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Spiritual Warfare – Book Picks

Because we are quickly rolling up on Halloween and the time of year when our culture is focused on the world of the spirits, I thought it would be fitting to turn our hearts to something holy and good – spiritual warfare. Before I reveal the book recommendations I wanted to also let you know that the Avila Institute School of Spiritual Formation will offer an upcoming course on this topic called “Angels and Demons.” Send a note to Nicole at to get the details. In the meantime, here are the book picks.

Regarding my first recommendation, Interview with an Exorcist, if you have been a

regular reader of this site you have seen many excerpts from this book.

Interview with an Exorcist is the most comprehensive and sound treatment of demonology that I have ever encountered. If knowing the enemy is an important aspect of spiritual warfare, this book is by far the best resource in this respect. Here's more from the publisher:

In today’s culture of scientific enlightenment, many consider belief in demonic possession and exorcism to be superstitious remnants of the Dark Ages. Even many Christians, contrary to the clear words of Jesus in the Gospel, scoff at the notion that the Devil and demons really exist. Is demonic possession real? Are believers really in any danger from Satan and his crafty minions? What is the truth about exorcism? This book has these answers, and much more and contains 100 questions and answers on the topic.


The second book I recommend is written by a layman who also has a tremendous amount of experience in deliverance ministry. His name is Neal Lozano and the book is entitled, Resisting the Devil: A Catholic Perspective on Deliverance. Neal's approach is level-headed, balanced, in keeping with Church teaching, and avoids the common sensationalism that often accompanies books on this topic. He has also written another fantastic book on the topic entitle Unbound – A Practical Guide to Deliverance. Here's more from the publisher on Resisting the Devil:

Do you feel chained to a particular sin pattern that you cannot break? Do you still feel guilty, ashamed, and doomed to repeat a besetting sin even after receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation?

Then you may find a way to spiritual freedom through deliverance prayer.
In Resisting the Devil, author Neal Lozano shows that sometimes evil spirits tell us lies that lock us into sins and personal problems. He explains the practice of deliverance, a way of dealing with such demonic influences that is supported by the teaching and tradition of the Catholic Church.
– Learn how to recognize the activity of evil spirits
– See how deliverance from spiritual bondage can be gentle, safe, and effective –Understand how deliverance differs from exorcism and how deliverance and Reconciliation can work together–Read the testimonies of women and men who have been freed through deliverance ministry.

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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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