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Fifty years ago, four young girls in a small Spanish village began falling into rigid trances, marching backward up hills, and levitating, seemingly, inches above the ground. Eyes fixed on a mysterious point in the air, they were mesmerized by something which was invisible to everyone else. What the girls said they saw--and heard--sent shock waves that are still reverberat Fifty years ago, four young girls in a small Spanish village began falling into rigid trances, marching backward up hills, and levitating, seemingly, inches above the ground. Eyes fixed on a mysterious point in the air, they were mesmerized by something which was invisible to everyone else. What the girls said they saw--and heard--sent shock waves that are still reverberating today. The messages the four girls claimed to receive revealed a picture of a Catholic church in crisis and a world that faced an earth-shattering future that would unfold in their lifetime. The girls’ pronouncements about coming trouble in the church and world were met with fierce skepticism from the first. Some charged the girls with being possessed by demons (based on the girls’ strange physical poses and apparent levitation), and others claimed the girls were putting on an act (revealing their true colors when they chose ordinary married lives instead of the convent). There was also a third body of critics: those who believed that a group of girls on the cusp of adolescence in a remote and insular society conjured up a psychodrama which, fueled by the spotlight and mounting frenzy, gained a frightening life of its own. There was one other possibility--that the strange events in Garabandal, Spain actually did occur, and the girls received an apocalyptic warning for both the church and the modern world. The warning to the world included a prediction that a newly militant Russia would rise again. The prophecies of Garabandal also foretell a World-Wide Warning and a Global Miracle, whose purpose is to convince a world reeling from one catastrophe to the next that God exists. But the Warning and Miracle, dramatic as they sound, are not even the most unsettling of the messages. One night, the young girls dissolved into screams. During this so-called “Night of the Screams,” the girls say they were shown a tragic chastisement that would befall the entire world if the Warning and Miracle failed to trigger global change. As disquieting as those messages were, the most shocking message at Garabandal was for the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church. Why were the messages of Garabandal so effectively suppressed? Did it have to do with the fact that the messages presciently warned of coming scandal and turmoil in the Roman Catholic Church itself? Did a portal open between worlds on a Spanish mountaintop in that summer of 1961? And if so, who opened the door--an angel of God or an angel of darkness? Did a young girl's flight of fancy one summer night spin wildly out of control? Or was it a visitation from God? Now that the “girls” at the center of this drama are 60-year-old women, should their claims be discredited or re-examined? Are the apparitions bogus or fast-approaching their fulfillment? If the events are false, Garabandal is a fascinating and perhaps tragic human interest story with several explanations. If the events and warnings are true--then what do we do? By the end of this book, readers can judge whether the visions of four young seers on a mountaintop in Spain were historical fact, a devilish fraud, or the creative confusion of four girls who would spend the rest of their lives trying to escape a human tragicomedy that they themselves had produced.


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Fifty years ago, four young girls in a small Spanish village began falling into rigid trances, marching backward up hills, and levitating, seemingly, inches above the ground. Eyes fixed on a mysterious point in the air, they were mesmerized by something which was invisible to everyone else. What the girls said they saw--and heard--sent shock waves that are still reverberat Fifty years ago, four young girls in a small Spanish village began falling into rigid trances, marching backward up hills, and levitating, seemingly, inches above the ground. Eyes fixed on a mysterious point in the air, they were mesmerized by something which was invisible to everyone else. What the girls said they saw--and heard--sent shock waves that are still reverberating today. The messages the four girls claimed to receive revealed a picture of a Catholic church in crisis and a world that faced an earth-shattering future that would unfold in their lifetime. The girls’ pronouncements about coming trouble in the church and world were met with fierce skepticism from the first. Some charged the girls with being possessed by demons (based on the girls’ strange physical poses and apparent levitation), and others claimed the girls were putting on an act (revealing their true colors when they chose ordinary married lives instead of the convent). There was also a third body of critics: those who believed that a group of girls on the cusp of adolescence in a remote and insular society conjured up a psychodrama which, fueled by the spotlight and mounting frenzy, gained a frightening life of its own. There was one other possibility--that the strange events in Garabandal, Spain actually did occur, and the girls received an apocalyptic warning for both the church and the modern world. The warning to the world included a prediction that a newly militant Russia would rise again. The prophecies of Garabandal also foretell a World-Wide Warning and a Global Miracle, whose purpose is to convince a world reeling from one catastrophe to the next that God exists. But the Warning and Miracle, dramatic as they sound, are not even the most unsettling of the messages. One night, the young girls dissolved into screams. During this so-called “Night of the Screams,” the girls say they were shown a tragic chastisement that would befall the entire world if the Warning and Miracle failed to trigger global change. As disquieting as those messages were, the most shocking message at Garabandal was for the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church. Why were the messages of Garabandal so effectively suppressed? Did it have to do with the fact that the messages presciently warned of coming scandal and turmoil in the Roman Catholic Church itself? Did a portal open between worlds on a Spanish mountaintop in that summer of 1961? And if so, who opened the door--an angel of God or an angel of darkness? Did a young girl's flight of fancy one summer night spin wildly out of control? Or was it a visitation from God? Now that the “girls” at the center of this drama are 60-year-old women, should their claims be discredited or re-examined? Are the apparitions bogus or fast-approaching their fulfillment? If the events are false, Garabandal is a fascinating and perhaps tragic human interest story with several explanations. If the events and warnings are true--then what do we do? By the end of this book, readers can judge whether the visions of four young seers on a mountaintop in Spain were historical fact, a devilish fraud, or the creative confusion of four girls who would spend the rest of their lives trying to escape a human tragicomedy that they themselves had produced.

30 review for The Mystery of Garabandal: Fantasy or Fraud? Ghost or God?

  1. 5 out of 5

    Susan Barton

    In 1961, the Virgin Mary reportedly appeared to four young Spanish girls in the remote village of Garabandal. The visitations went on for four years, during which the Virgin Mary and the Archangel Michael were said to give the girls specific information to pass on to the world. The message was clear. Turn back to God (more specifically, that Russia should turn to God) or the world as we know it will be doomed. Having grown up Catholic, I was familiar with the events in Fatima and again in Medjug In 1961, the Virgin Mary reportedly appeared to four young Spanish girls in the remote village of Garabandal. The visitations went on for four years, during which the Virgin Mary and the Archangel Michael were said to give the girls specific information to pass on to the world. The message was clear. Turn back to God (more specifically, that Russia should turn to God) or the world as we know it will be doomed. Having grown up Catholic, I was familiar with the events in Fatima and again in Medjugorje in, but I was unfamiliar with the stories of the young girls in Garabandal. As I understand it, this is because Fatima and Medjugorje were church sanctioned, but the Catholic Church has chosen not to publicly approve Garabandal events as having been unequivocally divine in origin. Regardless of whether the Catholic Church approves or disapproves, the author has compiled a great deal of compelling (and often terrifying) information for readers to contemplate in this book. The author ties all three events – Fatima, Medjugorje and Garabandal together by pointing to the numerous similarities in the messages received. I appreciated that the author maintained a neutral view of Garabandal by presenting information journalistically so readers could make up their own minds. This was a wise choice, since I’ve always found that when it comes to “religious” views either you believe or you don’t. I believe that The Mystery of Garabandal is compelling enough to give true believers hope and strengthen their faith. 5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton, https://ebookreviewgal.com

  2. 5 out of 5

    Debra Riddle

    Very interesting I was a little bit disappointed. Going by the title I thought it was going to be a more scientific in depth look into the mystery. I thought it would be more explanation of what it could have been if not real. Also I would've expected more up to date news . Very interesting I was a little bit disappointed. Going by the title I thought it was going to be a more scientific in depth look into the mystery. I thought it would be more explanation of what it could have been if not real. Also I would've expected more up to date news .

  3. 5 out of 5

    Victress Jenkins

    Found it very interesting. Didn't know the whole story before I read it. Glad I did. Not many , including Catholics know about this book so I suggest it for the near future. You won't regret it. Found it very interesting. Didn't know the whole story before I read it. Glad I did. Not many , including Catholics know about this book so I suggest it for the near future. You won't regret it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ivan Krpan

    Balanced and enlightening Great book, enjoyable to read, covered a lot of detail succinctly. Would definitely recommend to a friend. Makes you stop and open your eyes.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mark Hannan

    Very familiar! I have always been devoted to our Blessed Mother, I've been to Medjigoure and long for the peace that I experienced there. I had heard of Garabandal but never researched it I can't help but notice the similarities between Fatima,Garabandal, and Medjigoure same message different years. I highly recommend this book of only to increase your love for Jesus and his mother Very familiar! I have always been devoted to our Blessed Mother, I've been to Medjigoure and long for the peace that I experienced there. I had heard of Garabandal but never researched it I can't help but notice the similarities between Fatima,Garabandal, and Medjigoure same message different years. I highly recommend this book of only to increase your love for Jesus and his mother

  6. 5 out of 5

    imelda t. vier

    Not just for Catholics Very interesting. I am a Catholic myself and I could still remember I was very young when news broke out about the apparitions in Garabandal. I was so awed and thought the girls Conchita and Mari Loli and the others were so blessed to have seen the Virgin Mary. I believe the apparitions were real. My faith has been strengthened with this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    jane horton

    A surprisingly interesting read This is not the sort of book I usually read, but it is very balanced and informative, not least in its exploration of rural Spanish Catholicism in the 1950s. It gives pause for thought, particularly given the moral relativism creeping into the Church today.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Niko

    I’m quite happy someone looked backed into this crazy mystery. I’ve heard about it several times before, mostly in a passing manner, so this was a real treat. Very nicely presented and researched. Very informative too.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Gallagher

    A great update and exploration of the events of Garabandal that occurs in the 1960's. I enjoyed reading the book and learned a lot at the same time. The book gave me more motivation to live the messages of our Virgin Mary, The perfect read to start a Lenten season, A great update and exploration of the events of Garabandal that occurs in the 1960's. I enjoyed reading the book and learned a lot at the same time. The book gave me more motivation to live the messages of our Virgin Mary, The perfect read to start a Lenten season,

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