Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist

Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist

by Matt Baglio
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The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 130 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are expecting this book to be anything like a Hollywood movie; you're gonna be sadly mistaken. This is a very "dry read" but worth the time. If you can manage to get through the first 60 - 75 pages consisting of approx. 95% factual research and 5% story; you will be presently surprised to see the story begin to unfold. This book isn't so much a story (as in a fictional thriller) as it is a research-based telling of experiences. The author's attempt at educating people (primarily Americans) about exorcism is successful. I learned far more about excorsim than I had ever imagined possible. I expected a "thriller" when I first picked up this book so at first, I was disappointed but once I decided to stick with it and continue on (the reading can be very arduous at times) I was pleased to discover that the book was, in fact, taking me on a journey. This is a good book, if you can be patient and are looking to learn more about exorcism. If you are looking for a "thriller", you'd probably be best off looking somewhere else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really opens your eyes to the "secret" of the ritual of exorcism in the Catholic Church.It is words for thought.To actually follow a Priest from becoming chosen by his Bishop to become an exorcist,through his training,to his "calling" is life-altering.I highly recommend this book for all .
Smooth59 More than 1 year ago
I found the book very good and more documentary like than trying to tell a made up story and I think that adds to the reality of the demonic side that exists. This is written with the view of Catholic beliefs and so I did not accept a few of the dogma of the church. But that did not sway the fact that the book was very fair and honestly written. Father Thomas now lives in Chicago. The fact that there is a constant war of good and evil this book does a great job revealing true events of this truth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The author takes a balanced look at the subject matter, but is honest about its effect on him (see author's note at end of book). Great place to start if you have an interest in exorcism. Bibliography gives many great places to go from here. Note: This is the book that the upcoming film of the same name is based on.
BeccaAZ More than 1 year ago
After hearing the author, Matt Baglio in a radio interview I thought the book sounded interesting and decided to buy it. The book is very interesting and the thing I liked about it is that it is written from a journalists eye. Not sensational rather straight forward. That is exactly what I wanted given the subject at hand. I felt like I was sitting in the room with the priests as they were performing the exorcisms!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Before I purchased this book I read a number of the customer reviews. While many were positive, many were not as much so. Although still intrigued enough to buy it my expectations were therefore a bit subdued. I think ones reaction to the book depends greatly on where you are coming from as you approach the book. I am an ordained Lutheran pastor with 25 years in the ministry. Having ministered to people in all walks of life and having dealt with evil, the stories in this book were very believable and helpful as I reflected on my own experiences. The mix of history and technical background with actual narrative suited me quite well. I came to the book with a real desire to know more about the Rite of Exorcism as well as the experiences of those who have had to deal with the demonic. I found myself 'highlighting' several sentences as I read, knowing I would want to find this information later. The book was very well balanced and easy to read. It was neither "dry" and overly technical, nor did it simply skim the surface with a string of stories. It also was dramatic without falling into the sensational. I did not find the book at all difficult to work through, and looked forward to each time I sat down to read it. I would highly recommend the book, but not to those who are skeptical about the faith and the ministry of the church, nor to those having only a passing interest in things theological or spiritual.
shananogins More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect, but knew that I wanted to read the book after seeing the movie. "The Rite" the book surprised me. Fairly well-written, it details the story of a seasoned priest learning how to become an exorcist, and in detailing his journey, introduces the reader in a fairly pragmatic way to exorcism and the Catholic church's current stance on it. Most surprising, I found this to be a book about faith, as Fr. Gary describes exorcism as a healing ministry, a ministry offered by he church to help those afflicted. When understood in this light, the concept is slightly demystified, but nonetheless haunting, and thought-provoking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was informative, touching and unsettling. It's uncomfortable to be aware of the vast amounts of evil that exist.
mboersch More than 1 year ago
This book scared the hell out of me! It's got everything a person would want to know about demons, Satan's powers and exorcism. A fast-paced, educational read. The author did a good job thoroughly researching the topic. The scariest part of all is it's real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Rite - The Making of A Modern EXORCIST by Matt Baglio is a treasure! This compelling story answers numerous questions about good vs. evil in modern times. If you saw the film; you'll really enjoy the book. Fr. Gary Thomas allows the reader to delve into an almost archaic ritual, which is very present in modern times. This book is not for the squeamish, but rather those who which to know the truth. The book is outstanding!!!
WalkByFatith More than 1 year ago
This book is highly accurate for showing how the Church in Rome deals with training their Preists to work with the viles of the Occult...IE: the Devil and his minions. Rome has fancied itself as the standard for hundreds of years as being the sole and best authority on how to deal with the Occult and Daemons. This book shows how the "world authority" trains and fumbles at times when it trains it's preists for the deliverance ministry. At the same time the book does show that even thought the Church in Rome fumbles when it trains, the senior Preists that the students study under do a good job with getting the newbies up to speed. If you are interested in reading about man's journy to Rome to learn how to deal with the Occult then this is an excellent book. It gives a behind the walls look at how the Church in Rome opperates and trains it's Preists to combat the Occult and it gives some real life examples of what the dliverance ministry is. This book is a must read for any seminary student and a possible read for the lay person interested in the Deliverance Ministry.
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The book was great and informative. Except for the fact that the brief quote on seances and voodoo didn't include that the Catholic Church views voodoo and seances as sins. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states in paragraph 2116 that "2116 All forms of divination are to be rejected." and in paragraph 2117 "All practices of magic or sorcery, by which one attempts to tame occult powers, so as to place them at one's service and have a supernatural power over others - even if this were for the sake of restoring their health - are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion. These practices are even more to be condemned when accompanied by the intention of harming someone, or when they have recourse to the intervention of demons. Wearing charms is also reprehensible. Spiritism often implies divination or magical practices; the Church for her part warns the faithful against it. Recourse to so-called traditional cures does not justify either the invocation of evil powers or the exploitation of another's credulity."
micheleof46 More than 1 year ago
Excellent history of the rite of exorcism. The movie was good but the book gives all the background that let up to the movie. Read the book to understand the movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It started off pretty slow... too much background information on the priest in my opinion. It picked up about half way through. All in all, pretty good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a complete overview of exorcism coupled with stories of brave priests battling the forces of evil. 5 times better than the movie.
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