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Slaying Dragons: What Exorcists See and What We Should Know


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This book takes the great wisdom of some of the leading exorcists in the Church, including Fr. Chad Ripperger, Fr. Gabriele Amorth, Fr. Jose Antonio Fortea, Fr. Gary Thomas, among others, and packages it into an approachable and intriguing book that conveys, to today’s Catholics, critical insights into the activity of the diabolical and spiritual warfare tactics with which we must be familiar. These exorcists pull their teachings from the sacred traditions of our Faith, the teachings of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, the wisdom of exorcists under whom they were trained, and their own extensive experience in the realm of spiritual warfare, deliverance, and exorcisms. 

The purpose of this book is to help enlighten Catholics to the spiritual war in which we all find ourselves. Not only is this battle real, but the Church knows it well, and has provided both wisdom and weapons, teachings and sacramentals, to enable Catholics to fight in this battle into which they have all been drafted, and be victorious. “The devil prowls like a roaring lion, seeking to devour,” as St. Peter says. These exorcists face this devil, and the many demons who fell with him, as a central part of their spiritual ministry. Let them teach you what they know and impart to you those things that will aid you most in your spiritual life. Allow yourself to be instructed by spiritual masters that you may learn the manner in which the devil attacks you, the weapons you have at your disposal, and the means to find healing for the wounds you have suffered in your life.

Know your enemy. Know his tactics. Know his motives. Know his nature. Know his origin. Know his goal. Know his language. Know his network. Know his personality. Know his strengths. Know his weaknesses. Once this knowledge is obtained, you can more effectively predict your enemy’s behavior, recognize his traps, use the proper preventative measures against him, and drive him away when he persists.

This is the Second Edition, a significant enhancement of the first edition.  The first edition, briefly on sale in the Spring of 2019, is no longer available.

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Slaying Dragons: What Exorcists See & What We Should Know is a practical and theological guide to navigating the spiritual battle in which we all find ourselves.  It pulls from the wisdom, teachings, and experiences of about twelve exorcists, as well as those of many of the great saints and Doctors of the Church, including...

St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Louis de Montfort
St. Alphonsus Liguori
St. Francis de Sales
St. Bernard of Clairvaux
St. Therese of Lisieux
St. Teresa of Avila
St. John of the Cross
St. Pio of Pietrelcina
St. Bridget of Sweden
St. Bonaventure
St. John Damascene
St. Augustine
St. Bede
St. Bernadette
St. Raphael the Archangel
St. Gregory Nazianzus
St. Rose of Lima
St. John Chrysostom* present to the faithful a thorough and systematic catechesis on the logic of spiritual warfare.  It is easy to read and comprehend while also providing a rich and thorough theological framework for the spiritual realities underlying our battles with the demonic.

Slaying Dragons is written by Charles D. Fraune, a married layman with a Master of Arts in Theology, and an Advanced Apostolic Catechetical Diploma.  He is a former seminarian, having discerned the priesthood and religious life prior to being married, and a current teacher of Theology to high school students.  In the last twenty years since his conversion, he has taught nearly every age group, from second grade to college to adult Diocesan formation programs, and has completed three books, with Slaying Dragons being the most recent.

Slaying Dragons has been reviewed and supported by numerous exorcists, parish priests, religious (including Superiors), academics, and many noteworthy lay Catholics, in countries across the globe.

The Chapters

There are eleven Chapters, not including the Introduction and the Conclusion.

Chapter One, The Motivation and Tactics of Demons, is a principal Chapter, covering a wide range of topics which are covered in even greater depth as the book continues.  It covers topics such as the way demons think, the reasons for their fall, how they organize themselves, and the sort of principles by which they are motivated.  In addition, it discusses the role that pride and humility play as we face common ordinary temptations.  Finally, it presents the abilities that demons possess, as permitted by Our Lord, to influence us, as individuals, as families, and as societies.

Chapter Two, The Angelic Nature, is a brief though succinct presentation of the nature of angels in general and of how demons differ as a result of the absence of sanctifying grace.  This Chapter discusses the power of their intellect and some of the ways in which they are able to interact with the physical world.

Chapter Three, The Stages of Diabolical Influence, addresses, in-depth, the six levels of diabolical influence against man:  ordinary temptation, vexation, oppression, obsession, possession and subjugation.  It presents the teaching of what these stages are, how they manifest, and how they can be resolved.

Chapter Four, The Authority of Our Lord Over Demons, presents the various ways in which Our Lord reveals, through His Church, that He has absolute authority over the activity of the diabolical.  It provides examples from Sacred Scripture, the lives of the saints, and the experiences of exorcists, to demonstrate the fullness of this authority.

Chapter Five, How Exorcists Know What They Know, is a critical Chapter examining the difficulty which priests have in obtaining the training necessary to fulfill their role as an exorcist.  It explains how the exorcism itself is a primary way to teach a newly appointed exorcist the art of this ministry, and a vital source of continuing knowledge of the power of the Rite and the work of demons.

Chapter Six, Inside an Exorcism, discusses the approach which exorcists take to discern if a person is truly possessed and the key signs that help them come to that conclusion.  It explains the steps in the process of liberating the person from the demon and the manner in which demons tend to resist.

Chapter Seven, Authority and the Diabolical, explains the importance of authority structures, both in the Church and in the family, and the strictness by which demons follow these structures.  It explores the role that the father plays in the family as well as the power and importance of binding prayers.

Chapter Eight, Sin and the Influence of Satan, shows how dedicated Satan is to obtaining victory, and the things that align us with his works of destruction.  It presents the harsh reality of generational spirits and the possibility of the possession of children, as well as the gateway sins that cause these afflictions and some key spiritual solutions.

Chapter Nine, Resisting Diabolical Influence, presents the key ways by which the demons can possess us as well as some important practical steps to block their attacks.

Chapter Ten, Protecting Your Spiritual Life, is another critical Chapter, the longest and the most practical in the book.  It discusses the power of the Sacraments and sacramentals and suggested ways to best utilize these great sources of grace.  In this Chapter, the reader will learn about the importance of staying in a state of grace and the power of Confession.  In addition, the reader will learn about the various powerful sacramentals, like holy water and blessed salt, as well as those that are lesser known, like blessed candles, blessed oil, and the Angelic Warfare Confraternity.  Excerpts from the Roman Ritual blessings for these sacramentals are also discussed.

Chapter Eleven, Consorting With Evil, demonstrates the gravity of the problem of the rise of the occult and its power to pull souls into serious diabolical problems.  This Chapters presents lots of statistics, as well as current events, that reveal the truth of this shocking reality, as well as many of the common diabolical traps which snare souls.

At the end of each Chapter there is a very helpful summary section called a Compendium.  There is such a great amount of important material in the book that I realized there needed to be some reminders and summaries to help the reader remember and easily return to all of the insightful teachings of the exorcists.

In the back, there is an extensive References section containing the videos, articles, and books from which all of the material originated which is presented throughout Slaying Dragons.

NB:  "Slaying Dragons" has received the Nihil Obstat

*Of course, some of these saints are featured more extensively than others.  St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Louis de Montfort, and St. Alphonsus Liguori, for example, all enjoy a heavy presence in the book.

See also...

Spanish Edition Available! - "Matando Dragones"

Audible version Available on Amazon

Slaying Dragons: What Exorcists See and What We Should Know


Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Could not put down.

"Slaying Dragons: What Exorcists See and What We Should Know" is an incredibly well-written book that provides readers with a clear understanding of possession and exorcism. From the moment I started reading, I was completely engrossed and couldn't put it down.

The book not only enlightens readers but also sheds light on the need for more action from the church in addressing this important topic. It made me realize that there is still a certain level of taboo surrounding the subject, which is unfortunate.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in delving into the fascinating world of possession and exorcism. It is an essential addition to your collection and will undoubtedly leave you with a deeper understanding of the subject matter.

Jeane Kish
Outstanding insight into spiritual warfare

It is a great “reveal” on the true nature of everyday living. We are not aware of the unseen forces influencing our decisions. It had a positive impact on my awareness regarding my choices.

Ignacio Garro
A life-changing Book!!!

This book alone was instrumental in helping me to understand and learn true-spiritual warfare! I’m not exaggerating when I say that this book changed my life. I’ve bought several copies and have given them to close friends and family. Thank you so much for this pivotal book Mr. Fraune! May God Bless you and your family.

Great Teaching Book

This book will help you understand the state of spiritual warfare in the world.

Theresa Zepeda
Cannot put it down!

This is a must read for any serious Catholic. People are constantly talking about Spiritual Warfare more now that ever, but I still come across those who don't realize what they are doing (or not doing) is exactly what Satan wants from them to keep them in his grips! This book is an awesome compilation of how evil is prowling through the world, and how everyday Joe's are bringing it into the home. It is well written and easy to read with all the references of facts, and endorsements. This is not a someone's opinion kinda book, this is the real deal!

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