Piercing the Darkness

by Frank E. Peretti

Paperback, 1989



Call number



Crossway Books (1989), 439 pages

Original publication date



Fiction. Suspense. HTML:Now in ebook, the classic sequel to bestseller This Present Darkness, about another small town in the midst of an unseen supernatural battle for truth. This sequel to This Present Darkness follows the supernatural battle over the small town of Bacon's Corner, where, once again, armies of angels and demons are at war. Sally Beth Roe is trying to escape her past and struggling to find the truth, while Tom Harris finds himself embroiled in a battle to save a Christian school threatened by outside forces.


Christian Book Award (Winner — Fiction — 1990)


Original language


Physical description

439 p.; 8.44 x 1.14 inches


0891075275 / 9780891075271

User reviews

LibraryThing member ShortyBond
Another amazing book by Peretti!! This man can't write enough page turners!
LibraryThing member HobbitGirl09
A worthy sequel to This Present Darkness, this book continues to chronicle the ongoing war between angels and demons, and the human souls affected by it.
LibraryThing member boonvegas
this is awesome book. it keeps you on the edge of your seat wanting to the good guys to when. and when you are not sure they do so it is a struggle for them to win but will faith in God and Jesus they win with loses but with God blessing them
LibraryThing member greggrimes
A really, really great story!
LibraryThing member pinkcrayon99
I remember when my mother purchased both books, This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness. She tried to get me to read them when I was in high school but all the angels and spiritual warfare stuff really spooked me back then. I snagged, Piercing the Darkness, from her house a few years ago
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and finally started reading it earlier this year. I found it to be a slow read but I’m glad I stuck with it.

Lucy Brandon thought her daughter, Amber, had an innocent imaginary childhood friend when she acted out as Amethyst, the horse, but she was really possessed by a demon spirit. This “possession” propelled the forces of darkness into motion in the small town of Bacon’s Corner. Peretti sets the story in motion quickly and then gives us the details through the middle. Tom Harris, director of the local Christian school, children has been taken by Child Protective Services and he has been charged with child abuse. The child abuse charges does not stem from him abusing his own children but for spanking and trying to cast Amethyst out of Amber. While all this is going on there is a background story and the main character is a mysterious woman named Sally Roe. What happens to Sally Roe ultimately affects the outcome of things in Bacon’s Corner. The most intriguing part of the entire novel is how the ranks of angels and demons actually move the story along.

Peretti gives a lot of background and details so the middle of the story was kind of hard to work through. There was always a lot of suspense and the ending was riveting! My favorite characters had to be the “angels.” It was so great how Peretti made them so diverse. They were of all nationalities. The names that Peretti gave the demons made you really think about how these evil spirits can infiltrate our daily lives. They had names like despair, insanity, destroyer, strongman, and many more. Peretti made it real clear how effective the power of prayer can be when believers unify and cast away demonic imps such as “discord” and “gossip.” We also saw how the spiritual wickedness really is in “high” places.

There were a lot of shocking revelations and moments in the text when you speed read to see what happens next. The most moving and beautifully written part for me was when Sally Roe came to know Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. At that moment, she found peace and confidence that she had been searching for for years.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, and against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” – Ephesians 6:12
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LibraryThing member christianlit
A good sequel to This present darkness and just as compelling.
LibraryThing member DaleCogdell
If you ever wanted to get a feel for the real supernatural this book and its companion book,This Present darkness, this is it. The invisible becomes real in the characters and creates a real picture in your mind.Early ground-breaking stuff.
LibraryThing member David.Alfred.Sarkies
The main reason that I did not like this book was because it was shoved down my throat by a fundamentalist Christian when I was twenty years old and living in a halfway house because I had pretty much stuffed up my life. To be honest, I had been charged with a number of criminal offences, stolen
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about $1000.00 (in 1990s money) off of my parents, and was hanging around with a guy that was not only a bad influence, but also a bad smell. Before I go into this book I might say a word or two about this guy.
He was a funny guy, a refugee from an Eastern bloc country (isn't it funny that refugees from European and Asian Countries were welcomed, but refugees from Middle Eastern Countries aren't) who wanted to live 'the life' but did not want to work for it. I suspect that the main reason he hung around me was because he thought that I could come up with grand some money making scheme that would make him rich, but with the minimal amount of work (probably also because I looked up at him, and he was one of those people that loved having people around that looked up to him – it gave him some form of identity). It was like if he could buy alcohol and clothes by passing off stale cheques or stolen credit cards (it was a lot easier back in those days to rack up credit card debt on somebody else's card because the shops would not be notified until at least a month after the card was reported stolen), he would do it, but if it involved establishing a publishing house (or even a dodgy stock brokerage firm) he was not interested. Oh, and he was also the type of guy that would pretty much take everything for himself, and when I said he was a bad smell, I meant it: I simply could not get rid of him. I would try to disconnect myself from him, and then suddenly he would rock up at my door one day and want to hang around with me. I really don't know what happened to him, and in a way I am curious because it has been a long time since I have seen him and it would be interesting to see if he has pulled himself out of the rubbish that he had got himself into (as I have done), or if he is dead.
Mind you, that is all by the by, because this book is about spiritual warfare. It is about a woman who is haunted by a demon and has to come to terms with this demon by fighting it. A number of Christians that I know don't like this book because it is very works based: the main character has to fight and overcome the demon herself when in reality it is through God that we are able to overcome our demons. Mind you, when I speak about overcoming our demons, I mean it in both in the literal and the metaphorical sense.
One of the funny things that I have found in my life so far is that sometimes our demons (both literal and metaphorical) can be location based, and sometimes they can simply be due to who you hang around with, and I guess that is why I mentioned the story of that guy above. It wasn't until I managed to not only separate myself from him, but from all of the people that were related to him, that my life began to turn around again. Look, I am not blaming my problems on him, by no means, because I always had a choice. There was one time where I (surprise, surprise) ran into him in Victoria Square when I was with another friend, and I was given the choice of going with him or with my other friend (I couldn't have both) and I ended up going with him (bad choice).
The same has happened recently, in that I have moved myself seven hundred kilometres away from my source of marijuana and I have begun to clean myself up (though I still probably drink more than I should, and am kicking myself that I did not by any beer on Christmas Eve to discover that even in Melbourne you can't buy beer on Christmas Day) and even save money. As I write this on Christmas Day in 2012, I must say that I have managed to achieve three goals this year, I have moved interstate, I have saved $5000.00 and put it into my share trading account, and I have beaten the market (by about 8%). The third one, I must admit, was more luck than skill, and I am not expecting to do the same next year, but I guess my next goal is to bring certain holdings up to about $5000.00 each, and also develop a friendship network here in Melbourne, as well as going to Hong Kong and connecting with a church there. One should remember though that the bible says that it is not that we should not be making plans, but that we should be making plans with God's purposes in mind, and as I look back on my achievements this year, once again I will have to say that it is not through any skill of my own, but through God's grace that I have been able to do that.
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