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October 7th, 2015

The Reluctant Exorcist

Reluctant Exorcist

Are you sceptical of things that ‘go bump in the night’?

Are paranormal encounters with the spirit world confined to horror films?

Think again.

A first edition sell-out, The Reluctant Exorcist is the product of a Church of England priest’s extensive experience in dealing with demons and occultic manifestations.

It provides rare and invaluable insights into a powerful ministry, gleaned over many years, which will benefit those wanting to free people from the influence of the occult.

For many people in the West exorcism is a subject they more readily associate with sensational films and books. It is rarely a subject they know much about or a reality they are prepared to believe in. Yet that could be changing.

Recent figures from the Church of England show that over the last few years there has been a rise in the number of exorcisms taking place. An article in The Times in June 2014 stated that this increase is due to people’s curiosity and participation in occultic activities such as Ouija boards and séances.

When the need for exorcism arises it is important that it is conducted confidently and competently. Given the few opportunities for training in this ministry this book is a key resource for those wanting to understand more about how to set people free from the influence of the occult.

Canon Ken Gardiner is a retired Anglican priest with over 30 years’ personal experience of ministry in this area. In this second edition of The Reluctant Exorcist, which contains an additional preface, he shares what he has learned for the benefit of those who find themselves involved in setting people free from the influence of the occult.

In this highly engaging and practical guide, first published in 2002, he covers aspects of the paranormal from the cleansing of places – ‘things that go bump in the night’ – to the deliverance of those who have become involved in occultic activity such as playing with the Ouija board or witchcraft and Satanism. He stresses complete reliance on the Holy Spirit and the authority of Jesus’ name.

Using an informative, non dramatic style he considers questions such as who or what are demons? and how to distinguish between mental disorders and demonization.

Anecdotal and easy to read without being patronising, this book emphasises the importance of maintaining a balance between ‘seeing demons everywhere’ and denying their existence.

Interest in the first edition continues to bubble and in November 2011 a full-page article about the book was published in The Times.  Instant Apostle says: ‘We are delighted to be republishing this book as this is an important topic that is growing in the awareness of Christians and about which little has been written”.


What reviewers think:

‘The paranormal can be scorned by the sceptical or dramatised by the gullible. Ken Gardiner manages to avoid both extremes while acknowledging the dangers and the necessities of facing the reality of paranormal experiences. His approach is to draw on many fruitful years of pastoral experience and to provide a wholly readable and sensible guide. I am delighted that the book is now reprinted and wholeheartedly endorse it.’

Bishop Michael Turnbull


About the author:

Ken Gardiner was born and educated in Wimbledon, South West London and after national service in the army served in the insurance industry until he was called to ordination in his thirties. He was one of the very first priests to be trained under the Southwark Ordination Course set up in 1960, which enabled Ordinands to remain at work and pay their own costs of evening and weekend study courses. He served curacies in Sydenham, South East London, and Macclesfield before serving as vicar of St Philip & St James, Chatham for more than 23 years. He was appointed an Honorary Canon of Rochester Cathedral in 1988.

The Reluctant Exorcist is published by Instant Apostle and is available online and from bookshops.

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