Publisher: TAN Books
Publication Date: 2009-11-01
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A Lutheran minister, no believer in Purgatory, is the puzzled recipient of repeated visitations from "demons" who come to him seeking prayer, consolation, and refuge in his little German church. But pity for the poor spirits overcomes the man's skepticism, and he marvels at what kind of departed souls could belong to Christ and yet suffer still...
Hungry Souls recounts these stories and many others trustworthy, Church-verified accounts of earthly visitations from the dead in Purgatory. Accompanying these accounts are images from the "Museum of Purgatory" in Rome, which contains relics of encounters with the Holy Souls, including numerous evidences of hand prints burned into clothing and books; burn marks that cannot be explained by natural means or duplicated by artificial ones. Riveting!
I thought that I would be happy just to make it to Purgatory but after reading Hungry Souls I’ve changed my mind. In this book I learned that Purgatory is a place of great suffering and not some smokey waiting room. How sin and bad habits disfigures the soul. How a haunting is just a poor soul trying to get our attention and how we abandon our dearly departed by forgetting to pray for them. The book is easy to read, and the Notes section is also a must read with each Chapter as you will find more information. If you don't know much about Purgatory this book is a good start.
I think in today’s Church, people have a much brighter view of what Purgatory actually is. We have glossed over it to the point where it seems almost like a waiting room for heaven. I must admit, I had heard of the museum spoke of in the book before but never really researched it and it is fascinating. This book is a great read that will change your idea of Purgatory for the better.
I give this book only four stars because the initial chapters deal a little too much with over-enthusiastically promoting a grim image of Purgatory. For an understanding of the place and the theology of Purgatory, I would recommend 30 Days for the Holy Souls. Where this book does excel, however, is relating the items (and the stories associated with them) that can be found in the Vatican's museum on Purgatory. It is fascinating, and definitely saves a trip overseas! Skip to the stories and this book is definitely worth a read!