Hostage to the Devil

By Malachi Martin

Synopsis: Written by a Catholic priest, this book details five documented cases of demonic possession in America in frightening detail, including transcripts of conversations during the Catholic exorcisms, as well as analysis of the possession process based on the cases - i.e. how the unclean spirits seek to intrude into a person's life and the steps which follow by which they ultimately sieze control. Of course, the Catholic priests are devoid of the Priesthood of God, which makes the actual exorcism a gruelling experience that can last for days, weeks, or months. Though they do not have Priesthood power, it is apparent that the power of faith and prayer is sometimes enough to expel these frightening interlopers.

Strong Points: This book is incredibly intriguing. It will forever change the way you think about the devil and his minions. It gives very interesting insight into how the kingdom of the Devil works, their chain of command, and some of the strange rules which, for whatever reason, they are bound to abide by. I actually found that this book acted as a strong deterrent against sin because it gives its reader a clear and unveiled picture of the ugliness, horror, and darkness that pervades the kingdom of the Devil. Once you know the true horror beneath the facade of sin, you desperately don't want any part of it.

Weak Points: This book is not recommended for those who are easily frightened, have a difficult time dealing with disturbing images and concepts, or are sensitive to very foul profanity (issuing from the possessed individuals).

Interesting: 5/5

Must Read: 1.9/5

Overall: 4/5


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