A stark evocation of the spiritual dangers that Christians face in the modern world.
This latest nonfiction work from Loranger (Child of Woe, Child of Sorrow, 2011) operates on a simple and forbidding premise, summed up in a single statement: “You can’t choose to accept the candy-coated parts of the Bible and not accept the parts of the Bible that don’t make you feel good.” The book is filled with echoes of the latter parts. Indeed, virtually every page warns readers that they live in a demon-haunted world—one that’s full of Old Testament-style curses that can hinder their lives for multiple generations. In vivid, often gripping prose, Loranger tackles an extremely wide array of topics, finding spiritual dangers in a great many of them. For example, she warns that voodoo magic is entirely real; that toy-store shelves are full of demons; that sexually transmitted diseases are curses from God; that decks of playing cards are “of Satan”; that the sinful activities of a house’s previous inhabitants create a curse on it; and that watching or listening to any media that are “abominations to the Lord” brings curses, as well. Loranger takes care to use quotations from Scripture to buttress many of her contentions for her target audience of fellow fundamentalist Christians. Other ideas are unsupported, however, such as that people don’t age past 33 in heaven; that there is no water, food, rest, or sleep in hell; and that the Christian Cross is visible in illustrations of the DNA double-helix. As a result, some readers may find such claims to require a leap of faith too far.
An old-fashioned blueprint of modern Christianity.