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The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.John 1:5 (ESV)It all begins in Bacon's Corner, a tiny farming community far from the interstate . . . An attempted murder, a case of mistaken-or is it covered up?-identity, and a ruthless lawsuit against a struggling Christian school. Sally Beth Roe, a young loner, a burnout, a kind of "leftover hippie,The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.John 1:5 (ESV)It all begins in Bacon's Corner, a tiny farming community far from the interstate . . . An attempted murder, a case of mistaken-or is it covered up?-identity, and a ruthless lawsuit against a struggling Christian school. Sally Beth Roe, a young loner, a burnout, a kind of "leftover hippie,"finds herself caught in the middle of these bizarre events, fleeing for her life while trying to recall her dark past.Across a vast panorama of heart-stopping action, Sally Roe's journey is a penetrating portrayal of our times, a reflection of our wanderings, and a vivid reminder of the redemptive power of the Cross. A companion volume to This Present Darkness, readers have purchased over two million copies of Piercing the Darkness since its publication in 1989....

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Piercing the Darkness Reviews

  • Lynai
    2019-02-28 02:14

    Even though I gave 5 stars to This Present Darkness, I love Piercing The Darkness more. The second book has touched me much deeply and has even moved me to tears as I “journeyed” with Sally Beth Roe until she finally found her salvation. I love the hide-and-seek-cat-and-mouse mystery that shrouds Roe’s character, and I feel strongly attached to her in a very emotional way. I can relate to the questions and confusions she laid down in her letters to Tom Harris. I especially loved that the story has a big portion on legal issues on it, (plus some courtroom drama) and more particularly, one major character was a Christian lawyer. This is what really made the story very close to my heart.For the complete review, you may go to It's A Wonderful Bookworld.

  • Sarita
    2019-03-05 01:11

    Wow. The first book was amazing, but the second book was even greater. This was full of action as well as suspense as you follow Sally visiting all the significant places in her past in search of answers.After Sally escapes barely from a plot to kill her, she escapes in search of answers and trying to stay on step ahead of her killers. Angels are trying to protect her while demons from her past is trying to destroy her.This is one amazing book of spiritual warfare I would recommend to any Christian reader. Frank Peretti did an amazing job in showing the reader a glimpse of the spiritual warfare going on and the importance we as Christians play. The story was gripping and the reading easy to follow, as well as to flow the story where it goes from the human story, to the dialect and story of the Angels and demons.I was reminded once again of the authority we have in Christ and that we need to step up and walk in this authority. Scriptures I was reminded of during reading this book was:" For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.""The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."I don't think this book even begins to describe half of what is actually happening in the heavenly realms.This book made me glad I chose the side of the light! Jesus already conquered all! We need to start living like we believe that!

  • Barbara
    2019-02-28 02:34

    This book was even better than the first one. We need reminders about those evil spirits all around us every day. The same supernatural characters also appeared in this book, and the plot was even more exciting than #1.

  • David Sarkies
    2019-02-27 23:22

    We must be prepared to face our demons25 December 2012 The main reason that I did not like this book was because it was shoved down my throat by a fundamentalist Christian when I was twenty years old and living in a halfway house because I had pretty much stuffed up my life. To be honest, I had been charged with a number of criminal offences, stolen about $1000.00 (in 1990s money) off of my parents, and was hanging around with a guy that was not only a bad influence, but also a bad smell. Before I go into this book I might say a word or two about this guy. He was a funny guy, a refugee from an Eastern bloc country (isn't it funny that refugees from European and Asian Countries were welcomed, but refugees from Middle Eastern Countries aren't) who wanted to live 'the life' but did not want to work for it. I suspect that the main reason he hung around me was because he thought that I could come up with grand some money making scheme that would make him rich, but with the minimal amount of work (probably also because I looked up at him, and he was one of those people that loved having people around that looked up to him – it gave him some form of identity). It was like if he could buy alcohol and clothes by passing off stale cheques or stolen credit cards (it was a lot easier back in those days to rack up credit card debt on somebody else's card because the shops would not be notified until at least a month after the card was reported stolen), he would do it, but if it involved establishing a publishing house (or even a dodgy stock brokerage firm) he was not interested. Oh, and he was also the type of guy that would pretty much take everything for himself, and when I said he was a bad smell, I meant it: I simply could not get rid of him. I would try to disconnect myself from him, and then suddenly he would rock up at my door one day and want to hang around with me. I really don't know what happened to him, and in a way I am curious because it has been a long time since I have seen him and it would be interesting to see if he has pulled himself out of the rubbish that he had got himself into (as I have done), or if he is dead. Mind you, that is all by the by, because this book is about spiritual warfare. It is about a woman who is haunted by a demon and has to come to terms with this demon by fighting it. A number of Christians that I know don't like this book because it is very works based: the main character has to fight and overcome the demon herself when in reality it is through God that we are able to overcome our demons. Mind you, when I speak about overcoming our demons, I mean it in both in the literal and the metaphorical sense. One of the funny things that I have found in my life so far is that sometimes our demons (both literal and metaphorical) can be location based, and sometimes they can simply be due to who you hang around with, and I guess that is why I mentioned the story of that guy above. It wasn't until I managed to not only separate myself from him, but from all of the people that were related to him, that my life began to turn around again. Look, I am not blaming my problems on him, by no means, because I always had a choice. There was one time where I (surprise, surprise) ran into him in Victoria Square when I was with another friend, and I was given the choice of going with him or with my other friend (I couldn't have both) and I ended up going with him (bad choice). The same has happened recently, in that I have moved myself seven hundred kilometres away from my source of marijuana and I have begun to clean myself up (though I still probably drink more than I should, and am kicking myself that I did not buy any beer on Christmas Eve to discover that even in Melbourne you can't buy beer on Christmas Day) and even save money. As I write this on Christmas Day in 2012, I must say that I have managed to achieve three goals this year, I have moved interstate, I have saved $5000.00 and put it into my share trading account, and I have beaten the market (by about 8%). The third one, I must admit, was more luck than skill, and I am not expecting to do the same next year, but I guess my next goal is to bring certain holdings up to about $5000.00 each, and also develop a friendship network here in Melbourne, as well as going to Hong Kong and connecting with a church there. One should remember though that the Bible says that it is not that we should not be making plans, but that we should be making plans with God's purposes in mind, and as I look back on my achievements this year, once again I will have to say that it is not through any skill of my own, but through God's grace that I have been able to do that.

  • Gary Butler
    2019-03-07 04:23

    79th book read in 2014.Number 158 out of 422 on my all time book list.Follow the link below to see my video review:

  • Jasmine
    2019-02-22 20:26

    Enjoyed this book which I listened to via audio which was fantastic. It felt like I was watching a movie without the screen. I liked it a bit more than the first. Beautiful story. Like I said with the first, there is more truth in this book than you realize. Got me praying.

  • Keiki Hendrix
    2019-03-18 00:30

    A supernatural, page turner. Opens your eyes to the real unseen world. Just because you can't see something doesn't mean it isn't there.An absolute must read.

  • Jeanette
    2019-02-28 23:14

    I just finished reading this book. It was absolutely riveting. Peretti even outdid himself. I decided to go back and read This Present Darkness again before reading this one, for comparison's sake. This story revolves around another small town named Bacon's Corner that is being overtaken by evil. A woman named Sally Beth Roe stars along with a man named Tom Harris, but they follow parallel storylines, tied together but unknown to one another--at least at first. Our heroes, Marshall Hogan and Bernice Krueger, make their way back onto the scene, with Marshall's wife Kate playing a more active role than in Ashton.I love how Peretti starts the story out with tons of action and confusion but then slowly brings some order out of it without telling all. Although we, as readers, are able to see from many different characters' perspectives, including the angels and demons, Peretti ably conceals the tortuous route that the story takes us through. And even though we can guess the end--good prevails over evil--we are driven to find out HOW good will prevail over evil. At so many points in the story, impossible situations occur, things get bleaker by the second, evil's grip become a chokehold . . . and yet, we continue to root for good to triumph SOMEHOW, SOMEWAY. Peretti does not fail his readers.I am a Frank E. Peretti fan for life!

  • Anne Hawn Smith
    2019-02-21 23:22

    This sequel was just as exciting as the first book and deals with a subject that is becoming an increasing problem and that is the encroachment of anti Christian bias in our schools. The quasi-religious activities such as using a mantra or acquiring a spirit guide are being practiced in our public schools and are not benign exercises in values clarification. In areas where there are no Christian schools, or other alternatives, people are turning more and more to homeschooling.The small church school in this story is being attacked by an ACLU type organization. The lawyers seize the opportunity to involve themselves in the school because the mother one of children in the school is receiving Federal day-care funds. The organization wants to set a precedent for interfering with religious schools. This could easily be tomorrow's headlines. The plot has several threads and the author weaves them in and out to keep the action moving, but they all dovetail at the end. One of the most interesting ideas is that the angelic host cannot fight unless there is enough "prayer cover" and that demonic activity can thwart the angels by spreading gossip and strive within the Christian community.

  • C.J. Darlington
    2019-03-19 23:14

    This book is the one that first made me want to be a writer. One of my all time faves. I have read it multiple times, and that says something for me. A classic!

  • Jacob Aitken
    2019-03-08 00:10

    Major blog review coming later. I'm going to tie it in with Texe Marrs' book on cults.

  • Matthew
    2019-03-19 20:25

    This book only gets two stars for its ability to create effective suspense, and the inventive narrative structure which combines the drama of the human world with the drama of the conflict between angels and demons. Otherwise, this narrative is full of stereotyping from an evangelical conservative perspective, which in retrospect makes many of its claims laughable. For this reason, it has not stood up well under the test of time. Some of the outrageous evangelical stereotypes espoused by the author are: 1). That the ACLU discriminates against Christians, and is directly involved in a satanic plot to undermine Christianity; 2) that those who practice relaxation practices, like meditation and transcendental meditation, are directed by satanic spirit guides; 3) that people who report pastors, and Christian schools, to Child Protection Services for whacking children with paddles and wooden spoons are also involved in a satanic conspiracy against the church. I'm sure there are more ridiculous claims, but for the moment these are the top three that surface to my memory.The first claim, that the ACLU discriminates against Christians, and is in cahoots with Satan, is absurd, because one only has to perform a simple Google search to discover that there have been many legal cases where the ACLU represented the rights of Christians to express their beliefs. In fact, there is a whole website called which mentions several of these cases.The second claim, which compares meditation to satanism, is equally ludicrous. When I was a college student, I took some stress management psychology courses, and during those courses we practiced various types of meditation. Not once, were we asked to contact any type of spirit guide, or any demonic entities. Meditation is actually more in line with science than vague spirituality. By practicing meditation, an individual acknowledges that their brain actually is able to more of the involuntary functions of the body than perviously was thought to be possible. By focusing their thoughts, a person can lower their heart beat and blood pressure at will, reduce or increase their body temperature, and naturally enter altered states of consciousness. This is a scientific fact, and has nothing to do with the worship of demons, or lucifer.As for the third claim, if I knew of any church, Christian school, or parent that was smacking children's backsides with wooden paddles, spoons, belts etc.....I would certainly consider reporting them to Child Protection Services. Study after study has shown the harm that can be caused to children through corporal punishment; and the theology that some Christians cling to to support the continuance of such a twisted tradition is so laughably thin that one has to wonder if anyone who holds to such convictions has actually spent the time to think about how unbiblical they really are. For instance, all Christian childrearing authors, like James Dobson, Roy Lessin, Ted Tripp etc......all make the absurd claim that God invented the human buttocks for the purpose of being spanked. Really? I'm sure that the buttocks has nothing to do with our ability to walk upright, instead of on all fours. But, since I am attacking the theology, and practice of spanking, with logic, I must be in league with the devil.I enjoyed this novel when I was in 8th grade and was not knowledgable to recognize how stereotypical, and absurd its claims were. When I re-read it as an adult, I still enjoyed some of the suspense, but realized it was completely illogical and out-of-date.

  • Joseph Rudin
    2019-03-18 23:28

    This book is classic Peretti. He creates a situation in which the angels of heaven do actual battle with the demons of hell in a bid to help a group of people in a small town overcome the biggest personal and legal battles of their lives. Peretti is masterful at creating a story in which he has asked the question, "What if spiritual warfare looked like real warfare?", and then making that come to life in his words. Piercing the Darkness follows the same heavenly warriors from the book This Present Darkness as they now battle demons for the life of Sally after a failed murder attempt on her life. They also battle for the emotional, spiritual, and personal well being of a small Christian school principal who suddenly finds himself battling a lawsuit against his school, while at the same time trying to regain his children from CPS, who have taken them from him, for seemingly no reason at all. Stranger yet, is that the lives of the woman and the principal intertwine, even though they have never met.A page turner for sure. If you enjoyed This Present Darkness, then you'll love Piercing the Darkness.

  • Nike Chillemi
    2019-03-18 03:33

    If you believe that angels are literally in the hen house and demons are lurking behind every sagging fence, this book is for you. The book is entertaining as the battle in the heavens reaches fever pitch, but it also has a sobering message about legal maneuvering that can take place on the earth.

  • Jae Green
    2019-03-01 21:35

    Even though this book is listed under Fiction... I believe that it definitely has some truth to it... If you have a relationship with Christ and you want to know something about the spiritual realm this book will definitely enlighten you!

  • Ellen Maze
    2019-02-25 03:22

    This is a terrific sequel to THIS PRESENT DARKNESS. This one centers around the real problem we have in the USA which is demonic practice sneaking into our schools. Very well-done as usual and I want to read it again!

  • Memz Turaga
    2019-03-12 00:27

    wow....This is one amazing book of spiritual warfare I would recommend to any Christian reader. Beautiful book written by Frank Peretti.

  • Atalia
    2019-03-20 20:13

    This book made me realize the really importance of the prayer. I recommend this book for eveyone, is very good. Loved i!

  • Joshua
    2019-03-08 22:26

    Loved reading this book back in high school. Opened my eyes to possibilities in the spiritual realm that I had not seen/considered before. Very cool.

  • Jerry
    2019-03-04 04:27

    The Darkness series, of which this is the second and final volume, revolutionized Christian literature as we know it. Without it, there would be no Beverly Lewis Amish novels, no "end times" fiction, nor pretty much popular Christian literature as it is today. I hadn't read any parts of this series in a while, but I devoured it in one sitting, despite its length. I'm not sure that spiritual warfare is exactly as this book describes, but it still made for an entertaining read.

  • Mistie
    2019-03-15 04:13

    I think I enjoyed this book even more than This Present Darkness. It made me give more thought to what is going on in the spiritual realm. I would read it again in a heartbeat.

  • Liza
    2019-03-19 04:39

    Read when I was very young, naive and hopeful.......and then I grew up.This is not the kind of book I'd like to read again, but enjoyed it at the time for its "explanation" / "insight" / at least its imaginary way of creating a Spiritual Realm we humans may choose to relate to. I would however recommend it to people interested in finding a fresh way of trying to understand the spiritual world. It’s not possible to understand the Spiritual Realm fully because our minds are way too small to comprehend something that does not fit into anything logical to grasp the majesty of what lies beyond, but reading the book might bring some solace to our way of thinking. My main concern with promoting this book is that I believe our focus should be directed on the Creator (Who is ultimately the centre of all realms), moving into a deeper and never-ending spiral of relationship with Him. I was about 13 at the time of reading this series, and it completely diverted my focus. Because although this is a work of fiction, there are so many biblical principles included and it’s very hard to distinguish between fact and fiction. Yes, my age then should be considered, and may be the reason that I started believing that the whole spiritual world is on my shoulders and I have this immense responsibility to work harder, pray longer, stay purer, and ultimately work incredibly hard not to fail or become a disappointment to God or His angels etc. In my journey so far, I’ve learnt that my goal should not be to carry this self imposed burden on my own, but that when I understand a little more about God’s grace and mercy, kindness and faithfulness etc. that I become empowered through Him, and He takes care of the rest. In conclusion: This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness are both imaginative, gripping, heart warming and at times funny. Unfortunately the people interested in this type of genre are usually quite fickle as we change our beliefs (or small aspects thereof) constantly – which is very healthy in my opinion – but it leaves us to wonder onto planes not destined for our human minds to grasp, but for our spirits to understand. If you can dedicate yourself to experience this series as pure fiction (and if you’re over 13, it might help), then by all means, enjoy!

  • Donovan
    2019-02-25 00:16

    This is the second book and sequel to This Present Darkness and I found it to be as good if not better than the first. I need to point out it is heavily Christian in its content but don't let that put you off. Although I am not a Christian, I did find this to be quite a good read and was given to me (with This Present Darkness) while I was going through a particularly difficult period in my life. It provides an interesting and contemporary look at Angels & Demons in a setting that is quite believable. You don't need to have read the first book to enjoy this one although there are references in there.Plot ***Spoilers***It follows the journey of Sally Beth Roe as she tries to escape her past and slowly overcomes her constant struggle to discern the Truth.Told in this story is the town of Bacon's Corner, and a resident named Tom Harris. His kids are ripped from his home by Child Services. Seeming to have no connection with other events at first, a young police officer, Ben Cole, is convinced what is being brushed off as a suicide is actually a murder, and ends up losing his job over the issue... which brings him to the side of the embattled Christian school. Caught in the crossfire is a little girl who's been forced into a curriculum of "meditation techniques" and "inner spiritual guides" that control her moods, attitudes, and actions, the little Amber Brandon, and her mother Lucy who realizes this lawsuit and the people who are "helping" her may be much, much more than she bargained for.Before the paths that Sally Roe and Tom Harris [and the others] are on collide, the Ashton Clarion editor and his wife, Marshall and Kate Hogan, make a return appearance as veteran fighters in this war against the powers of darkness that threaten freedom of religion everywhere. As the story unfolds, the lawsuit and its participants are soon locked in a struggle of ethics versus non-ethics, absolutes versus relativism, right versus wrong, and those with interest in this battle are shown to be even in the highest places of government.

  • Martin
    2019-03-08 21:36

    Piercing the Darkness was recommended to me by a fellow Christian who suggested that I read Mr. Peretti’s books.Most of the negative reviews I’ve seen seem to revolve around the writer’s Christian outlook and the fantastic stories of demons and Angels doing battle in an unseen realm. It does sound sort of fantastic doesn’t it but then that’s what the Bible says is happening in a dimension or realm which we cannot see. It would be frightening to be aware of all of the struggles on God’s behalf and on the behalf of satan, wouldn’t it? Some folks have trouble thinking in terms of a Heavenly Realm because science says that rubbish, right? Well, scientists say that we generally operate in 4 dimensions but they’re very clear that there are at least 10 dimensions. Perhaps it’d help if we thought of God’s realm as spanning all those dimensions at once. If we were to really see it, be aware of it, I think our little heads would explode.The earthly story was a bit contrived. The author seemed to be attempting to use every “boogeyman” that has the Christian Church has encountered including the police, the federal courts, satanists, witches, demons and the public school system but it is, in my humble opinion, not very well done.The earthly story could have been made far more simple and reasonable while still demonstrating that there is a battle behind the scenes between good and evil, God and satan.Having said this I will give Mr. Peretti’s books another try.

  • Alexander Draganov
    2019-02-23 21:18

    More like 4.5 stars, but because I was harsh with the first part, I'd be generous with the rating of the second part. Multi-layered, gripping story of spiritual warfare, in which author Frank Peretti mixes political thriller and epic battles between angels and demons with strong human story of forgiveness and redemption. I guess that Peretti will be considered to be too conservative for many readers, but really, after the onslaught of ultra liberal books in recent years, his "Darkness" novels seem like the perfect antidote.

  • Jennifer Dow
    2019-03-23 02:26

    As a young girl I read this book. It made all the difference to me as I faced a decision to follow a path of new age religion or Christianity. Through this book I saw that the intrigue and depth of Christianity was more than I had originally thought. I was compelled to choose the path of Christianity largely because of this book. I also suspect the prayers of those who loved me had much to do wit it as well.

  • Kara
    2019-03-06 22:34

    This book is not perfect.It is, in fact, quite far from it. ;) But it's one of those books that I read years and years ago, in late middle/early high school, that I loved so much then that I can't help but still get enjoyment out of it now. As an adult, I see the plot holes, the theological problems, the ethical problems, and the clunky dialogue. But I still think it's fun. :)

  • Adrielle
    2019-03-10 21:28

    4.5 starsOne of my all time favourite novels. In part because I am able to connect with it spiritually and the other because it is well constructed and written. I laughed, I cried and I wanted to do it all over again. I think I have read this four times now and will do so again. Not quite as good as the first but most definitely brilliant in its own right.

  • Lou
    2019-02-28 21:12

    Reseña completaEstos libros se han convertido en clásicos, y con justa razón hicieron que Frank Peretti sea llamado el “rey de este género”.

  • Eric Cook
    2019-02-21 20:32

    I was 13 when i read this so don't hold it against me.. haha