HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Satan Seller
Author: Mike Warnke
Publisher: Logos Associates, republished in 1978
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Rating: 2 stars (POOR)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Warnke, Mike. The Satan Seller (published in 1972 by Logos Associates). Many years ago, a copy of this book was given to me, I think by a relative. At the time, I was in the process of preparing a lesson on Satanism as part of a series on different “isms” that challenge the Christian’s faith and read the book hoping to find some useful information on the subject. I really didn’t come across anything that I felt was helpful. It all sounded rather sensationalistic to me, but I accepted it at that time on face value. However, a few years later, I had occasion to hear another gospel preacher present a series of lessons on Satanism, and aware of his intense research on the topic, I asked him about Mike Warnke and The Satan Seller. He told me that he had thoroughly investigated Warnke’s claims and even had made personal contact with Mike, but his conclusion was that much of what is related in the book is not true because there is simply no evidence to back it up.
The Satan Seller was apparently wildly popular back in the late 1970s, 1980s, and even into the early 1990s, when the anti-occult craze following the release of such motion pictures as The Exorcist was in full bloom. Christian bookstores heavily promoted and advertised it. That is, until Cornerstone Magazine did an expose on Warnke in 1992 and another book Selling Satan: The Evangelical Media and the Mike Warnke Scandal was published in 1993 by Mike Hertenstein and Jon Trott. Warnke still has his supporters, but it is now generally believed that most of what the book says is basically fiction, and one will often read about how Warnke’s claims have been thoroughly debunked. That may well be, and I do not necessarily recommend the book, but a word of caution is in order. We should never let even the work of charlatans cause us to doubt the very real dangers inherent in occultism.