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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

{Book Review} Confrontation with Evil: An In-Depth Review of the 1949 Possession That Inspired the Exorcist by Steven A LaChance

Confrontation with Evil: An In-Depth Review of the 1949 Possession That Inspired the Exorcist
by Steven A LaChance
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Release: February 8th 2017
Genre: Non-Fiction-Adult: Paranormal
How I got it: Received a copy from the Publisher via NetGalley

Known as the 1949 St. Louis Exorcism, the story of possessed child Roland Doe was immortalized in the groundbreaking novel and film The Exorcist. Much has been written about the case, but the truth has been shrouded in secrecy...until now.

Join Steven A. LaChance, as he shares the shocking evidence for how a family's grief over the death of an aunt progressed into a full-blown demonic possession. While the conventional story is that Roland Doe brought the demonic infestation upon himself, LaChance convincingly suggests an alternative interpretation, and provides new insights into the nature of possession itself.

The events of 1949 culminated in grueling exorcism rites, but the story doesn't end there as LaChance guides readers through the stunning aftermath that forever changed the Catholic church and the city of St. Louis.

Review: Having read Mr LaChance's other books and knowing some of his history with the paranormal, I have to say I am surprised that Mr LaChance even thinks about things like this case much less researches and writes about them. With that said, I do think that Mr LaChance offered a lot of insight and provide new view points to this case. I was already familiar with the 1949 St Louis Exorcism but this book offered much more in depth background to the case. I enjoyed Mr LaChance's writing style and how he interjected his own opinions based on his experience and beliefs.
This book pushes passed just the exorcism case, and goes beyond telling us about the repercussions that followed this case. Not just in St Louis but in the Church too. I feel Mr LaChance did a wonderful job digging into and researching this case. Over all an interesting look at an old case.

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