5 Stars Out Of 5
A story of where an identity crises can end up.
March 13, 2013
"From Darkness to Light; How to Rescue Someone You Love From the Occult", is a book freshly released this month through upcoming publishers, Bridge Logos. This published work was released by authors Jeff Harshbarger and Elizabeth Harshbarger, but is actually a much needed revised and updated work from a book titled just "From Darkness to Light" in which was released in April of 2011, also on Bridge Logos.
I had the chance to sit down and enjoy this well designed book yesterday. I always love to sit down and hear a person's story, over a fresh cup of coffee. However, because this story comes as a book, I decided to still sit down and enjoy this autobiographical story at one of my favorite coffee shops in downtown Lancaster (Cafe One Eight). It didn't take me long to read this captivating piece from cover to cover. It's a rather easy read, that tells the authors story well in less than one hundred and fifty two pages. Though, it's an easy read and part autobiographical, the second half of the book is so informative, you may find yourself sitting it on your shelf for the occasional use as a reminder or reference.
As I mentioned, this book is basically divided into a necessary two part approach. The first half of the book is a mere ten chapters that accurately capture the author's journey and a lifetime of stories and experience in just 59 pages. Jeff Harshbarger visualizes his upbringing and the struggles he had in the beginning years of his life's journey and he painfully admits how that had affected, severed and shaped him. As a young man with confusing complexes of being needed and needing purpose, he had experienced some things we may define as paranormal and started to â€˜harmlessly' experiment with some things often classified with the occult. As he became more and more engaged with these things, he turned to the guidance of a man in his neighborhood who was a self- identified worker of magic and servant of Satan It was after moving in with him that Jeff Harshbarger felt needed and found what he believed was his needed purpose. The first half of this book discusses how he ended up there, what he succumbed to during that era and what he experienced within these dark moments of his life. It was during this era of his life that Jeff classified and defined himself as a â€˜Satanist'. It also intimately paints the rescuing hope he came across suddenly, as the prayers and love of some simple Christians changed everything he thought he knew and wanted. During this era Jeff also mentions a crazy encounter with the Kingdom of God and the glory of Jesus in his backyard - which put him on the journey out of his peers and quest to be enthralled by demonic forces. His story is honest and engaging. It's a story anyone will find interesting. However, the only weak part of this first half of the story is the fact that he did not spend enough time (for me) describing what his encounter with the glory of Jesus looked like in that moment in his backyard. It seemed to be a pivotal encountering moment of change in which I wish he spent time on portraying this encounter a little more. However, his story is a good one and it's not an overly sensationalized piece of exaggeration with big claims or bragging rights. It's an honest first hand look at his life and the dangerous grasps he entangled himself with in a search for identity. It's an honest prophetic look and warning for us with kids, involved in church and reaching out to our neighbors in similar identity crises.
Jeff Harshbarger is now an ordained Minister and holds Master's degrees in both youth ministry and Christian Counseling. A few years ago, he started Refuge Ministries as a solidifying attempt to reach out and help those who are involved in grasps of dark forces. Some of you may remember a review I did on Jeff Harshbarger's book, â€˜Dancing With The Devil', which was a collective of people's stories that were involved in these occult forces and have successfully found freedom. (Discover My Review Here)
His passionate heart to speak life and hope into the lives of those who struggle with the very things he was once entangled with is the very reason he felt required to compose the second part of this book. The second part of this book is called, "How to Rescue Someone you Love From The Occult". This is the part of the book that will have you putting this published work on your bookshelf as a reference piece to pull from time to time. The authors skillfully explain to their readers the background information on the occult and it's many active branches. It breaks down the dangerous grasps, historical background, common symbols and modern influence of Satanism, Wicca, Witchcraft, Neo-Paganism, Druids, Shamanism, Native American Religion, Kabbalah, Vampires, Goths and much more.
The authors end the book with simple tasks to show a rescuing love and approach to those you know in the occult and the testimonial success stories of those they've helped bring out of these dark places.
Though it seems I've read quite a few books on the Occult lately, which is not a topic I normally engage in - I still find myself glad that I read this book. I am equally glad to now have this book sitting on my bookshelf for future use as a reminder of how a simple searching experimentation can end you up in such dark grasp and as a reminder to the background on these dark grasps and how I can identify someone's involvements in them to reach out in a simple love and approach to them.