The occult is unfortunately a very present entity in our lives. At least in the area we happen to live in. It seems to permeate nearly every segment of society and it has gotten to the point where we hardly notice it anymore. As Christians, that is something that needs to change. We need to better understand what the occult is, how it operates, the many facets of occult practice and what we can do about it.
A good resource to help us in this endeavor is Escaping the Cauldron by Kristine McGuire and newly published by Charisma House. Kristine is a former witch, medium and ghost hunter who has since repented.
In Escaping the Cauldron Kristine explains the different terms used in the occult, explains what is done, why it is done and yet doesn’t glorify it. She simply explains how one could end up down that road, what truly happens while being on that journey and offers hope that one can come out of that lifestyle. This book did a great job in educating me more about what the occult is, how it is embraced by so many people and even as to how it has infiltrated the church. Yes, there are those who call themselves Christian Witches and think nothing is wrong with it. She uses scripture to back herself up and explains how she has come down on her positions very clearly.
I honestly think that this is a book that every adult must read to have their eyes opened to the world that exists around them. And if you have a high schooler who is mature enough to handle it, I highly suggest that they read it also and have discussion with you about it. This book should be read by every pastor and anyone over a ministry that reaches out to people in the world. It will help you understand their position, how they got there and will aid you in reaching out to them with the Truth.
After I started reading this book, it was really driven home to me about how the spiritual world can work. I received this book and the day after I started reading it, I got tons of emails for horoscope readings, tarot cards and from mediums in thankfully my spam file (which I do check on a regular basis). I had never received that kind of email before, even in my spam box. It was very disconcerting to see the correlation.
I received a a copy of Escaping the Cauldron by Kristine McGuire from Glass Road Media Management for the purposes of this review. All opinions are mine and mine alone, and no other compensation was received.