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3.06 out of 53.06 out of 53.06 out of 53.06 out of 53.06 out of 5 3.06 (16 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tracy Wilkinson Narrator: Shelly Frasier Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2007 ISBN: 9781400173792
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It is one of the most ancient, arcane, and to some, embarrassing rites of the Roman Catholic Church. Yet the number of priests in Italy trained as exorcists has risen tenfold over the past decade, and they are still unable to keep up with the skyrocketing demand for their services. Award-winning foreign correspondent Tracy Wilkinson reveals that “devil detox,” as some call it, is a booming industry, complete with motivational speakers, international conventions, and plenty of controversy. At the center of this surprising movement is Father Gabriele Amorth, an energetic octogenarian who has spent decades leading a campaign to re-establish exorcism as a regularly performed rite of the Church. Through extensive interviews with him, as well as with highly placed Church officials, scientists, and ordinary Catholics, Wilkinson reveals the profound impact of this growing trend within both the Church hierarchy and the lay community.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa | 1/19/2014

    " Very informative! I now know everything that I will ever need to know about exorcism. Ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Maxwell | 1/16/2014

    " Odd how some traditions linger "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edward Gardner | 1/5/2014

    " An interesting look at an ancient Church practice from a secular journalist who shows judgemental skepticism over true, unbiased journalism. Even so, the interviews and first-hand accounts with exorcists and the exorcised made her bias tolerable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Nelson | 12/10/2013

    " Truthfully, I only got halfway through before I had to read other things (not because I was bored with this, but because I HAD to read them), but look forward to the day I re-read what I've already read and read the rest. It provides a rarely-seen side of Catholic belief and practice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom | 12/10/2013

    " The strangest thing about this book is that it's poorly written. You wouldn't think the Los Angeles Times' Rome bureau chief would use the word "dastardly" without irony. Also, it betrays an ignorance not only of Catholicism but of basic philosophical concepts like logic. Disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MaryJeanne | 10/3/2013

    " Pretty interesting. Sometimes creepy. Read it all and decide for yourself how much is legit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan Taylor | 5/17/2013

    " The research only covered a narrow portion of the topic of exorcism (it was specifically on the Italian exorcists). It could have been a little broader but it was a quick read and held my interest. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Scott | 9/5/2012

    " If you think Christians are superstitious imbeciles, and you don't really concern yourself with actual facts, you might enjoy this book. You'll already have two things in common with its author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolin | 7/9/2012

    " A short introduction with historical background and case studies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 4/13/2012

    " This book was okay. It was a quick, condensed history of exorcisms, exorcists, and their patients. If you're looking for the thrills of "The Exorcist", this is not for you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristof | 12/17/2011

    " Strange little book about exorcism. I am missing the reason of this book. Not clear what it wants to tell its readers... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 8/17/2011

    " Very good, but to honor an Exorcist who is not in union with the Church is practicing his ministry in a grave way. The protection and safety of the Church in critical in such a topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 12/15/2010

    " Truthfully, I only got halfway through before I had to read other things (not because I was bored with this, but because I HAD to read them), but look forward to the day I re-read what I've already read and read the rest. It provides a rarely-seen side of Catholic belief and practice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 11/20/2008

    " Very good, but to honor an Exorcist who is not in union with the Church is practicing his ministry in a grave way. The protection and safety of the Church in critical in such a topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa | 8/20/2007

    " Very informative! I now know everything that I will ever need to know about exorcism. Ever. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom | 5/5/2007

    " The strangest thing about this book is that it's poorly written. You wouldn't think the Los Angeles Times' Rome bureau chief would use the word "dastardly" without irony. Also, it betrays an ignorance not only of Catholicism but of basic philosophical concepts like logic. Disappointing. "

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About the Author

Tracy Wilkinson is the Rome bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times and she is the winner of the Polk Award for Foreign Reporting for her work in Bosnia and Kosovo in the 1990s.

About the Narrator

Shelly Frasier has appeared in many independent film and theater projects in Arizona and Southern California and has done voice-over work for commercials and animation projects. She trained at the Groundlings Improv School in Hollywood and South Coast Repertory’s Professional Conservatory in Costa Mesa, California. She has performed at theaters throughout North Hollywood and Orange County. Recent performances include Blue Window, The Battle of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry, The Haunting of Hill House, and a British farcical version of A Christmas Carol. She resides in Hollywood.