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Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Charisma House
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.60 (inches)|
The Happy ReaderColumbia, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5InformativeNovember 24, 2013The Happy ReaderColumbia, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleHow many of us feel a little in awe of the occult? Scary movies, paranormal books, seemingly innocent children's games, whatever, and this time of year is conducive to such feelings and curiosities. What would a Christian who had come out of all this have to say about it? I admit I did have some amount of trepidation when I signed up to review this book. Would this author seek to combine witchcraft and Christianity? That would be tantamount to combining oil and water and having the mixture not separate.
And, what would cause a Christian to turn from God to occultic practices? She answers those questions beautifully and pointedly - without reservation and judgment. She doesn't blame her choices and situations on others. Instead she accepts responsibility for her own actions and reactions, and that was rather refreshing.
The author states in her introduction:
"...I pursued purity as a means of having a deeper connection with God...The life I created became narrow-minded and legalistic...I lost a vital part of my understanding about God. His grace. I lost sight of the merciful nature of my Savior."
Many of us, Christians included, find paranormal things mysterious and beguiling. Enticing, even. What started as an innocent look at a seemingly harmless religion brought her down a dark, scary path that was all but innocent.
The author states:
"I became a Christian witch. Did I lose my mind or Bible? There is no such thing as a Chrsitian witch. Who would even believe such a thing as even possible? Someone influenced by a postmodern society. A person hungry for spirituality without rules."
Friends, Satan is alive and well. And he's as beguiling and crafty as ever. Christians must not ignore the truths placed before us in God's Word. The battle is alive and well, and we're facing a formidable enemy.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a deeper understanding of these things without leaving your Christian beliefs behind. Well written and engaging, this book can be used not only to better understand, but help Christians not shy away from reaching out to those who have lost their way or are embroiled in the occult. Kristine McGuire has a message. A clear, confident message that needs to be shared with others who may have felt the draw and enticement of the occult.
This isn't just a story of one woman's release from the occult, but of God's steadfast love, grace and mercy. His love and attention toward a prodigal. Is it possible for a Christian to become embroiled in witchcraft and come out again?
I ask you,
Is anything too hard for God?
1 John 1:9
-The Bible simply became a book of wisdom, literature, and history. I rejected it as the inerrant Eord of God, embracing spiritual experience as my guide. - how many times have we heard the same thing?
-I avoided the corporate church experience - another, oft-used argument.
-I'm spiritual but not religious. - dangerous beginnings down a dark path
-Spiritual syncretism is the blending of otherwise incompatible belief systems into a unified whole. This is the foundation of Christian witchcraft
-Freedom found me the day I realized I was not bound to witchcraft. - this is the authors own words when she realized God's grace and mercy were offered to her. And it was as much grace and mercy He offered those who had never become involved in the occult or witchcraft. Yes. The grace and mercy He offers to every one today. All she had to do?
The same as everyone else.
AthenaWest Jordan, UTAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Very InformativeJanuary 2, 2013AthenaWest Jordan, UTAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Escaping The Cauldron is a fascinating book written by Kristine McGuire, who was raised in a Christian home. This is a true account of Kristine's struggle with the occult. She describes in detail her experiences as a ghost hunter, witch, and medium.
Escaping the Cauldron has been described as 'part Bible study and part memoir'. It explores how the author tried to blend the occult with Christianity, and how God eventually delivered her from this double life.
The author addresses areas that readers may question whether or not they are potentially crossing into the supernatural, such as Halloween. Included in the book are websites for further research, a glossary of occult words, information about spiritual gifts, and how you can know Jesus. With scripture throughout the book, Escaping the Cauldron is both powerful and informative. It would be a helpful resource for anyone, including church leaders, in helping those involved in any area of the supernatural and occult.
Mary hessSummerville, SCAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wow. Amazing Content.October 22, 2012Mary hessSummerville, SCAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow. That about sums it up for me after reading Kristine's book Escaping the Cauldron. This extended version (or should I say expanded version) from her original book is simply amazing. I have been honored to call Kristine friend and I feel that she has really captured the heart of her story - which is relationship over idolatry.
And that's what it really boils down to, right? It's all about our relationship with God - not the idols we have in our lives. Because He is jealous. And He loves us too much to leave us there.
He loved Kristine that much too. He pursued her even through her wanderings and dabblings with Witchcraft and being a Ghost Hunter. Yeah. A Christian witch. Who knew?! (Google it and find out!) But there are many people out there today who are questioning their beliefs - their faith - their god (God) - and sometimes they feel mixing the two religions will be the answer.
Kristine begs to differ. She's lived it. And her story is full of truths, full of transparent revelations, full of in-depth looks at what the Scripture has to say about every argument she made in favor of being a Christian witch.
She's also included questions to ponder at the end of each chapter. So if you know someone struggling in their faith, this book will be a great tool to help them work through all of their questions and thought processes.
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Informative and Scripture-basedOctober 11, 2012Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Escaping the Cauldron" is a memoir with a focus on the times when the author was involved in the occult. We learn why she was interested in the occult, how she got into it, what types of things she did (as a witch, medium, and ghost-hunter), and what caused her to stop these activities.
We're told some details about the occult practices she did, but it's to compare them to Christian practices. For example, she saw someone describe magick as "prayer with props," so she described for us the attitude and intent (and ritual) behind magick versus that for prayer. The author showed a very good Scriptural understanding of the purpose of Christian practices, etc., and why these are different from the occult at their foundation. The author discussed the truth behind the paranormal according to the Bible. Throughout the book, she quoted what Scripture has to say about these things.
I'd recommend this book to those who wish to reach out to those in the occult (and so wish to better understand it and what the Bible says about it). I'd also recommend it to Christians who dabble with the occult (horoscopes, yoga, angel oracle, etc.) because they don't see the harm in it. I wouldn't give this book to a Christian Witch or someone who doesn't hold the Bible as their sole authority, though, since they aren't likely to accept her arguments.
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
PaulAge: 35-44Gender: male2 Stars Out Of 5Ghost hunter in search of ghostwriter!October 2, 2012PaulAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2I am an avid reader and I heard about this book through a friend. I especially enjoy reading books that demonstrate the redemption power of God and writers who can communicate their experiences and message in an articulate and tangible manner. Now I know that to say anything negative about such a book can come across callous because it would seem to be an attack on a prodigal who comes back to our Loving God. So, it is important for the readers to separate the sharing of scripture and testimony, from the craft of writing. In saying that, I always give God a BIG 5 stars because of His mercy to save us in any story, and His book, the Bible, a BIG 5 as well! But, since we are not reviewing the Bible, we must focus on the book, Escaping the Cauldron. That said I give this book 2 stars.
I felt the writing sounded pretentious, as in trying to persuade readers she is an expert in her field, repeatedly referencing former witch, medium, and ghost hunter as if trying to convince us and herself, by her spooky childhood and internet occult involvement.
The book shares no new knowledge and seems to contain information Kristine rehashed already on the market. There were many fragmented sentences and misused words, which concerns me being a product of a professional publishing house. The book lacked flow and was repetitious; bouncing her experiences through the three spiritual hats she wore. Even at the end of the book, it seemed the publishers were adding filler material after Chapter 28 to stretch the book beyond 200 pages.
I feel she has an interesting story that would have benefited from a well experience ghostwriter to bring it to life and make it a more enjoyable read.
Author: Kristine McGuire
Located in: Grandville
Submitted: March 08, 2012
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a wife and the mother of two adult daughters in college. I love God with all my heart. It's my passion to honor Him and encourage others through my writing and speaking.
I write a blog called Kristine ReMixed and contribute to Positively Feminine. I've written articles for Faithful Devotions;Praise and Coffee Magazine (Autumn 2011); and an essay for Focus on the Family.
What was your motivation behind this project? After I recommitted my life to Christ in 2007, I didn't share the story of my eight year occult journey with people. For two years, I watched as the influence of mysticism and the paranormal grew in our society (and within the church). I felt the tug of the Holy Spirit, calling me to respond. My husband suggested I create a blog. I began sharing parts of my story in a section titled Christians and the Occult. Within two months I began receiving emails and phone calls from Christians asking for help. When I asked God what more I should do, the answer was Escaping the Cauldron.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? The book is part memoir. I share information about the occult based on my personal experiences as a witch, medium, and ghost hunter. It's also part Bible study. I share scripture and provide questions for people to "dig deeper" into the topic from a biblical perspective. My hope is this will start a much needed conversation within the church about the occult, it's practices, and what draws people to it in the first place. My prayer is that God will draw people to seek Him--whether they are already a Christian, a prodigal, or never knew Him.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? As I've worked on this project, I've learned how to step out in bold faith, trusting that God will provide what I need as His will is accomplished.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My sources of inspiration are Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. My favorite authors are Frank Peretti, Ann Voskamp, Tracey Bateman, Mark Batterson, and Beth Moore. My favorite artists are Third Day, Bluetree, Skillet, Family Force Five, Fireflight.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I'm honored for the opportunity to share my story and hope they are blessed by reading it.
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