The Ishbane Conspiracy

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Jillian is picture-perfect on the outside, but terrified of getting hurt on the inside. Brittany is a tough girl who trusts almost no one. Ian is a successful athlete who dabbles in the occult. And Rob is a former gang-banger who struggles with guilt, pain, and a newfound faith in God. These four college students will face the ultimate battle between good and evil in a single year. As spiritual warfare rages around them, a dramatic demonic correspondence takes place. Readers can eavesdrop on the enemy, and learn ...
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Overview

Jillian is picture-perfect on the outside, but terrified of getting hurt on the inside. Brittany is a tough girl who trusts almost no one. Ian is a successful athlete who dabbles in the occult. And Rob is a former gang-banger who struggles with guilt, pain, and a newfound faith in God. These four college students will face the ultimate battle between good and evil in a single year. As spiritual warfare rages around them, a dramatic demonic correspondence takes place. Readers can eavesdrop on the enemy, and learn to stave off their own defeat, by reading The Ishbane Conspiracy.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781576738177
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/15/2001
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 467,533
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Randy Alcorn is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries. His books include the bestsellers The Treasure Principle, Deadline, Dominion, Lord Foulgrin's Letters, and The Ishbane Conspiracy. He has written seven other nonfiction books. Randy and his wife, Nanci, live in Gresham, Oregon, and have two grown daughters, Karina and Angela.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Great for Teens. Understanding the importance for preparing ourselves for spiritual warfare.

    I have always loved Randy Alcorn's books and was sooo excitied to find one that related more morenwith my age group ( teens). I never exspected it to convict me so much and open my eyes to whatbwas clearly their. It helped me understand that God isnactive in my life and so are demons. I realized that my soul was drifting away from the Lord and has helped me find and a new passion for his word. Praise the Lord for good christian authors and all his blessings.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2009

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    A Poor Attempt to Copy Lewis and Peretti

    I don't often read Christian fiction but the title caught my eye. Wary at first, but intrigued, I started out. First few pages into it, I pulled out some paper and took notes on what I thought of it. Unfortunately, I found myself irritated by it.

    The book itself is thought provoking, should keep the reader's attention, and an excellent portrayal of teenage life.

    However, when I read the summary on the back, I expected battles of angels and demons. I expected a Frank Peretti - author of This Present Darkness, Hangman's Curse, and The Wounded Spirit to name a few - style novel of a tightly packed plot, imagery of the supernatural, and lessons that weren't stated but rather shown. Inside I found that it was similar to The Screwtape Letters by the renowned CS Lewis with letters and not battles.

    Surely a combination of those two would have been a fantastic novel to read, I thought. But it seemed that the book was very focused on preaching out against certain things too many times - so much that I felt irritated by the authors' apparant lack of faith, did they truly believe that their audience could not understand their point without repeating it a hundred times? The annoyance against certain movies/books seemed terrible. Sure, some people go to extremes over these things but that's a small percentage. It speaks out against Harry Potter, saying it promotes witchcraft. I have read Harry Potter and so have my parents who are both ministers. I look to both of them for spiritual guidance and neither of them say anything other than that it is a good story that should be treated as a story only. I understand and believe in the authors' points, but sometimes they just seemed to be ridiculous about it.

    I found the story to be interesting and the premise to be of the highest praise. Unfortunately, they tried to mimick two very prominent authors: Frank Peretti and CS Lewis. They, in my opinion, failed.

    In some regards, they appeared to have poor research, for instance, a rightside up star being a symbol of evil. It's actually a symbol of protection, actually an upside down star is thought to be a symbol of evil.

    I give it my overall rating based on the fact that it didn't hold up to expectations, seemed a little too repetetive, but was thought provoking and had some excellent points.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2010

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    Healthy Food for the Mind

    I am a 16 year old who recieved this for a gift. I had heard so much about it and I was especially excited to finally read it. I didn't know it would make such an impact on my life. It taught me about myself and that God will always love me no matter what happens in my life. I recommend this book to anyone who needs a good read. I found this book's style wouldn't make someone who doesn't believe in God uncomfortable. So don't hesitate to buy this book because you feel your faith stops you. 5 stars from me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2008

    Should be required reading for all Teens and parents

    Jillian is picture-perfect on the outside, but on the inside is terrified of losing control. Brittany is a brilliant tough girl who trusts no one. Ian is a successful athlete who dabbles in the occult. And Rob is a former gang-banger who struggles with guilt, pain, and a newfound faith in God. The thing is that these teens are pressured by peers and their parents and it is really easy for them to fall into darkness and start messing up their lives. This story of teens not only deals with problems at school with friends, but also parents at home. These four college students find themselves in a series of battles between light and darkness. Threatened by competing worldviews and the culture of death including the occult they must take drastic steps to resist and survive temptations and destructions. As spiritual warfare rages around them, a demonic correspondence takes place. Then they find out that dark spiritual forces target young people for destruction and how their Creator draws them to himself (God). This book deals with these topics in the world: &#8226 Generation gap &#8226 Communication with family and peers &#8226 Eating disorders &#8226 Depression, despair, Suicide &#8226 Dating &#8226 Sexual immorality, sexual purity (secondary virginity) &#8226 Abortion &#8226 Anger &#8226 Hopelessness &#8226 School violence &#8226 Choosing a college &#8226 Peer pressure&#8212 negative and positive &#8226 Body of Christ&#8212 impact of church and youth group &#8226 Radical Christianity&#8212 following Christ with abandonment &#8226 Courage: speaking up for Christ, even when it's unpopular &#8226 Adults learning to raise the bar rather than lower it for kids &#8226 Encouragement and hope for millennial generation&#8212 there's a better way than the world offers that way's in King Jesus Despite the fact that this book is mostly about Christian life and how Christ can change people¢®&#175 s lives, I recommend this book as a surviving guide for all the people in the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2006

    Excellence put onto paper

    This book is well written. Even putting religion aside, It paints an accurate picture of the teenage life, mind and patterns. My favorite section, which is a startling view of how we are influenced, are the letters from those who can be assumed to be demons. This book is not for those who want to avoid any religious material, but it is a good 'wake-up' call to what life is like (and not what we are being told). Do not wait until you experience what is in this book to learn from them. To those who understand, they are given wisdom. What is done with it, is entirely up to them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2005

    Ishbane

    This book is outstanding! I am reading it right now and am sometimes up until 12:30AM reading it! Like the cover says, 'This book should be required to read for parents and children acrost America!'--I AGREE!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2005

    Regenerated my Faith!

    This book was a wonderful story about spiritual warfare in our everyday lives. It also helped me see the perspective on christian views that I had come to view as 'judgmental' over the years. I couldn't put it down - it was suspenseful, touching, tear-jerker and it made me excited for heaven. Just an amazing must-read. If your faith needs rejuvinating or if you feel guilt from sin then please read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2004

    Astounding

    Initially I began reading Alcorn's book with the hopes of just having a mindless pleasure read; nevertheless, as I began the first page, I was in a moment's time captivated by the read and I knew then there was no escaping... Ishbane Conspiracy is a provocative read that challanges every situation that humans find themselves faced with day after day. Alcorn shines Light upon every choice that is to be made by the 4 main individuals in this story; moreover,the individuals are created in such a way that the reader in some form or fashion is able to identify with them- young or old. Regardless of what you believe, the magnitude of this book is powerful enough to cause you to question what it is you believe and why... It also makes the reader evaluate and observe everyday situations with a new perspective.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2003

    This book is for those who want to relate.....they could be in the same situation as the people in this book....

    What most wiccans fail to realize is the reality of people who have friends involved in Wicca face the realities and hardships even more so than the wiccans themselves.....just because some wiccans don't believe in Satan doesn't mean he isn't out there waiting until they are so fargone that they're easy to just pluck them into a world they don't want to be in...I have friends who are involved in Wicca and i think it's wrong...and i'm not even Christian!!...I haven't read any part of the bible except Genesis and Revelations!!! I believe that any religion whatsoever ( including Wicca)is a cult and I'm against cults...they're so ewwwwwww...the review above mine is petty if she thinks that no christians understand or know what Wicca is about..there's a large possibility that they know more than she does...there i've said my piece...PEACE PEOPLE!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2003

    The Unseen World

    I have been a Christian for many years, and I can't tell you how much I learned about the unseen world from this very Biblical book. I noticed a review further down from a young Wiccan. She stated that Wiccans didn't even believe in Satan and she was, of course, opposed to the teaching in this book. I pray that her eyes will be opened - and the eyes of all those truly who seek the Truth. Thank you, Randy Alcorn, for this perceptive and entertaining book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2003

    Fantastic

    As a christian parent, I had no idea of the many yet quiet destructive plans satan lays before us, parents and children alike. I was so informed by this book if I had the funds I would pick up several copies and give them away, but since I can't I'm sending a copy to my pastor asking him to recommend it to the congregation. Mom's, Dad's and kids don't give up keep hanging in there praying continually God's real and listens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2003

    A little scarey for young readers

    What a read! This book, if nothing else, will at least get you to think about the possibility of there being forces in the world other than our own minds. The battle between the different forces takes the reader on an emotional roller-coaster ride. A little scarey for young readers but the concepts should still be shared. Highly recommended for Christian readers and those whom seeds have been planted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2002

    Truly giving a fictional life a stand out to appear real!

    When I first heard about the book, I was on a church youth trip. It seemed so exciting, but I didn't give the book much thought afterwards until a few months passed by and I recognized it in Barnes & Noble. I decided to read the book. As I got more in depth with the book, I realized that much of it applied to my life. It was as though God was speaking to me through this book. It's an amazing book to read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2002

    Excellent for small minded, 2 dimensional, blind Christians

    This book is trying to convince people that anything that isn't strictly christian is strictly created by hell and that everything is wrong if it isn't christian. Wiccans don't even believe in Satan and most are a lot more open minded than what was portrayed in this book. The author knows nothing about Wicca but what is said in cheap imitational movies. I used to be a Christian too and it was my opinion and choice to be Wiccan and the author makes it sound like the only reason anyone would be Wiccan is if they don't know anything about christianity. I've read the bible more than once. Fact before Fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2002

    AWESOME BOOK

    An awesome book!! Very creepy and realistic! I highly recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2002

    This book was awesome

    I loved this book sooooooooooooo much! It really helped me to put more of my faith in God and it brought me so much closer to him. It really hit home. i encourage anyone who is a strong christian or who wants to become one to read this book. ESPECIALLY TEENAGERS! If you are an adult you may not appreiciate it as much, but Lord Foulgrin's letters is an equally great book at the level of an adult's point of veiw!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2002

    A book for all

    I loved the book. I think that it is for all ages but especially fits Christians that are leaving high school and struggle in relationships with friends and loved ones. Tells that no matter what you may suffer, God is still there. The insight to the demon letters are enjoyable to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2001

    One of the best books i've ever read

    This book has moved me more than anything I think I have ever read before. I would find myself reading late into the night because it pulled me in. The Ishbane Conspiracy has made me realize how much I need God and the ways we err in society today, pulling each other down. I don't really think I can adequetly describe how this book has made me feel, it isn't really possible. This book has been an inspiration to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2001

    Wonderful book that will make you think.

    I am a youth director and so I work with teens and am often asked for advide by the teens and thier parents. This book made me think about so many things that I had not really thought about before. Anyone who has read C.S. Lewis' 'Screwtape Letters' will recognize the style. But Mr. Alcorn adds a more human dimention to the conversation between the two demons. He adds the story from the point of view of the humans. This book is about four teen agers and the demons trying to turn them away from God. I have reccomended it to all my youth and thier parents and to every other person I know. You don't have to be or have a teen to love this book.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Well written Christian inspiraitonal tale

    The minions residing in hell target four young adults to turn away from Christ and unknowingly embrace his enemy. <P>Jillian left her father and now feels empty and alone. The opinions of other begin to weaken her faith until Rob enters her life. He was once the biggest sinner of all as part of a gang that did terrible things against society and Christ. Rob helps Jillian learn what it means to be a Christian. <P>Rob¿s friend Ian has doubts about what to believe in as he tries different New Age philosophies and other religions that do not preach the teachings of Christ. Ian turns his back on the woman he impregnated until a terrible tragedy opens his eyes. <P> Readers of Christian inspirational fiction will want to read the ISHBANE CONSPIRACY. At the end of each chapter, the minions assigned to destroy the human quartet discuss what happened, how they can improve their processes, and what weaknesses to exploit. The Alcorn trio delivers quite a message to the faithful. <P>Harriet Klausner

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