The Devil You Don't Know

The Devil You Don't Know

by Louis J. Cameli


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In some ways, it's easy to believe in a devil who makes heads spin round and enables people to levitate. Ubiquitous movies and books about possession and exorcism have trained spiritual seekers to identify evil by its expected Hollywood conventions. By contrast, Rev. Louis J. Cameli, nationally renowned pastoral leader and priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, paints a challenging, unsettling portrait of the devil as a formidable adversary who works great harm, often in quiet, less-seen ways.

While remaining a fixture of popular culture, the devil has—until now—been largely ignored in contemporary spiritual writing. Cameli exposes the devil's tactics of deception, division, diversion, and discouragement, in individuals and also in institutions. This thoroughly biblical, deft exploration considers the personal and social dimensions of sin, and offers both enlightenment and hope in the power of Christ at work to overcome evil.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594712722
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 10/17/2011
Pages: 194
Sales rank: 1,201,099
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Rev. Louis J. Cameli is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago who was ordained in 1969. Cameli currently serves as a resource theologian to the agencies of the Archdiocese. He holds a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

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Donald Senior

Written in a wonderfully accessible style and drawing on sound pastoral judgment, this is a book less about fascination with the occult and much more about how to deal with the deceptions and discouragements of evil that we all encounter in our everyday lives. This is solid spiritual reading. (Rev. Donald Senior, C.P., President of the Catholic Theological Union)

Daniel Coughlin

Louis Cameli's book will be a help to both preachers and spiritual directors to trace destructive patterns as they emerge in an individual's life or in world events. (Daniel Coughlin, Former Chaplain, U.S. House of Representatives)

Agnes Cunningham

With the skill of an experienced spiritual guide Fr. Louis Cameli unmasks the 'ordinary work' of the devil and shows us how new insights into scripture and a deepened friendship with Jesus Christ can assure our perseverance on the journey to the Abba-Mystery of God. (Agnes Cunningham, SSCM, Professor Emerita, Mundelein Seminary)

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