Conviction is a dying art. Speaking with certainty on matters of principle and truth are often shunned – especially when dealing with morals, spirituality, and conscience. In my experience, taking a stand for a belief that encapsulates assumed truths is a quick way to find oneself ignored, mocked, and/or silenced.
In the absence of conviction we are often left with a void filled by apologetic uncertainties, maybe’s, kinda like’s, and statements ending in question marks. Perhaps this because years of conditioning have taught us to be afraid of being wrong or hurting someone’s feelings.
So it was a breath of fresh air when I read “The Demonologist: the Extraordinary Career of Ed & Lorraine Warren” by Gerald Brittle. In it Ed and Lorraine Warren, experts in demonology and exorcism, speak with conviction regarding the paranormal. Their overall goal is simply to expose and educate.
Gerald Brittle, through painstaking research, interviews, and follow ups, presents an incredible panoramic view of the Warren’s career as paranormal investigators and demonologists. Using Ed and Lorraine’s own words he allows them the opportunity to speak to the revelations regarding the paranormal they’ve uncovered through decades of investigation, research, and experience.
Ed and Lorraine Warren discuss their dealings with the paranormal in an unapologetic matter-of-fact tone. The Warrens offer a variety of evidence (physical, testimonial, experience, recordings, photographs, etc.) to support their conclusions.
By the end of the book the reader is given a choice to simply take what is offered or leave it. As much as I found to take, I also found some points to leave. Overall, however, the book contains a wealth of wisdom and insight many might do well to consider.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is curious about the paranormal, to the religious, or to anyone who simply enjoys the various horror films (such as Annabelle and The Conjuring) based on Ed and Lorraine Warren’s investigations.