Book Review: The Veil by Blake Healy – A Look Behind the Scenes of the Unseen Realm
I recently finished reading The Veil by Blake K Healy. Blake is a good guy. He teaches at the Bethel Atlanta School of Supernatural Ministry. I’ve seen a lot of flaky stuff on the subject of the unseen realm – his book is not like that at all. It’s very real, very believable and very down to earth. I enjoyed reading it. He says he has been able to see clearly the unseen realm since he was a child. He never thought he was different – he thought everyone could see what he saw. Until he reached a certain age where it became obvious to him that he was “different”. I liked his book because he didn’t make me feel excluded because I don’t “see” like he sees. Many people who have special giftings tend to give you that impression. He didn’t put himself on a pedestal at all. In fact, instead he tries to make “seeing” or “perceiving” the unseen realm something anyone can do. He even includes “exercises” in the back of the book to help you get started. Very cool! 🙂
I used the exercise with a friend this weekend and lo and behold, she saw an angel! In my living room, no less. That was cool. But more on that later ….
Here’s some highlights from his book:
Demons have no authority over you unless you give it to them. A demonic entity has no right to act in your life without expressed agreement from you. (p. 37) Lies are the only power that demons have, and lies are only powerful if you believe them. … there is freedom in revealing deception to be deception. (p. 41) … the interesting thing about demonic influence [is] it feels so real when you’re in the middle of it, but the moment you see it clearly it’s no more threatening than a paper-mache bunny. (p.48)
I really like that – Lies are only powerful if you believe them. Wow – so if the only power that demons have is the power we give them by believing their lies, then it should be fairly simple to keep them from influencing us, right? In my life, I have found it very hard to discern the lies I believe – ’cause they don’t LOOK like lies. If I believe them, then I believe they are true, right? If I KNEW it was a lie, then I wouldn’t believe it. It’s kinda complicated, isn’t it?
I’m very glad I discovered this little heart “exercise” called the Lie Detector. That’s in a book called Freedom through Forgiveness by Sandy Walker. It’s on the Resources tab above. I’ll post about that book at another time. Anyway, that little exercise has been majorly helping me find the lies I believe and uprooting them. And as a result, I feel a LOT freer. I had no idea I believed so many lies!
Back to Blake’s book – he says he’s never met anyone who didn’t have a personal angel. That’s kind of cool, isn’t it? 🙂 He says about 30% of the personal angels look like the person they are with. Kind of explains why people told Rhoda it was “Peter’s angel” at the door when Peter was supernaturally released from prison by an angel (Acts 12) – maybe they had seen these look-alike angels before.
I like Blake’s stories – he very simply describes what he sees: in a coffeeshop, in a church service, at a party. It’s very cool. I also really appreciate that he emphasizes that “it’s not about the gift”. It’s about asking the Holy Spirit to teach you and show you what is all around you. Reading his stories gave me a little nudge to start paying attention more. His descriptions stretched my imagination. For instance, here’s one I thought was cool:
Sometimes people would come with cuts and bruises on their faces [in the unseen realm]. As each word was prophesied over them [in prayer ministry], liquid light would form in the air, repairing the cuts and clearing the bruises. (p. 66) [brackets added for clarity]
So, back to my friend seeing the angel in my living room. Blake says that if you want to become more aware of the unseen realm, then pay more attention to it. I knew my friend wanted to become more aware of this realm. We were sitting in my living room with some friends. I told her, “Close your eyes, ask the Holy Spirit where to look. Then open your eyes and ask Him to show you something.” (this is a very brief summary of Blake’s exercise). She did. She opened her eyes and pointed to an area near my bookshelves. She said, “There’s an angel there.” We both smiled.
Then I focused on the area and “saw” a rather large figure. Taller than the people who were there. Then I remembered the last part of Blake’s instruction – ask the Holy Spirit to explain to you what you are seeing. So I did. I got the impression that the angel was there for protection. He was certainly BIG enough. 🙂
Blake says there’s an impartation on his book – in other words, it stirs up your faith to open your heart and believe that you too can see/perceive the unseen realm. I think he’s right. It certainly stirred me up. So if this is an area you’d like to grow in, give his book a look.
Here’s the link to Amazon – you can preview some of the chapters before purchasing it.
Let me know if you decide to read it and what you thought. Or if you have another cool book you’d like to recommend, please let me know in the comments below. Thanks! 🙂
Update Feb 2014: Blake now offers a recording of the his “Seeing in the Spirit – Workshop”: In this workshop Blake shares his testimony and his heart regarding the gift of seeing in the spirit, along with several stories that illustrate the overwhelming love of our God. Over two hours of questions, answers, and keys to growing in the gift of seeing are included in this extended digital version. 4 hours total – mp3 format. Click here to for more info
Posted on April 23, 2013, in Angels, Educational, Spirit, Spiritual realm and tagged Christian, inspirational, unseen realm, visions. Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.
Great review on Blake’s book! Very informative and encouraging also.
Thanks, Michael. Nice to meet you. Congratulations on publishing your book on Amazon. We need more books like this. I’m working on one right now myself. 🙂 Please feel free to comment on some of the other posts on this blog – if you have any insights you’d like to share with me, my email is kingdomwalker2 (at) gmail.com.
wow, i found this very helpful. I am considering going to a workshop that Blake is doing this weekend in Atlanta and so i just googled his name and found this review of his book. Thank you! I look forward to hopefully attending his workshop this weekend or at least reading his book soon!
Thanks for your feedback, Angela! If you go to the workshop, please let me know what it was like (like a mini review). I’d like to post that information for other readers who might be interested. I didn’t know Blake did workshops like that. Sounds like a fun experience! 🙂
I’ve just read his book today, googled it and found your blog! It’s certainly a fascinating read. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by, Eva. I visited your blog – it is intriguing. I hope you find what you are looking for. The supernatural or unseen realm has a certain draw to it – we want to know what we can’t see … yet somehow we know it exists. It’s all around us if we’d just pay attention and take time to perceive it (like Blake says). 🙂 BTW, Blake just released an mp3 recording of his workshop. I just added the link to the end of the article above.
Thanks so much, I just bought it! In your experience, do you think that people with absolutely no extra sensory abilities (moi!) are able to perceive the unseen realm?
Absolutely! I believe we all have some means of perception. You may not realize it – it may be so slight that you are not conscious of it. For some people, the more they pay attention to it, the more it tends to “grow” in their awareness. I have had people tell me, “Oh, that never happens to me!” and then I lead them in an experience and suddenly, it happens! Did you do the practice exercise that Blake has in the back of the book?
There’s another book that explains why some people don’t perceive things and then how to “open up” your senses. It’s the second book on the Resources tab: https://kingdomwalking.wordpress.com/resources/. It’s called Open My Eyes, Lord by Gary Oates.
I’ll be honest, it takes a little bit of faith at the beginning – to learn to trust what your senses are telling you. We are taught to ignore or discount anything we can’t see (that’s the scientific emphasis of our educational world). So it feels like a “leap of faith” when you first do it. If you are willing to “trust the mystery” and not have to logically prove everything, it will help. Later, you can use your logic. But when you are first starting out, being highly analytical or skeptical will definitely hinder the process. Trust your gut – your mind will figure it out later. 🙂
Thanks so much for taking the time to reply- Ill let you know how it goes!
I’d love it if you’d write some more posts sometime 🙂
Thanks for your encouragement, Eva! When you are a blogger, you never know if anyone is actually reading and enjoying what you write. I just posted a new article – hope you like it! ♥
Absolutely loved that book! I wish some movie producer would get ahold of it and make a movie of the creatures he sees. I like that story he told of the open vision he had in his apartment as he was listening to Rage Against The Machine on his headphones. That would make a super cool short movie. And the angel clothed in what looked like the night sky and also what goes on as the people at church worship. I have to read it again!
Rosanne, I’m glad you loved the book. You’re right – it would make some very interesting visuals if someone made a movie or video of some of what Blake describes. 🙂
Does the book focus on Angels or demons? I want to be very careful what I open myself up to!
It doesn’t focus on either – it just describes the author’s experience. It’s definitely a positive book – not creepy. I don’t think it will open you up to bad things. He focuses on Jesus and the gift of being able to see in the unseen realm. If you are afraid, I would try the Fear Finder exercise at the bottom of this page: http://destinysfreedom.com/overcoming-anxiety/ 🙂 Hope this helps!
You can also use the Look Inside feature on Amazon to read a little bit of the book before you purchase it. That might help you to decide if the book is right for you. There’s a link in the article above.
It’s a fantastic book – I loved it! Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to work for me.
I’ve been trying his “method” since 2015 and still haven’t seen anything… no supernatural encounter. It’s very sad because I really want to.
Don’t really know what to do anymore…
Danny, thanks for your comment! I’m glad you liked the book. I’m sorry you haven’t seen anything yet even though you really want to. There’s a couple of things you might want to consider. First, there are many different ways of perceiving the unseen realm – not just with your eyes. I wrote a post about the different ways of “seeing” here: https://supernaturaldiscernment.com/2013/04/16/spiritual-senses/
Also, there’s another book I recommend – it really helped me. I talk about it here: https://supernaturaldiscernment.com/2014/10/12/how-to-see-the-unseen-realm/
Hope this helps! Keep pressing in, my dear brother! The Lord loves your desire to go deeper with Him. ❤
It certainly stirred me up. I’m touched beyond words – your heart is a gift l will always treasure.
Thank you, Erica. I’m glad you were stirred up and touched. That’s encouraging – thank you for letting me know. God bless you. ❤
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