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By Harold Ristau,John W. Kleinig

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What the clinical group dismisses as a psychological ailment, Christians have frequently categorized "demon possession." whereas classifications may perhaps supply restricted assist in clarification, the Reverend Dr. Harold Ristau explores the character and which means of demonic job by means of drawing from his personal reports with exorcism. Ristau stocks lifestyles classes, non secular purposes, and non secular knowledge from his own encounters with the darkish realm. essentially meant for clergy, his reflections supply a springboard meant to stimulate severe pondering, problem metaphysical presuppositions, and encourage a belated dialog on an issue that has commonly been shunned, no longer as a result of an absence of empirical proof, yet as a result worry that it incites within us. but if the claims of the old Church are true--that demons do in truth exist and search our destruction--then a decent exam of the phenomenon, and its effect at the ways that we are living and cause, is a necessary recreation for any practitioner of the ministry of deliverance.

"With the confidence to be anticipated of an army chaplain professional by means of a harrowing time period of carrier in Afghanistan, Harold Ristau, fearlessly tackles an uneasy subject that the majority could fairly depart at the backburner. i am hoping that his lucid and hard paintings may perhaps foster prayer, examine, and attention, and make a necessary contribution to pastoral theology."
--John R. Stephenson, Registrar & Professor of ancient Theology, Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary

"Harold Ristau deals his readers a glimpse into a space of ministry the place angels would possibly not worry to tread, yet many pastors do. right here now we have a candid and sincere portrayal of the triumphs and pitfalls inherent in ministering to these less than demonic impression. Firmly grounded within the note and prayer, Dr. Ristau issues us to the necessities wanted in struggling with the one that rages like a roaring lion, looking whom he may perhaps eat (1 puppy. 5:8)."
--Joel C. Elowsky, writer; Professor of old Theology, Concordia Seminary

"Harold Ristau brings to us an real account of his reports with darkish forces that oppose the Gospel, cripple, oppress, and search to break the unwary and the broken during this global. He has visible either the non-public and all over the world expressions of non secular chaos in his ministry as pastor and army chaplain. With studying, wit, and humble honesty, this can be a huge pastoral epistle to us and our time."
--Duff Crerar, writer, Padres in No Man's Land: Canadian Chaplains within the nice War

Harold Ristau (PhD, McGill University), Lutheran pastor, Reformation pupil, army chaplain, and writer of At Peace with conflict: A Chaplain's Meditations from Afghanistan and Understanding Martin Luther's Demonological Rhetoric in His Treatise opposed to the Heavenly Prophets (1525) has served in quite a few multicultural settings delivering pastoral ministry and obstacle counseling in distinctive contexts.

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