Only someone who is interested in 1st century life... not the life of Jesus from a religious perspective.
O'Reilly makes a lot of assumptions theologically that ultimately negate the possibility (as outlined in his own faith's canon) for salvation and clearly views Jesus as a man who discovers he is God's son rather than Gods soul assuming the flesh of a mortal and subject to its pains. That aint too Catholic Billy.
I do very much like the historical background of the time period. The politics, historical heroes forgotten in Jewish culture. He lays a great ground work for an understanding of the politics and time of Jesus. BUT, then again is not all that original either because all he is doing is rehashing Josephus in a more modern tone. Actually, the Jewish War is pretty compelling. and this book (in parts) is the abridged form of that book.
sure...for background history. There is another book on audible that does a great job too...Life in 1st century Jerusalem...or some similar title. It did a better job for giving me a visual feel for the place. Again though, just pay attention to the history and cultural aspects. The religious stuff is all fodder for anyone who has spent a great measure of time studying with scholars and archeologists. For example, Asserting Mary Magdalene was a poor woman and was a prostitute cannot be backed up. We only know that she was cleansed of 'several demons'... that could have been insanity. Assuming history is not writing history. This is were Bill falls short. When he does not have Josephus or or a Roman scholar like Tacitus to fall back on to prove his outlooks... he is writing fiction. Shallow fiction. He treats Mary and Joseph, when Jesus is lost in the temple, as though they, at that point, do fully understand the magnitude of who their child is. This again is a far jump from what any real scholar of the bible would call legit. Its the worst part of the book... and its what the book strives to be about.
Stick to the facts you can back up Bill. You do a great job with documented history, and culture. Theologically... I am sorry man... you're a 'pin head.' Just my 2 cents and I am welcome to them.
yes, it contains a lot of valuable information. No to mention you may someone who needs it.
The priest the father shadows in Italy, I am bad with names.
The book is not so much about scenes as it its life lessons.
I did listen to this book in one sitting. Its compelling.
There are a lot of myths about exorcism. How to handle, detect, or pray when faced with the issue. More common is Diabolic oppression. I have had some experience with this issue and have met people who deal with it in the Catholic church. The greatest mistake is to believe the mythos that Hollywood is selling. Yes these things do happen. Yes they are frightening. They will, at first, frighten that pants off you. But ultimately they can be healing. Also please know that if you don't want to be like me and know this all through experience. Never assume you can take these on by yourself. Do note seek any refuge beyond a LONG established Christian church. Ideally Catholic. I don't even care if you are not catholic. Time and Time again people have suffered longstanding oppression or worse yet possession. Do to religious pride, or a taught hatred of the Catholic church. For those of you who believe that Rome is the city built on seven hill refereed to in the book of Revelations. Just know that many cities were built on seven hills. Athens, Istanbul, Mecca, Moscow, Seattle, and at least fifty more... Including the biggie Jerusalem. Do be so quick to think that Rome is the Whore of Babylon. Do your research, deception keeps you from truth, and in this case healing. There is a reason Satanist only use a Catholic Eucharist in their Black masses to insult God. These things are NOT myths. It might sound like old hat but avoid secular thinking and new age teachings, Trust me they are door ways. Trust me unless you too and to wake up in the middle of the night to a horror that will haunt you for the rest of your life.
it cost money. It was short, It said nothing about the afterlife that had any resonance. The author acts like its an ipmortant book. Its a half hour of nothing new and very little stories. Into the Darkness was a better book on this subject. Heck many saint wrote of better description of the hell and the afterlife. Seriously. This is a book that should not be sold. Its a waste of money.
Yes it was well read. Too bad the reader had crap to work with,
I struggle to find any redeeming qualities. Spooky cover I guess.
If the author really has something to say he needs more content to back himself up or at the very least to engage the reader. Its just not worthy of this store. If this was Walmart it would be in the bargain bins a week after release. This book is old belongs on you tube. Take it off your shelves,
Its up there. Very spooky. Not as Good as ed and Lorraine warrens books but up there.
the priest who was oppressed
The whole opening act is great.
its has an overall creepy vibe. The times when the family saw the Pig creature. Its sounds dumb writing it like that, but its pretty scary in the book.
Its such and old book that you can hardley ask for comments but What I will say is that this book needed a followup. Ed and Lorraine Warren wrote a lot of books that audible needs to have made ASAP. At least one or 2 by Halloween. The narrator needs to be the same as this either this book or preferably the Demonologist book. This book was all build up and nothing...or next to nothing of the investigation in the house to get it exorcized that followed. Seriously. The Warrens wrote so much and their story is a box office hit this summer. How can you not have more of their book up here. Its like Audible does not want to make money. Cash in on it now Audible. God knows there will be three Warren films that will come out. You are missing the boat on this. People want to know about these two people, more than they want fictional horror.
YES.... this felt like an extension of the movie. The only way to improve it would have been have Lorraine Warren do her vocals. But no matter. This book was a home run. You need more books of this caliber out there.
The stories,,, though I know there are many more not yet told...sequel please..?
He is a fantastic actor/ reader. Don't use any other reader if there is a followup with just Lorain.
Some of it scared the crap out of me... I will say that. I had nightmares for several days. I never get nightmares/
Audible this is your clue to get more compelling supernatural Christian nonfiction books out there. There is a market for it. This book needs a sequel. I have seen enough UFO crap. This is you next target to make money.
first off its a good story and pretty well read. Also it opens your mind up to a whole new way of looking at the bible and history. would be great as a film.
Methuselah... really cool character. He needs his own book.
Really good except for some dialog moments with the archangels... they did not sound... otherworldly enough to me. I dont know if thats the writing was of or the reading. The end conflict however was epic! The reader/ author really gets into it and you feel like you are on this battlefield with him as this wave is coming..
I just got a jolt at the final chapter. It was Just such a cool and epic 3rd act
more ventura reading the thing!
Dick russel is more compelling
nah i had enough
if you have to say the word redacted more than 100 hundred times maybe its not a audiobook.
Eben says in his reading of the book that he has gone in deeper into the death than ‘anyone’ before him and came back to tell us all of what comes next. To be a messenger of the profound and ...blah.
I found his book to be like eating a pancake with no syrup. No visuals worth the price of admission. No profound truths or interesting heavenly stories. I had now sense of wonder at all listening to this book. I just sat there, eating my dry pancake, and listening to the chief tell me how wonderful and important it was.
he could have made a much more solid attempt at a visual description or at the very least tell us the answers to some of the questions he was asking God...or OM as he calls Him.
The only 2 scenes worth anything are a scene of him fling over a countryside that was heaven abd the descriptions of what he calls the Worms Eye View. Which I still cannot figure out what it is. At first it seems like hell then it just seems like limbo.
Sadness... sad to hear that of all the really good stories about life after death that wont be committed to film and this one will. It will make for a very boring movie.
Look for better books. Maybe a doctor might like this book, but unless you have never read about the subject before, you wont find this book stirring at all. I am sorry that his family went though so much pain watching him die like he did, but if you are going to put a book out there and claim that you have gone deeper and and can better describe what comes next than all previous books, you’d better deliver the good. The author fails in this, and fails badly.
Thiere are better real life stories out there and better breackdowns of the limits of demons vs angels and god by Catholic writers. This exorsist sees to be figuring the rules out as he goes. Dangerous. Malichai Martin is still the best read on the subject, but you can’t beat a compelling English reader, plus Martins books are note on Audible..so sad. A well made account. Thank you Derek Price for taking the time to share your experiences.
Most memorable for me is the desciptions ogf the demon’s trying to stay in their host.
Hand to pick just on best scene. This book is more educational.
NO. just the overal read was good.l
I would love to see more audio books avaible on this topic...In particular Malichai Martin’s works.
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