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Sep 23, Dan rated it really liked it. This book is an amazing journey into the former life of a mafia boss and his struggles to find freedom from the evil to which he was entwined. The reader will be drawn into the open, honest, and candid nature of the story. At times it feels as though the reader is interviewing Mr. Kivisalo; very personal and intimate. The first thing that the reader will notice is how open the story is.
There is no painting the story to make it more appeasing to readers. No, it is a raw and gut-level narrative ab This book is an amazing journey into the former life of a mafia boss and his struggles to find freedom from the evil to which he was entwined. No, it is a raw and gut-level narrative about a man who rendered his soul to darkness, found light, and his struggle to fight the darkness that hounded him. I really appreciated the descriptive language of the book and the way in which it drew me into Mr.
I could feel his pain, sense his frustration, and understand his dilemma as his wanted so desperately to unshackle himself from the wicked life that had engulfed his soul. This is not a "I was a bad man, found Jesus, and now I rescue bunny rabbits" kind of book.
No, far from it. It is more of a chronicle of struggle, fighting, failure, peace, more struggle, more peace, and eventual surrender. I enjoyed this book so much that I recommended it to my father to read and will recommend to others as well. A very good read. Sep 21, Lynnda Ell rated it really liked it. This gripping cautionary account exposes layers of economic and political corruption, international criminal masterminds and demonic activity in the past twenty years in Eastern Europe and Russia.
Long before Rami Kivisalo was part of the golden trap of easy living in the upper echelons of the international crime world, he was lured into the demonic world of martial arts. The combination of the two made him a powerful figure in the underworld. At first, the raging beast within could be channeled This gripping cautionary account exposes layers of economic and political corruption, international criminal masterminds and demonic activity in the past twenty years in Eastern Europe and Russia.
At first, the raging beast within could be channeled for Rami's use. Eventually, the beast set out to destroy Rami. God had a different purpose for Rami. The long climb out of the depths of hell on earth make up the balance of the book. No one who has traveled that road wishes to see another person take it. Hense the reason for Rami to write The Red Scorpion. I highly recommend this book for those who would like to understand a part of the world that few of us see.
I received an advance copy for review.
View 1 comment. Sep 23, Rheta Thola rated it it was amazing Shelves: biographies. Loved it. It is an auto-biography, but is a real page turner. It also insisted that I think about what I believe about the spiritual realm in particular demons and speaks to the power of prayer. Apr 16, Nathan rated it liked it. The theological lens through which events are seen is extremely Pentecostal too much so for me but it is nevertheless a very interesting story. Tiffany Zappulla rated it liked it Feb 17, Lady Jane Grey rated it it was amazing Dec 02, Paul Kolnes rated it it was amazing Jan 20, Roxanne rated it really liked it Mar 21, Ann-kristin Johannessen rated it liked it Nov 08, Richard rated it really liked it Dec 18, But one day, something happened that changed everything.
In prison cell, he heard an audible voice. I heard those words clearly.
I knew that Jesus had spoken to me. We stood by the door of a casino. Then the image came alive. We left the casino and walked along the street. Suddenly, a large black car appeared.
Its windows opened and two men started shooting at us with machine guns. The rain of bullets hit both of us and we fell. The car left. I saw my friend and I laying on the footway. He had discovered new fighting techniques through them. He had learned to trust in his visions. This time, he says that he understood clearly that this vision had come from God.
A very good read. Lady Jane Grey rated it it was amazing Dec 02, Sasha rated it liked it May 22, Cold Case Investigations. The long climb out of the depths of hell on earth make up the balance of the book. Seller Inventory BBS
He resisted God for months. I felt as if God was chasing me along the prison corridors and speaking to me on a daily basis. One night, I was drinking coffee when my cell was filled with the presence of God.
I grasped that the final deadline for making my decision had come. If you can forgive my terrible sins and set me free from my violent life of crime then I will give you the rest of my life.
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He tells how the powers of darkness kept on oppressing him day and night in such a way that he believed he would go mad. He had told his parents that he had given his life to Jesus but that he needed deliverance from the demonic forces that oppressed him and kept him in bondage. When he was let home for a weekend Rami met an African woman. This Christian woman asked Rami to kneel by a sofa, laid her hands on him, and commanded the demons to leave Rami.
Rami took hold of the sofa with both hands and started to scream. I heard hissing, as if hundreds of snakes had hissed inside of me. When the African woman bound the powers of darkness in the name of Jesus and asked them to leave me, I felt paralyzed.
After around twenty minutes I felt how these forces of darkness finally left me. The oppression lifted. A year later Rami was let on parole.
Rami has never revealed the names of his criminal connections. I realized that because God had forgiven me my sins and crimes I should also forgive other people their sins. After I had made the decision to forgive everyone who had hurt me and asked God for the grace to forgive I was able to forgive myself as well.