This Present Darkness

by Frank Peretti

Paperback, 1989



Call number



Crossway Books (1989), 375 pages

Original publication date



Fiction. Literature. HTML: Ashton is just a typical small town. But when a skeptical reporter and a prayerful pastor begin to compare notes, they suddenly find themselves fighting a hideous New Age plot to subjugate the townspeople, and eventually the entire human race..


Original language


Physical description

375 p.; 8.49 x 1.06 inches


0891073906 / 9780891073901

User reviews

LibraryThing member dccab73
This is my second time reading through "This Present Darkness" and each time I get reminded on how important the power of prayer is to our lives and spiritual survival. Peretti does a great job depicting the spiritual struggles between demons, humans, and angels. This is definitely a book that the
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devil does not appreciate. It is an awesome reminder that we have victory through Christ's Blood and becasue of that we can overcome the evil in this world. The books plot is not super strong, but it's the vivid reminders of spiritual warfare that makes this book.
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LibraryThing member hopefully86
If you have ever wondered why it constantly feels like there's a war going on...this book is for you. The war Peretti details has nothing to do with bombs, however, but the battle for our souls. Fans of C.S. Lewis will love this series by Peretti. I would recommend these books to anyone.
LibraryThing member trueturquoise
This is my second Frank E. Peretti book. It's long like is others...but it's good none the less.
LibraryThing member editfish
Yawn...I'd really like my time back, please...
LibraryThing member casanders2015
A hard-nosed reporter and a praying preacher find themselves fighting against unknown elements in their small college town of Ashton. Each combat the unknown in his own way. At the same time, forces of good and evil converge for an ultimate battle in which the entire town is at stake.
LibraryThing member KathleenA
I thought I had read this book. It was new to my library when I came to my current position. My book club students picked this book to read, so I began what I thought was a second read and realized pretty quickly that I hadn't read it, since I would not have forgotten this book that easily. It is
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LibraryThing member esharp393
this is one of the best books i've ever read, also it's sequel, piercing the darkness.
LibraryThing member Ameliaiif
I've griped about Angel fiction lately, so here's a book that has angel characters "done right." In fact, this is one of my favorite books of all time. It's a fun read, but definitely meaningful and a little freaky, actually. I would recommend this book to everyone - realistic, useful and
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incredibly exciting, these are the kind of angels to read about! Check this out!
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LibraryThing member Omrythea
A story about the battle for souls. It is a page-turner.
LibraryThing member HobbitGirl09
An amazing story about the warfare between angels and demons, the battle of good against evil, and the fact that everyone, everywhere -- even in a quiet, small town -- has a hand in it. My favorite of Peretti's work!
LibraryThing member bluenichols
spiritual warfare at its best. really makes you think
LibraryThing member Islandmumma2seven
Kept me on the Edge Of my Seat Great Book
LibraryThing member scarpettajunkie
This Present Darkness was first published in 1986. The edition I read was in its seventeenth printing. It is a book that has proven itself shelf and read worthy by virtue of its universal theme of good versus evil. There are also themes of light versus dark, the big corporation versus small town
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business, and racketeering/intrigue versus the psychological and spirtual well being of community at large.

On the surface, this is about the small town of Ashton in which things are taking a downhill turn for the worse. The town is slowly leaving its typical activities for more nefarious shadow type dealings. A reporter and a pastor compare notes and discover a plan to control the townspeople and even all humanity.

What is unseen is the holy and demonic battle for all of earths souls. Angels and demons converse concurrently with the townspeople of Ashton. This creates two plots that eventually mesh into high stakes race for souls.

This book kept me turning pages well past my bedtime. It makes praying to God mean something. The book shows horrible consequences for actions that are not well considered. It was as if all the stories of the Bible were complied into one whopper of a meaningful tale. This book gets my big thumbs up as being an insightful morality tale for all.
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LibraryThing member ShortyBond
This amazing author does it again in this incredible book about the forces of good and evil!
LibraryThing member raquel_soto
I remember when I first read the book. I thought: Wow! Someone wrote down what I think goes on behind what we cannot see.

I loved this book so much that when CBD put it on sale a few years ago I got like 10 of them and gave them away as gifts. It not only entertains, but opens your eyes to the
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wonderful ministry of angels and the beauty of God's love for us, in spite of what is out there to try to steal, kill, and destroy from us.
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LibraryThing member duthduck
I read this book many years ago, and loved it and was completely enthralled by it.
LibraryThing member KingstonUCA
This spiritual thriller is an enthralling read, although a little slow at the beginning. It centres around a ficticious town, Ashton that is being taken over by New Age forces. Much of the story occurs within the spiritual realm with battles between angels and demons. It is a powerful illustration
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of the necessity of prayer.
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LibraryThing member baruchviviers
Helpfull and encouraging,but there is nothing better than the real thing.
LibraryThing member gbgirl
Excellent book on Spiritual Warfare
LibraryThing member 2wonderY
An interesting take on spiritual warfare and impressive descriptions of angels. Good to see the connection between prayer and success.
LibraryThing member avanders
It's a Christian thriller/conspiracy theory sort of book. It's a bit dated and that is distracting. But if you can get past the dated-ness of the story, it's definitely entertaining. I might recommend reading it more quickly than I did (it was dragged out for me over a couple months, so I think I
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lost some of the momentum that might otherwise have built). :)

Briefly, it's about a small town that has big problems developing, with its university, the local newspaper, and a small church at the center of the conflict. Families are torn apart, lives are ruined and ended, and nothing is at it initially seems. The pastor of the local small church (there is also a big church) and the owner of the paper, separately and in their own lives, try to get to the center of what is happening that is ripping the small town of Ashton completely apart, and both find their own families, jobs, and lives in danger.

I liked a lot of the imagery of demons and angels, and I thought the spiritual group was well written and interesting (spiritual in the sort of new-agey, collective consciousness sense). It is certainly thought provoking, if nothing else.
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LibraryThing member jmcdbooks
Rated: B
While we battle against sins of self, there is a greater battle being fought by angels and demons on our behalf. Good story bringing that reality to light.
LibraryThing member Lake_Oswego_UCC
Ashton is just a typical small town. But when a skeptical reporter and a prayerful, hardworking pastor begin to investigate mysterious events, they suddenly find themselves caught up in a hideous New Age plot to enslave the townspeople, and eventually the entire human race. The physical world meets
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the spiritual realm as the battle rages between forces of good and evil.
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LibraryThing member JenniferRobb
At the time I first read this, the style of it was quite new and revolutionary to me. I would say it is a book that I enjoyed reading through the first time but found less interesting if I tried to read through it again. Though I did at some point also come across the Spanish version of this book
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and have it also, with the thought of trying to read the Spanish version, using the English version to help with unfamiliar Spanish words--in trying to revive the little Spanish that I had in high school and get some of that language back.
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LibraryThing member SueinCyprus
The basic plot is that some strange and disturbing things are happening in a small American town called Ashton. Underlying this is some dramatic spiritual warfare - angels against demons, good vs evil in the ultimate sense. The one person standing against the rise of evil in Ashton is the pastor
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Hank Busche, well-supported by his wife Mary and a few faithful members of the congregation.

It's a thriller with an element of fantasy thrown in, probably closest in genre to CS Lewis's 'That Hideous Strength', although nowhere near as well written. The style is terse and exciting; in places rather gratingly informal. There's not much character development, the conversations seem stilted at times, and the plot is rather far-fetched. All in all, not my kind of book - yet I've just read it for the third time, and found it difficult to put down. No doubt I'll read it again in a few years.
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