The book is This Present Darkness by Frank E Peretti. Note the reviews: several 5-star reviews. One fan calls it “frighteningly realistic”; another says it “give[s] us a bold reason as to why prayer is so vital.” Apparently, then, among those who adore this book, it’s seen as a literal depiction of what goes on in our modern society, much how many fans think Left Behind is a literal depiction that will occur in the next ten years. Keep that in mind as we read. At the time of this writing, there are 186 5-star reviews to only 13 1-star.
I’m reading the paperback version according to Amazon, not the mass-market paperback.
I’m not too clear on how this book got to me, but I have a strong suspicion it was sent in a care package by my mother. My mother normally has great taste in books; I would describe it primarily as “Oprah’s Book Club” literature, whereas I tend to prefer genre literature normally but enjoy that type of book once in a while. My mother, however, has become Born Again since I came of age, and once in a while she can’t resist sending me something a little less interesting and a little more fires-of-hell. Still, I gave it a shot – and what a shot it was. If I remember rightly, I tossed the book away in disgust halfway through. It’s now a couple years later and, having just moved, I found the book again and thought sure, why not, let’s give this whole deconstruction-blogging game a shot.
Well, here goes nothing!