Item description for Audiobook-Audio CD-This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti...
Overview When a strange force of evil in the form of a shapeless shadow begins taking over the small town of Ashton, Marshall Hogan, editor of the local paper, is unknowingly helped by angels as he searches for a way to save his family.
"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 6:12
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 evil.
This Present Darkness is a gripping story that brings keen insight into spiritual warfare and the necessity of prayer. Since its original publication more than 2.7 million copies have been sold. The companion volume, Piercing the Darkness, continues the story of the battle between spiritual forces.
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Studio: Crossway Audio
Running Time: 190.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.52" Width: 5.38" Height: 0.59" Weight: 0.12 lbs.
Release Date Jun 26, 2003
Publisher Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN 1581345259 ISBN13 9781581345254
Availability 0 units.
More About Frank E. Peretti
With more than 15 million novels in print, Frank Peretti is nothing short of a publishing phenomenon and has been called “America’s hottest Christian novelist.” The Oath (Word Publishing 1995), sold more than half a million copies within the first six months of release. The Visitation (Word Publishing 1999), was #1 on the CBA Fiction Bestseller list for four months. Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada in 1951, Frank is a natural storyteller who, as a youngster in Seattle, regularly gathered the neighborhood children for animated storytelling sessions, drew comics, and tapped out stories on his mother’s portable typewriter.
His journey toward becoming a writer had its side trips. After graduating from high school, he began playing banjo with a local bluegrass group, then worked as a musician and odd-job man for a small recording studio.
Shortly after he and his wife Barbara were married in 1972, Frank toured with a pop band and then a modest Christian music ministry. He later studied English, screen writing and film at UCLA before spending five years helping his father pastor a small Assembly of God church in the Seattle area. During those five years he labored at night, on weekends, any chance he got, to write his first novel, This Present Darkness, the book that would catapult him into the public eye – eventually. Numerous publishers rejected the novel and Frank gave up his pastoring position to work in construction and odd jobs to make ends meet. Even after Crossway Books published This Present Darkness in 1986, the novel sat on store shelves largely unnoticed.
Two years later, Frank was working at a local ski factory when 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 for more than eight years. His two spiritual warfare novels, This Present Darkness (1986) and Piercing the Darkness (1989), captivated readers, together selling more than 3.5 million copies. The Oath was awarded the 1996 Gold Medallion Award for best fiction.
For kids, Frank wrote The Cooper Kids Adventure Series (Crossway 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. In 2000, Frank released his first-ever non-fiction book, The Wounded Spirit, in which he deals with the problem of bullying.
In all, including his current work, Illusion, Frank has written nineteen books of various size for various ages.
Frank and Barbara live a simple life in rural Idaho. He leads worship at their church, Barbara paints in watercolor, and they enjoy being with their close friends.
Reviews - What do customers think about Audiobook-Audio CD-This Present Darkness?
Gross Ignorance and scare mongering at it's worst Nov 8, 2008
This book shows a complete and utter ignorance of the spiritual realm. Worse still, it targets another religon, and makes it out to be evil, and the cause of all the said towns problems. Religious intolerance is the ONLY evil in this book! And I am so grateful to God that the spirit realm is none of the tripe, that this book purports. Nothing is more harmful than ignorance, except for the fear it creates. Surely the burning of innocent people at the stake, in the dark ages, by the church, should have taught us all, that religious ignorance, superstition and fear of the spiritual, only causes pain, suffering, religious wars and death! And then tell me where the real evil lies.
Disturbing images of spiritual warfare Nov 4, 2008
Very good and disturbing Christian fiction of the unseen spiritual warfare swirling around a small town. Peretti takes the risk of giving the spirits (evil and heavenly) names, faces, and personalities, but shows how God is in control acting through the intense prayer life and straightforward faith of simple Christians.
And Peretti tells a good story, keeps action moving, and has a good feel of dialogue and humor.
impressed Oct 12, 2008
I WAS SKEPTICAL IN ORDERING THIS COPY BECAUSE IT'S AN OLDER BOOK, BUT; THIS BOOK WAS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION, NO DOG EAR MARKS, TORN PAGES OR YELLOWING OF PAGES. ALTHOUGH, I HAVE YET TO READ IT, I HAVE READ PIERCING THE DARKNESS, WHICH WAS VERY GOOD.
Pretty Good Oct 7, 2008
This book is pretty good. The author has a very nice, readable style and good storytelling abilities. The book is somewhat long, but fast-paced. It would probably offend non-Christians (and even some Christians, for that matter) but if it is accepted as an entertaining work of fiction rather than a theological treatise to be analyzed, that shouldn't be too much of a big deal. Also, the book is "clean:" it's not full of profanity and perversion. However, the depictions of angels and demons are a little bit corny, for lack of a better word.
Brief summary: A big-city editor moves to a small town and begins to develop problems with his wife and college-aged daughter. He develops a close friendship with one of his reporters, whose sister died under mysterious circumstances. The two of them begin to discover that there is an evil occult-like conspiracy at work in their town. At the same time, the local pastor and his wife are discovering the same thing. These main characters get into all sorts of trouble while searching for the truth and trying to decide what to do about what they learn. In the end, of course, the good guys win. The reporter gets some closure and the editor reconciles with his wife and his daughter, who was nearly killed by the bad guys, and they all decide to develop a closer relationship with God, and all the demons are expelled.
Classic! Sep 10, 2008
This is a religious fiction classic! The story is gripping (though a little slow to start), and a very interesting take on the unseen world around us.