Fans of Ghost Hunters, which airs on SYFY, know that TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) was started by RotoRooter co-workers Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson. (Folks in northern California catch the program on Suddenlink, channel 41, ComCast channel 68, and Charter, channel 71). Now Grant Wilson has announced he is leaving Ghost Hunters and TAPS to focus on his personal life.
As the title of the SYFY network program implies, the Ghost Hunters team goes to haunted locations, both famous and not-so-famous, to determine if their are ghosts from the past lurking about or if something more sinister is at work. For those that believe in supernatural and paranormal forces, watching Jason, Grant, and other members of the team try to capture EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) recordings and myterious photographic images is thrilling. Those that believe these manifestations are more than ghostly apparitions, Christians for example, would most likely take different actions than those of that work for TAPS.
Most Christians believe that there are only two spiritual forces that exist; GOD (Father, Son, Holy Spirt) and Evil (Satan, demons, Lucifer). Any 'spirit' that doesn't glorify GOD is from the dark side, so to speak. With that belief, most Christians would deem that haunted houses are just manifestations of satanic spirits.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
No matter what one believes, there are plenty of supernatural and paranormal-themed books out there written for the fiction market. The San Francisco Christian Fiction Examiner suggests the following titles that tell the story from a Christian perspective.
The Ishbane Conspiracy by Randy Alcorn, Angela Alcorn, and Karina Alcorn (Multnomah Books, 2001) Jillian, Brittany, Ian, and Rob are four college students all dealing with their own personal problems who become the battleground for spiritual warfare.
Tandem by Tracey Bateman (WaterBrook Press, 2010) The Ozarks, vampires, a mysterious fire and a father with Alzheimer's bring Lauryn McBride to a spiritual boiling point.
The Canary List by Sigmund Brouwer (WaterBrook Press, 2011) Twelve-year-old Jamie Piper is on the run from something dark. Crockett Grey wants to mark the anniversary of his daughter's death alone. Their worlds collide in a web of bizarre events that includes conpiracy in the Vatican.
Immanuel's Veins by Ted Dekker (Thomas Nelson, 2010) Set in the Carpathian mountains while Catherine the Great sits on the throne in Russia, two members of the tsarina's military must deal with passion, mystery, and creatures that are beyond this world.
The Falling Away by T.L. Hines (Thomas Nelson, 2010) Dylan Runs Ahead is a member of the Crow tribe with a unique problem. He may have been able to stay a step ahead of his personal demons once, but not anymore. And those demons are becoming more real every day.
Demon: A Memoir by Tosca Lee (B & H Books, 2010) A recently divorced man, Clay, with no reason to live meets Lucian, a being who wants to share his life story and wants Clay to write it all down. Turns out, Lucian is a demon.
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (HarperCollins, 2001) A senior demon named Screwtape exchanges letters with and gives advice to his nephew, a lesser demon named Wormwood.
Ten (X) Plagues by Mary Nealy (Barbour, 2011) Murder victims are piling up in Chicago and Keren Collins', a detective, spiritual discernment is through the roof. One-time cop and now mission pastor Paul Morris has become the messenger for a murderer. Can the killer be stopped before the body count reaches ten?
Nightmare by Robin Parrish (Bethany House, 2010) Ghost Town is a hot new amusement park that promises encounters with a real ghost. Maia Peters doesn't really expect to be impressed since she is the daughter of 'ghost hunters.' When Maia and the boyfriend of a missing girl encounter strange happenings at the park, Maia decides she may have to change her beliefs about the paranormal.
Any book written by Frank Peretti is worth reading. The first book published about spiritual warfare is also one of his best-selling. This Present Darkness (Crossway Books, 2003) gives readers a glimpse of what is taking place in the natural, every day world as well as the spiritual world where demons stir thoughts with just the tip of a finger.
Waking Hours (The East Salem Trilogy) by Lis Wiehl and Pete Nelson (Thomas Nelson, 2011) Forensics phychiatrist Dani Harris and former classmate, Tommy Gunderson team up to discover who killed a teenage girl in the local park and why strangely supernatural events are taking place.