Book Review: Escaping the Cauldron---What You Should Know About the Occult
Kristine McGuire was a Christian from the time she was a young child and gave her heart to Jesus. She grew up in the church and was familiar with Biblical teaching. However, throughout her childhood and into her adulthood, she also had a fascination with the supernatural and the paranormal. In her book, Escaping the Cauldron: What You Should KnowAbout the Occult, Kristine details her story of becoming disillusioned with her Christian faith, her journey into the world of the occult, and her subsequent return to Christianity.
In addition to her personal story, Kristine discusses the need for the church to openly deal with the reality of supernatural occurrences. She addresses the fact that there is a spiritual realm all around us, and that we need to know the Biblical teachings regarding occult practices and the spirit world. She brings up the misconceptions people have regarding spiritual entities (ghosts, demons and angels), and discusses hauntings and other paranormal activities and what she believes the source of such things truly is. Spirit guides, ghosthunting, and the popularity of anything to do with the paranormal also get an examination from her perspective as a former ghosthunter and medium. There is also a section on spiritual warfare, and the authority believers in Jesus Christ have over demonic spirits.
Kristine also talks about the innocent childhood games many of us played out of curiosity, not knowing the spiritual force that can be unleashed even in our ignorance: attempts at levitation, playing with the Ouija board, séances, the "Bloody Mary" game with the bathroom mirror (or "Mary Worth," as my friends and I called it).
There are also several pages in the book in which Kristine discusses the movie, Paranormal Activity, and her views on it.
Kristine makes many excellent points throughout the book regarding the schemes of the enemy of our souls, Satan, to turn our focus away from God through paranormal activity. People are hungry for spiritual fulfillment and enlightenment, and look for ways to fill that hunger. Kristine points out time and again that no one will ever be pointed to God for His wisdom when seeking out what a medium, psychic, or spirit guide has to say. It truly is spiritual warfare, and deception on the part of Satan, that is at the root of paranormal activity and the interest people show in it. Ultimately, peace is found in a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Escaping the Cauldron is an easy read and is only 188 pages long (I did notice some editing issues, however, that affected the flow of the book ). This particular edition is subtitled as Collection One-Ghosts and the Paranormal. Originally the plan was to publish more in the series as separate books dealing with Wicca and witchcraft, divination, and spiritual gifts vs. occult abilities, respectively. However, Kristine has decided to combine all these into one book, and hopes to have it ready by October 2010.
I found Escaping the Cauldron to be very engaging and informative, and it was very exciting to me to read about the final incident of Kristine's foray into the occult and her wholehearted return to her Christian faith. I am looking forward to reading the next book when it comes out. Escaping the Cauldron is available on Amazon.com.