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In this powerful book, the renowned exorcist of Rome tells of his many experiences in his ministry as an exorcist doing battle with Satan to relieve the great suffering of people in the grip of evil. The importance of the ministry to "expel demons" is clearly seen in the Gospels, from the actions of the Apostles, and from Church history. Fr. Amorth allows the reader to witness the activities of the exorcist, to experience what an exorcist sees and does. He also reveals how little modern science, psychology, and ...
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In this powerful book, the renowned exorcist of Rome tells of his many experiences in his ministry as an exorcist doing battle with Satan to relieve the great suffering of people in the grip of evil. The importance of the ministry to "expel demons" is clearly seen in the Gospels, from the actions of the Apostles, and from Church history. Fr. Amorth allows the reader to witness the activities of the exorcist, to experience what an exorcist sees and does. He also reveals how little modern science, psychology, and medicine can do to help those under Satan's influence, and that only the power of Christ can release them from this kind of mental, spiritual or physical suffering. An Exorcist Tells His Story has been a European best-seller that has gone through numerous printings and editions. No other book today so thoroughly and concisely discusses the topic of exorcism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898707106
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Pages: 210
  • Sales rank: 174,804
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the American edition 7
Foreword to the Italian edition 9
Author's Introduction 13
The Centrality of Christ 19
The Power of Satan 25
App The Diabolical Vision of Pope Leo XIII 37
App The Gifts of Satan 39
Exorcisms 43
Targets of the Evil One 53
App Afraid of the Devil? Saint Teresa of Jesus Responds 64
The Point of Departure 67
The First "Blessings" 77
The Demon's Behavior 91
A Victim's Witness 101
Effect of Exorcisms 111
Water, Oil, Salt 117
Exorcising Houses 123
The Curse 129
More on Witchcraft 143
Who Can Expel Demons? 153
The "Cinderella" of the Ritual 165
App Saint Irenaeus' Thought 175
App A Vatican Document on Demonology 178
Pastoral Directives to Be Rebuilt 183
App A Document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith 189
App It Is Dangerous for the Amateur to Attack the Devil 190
Conclusion 193
Prayers of Deliverance 199
Acknowledgments 205
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2010

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    Enlightening read. Makes personal the senseless.

    An Excorcist Tells His Story vastly details the acts of the devil and expulsion of his sinister beings through the greatly-forgotten ministry. Its pages train readers to fight against the sinister tactics of the devil. A truly enlightening account, Gabriel Amorth provides a clear, believable, and credible story of his exorcism experiences. A fantastic novel for any disillusioned or faithful catholic, christian, or new-age follower; it has greatly re-focused my catholic faith.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2007

    DEMON POSSESSION IS REAL

    Have you ever noticed that every haunting is evil or negative? Many so called psychics or people engaged in the paranormal and hauntings are always duped into believeing that this phenomenon involving ghosts or hauntings are people who have departed and can't find their way over to the other side. They are trapped spirits. Therefore, they must tell them to move to the light or some other nonsense - from little children to love ones. However, in each one of these encounters regardless of the spirits past life whether good or evil, these esperiences are never positive! Don't you wonder why that is? Well folks it's demons trying to confuse humans. Demons operate in another realm and can easily fool humans into thinking they are departed spirits. They can move in and out of time and dimension. They can mimic the voice of a love one or they can give you the most minute detail information concerning that person. These demons are known as familiar spirits and there is a hierarchy within the demonic ranks. Many exorcism have been substantiated through video, audio and other scientific recordings and instrument. Books flying off the bookshelf, temperature dropping to icy cold in a room or furniture violently moving about cannot be explained by the skeptic. Just tune in to the Discovery channel and view their episodes on The Haunting. However, there are other well and thoroughly documented cases concerning this matter. Within the Catholic church, the position is always from a skeptical point of view concerning exorcisim until there is supernatural phenomenon that cannot be explained. There are many clinical psychologist who have instensely studied and varified these events as being real. To hold a position otherwise is from ignorance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2001

    Review from a non-believer

    I am not Catholic and I do not condone any religion as the one true faith. However, I carry a large interest in demon possession. This book was fantastic as not only an intriguing account from an exorcist, but as a theological thrill. Father Amorth delivers powerful messages that should be read and understood by everyone, regardless of their religious persuasion. This book has become a treasure in my extensive personal collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2000

    What do you make of someone who vomits up a talisman?

    According to Father Amorth, only priests have the gift of exorcism. The problem, he points out, is that there are virtually no priests left in the Catholic Church who believe in demons or exorcisms. That's the first danger pointed out by C.S. Lewis. Even Ignatius Press, a Catholic publisher, apparently could not find a Catholic priest who believed in exorcisms because the foreword is written (reluctantly) by a priest who can only say, 'I have difficulties with Fr. Amroth's [sic.] approach.' He then closes his foreword with the warning, 'This book needs to be read with care but with an open mind.' Not much of a recommendation as forewords go. It may be that the priest writing the foreword believes in the devil, but just believes there are better ways of dealing with the devil. He doesn't say what it is about Fr. Amorth's approach that bothers him. He does say, however, 'I recognize in this book the account of an intelligent and dedicated pastor who has had the courage to go where most of us fear to tread.' Perhaps some caution in reading the book is wise--not that you will go wrong by reading it, but because the other peril with the devil is believing in him too much. The more some people read about demons, the more they see them . . . in everything that goes wrong. They start to live in fear, and if the devil has one great power over us, I suspect fear is his greatest weapon. If you're the type of person who reads a family medical guide and says, 'Oh, I have that. I've felt that,' and then reads about the next illness and says, 'Oh, I might have that, too,' then this isn't the book for you. Though Father Amorth doesn't describe the rites of exorcism--since they can only be performed by priests--he does offer some efficacious prayers for deliverance in an appendix and says that 'Jesus gave the power to expel demons to all those who believe in him and act in his name.' I'm not sure what the distinction is between exorcism and expelling, and Father Amorth doesn't clarify the matter. What Fr. Amorth does provides is numerous first-hand encounters with demonic possession. These provide examples that can help one understand the symptoms of posession in order to differentiate it from things that might simply be mental illness. And, as the foreword indicates, Fr. Amorth gives an intelligent account. This is not the account of some faith healer who sees demons under every doily. He's careful to point out that most people need psychologists, not exorcists, and that, even after an exorcism, many people still need a psychologist to deal with the trauma of their lives. Therefore, he usually works as a team member with a psychologist. He's careful not to overstep his area of expertise. He's not the type who goes around casting out 'demons of drunkenness,' 'demons of homosexuality,' and 'demons of deafness' every time he runs up against someone with a problem. Some of the events he describes, however, go clearly beyond anything psychology can explain or deal with. Behavior can always be explained psychologically, but Fr. Amorth describes physical events that go beyond behavior or physical illness. What do you make of someone, for example, who vomits up a talisman in the middle of an exorcism? You could speculate that he wasn't careful enough when he was eating his Cracker Jacks the night before. But that would't explain the levitation that occurred during the exorcism . . . just before the talisman came up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Excellent book

    Excellent reading! This is translated well and the subject matter is interesting to read.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    A good read for new agers

    This book would be a great book to give to someone who is starting to experiment with any new age practices. It also gives practical information on the evil forces that can enter a person's life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2008

    Another Good Read

    I thought this book was very informative, being a catholic myself. Although there was some repition I truely enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2006

    Great Book

    This book is a great read for anyone interested in this topic. The author structured the book for readability by a broad audience and criticisms that have labeled it as 'fundamentalist' are missing the point entirely and appear unfounded. However, this is only my opinion. There are appropriate biblical citations that allow the reader to understand simple background themes and thoughts. This book derserves a look. It reads pretty fast and is very interesting. The author (Father Garbiele Amorth) describes the history and practice of exorcisms (and prayers of deliverance) by both Catholic and Protestant practitioners and examines the historical relevance of the great spiritual fight of good versus evil, individual free will, and the historical context of this struggle. Grabbing a copy for a friend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2001

    fundamentalist theology

    This book is well written & clear. However, I didn't feel that it provided any convincing proof of demonic-possession. It's mostly just a regurgitation of fundamentalist-Christian theology. The author has a medieval mindset, stating that all illness is caused by demonic entities. The few cases he mentions which actually involve any paranormal phenomena are 2nd or 3rd-hand accounts he didn't witness. Of the cases he did witness/participate in, all of the victims' symptoms could be attributed to mental-illness and/or drug use. The author has a very negative view of religions & philosophies other than his own. I think he's sincere, but I didn't see any real proof for demonic-possession in his accounts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2000

    I learned a lot

    The important thing to know about this book is that it is clear and sensible, and very informative. It is not scary or sensational at all. It has lots of practical advice, and some excellent prayers in the back.

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