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Demon Possession, Ghosts, Séances, and Fear

New book reveals spiritual warfare in modern-day America

Summoning demons, interacting with “ghosts,” horrifying hallucinations, and holding séances may seem like they are simply the stuff of made-for-television movies, but these things make up the spiritual life of many Americans today.

Afraid: Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare in America presents an eye-opening look at real events and actual confessions of demonic encounters happening in America.

Written by Dr. Robert H. Bennett, “Afraid reads like a fast-paced novel,” says Ross Johnson, director of disaster ministry at The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Office of National Mission. “You will learn more about the devil and God’s grace in this book than from watching a lifetime of TV preachers. After you read Afraid, you will never pray the same way again. ‘Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me’!” (Luther’s Small Catechism © 1986 CPH).

As American society continues to move in the direction of animism, paganism, and idolatry, Christians must be equipped to recognize and counteract Satan’s influence. Afraid presents an explanation and discussion of spiritual warfare and exorcism grounded in the Scriptures and intimately connected to the life and the work of the Church in today’s society.

Afraid: Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare in America is available for purchase. For more information, visit or contact Lindsey Martie, CPH Public Relations, by phone at 314-268-1303 or by email at 

About the Author

Dr. Robert H. Bennett is dedicated to studying the topic of spirituality. His scope of research includes various forms of animism found in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. He is a member of several professional societies, including the American Society of Missiology, the International Association for Mission Studies, the African Studies Association, and the Lutheran Society for Missiology. Dr. Bennett serves as the executive director of Luther Academy. In addition, he is an international mission specialist and guest professor of mission at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and a guest lecturer at numerous international universities.

About Concordia Publishing House

Concordia Publishing House (CPH) is the publishing arm of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. For 150 years, CPH has been providing individuals, churches, and schools with products that are faithful to the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. From books and Bibles to church supplies, curriculum, and software, CPH offers over 10,000 products to support the proclamation of the Gospel worldwide. Visit CPH online at