoever as one would expect But, they also had tactics of their own, and somehow expected victory against God s host.This book reminded me of how temporal and fleeting this life of the flesh really is.We must empower the ministering spirits that have been put in charge over us by praying and speaking words of authority in Christ.I would encourage anyone, Christian or not, to read this book.If you are looking for excellent Christian Fiction for young people, please try Vicki Silver Mysteries The Stolen Gem and Cruise Control by Alissa Wood

  7. Sharae says:

    Hands down, the most eye opening book I ve ever read that actually changed my views and outlook at everyday happenstance in the world I couldn t wait for the sequel but darn it It just did not stack up to the first Sure it s fiction but man..this particular fiction has become my fact by deliberate choice because for me there is no down side in doing so The book is a sparkler I passed it on to my husband, who couldn t put it down, then my son who also loved it and finally I convinced my non Hands down, the most eye opening book I ve ever read that actually changed my views and outlook at everyday happenstance in the world I couldn t wait for the sequel but darn it It just did not stack up to the first Sure it s fiction but man..this particular fiction has become my fact by deliberate choice because for me there is no down side in doing so The book is a sparkler I passed it on to my husband, who couldn t put it down, then my son who also loved it and finally I convinced my non reader daughter to buckle down and read it She was not disappointed If you re a christian, Frank Peretti pulls away the curtains and give a view of what might be going on in the day to day goings on of angels in the upper and lower realms So enjoyable, so entertaining, so satisfying in the end O man can anyone come up with something to compare I had high hopes for the Left Behind series that crashed and burn when I couldn t get past the first chapter of the first book SO there it sits, on my shelf for treasured books only To be re read every few years until I die

  8. Jonathan Terrington says:

    I must honestly admit first and foremost that this is a book I read many years ago and as such I cannot offer properly any views about the quality of writing That is except to admit while not the worst nor the greatest quality of writing Peretti is in my eyes a powerful story teller although I must admit in my view his Monster is in some aspectspowerful and for what he I believe aimed to do his work is fine.This Present Darkness is in many ways a thriller but I do not believe that the I must honestly admit first and foremost that this is a book I read many years ago and as such I cannot offer properly any views about the quality of writing That is except to admit while not the worst nor the greatest quality of writing Peretti is in my eyes a powerful story teller although I must admit in my view his Monster is in some aspectspowerful and for what he I believe aimed to do his work is fine.This Present Darkness is in many ways a thriller but I do not believe that the thriller elements are the main focus of this novel Instead I believe it is the Christian message that Peretti aims to transmit through his work After all this is a Christian novel tackling the spiritual world.This Present Darkness focuses on showing how demonic influence affects the physical world through branching its story into two narratives The first addresses the issue of what is happening in the physical world The second reveals the background influence of angels and demons as they guide human beings in order to continue spiritual warfare.It is the spiritual aspect of this book that I love on the whole however Because the Bible from my point of view is quite clear on the fact that angels and demons do influence our world in many ways The power of prayer is revealed in various ways in this book and the power of Jesus name is also revealed I disagree with some ideas that this book makes Jesus name into just a magic word because I personally think that too few Christians understand the power in that name and that this book attempts to reveal the power I also disagree with the complaints I ve read about how Peretti aligns New Age mysticism and the demonic realm as it seems pretty clear to me how such things match up Peretti I believe attempts to show what is stated in Matthew 12 30 which is that He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters NIV An idea which applies to spiritual things such as the New Age Mysticism What Peretti attempts to show I believe is that such things open avenues into which evil demonic forces can work and as such it s best not to have anything to do with them.On the whole I believe Frank Peretti does an excellent job of makingreal those aspects of the Bible particularly mentioned in Daniel and Revelations Of course I do disagree with some of his ideas but on the whole I don t believe his book was meant to be fully accurate but rather present a depiction and insight into the ways in which the unknown spiritual real affects the mundane Take the book as you like that is my opinion and mine alone you don t have to agree or disagree

  9. Vicki says:

    I read this book decades ago and it had a really significant impact on me at the time Though I was definitely a person of faith, the idea of spiritual warfare going on all about us in this modern day was very foreign to my understanding of how God works in world events today Frank Peretti s fictional story of the community of Ashton was an enjoyable read back then, but it really challenged my thinking.I have just re read it because, surprise, it is our current book club selection I was foggy I read this book decades ago and it had a really significant impact on me at the time Though I was definitely a person of faith, the idea of spiritual warfare going on all about us in this modern day was very foreign to my understanding of how God works in world events today Frank Peretti s fictional story of the community of Ashton was an enjoyable read back then, but it really challenged my thinking.I have just re read it because, surprise, it is our current book club selection I was foggy enough on the details that it was almost like reading a new book, but the story line came back to me quickly and I didn t have to struggle with whether or not I believed it was likely that angels and demons might be interested or involved in how human issues might be resolved.The premise of the novel is that a college community has become a place of interest to the Universal Consciousness Society, a New Age Eastern Mysticism group which actually has built a significant membership among the respectable members of the community The members keep their relationship a secret from the community, as well as the unsavory and questionable business practices they employ to take control of both the college and the community.The story begins as two spiritual warriors appear in the community to observe and assist the humans who will eventually rise up to thwart the powerful group before it is too late Peretti moves from the perspective of the angelic warriors to the powerful and ruthless community members to the young minister who feels called by God to intercede for this community through prayer and to the newspaper editor and the news reporter who begin to uncover the seedy goings on around them.It doesn t take long to realize that the Universal Consciousness Society is a front group for demons who are intent of spreading their earthly kingdom from a power base in this quiet little community And, though angelic warriors are involved, there is no foregone conclusion that Good will overpower Evil In fact Evil is so powerful that even the angels know they can t win until a power shift occurs and that will only happen if people who are believers start to pray earnestly for intervention.This is an exciting saga that moves quickly and dramatically through several skirmishes between good and evil, climaxing in a great spiritual battle scene before the final outcome for this little community is known Lots of scripture, lots of great examples of prayer warriors in action as well as spiritual awakenings on the part of several of the key characters It s a good story I liked it eventhe second time around

  10. Hope says:

    How do I review a book like thisI asked myself this question many times as I got further and further in, close and closer to the end.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 How do I review a book like thisI asked myself this question many times as I got further and further in, close and closer to the end.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 me that creepy feeling that The Screwtape Letters successfully conveyed, but it wasn t stifling because it wasn t told exclusively from a demon s perspective This novel is sort of, I guess, like walking down a long black tunnel all by yourself, alone and afraid, and then suddenly hearing a friend s voice Or,appropriately, it s like when you re driving home in a storm, the sky so dark that it feels like nighttime, and suddenly the sunlight starts seeping through the clouds, and the rain stops You feel safer, and you don t really know why I once read a quote in another book that said, You live through the night, knowing dawn is coming And I guess that s sort of how this book felt And see I m banging my head against a wall because I just didn t get that right at all. It s impossible to review this book well It just is I think the overall message of this book is that we need to prayI know I don t pray enough I m a Christian, and this is a very Christian book and as I read it, I felt like this is real. We can t see it, certainly, but we can feel it And that s the point of this book We re not dealing with flesh and blood, we re dealing with the world rulers of this present darkness The spiritual goes along with the physical You can t really separate the two, they re inexplicably connected in ways that we ll never fully know This book gives you a glimpse of that, and it s unbelievably creepy.Aside from the beautiful Christian themes yes, beautiful , this story is gripping Remember it s a mystery thriller and do yourself the favor of not peeking ahead As you read, a certain amount of WHAT THE HECK dread will be building up inside of you It s ominous because you re absolutely certain that there s going to be a train wreck but you re not exactly sure how it s going to come about, or if it will even happen at all in the end I m not going to tell you.I always feel, after I write a review, that I didn t write it very well Or that I did a terrible job of conveying the meaning of the story But honestly, this is probably the best I can do When I read the last sentence and closed the book, I smiled to myself For once, I had nothing to say right after finishing a story I was speechless.This novel is about angels and demons, good and evil It s about miracles It s about spiritual and physical struggles It s about redemption It s about finding the light when you d been lost in the darkness And I can t recommend it