author Gerald Brittle with Ed & Lorraine Warren
Review by Nathan Neuharth
In this book Ed does his best to make sure all their cases are well documented and ordained clergy or exorcists are involved. He is very concerned with the seriousness of the phenomenon he and his wife Lorraine combat. They began investigations in the 1940s but the public was unaware of them until the 1970s
Ed was in the Navy and went to college for art. He is an accomplished painter.
My summary is that the Warrens are good hearted people that fully believe in what they do. Some of what they investigated may have been hoaxes but if there were hoaxes they were not perpetrated by the Warrens. In those cases they Warrens would have been victims of hucksters, charlatans, and naivety. They dedicated their lives to the investigation, study, and education of spiritual forces and the supernatural.
The couple are Christians and even though they dispute this I believe they unknowingly and humbly answered a calling. Lorraine is a clairvoyant and light trance medium. I think it is likely Ed was psychic as well via his paintings and supernatural experiences, but he was unaware and left the psychic talents to his wife.
Why read this book? Those who have been following my online work for the last twenty years already know the answer to that question. It is an interested and experience which makes me an authority on the subject. This is said with confidence and no braggadocio. I am very aware of the occult renaissance of the late 1960s and 1970s. in which the hippie peace love being spiritual revolution or at least a worthy attempt was made with the rediscovery of Aleister Crowley, Wicca, and a plethora of spiritual and religions new age systems. There have been many rising and lower ebbs of interest and activity in the occult throughout history.
The Warrens came into the spotlight due to the Amityville case. Murders took place in that house on Novemember 15, 1974. Six family members killed with a rifle by an allegedly possessed eldest son. The Lutz family fled the evil spirits in the house on January 15, 1976.
Another obvious reason for reading this book is the emergence of the Conjuring franchise based on the Warrens experiences. Several movies have been released or are scheduled to be made: The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, the Conjuring 3, Annabelle, Annabelle 2, and the Nun.
(Also people said put down the Star Wars books! HA! I read about 25+ books a year easily. In one year I've read more novels than the average American.)
By my understanding when one becomes aware of the existence of the spirit world, the spirit world in turn becomes more experiential to the observer. Cultures such as Native Americans grow up with the mindset that the spirit world is very real and therefore they tend to have more spiritual experiences with this realm and more readily accept it. Their belief system is more accustomed to the spirit world.
The non-believer's brain represses and rationalizes the unexplained, unscientific experience, a reality glitch that does not fit nicely into their paradigm of reality.
"In the name of Jesus Christ, I command you to leave!" Ed Warren shouts at a blacker than black demonic cyclone. The Warrens adhere to a Christian paradigm. If the belief system is genuine, meaning the believer really believes, then it works. A person who understands the belief system is a tool, a means to an end can use this knowledge to their advantage and just as easily call on Sgt. Pepper or Silent Bob or Mithra to do the same thing Ed asks Christ to do. This esoteric knowledge is outside the realm of the Warren's paradigm.
They do a wonderful job differentiating between human and inhuman spirits, meaning human ghosts and demons who have never lived as humans. The Warrens are professionals in their area of expertise. The did not charge the people they helped beyond travel and lodging expenses. They did charge for their lectures.
Do not look at any single source of a subject as the final word, but always as a single piece of a much larger puzzle.