Depart From Evil by Joan Fields Long.
The author, Joan Fields Long, wrote Depart From Evil in 1976-77. The setting is in a peaceful farming community in the South. When a new pastor is hired for the local church things begin to change. He and his wife and their dog are welcomed with open arms by dairy farmers, Jed and Jenny Bentley and their family. Something strange and mysterious begins to happen after their arrival. Attitudes and disruptions in the Bentley household and in lives of some of the church members and even the farm animals take place. There is an account in the Bible in Matthew where Jesus cast out demons and they went into a herd of swine.
The Bible gives strict instructions against delving into what we now call the occult or having anything to do with evil spirits.
Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” KJV.
Readers of most any age will be able to relate to the characters and their life style of 40 years ago. When rural America moved at a slower pace and dairy farms were the livelihood of many people. The community and the local church were important parts of their everyday lives.
Proverbs 3:7 “Be not wise in thine own eyes, fear the Lord, and ‘depart from evil.’” KJV.
Review by Cody R. Marks: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Neat Tale of a Small Town and the Occult. This work authored by Joan Long explores a time in history when life moved at a slower pace, a time of transition to the world we now know and are familiar with. In this work Long explores the intersection of small-town life with an interruption by a new preacher and his mysterious wife. As the story unfolds, the main characters come to learn that all is not as it should be and this preacher’s wife may be behind what is going on. With numerous plot twists and intriguing character stories we come to find a group of people unknowingly getting pulled into the world of the demonic and the occult. This work is also tied with references from Scripture that speak of God’s love and warn about the occult. If you enjoy works of historical fiction that also tie other elements together including the spiritual, then I recommend taking this journey into a time in which life was different…but isn’t it said that the more things change that the more they stay the same?
Hardcover: 114 Pages
Publisher: AuthorHouse (November 29, 2017)
Fiction (Contemporary Literature & Fiction)
Fiction (Small Town Life)
About The Author: The author grew up during the Great Depression. Born in 1931, she recalls many of the things that occurred during this period of time and in World War 11.
Interesting Fact: This Author’s Page has been given as a gift to Author Joan Field Long by friend and Author Eloise MacKinnon.
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