God, the Devil and Me
Last days testimony of a seeker escaping the mirage of a sect to find truth
A chronicle of lived experience, this astonishing book is a biographical exposé, its ultimate theme the great battle of the last days, the final war between God and the Devil. Drawing on her journals, Valerie tells how, at the height of a successful career as writer and actress, she suddenly disappeared. An innocent seeker of God, unaware of the pitfalls, or the unrelenting opposition of the devil, Valerie had strayed into an Indian sect where its female guru, learning of her vocation to ‘write a book for God’, feared her as a potential whistleblower. Vowing to 'stop Valerie writing', she attacks her with magic and occult powers. Now, the writing of the book itself becomes the battlefield. Converted to Catholicism and escaped to France, Valerie is helped by an exorcist. And God, giving her the added vocation to pray for souls lost in sects, comes to her in the Eucharist, fighting alongside, granting moments lifted into bliss and finally breaking the bondage. Thirty years on, the past erased, experience with Valerie the inside story.
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When I began reading God, the Devil and Me, I had a preconceived belief in what sects or cults were. But after reading it, I felt such empathy for what you Valerie, and others have gone, or are going through - experiences almost beyond belief. There is no doubt that your book highlights the immense risk and potential danger of being sucked into the occult. It is powerful and at times scary. But it has opened my eyes to greater Spiritual thoughts. God obviously loves you so much and you have done Him proud. Carolyn Carter. Reader in the Church of England ~ Carolyn CARTER Church of England Reader, Valerie Georgeson
This book offers the reader a rare opportunity to glimpse the fear, uncertainty, acute pain –and overwhelming, healing love of God and the Virgin Mary – that can be experienced when a life is lived as a relentless spiritual struggle to overcome the evil manifestations of a vengeful, erstwhile guru. Having endured incredible trials and suffering, including years of traumatic exorcisms, the author finally manages to accomplish the task for which God had ordained her: writing this book! ~ Eileen Barker, former head of INFORM., INFORM, an educational charity now based in the Dept of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College, London.
I have known Valerie’s writing for many years and this is an astonishing and very personal book, written by a successful and popular author. She has the narrative skill to convey vividly the pain and fear of her experiences and she has the courage to confront them. This is a very powerful piece of writing. ~ Kay Patrick, Radio Producer and TV Director, Valerie Georgeson
This is a compelling read and so personal as Valerie opens her heart and soul to her reader. Her search for her God and Savior takes you on every step of her often rocky path and highlights the ease with which our lives can be influenced and even controlled by religious groups. It is often a sad story, some wonderful uplifting moments too, always challenging but always so real as she fights all the obstacles in her path to happiness. An intriguing read. ~ Valerie Georgeson, Margaret Keeble
This is an astonishing book: sometimes fearful; at times extremely sad; yet at all times a testament to one woman’s strength in fighting forces of loss, darkness and grief. Valerie Georgeson interweaves her seasoned novelist’s storytelling skill with an anthropologist’s forensic documentation in exploring one of contemporary society’s murkiest regions: the transgressional and all-consuming power of the fundamentalist cult. What is outstanding is the protagonist’s journeying into some of the darkest places a human soul can be taken, whilst retaining faith and emerging with renewed courage. Most remarkably, the illuminative narrative art remains unhampered. Colin Mills Honorary Research Fellow, University of Manchester, UK. ~ Colin Mills, University of Manchester, UK