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Posted February 18, 2011
Some say seminary is a joke. But you be the judge.
The storyline is so unusual and thankfully so removed from those cookie-cutter exorcism plots. I thoroughly enjoyed the well-paced suspense and surprise ending. But the thing I found most remarkable about this book was its educational value.
I know how the church deals with other religions. It suppresses all other teachings without explaining why. I would never leave my Christian roots, but I don't like being patted on the head by some Sunday School teacher who's saying, "Now, now, you don't want to know about this or that." I want to know, and this book gets into it so I can see new aspects of Christ's teaching about, well, evil. I've read other books by Leander Jackie Grogan and I like how his style always has a certain quality in it that tickles the soul. It's smooth and easy to follow. This story is another that provokes deep thinking and leaves you with a sense of enlightenment.
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Posted May 20, 2014
Exorcism At Midnight (God’s Mysterious Tower Series, Book One) by Leander Jackie Grogan begins with the approach of a monster storm to the city of Houston. This hurricane is two hundred miles away, approaches slowly, and grows in intensity. With its impending landfall, Grogan foreshadows the impending “storm” about to hit Rodney Coleman and his wife Kathy.
Rodney “Preacher” Coleman is a thirty-eight-year-old former fullback for Texas A&M. After surviving a bad experience at a college freebasing party, Rodney is given a second chance at life. He enrolls in a seminary, becomes a minister, and moves to Dallas. Rodney is a “true” believer. But, will he still be after his trials are over?
Kathy is a freshman who attends the same off-campus party, but does not do drugs; her high-morals save her life. She follows Rodney to Dallas and later becomes his wife. Kathy is an “untested” believer. Will her faith stand the tests of time?
Yacine is an Angolan immigrant who befriends Rodney. Yacine has an extraordinary gift - the gift of prophecy. His prophesies come true. So, what does Yacine prophesy for Rodney?
Rodney and Kathy experience a series of milestones: a new house, a new ministry, a new catering business, a first pregnancy. The rise is fast. When he comes to visit from NYS to help the couple celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary, Yacine tells Rodney he has the mark of suffering – a mark you do not see, you feel – and he will serve God in a special way. Yacine also says to Rodney, “Your season has begun.” After Yacine leaves, Rodney and Kathy experience a series of tragic losses: a lost ministry, a failed business, a lost baby, a lost home. The fall is protracted. Their faith is tested, over and over. Will Rodney’s faith endure? Will Kathy’s faith survive?
During a trip to Austin to visit Kathy’s Great-Aunt Bessie Mae, Kathy shops for souvenirs at a small corner store. She leaves with a grab bag of surprise treasures, and a necklace of her choosing. But, back at home, what looked like a bargain turns out to be more than either Rodney or Kathy ever bargained for. Along with a few trinkets, Kathy encounters a demon that possesses her. How?
Yacine confirms Kathy’s possession, naming the actual demon: Nyambii. Rodney and Yacine argue. Yacine leaves, but later returns with Father Devann. The Franciscan priest helps Rodney and Yacine perform Kathy’s June 21st exorcism at midnight. Why June 21st? And, why at midnight?
Exorcism At Midnight is a sojourn, taking the reader through a test of faith, a battle against evil. Grogan’s knowledge of possessions and exorcisms is impressive and highly entertaining. Grogan’s Ecclesiastes 3 debate is deep and thought-provoking. And, the novel handles “gifts” and “marks” deftly and accurately.
Exorcism At Midnight is Christian Fiction, but I recommend it to anyone who wants to read a great work of fiction with life-affirming issues of faith and truth. It is truly a mind-opening read. 3 1/2 stars