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  • Demonic Foes

  • My Twenty-Five Years as a Psychiatrist Investigating Possessions, Diabolic Attacks, and the Paranormal
  • By: Richard Gallagher
  • Narrated by: Kevin Collins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Summary

The world’s leading psychiatric authority on demonic possession delves into the hidden world of exorcisms and his own transformation from cynic to believer over the course of his twenty-five-year career.

Successful New York psychiatrist Richard Gallagher was skeptical yet intrigued when a hard-nosed, no-nonsense Catholic priest asked him to examine a woman for a possible exorcism. Meeting her, Gallagher was astonished. The woman’s behavior defied logic. In an instant, she could pinpoint a person’s secret weaknesses. She knew how individuals she’d never known had died, including Gallagher’s own mother, who passed away after a lengthy battle with ovarian cancer. She spoke fluently in multiple languages, including Latin—but only when she was in a trance. 

This was not psychosis, Gallagher concluded. It was, in his scientific estimation, what could only be describe as paranormal ability. The woman wasn’t mentally disturbed—she was possessed. This remarkable case was the first of many that Gallagher would encounter. Sought after today by leaders of all faiths—ministers, priests, rabbis and imams, Gallagher has spent a quarter-century studying demonic activity and exorcisms throughout history and has witnessed more cases than any other psychiatrist in the world today.

In this eerie and enthralling book, Gallagher chronicles his most famous cases for the first time, including: 

  • A professional who claimed her spiritualist mother had “assigned” her a spirit who “turned on her.”
  • A petite woman—”90 pounds soaking wet”—who threw a 200-pound Lutheran deacon across the room to the horror of onlookers in a church hall;
  • And “Julia,” the so-called Satanic queen and self-described witch, who exhibited “the most harrowing” case, a “once-in-a-century” possession.

Going beyond horror movies and novels, Demonic Foes takes you deep into this hidden world, sharing in full details of these true-life tales of demonic possession.

©2020 Richard Gallagher (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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'For we wrestle not against flesh and blood'...

As it says in Ephesians: 'For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.'

I read some books by people who claimed to have been in covens, years ago. The thing is how can we be sure that the person is telling the truth?

I listened to this, having recently come across 'An Exorcist tells his Story' by Gabriele Amorth which is also fascinating. Richard Gallagher is not at all sensational in his writing. He carefully draws the line between mental illness and what he believes is demonic oppression - never wanting to confuse the two. Personally, I've come across 2 people, possibly more, in my life who exhibited some of the signs mentioned in the book.

Of course, an atheist would naturally dismiss it but for the believer it is hard to ignore the number of times Jesus is said to have cast out evil spirits. Richard Gallagher and Gabriele Amorth are consistant with Christian teaching, both are intelligent men and I don't doubt their honesty. Richard's and also Gabriele's book have certainly made me think again about the subject. Also it should be said that most of the time the manifestations aren't that extreme and the prayers for the afflicted aren't all like a horror movie battle of good versus evil. However, these books certainly have examples of the more difficult cases, some which are dealt with successfully and some not.

Definately worth a listen if you are looking for a very different kind of audio book!

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Absolutly enthralling

I have many interests, two of them being Demonology & Psychology.

To actually find a book that incorporates both of these subjects so well, was a great find indeed.

Very well executed, never swaying too far into either camp, Gallagher recounts his cases fondly and thoroughly. Working in a mental health setting myself, I've often wondered just how many cases get misdiagnosed and in fact if there is any malevolent presence in some of the cases I see. I am in no way qualified to decide either way but to see that someone has inadvertently become an "expert" in the feild and has made it into an integral part of their career, fascinates me.

Great listen.

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A very interesting book

An eye opening subject matter, if you are open minded. worth listening to, and investigating

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Good audiobook

Interesting stories, I have listened to this audio book a few times. It's obviously from the point of view of a religious person warning about dabbling in the occult but that aside I enjoy the stories.

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Good overall book

I enjoyed the academic nature of book. I do disagree on the topic of witches

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brilliant

balanced, real , informative, fascinating and just an excellent book on demon possession . would recommend

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A good listen.

May explain slot of the crap that goes on in the world. I am still sceptical about it all.

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The best of its kind

Highly recommended. An excellent balance between professional and academic knowledge and actual experience. Definitely one to read.

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  • SecretOktober
  • 15-10-20

An Exceptional Book for Reference and Debate

Although I can't entirely agree with all of Dr. Gallagher's conclusions, and I felt that he expressed too much bias, I found his medical professionalism, knowledge, and dedication towards the subject of possession to be unprecedented. Also, the publisher could not have found a better voice performer for this audiobook. I highly recommend this audiobook, especially if you are involved in the paranormal community.

The audiobook captured my interest so much that I bought the hardcover, which says a lot about the value I found in the doctor's perspectives on possessions from a psychiatric viewpoint. An exceptional book for reference and debate!

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  • matterdaddy
  • 20-10-20

Excellent combo

A very professional combination of science and religion. It's interesting to hear stories and conditions that could be or have been mistaken for possession. This book should be enough for skeptics to at least begin to look further into the subject instead of dismissing the possibility of possession immediately.

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  • AudioPhile
  • 15-10-20

Excellent audiobook

Fascinating and eye-opening. The author's genuine compassion for his patients is apparent, as is his expertise as a psychiatrist. His initial skepticism on the topic lends credibility to his later findings. The book includes scientific analysis, historical and anthropological background on demonic possessions, and the author's riveting first-hand accounts of his encounters with those afflicted by demonic attacks. All are handled exceptionally well by the narrator, Kevin Collins.

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  • David Chmielecki
  • 01-12-20

For the skeptic and the believer

Entertaining and well written it discussed a sober view of the subject from an analytical and scientific standpoint. The author prudently eludes sensationalism while at the same time gives a hard hitting testimony complete with the right amount of case studies (without overdoing it or self aggrandizement) approached with a mix of the scientific method and Occam's Razor. As a therapist and a Catholic, I found it very enlightening.

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  • Celeca
  • 22-11-20

Very informative

Very interesting book. The author’s professionalism and skepticism lends credence to all the claims made in the book, which is very thorough and convincing. I would consider it a must-read if the subject of demons and possessions interest, or in my case, fascinate, you.

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  • miriam sanchez
  • 04-05-21

mindblowing

A very interesting read on medical accounts of possession and its comparison mental illness. I love how logically everything is stated and the flow of this book. Decent read.

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  • Tyler Clatanoff
  • 29-04-21

excorcisms are earthbinding rituals not banishing

loved it. excorcisms are actually binding rituals, exactly like the root word in Latin says.

Jesus is a loosh eater, atheists never get possessed for a reason. the demons are training you to need that unholy Jesus name so you never learn to banish them yourself.

They eat fear and suffering, hate, etc. to get rid of demons cut all animal products out of your life fully. get off all Rx pills, those are like demon eggs. and learn to fully control your own thoughts and emotions. "be gone clowns, I fill feed you nothing" works every time too.

monsters inc was essentially a documentary and Christianity/Satanism are actually two sides of the same coin. All the mock cannibalism and tortured dead bodies all over the walls should tip you off.

I really got a lot out of this book and very much enjoyed listening the whole time.

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  • Brett Phar
  • 24-02-21

I decided to open my dude review of the subject

few paranormal subjects are associated or controversial as demonic possessions. The author gives a fascinating and in-depth look from actual cases he was a part of. Just one of the better books on the subject I have read.

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  • Rochelle
  • 19-11-20

Decent listen

The stories were pretty entertaining and enlightening. Nothing beyond that though. Author is clear and definitive in how he feels and what he thinks of it all. Not sure how he came to his conclusions though... really... would have been nice

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  • Meghan
  • 09-11-21

A Good Listen, But Better For Those In The Field

As someone not well versed in the field I feel that listening to book itself was fascinating and enlightening on several points. That being said there was language and vernacular that left me a little boggled at times or otherwise felt dry. I don't begrudge the book this due to the material being outside of my preview.
The only true complaint I have of the narration is that at times it was muddled on when he was reading a title or he had started the content of the chapter.

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