This Present Darkness
This Present Darkness is a Christian novel by well-known suspense, horror, and fantasy author Frank E. Peretti. Published in 1986 by Crossway Books, This Present Darkness was Peretti's first published novel for adults and shows contemporary views on angels, demons, prayer, and spiritual warfare as demons and angels interact and struggle for control of the citizens of the small town of Ashton. It is critical of Eastern and New Age spiritual practices, portraying meditation as a means of demonic possession.
This book sold in excess of 2.5 million copies worldwide and remained on the CBA top best sellers list for over 150 consecutive weeks after its release. It has been instrumental in promoting belief in Territorial Spirits.Its title comes from Ephesians 6:12 (RSV). "For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places."
Peretti followed This Present Darkness up with a sequel in 1988, Piercing the Darkness.
Composer Jason Bahr wrote a piece of chamber music for flute, clarinet, violin, 'cello, percussion and piano based on this book, also called This Present Darkness.
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