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Book Look – Blumhardt’s Battles

Recently, as I was listening to a “Narrow Path” Radio program, (BTW – I highly recommend Steve Gregg as a Bible teacher and author!), he mentioned a little known book, titled Blumhardt’s Battle.

The book tells the story of the exorcism of Gottliebin Dittus in the village of Mottlingen in 1842. A German Pastor by the name of Johann Christof Blumhardt, was instrumental in the exorcism, and the little book is his recounting of the incredible happenings during this process.

Many times his recounting has at least one credible witness, as in a medical doctor, accompanying him in the visitations with Gottliebin, telling of occurrences that cannot be explained simply by referring to the material universe.

One such instance is the recurring expulsion of needles from Gottliebin’s flesh. The needles spoken of are knitting needles at times, exiting the body through this poor woman’s flesh. Multiple needles simultaneously exiting the body!

Many other such strange “unnatural” happenings are recounted, and I will leave it to the reader to pick up a copy. It is a fantastic little book, with shocking details of a prolonged exorcism. The recounting is told with a carefulness, an almost hesitancy, since Blumhardt had to give a report to his denominational hierarchy regarding his experience, and this denomination was in the midst of modernization, the creeping in of discounting anything spiritual in the church.

After the exorcism of this poor lady, Blumhardt was often credited with the feat. He consistently referred to Jesus as the Victor. I think this was my favorite part of the book

Although I purchased the book “Blumhardt’s Battle” and was challenged by it immensely, another book, called “The Awakening” is available as a pdf download for the reader to consider. (I have not read this book, but Blumhardt’s Battle is difficult to procure, so I would like to offer this as an alternative option.)

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5 thoughts on “Book Look – Blumhardt’s Battles

  1. I took you advice and bought “ The Awakening” I did find another website that had “ Blumhardt’s Battles” but I didn’t want to open an account and pay $31.00 yet.. I thought I would read “ The Awakening” first

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      1. The Awaking : What did you think about The author’s statement about Blumhardt’s thoughts on Luke on page 21 ?“ Jesus was aware that demons, as departed human spirits, fear hell. By asking the demon’s name- which he, being the Lord, would of course already know-he showed interest and compassion . This also suggests that he considered the demon to be human rather than non-human.”

        I always thought it was biblical to say that departs souls of humans don’t return after passing on and that demons are fallen angels who impersonate passed on familiar spirits. Demons, I thought were lying spirits and always pretend to be something other than what they are lying spirits and fallen angels.

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