I wasn't sure what to expect from The Rite, and found it refreshing that the book was not full of 'Hollywood' style descriptions and embellishments. We follow the journey of Father Gary as he trains to be an Exorcist in Rome. I personally really enjoyed the book and was glad that it stay true to its title, which is "The Making of a Modern Exorcist". It's not a story about hundreds of exorcisms being performed with amazing feats. If you are looking for something exciting, you will be wise to pass on this book. However, if you are sincerely interested in how a priest becomes a true exorcist with real human emotions, then you will really enjoy The Rite. I was impressed with the down to earth personality of Father Gary and the other priests. I'm sure many people may find the book boring, and I think that's the point of telling the story. It's time everyone realized the truth about exorcisms, and how Hollywood has either convinced us they are all extremely violent, or stretched our imaginations so far that we don't believe in them at all. The book was eye opening for me, and I really enjoyed it. But again, if you are looking for a movie style supernatural horror story, you won't find one here!
With a plethora of exorcism movies available for viewing consumption, the subject itself has always been viewed as either an archaic act of old world superstitious wizardry or a scream feast with friends while watching one of those said movies. Matt Baglio's The Rite was a very enlightening and informative read that demystified preconceived perceptions that I, as a reader, had, primarily that the rite is the last step taken in a long medical odyssey. When all options, psychiatric and otherwise … more
In The Rite, journalist Matt Baglio uses the astonishing story of one American priest's training as an exorcist to reveal that the phenomena of possession, demons, the Devil, and exorcism are not merely a remnant of the archaic past, but remain a fearsome power in many people's lives even today.--Publisher description.
Table of Contents:
Rome -- The calling -- Going back to school -- Know your enemy -- Opening the door -- In My name -- Searching for an exorcist -- The first night -- Discernment -- Crossing over -- The fall -- Suffering of the soul -- A pastoral approach -- Windows to the soul -- Liberation -- Organizing the ministry -- The exorcist.