Book #78: The Demonologist by Gerald Brittle


If you think ghosts are only responsible for hauntings, think again. The Demonologist reveals the grave religious process behind supernatural events and how it can happen to you. Used as a text in seminaries and classrooms, this is one book you can’t put down. Illustrated with photos of phenomena in progress from the Warrens’ private collection. For over five decades Ed and Lorraine Warren have been known as the world’s most renowned paranormal investigators. Lorraine is a gifted clairvoyant, while Ed is the only non-ordained demonologist recognized by the Catholic Church. Together they have investigated thousands of hauntings in their career.

I don’t read many nonfiction books, but when this was recommended to me through Audible, I thought why not. I have done plenty of research on the paranormal (never enough in my opinion) and I do know the two figures Ed and Lorraine Warren.

At first, I felt they were religious nuts who may have had some paranormal stuff under their belt, but they were against all religions aside from their own. This was a contrasting feeling for me. I wanted to like them for their paranormal prowess, but was unsure I’d be welcomed because of my own spiritual beliefs.

This book, however, only proves that not only can you judge a spirit you don’t know, you can’t do that to a person.

For a pagan as myself, it was nice to know that the Warren’s don’t feel that every witch is evil. It’s their intent and the spellwork that determines that outcome. Also, to fight demons you need religion. Though they use their Catholicism, they didn’t say outright that the religion has to be Christian in origin. I like this because not only does this mean I’m not evil in their eyes (only done spellwork for others and not personal gain), but I could use my own spiritual beliefs to fight evil.

That said, the book was very interesting. I got to learn a lot about their stance in life and I learned more than I already knew about inhuman spirits. There’s a part of me that wouldn’t mind learning more, but do I want to experience it? No. I’m not stupid. I have a family and inhuman spirits will attack you or the people you love to spite you. Not happening.

In all, it wasn’t a bad nonfiction book. I did have to pause it every now and then. The information could be dense and you get lost in terminology or whatnot. I found pausing after every few chapters kept my brain from going haywire with all the information. I also found more respect for the couple.

Now the biggest question, what’s going to happen with their artifacts once Lorraine is gone? They can’t be sold or all their work is gone.

It’s scares me to wonder.

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