At two o'clock in the morning on Tuesday, March 11, 1980, Pastor J. Stephen Conn received a long distance, collect telephone call from a young woman desperately pleading for help. Afraid, alone, and deeply involved in witchcraft, all Jessica Leek knew about the man she was calling was that his number had been given to her by a stranger while she was hitch-hiking. As Jessica spoke, numerous demonic voices unexpectedly came from her lips-blaspheming, threatening, and identifying themselves by name.
The unsuspecting pastor had little practical knowledge of demons and no experience in casting them out. Yet, overwhelmed by compassion, he seized this as an opportunity to help a tormented young woman find deliverance and, at the same time, put the reality of God's power to the test.
The story of Jessica's liberation from multiple evil spirits is unlike any other account of an exorcism ever written. The accounts of the hellish manifestations of malevolent spirits through their tortured victim are chilling. Yet, the spiritual warfare ends in victory and leaves the reader with a triumphant affirmation of faith and hope.
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In the Foreword to this book Grady Mosley writes, 'The Devil Called Collect is a gift to today's Christian culture that often ignores, if not denies, the reality of demonic holds on peoples lives.' I agree completely. Although I was not privileged to be an eyewitness to this exorcism, as was Rev. Mosley - a United Methodist Pastor - I agree with him in saying, 'I am thankful that Stephen has recorded this memoir in such detail.' Having read several different accounts of demonic possession and exorcism, this one stands out from the rest on several counts. It is told in the first person by the exorcist himself, J. Stephen Conn and was verified by several credible witnesses. It is a contemporary, true story which took place in our 'enlightened' United States. The author does not brag about his experience in casting out demons, but shows due humility and awe at being used of God in such a miraculous way. The result is a book that is at once incredible and yet believable. This account of a successful exorcism takes place in an Evangelical, Protestant setting. Lasting over several days, the casting out of multiple demons is performed with reliance only upon the power of Jesus' name and the authority of the Bible. The Devil Called Collect is a relatively short book that can be read in a single evening, but one what will stay in your memory for a very long time. I highly recommend it.
This book opened my mind to so many things. How can this be something you let happen? I was in shock and could not put this Book down till it was done. This insight on what is really lurking around us is only one story but one to keep you reading. Thanks to this author for even talking about such a horrible truth. We thank you for the book and your bravery.