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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Saving Mary the Possession by Deidre Havrelock Book Tour



If you’re a fan of supernatural fiction then you will be captivated by this true story about a spiritually sensitive girl and the path that led to her possession. Part one of a two-part series, Saving Mary is the story of a modern-day Mary Magdalene—the woman from whom Jesus cast out seven demons.

Deidre Daily is drawn to anything seemingly spiritual, desperately seeking a spiritual existence. But inside this vibrant girl hides a terrified child who sincerely believes she has married the devil. Through a series of spiritual encounters her fear turns into reality, and she ends up possessed.

Deidre’s fascinating spiritual memoir relays her story from childhood to adolescence: invisible eyes leering at her from the corner of her bedroom, horrible nightmares tormenting her, and her desperate attempt to find God—only to end up possessed. It is a candid account of possession from a first-person perspective. This dark memoir brings to light an intricate world of deceitful spirits hell-bent on manipulating and damaging an innocent girl’s life, not only through her dreams, but also through seemingly every-day encounters.

Travel with Deidre into the mysterious world of spirits, ghosts and demons. Awaken yourself to a world that isn’t supposed to exist; a world that’s as intriguing as it is sinister. And then emerge as a new person—invigorated, aware and intent on living in the light. Saving Mary; Not just another story about a girl and her exorcist.



 Deidre D Havrelock grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where she eventually met her husband to be, DJ. It was DJ who initially noticed Deidre’s dark state and worked to seek out someone willing to perform her exorcism. Eventually, the newlyweds found their way to the southern hot spot of Brooks, AB where Deidre began writing. From there the family trekked across eastern Canada to Moncton, NB where they learned to love French fries with cheese curds and gravy. Currently nestled in the hills of Kennewick, Washington, Deidre has two horses, one dog, three cats and too many rabbits…and let’s not forget her wonderful husband and three energetic daughters. Her memoir, Saving Mary: The Possession chronicles her dark childhood and the path that led to her demonic possession. She is currently working to finish book two of her spiritual memoir, Saving Mary: The Deliverance.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Deidre Havrelock.

  1. How did you know you were possessed to begin with?

I honestly didn’t know I was “possessed” as in: I wasn’t aware I had “demons” literally living inside me. I would have explained my situation as being “bothered by spirits.” In book two Saving Mary: The Deliverance I describe my trip to the exorcist, and even though everyone else knew exactly what was going on (that demons were inside me and an exorcist was waiting for me) I didn’t. I just thought I was going to a church to be “prayed for” because of “weird spiritual problems.” I mean, I didn’t think, “I’ve got demons living inside me and I need an exorcism!” That kind of thing just never occurred to me. Maybe I didn’t want to admit how much trouble I was in, maybe it was all too scary to think about. I was definitely terrified of having to deal with the spirits. I just wanted them to quietly go away. And I certainly didn’t want to do anything that aggravated them. It took a lot to get me into that church!

My boyfriend saw my situation as dangerous and he thankfully took it all very seriously. He was a nice Baptist boy who suddenly realized his girlfriend was possessed. (How did he know I was possessed? You’ll have to read
book two.) Can you imagine?! I mean, that’s hilarious…youth camp never prepared him for meeting me!  

  1. What made you willing to share your experiences?

My spirituality is so much a part of my life, that really, if someone wants to get to know me then I have to share some of these experiences. Otherwise a friendship is never deep.

Talking about my situation definitely got easier as I moved along. At first I was pretty adamant about keeping everything a secret. I had become an introverted and private person. This doesn’t mean I was quiet. (Trust me, I definitely wasn’t a quiet person!) It just means I didn’t usually share intimate details of my life with people. I guess I didn’t want to have to explain everything…or anything for that matter. Actually, I didn’t want to give those events much thought at all. It all seemed too chaotic. But as time moved on it became apparent to me that it would be healthier to talk about the events of my life. The first person I told was my aunt Glenda (along with my sister in law and cousin). My aunt then encouraged me to
tell my dad. From there I slowly opened up to most of the people in my family.
Telling both family members and some friends about what had happened was difficult at first. I mean, can you imagine your niece or cousin or best friend coming up to you and telling you this bizarre story about spirits and possession? But in the end talking about the events of my life was incredibly helpful. Family members often related to my story (many of them have had encounters with spirits), and they encouraged me to write about my story. As I spoke out and began to write, I realized everything was linked together. My life wasn’t just a list of weird things that had happened. My life contained a clear linear line of development. I realized I was a child who grew up with this profound hope in God, along with an intense hope for a spiritual life…and that something was dead set against me finding these things. In the end, I realized my life made sense and that it was actually a good life. This made me want to open up about it.

  1. What are the differences you see in yourself and your relationships with others from when you were possessed and when you were delivered?

There are huge differences. Just recently one of my best friends (who I met while I was possessed) emailed me after reading my book and asked, “Why didn’t we ever talk about any of this?” The truth is, I had no intention of ever talking about my past. I had decided to abandon it, to sort of erase that person. And for the most part no one ever asked me about my past, so it was easy (that is until I met my husband). My friends and I back then certainly didn’t have spiritual conversations; we were all in party mode, so I never really had to look back and think about my past. The result of trying to forget is that my relationships (while possessed) were never deep. This doesn’t mean I never loved my friends back then because I did. It just means we never really knew each other.

Now things are different. I’ve made peace with my past. It’s part of who I am. Relationships are now more open and complete…unless, of course, someone is uncomfortable with demons, spirituality and exorcism. If someone asks me, “How did you become a Christian?” And I say, “Well, it happened at my exorcism.” And then
they don’t want to continue the conversation…well, that’s not my fault. They asked!

  1. I hope not to be too personal but how is your relationship with God at this point in time?

I think going through an exorcism can have two possible outcomes: you can either tell yourself the demons are gone completely and so you decide to go on with a normal life; or, you realize through the exorcism that you just met God through this intriguing person named Jesus…and so you never want to be normal again. I met God at my exorcism, but I also wanted to be normal. This tension caused me a year of stress, as I tried to figure out if I wanted to follow Jesus or be normal. I chose Jesus, and that opened up a whole new, more interesting world that I have been pursuing ever since. I like being a Christian, I know why I am a Christian and I am growing continually closer to Jesus. It’s a good life, never boring, never easy.

  1. Do you fear a repossession?    At the time of compiling these interview questions, I have yet to read your book so I apologize if I am asking for information found in your book.
For about two years after my exorcism, I used to stare at myself in the mirror and search my eyes for anything that might be looking back. But I haven’t done this in many, many years. No, I am no longer afraid of repossession. And yes, in my case the demons did try to come back. It didn’t work, though. But that’s another story!

  1. Do you feel that God singled you out, as he did Job when he pointed Job out to the devil?

You know what, I do. I feel like God said to me, “I’m going to show you something. Something you won’t like, but don’t worry because I’m going to get you out.”

My book is about the darkness…it’s not a pretty place, but sometimes it’s best to know what the world is dealing with so we can be better equipped to help others or ourselves.

What can others do to avoid this same journey?

The best thing non-Christians can do is take the dangers of seeking spirits seriously. They can check-out “ghost hunter” websites and read their list of precautions. I think it’s good to remember that “entities” don’t have
bodies…but they’d like to! Playing with a Ouija board is never a good idea, so every parent should know how to explain why it’s dangerous.

I always advise Christians to do their homework and learn about how Jesus dealt with living in a world with demons. He was never scared of them; he dealt with them. Denying they exist just doesn’t help. Reacting in fear doesn’t help either.

  1. Do you fear for your children/ husband  having to face the enemy up front and personal?

We’ve already had to do that. They did well. I’m proud of them. They know demons exist…they know Jesus is stronger. They know the Holy Spirit is the only spirit worth following. We’ve had some amazing adventures together.   

  1. Has the writing of the Possession and now Deliverance, provided the healing you need?   Is healing ongoing at this time?

Writing the books provided the healing I needed…and the order I needed for what seemed like a chaotic life. I’m
healed from being married to the devil, and it’s not an issue at this time. I’ve moved on. I’m more interested in keeping an open and vibrant relationship with the Holy Spirit.

  1. I really want to thank you for responding to as many of these questions as you can and feel comfortable with.   I know I am having my Bible close and praying for God’s understanding and protection before I do read your  book.  God is the same yesterday, today and forever and I totally believe that if these events occurred two thousand years ago, they can still happen today.  I am in awe of your brave spirit in sharing your experiences with us.  I wish you every success with your books!   God bless you Deidre!
Thank you so much, I am deeply (really) touched by your support….if it wasn’t for Christians like you I think I would shut down. 



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I am a firm believer in whatever doesn't kill you only makes you stronger.   And what this young Deidre went through as a child certainly seems to bear this out.   Where were the advocates for this poor girl?  She couldn't count on either of her parents, none of her teachers and it seemed like any one of her friends had scarcely more than she did.  Thinking she had wed the devil at a very young age, she sought the comfort of a loving God, she prayed for peace in the family, she heard God tell her it would all be better when she was big...only to find her faith a little lacking and expectations of a better life at eighteen a terrific letdown.  Is it any wonder she fell into possession?   This was a rivoting memoir of Deidre's younger days.  I didn't want to read it, but I couldn't put it down once I started reading it.   It's relatively short and certainly stirs your emotions.  I wanted to shake her parents, because they are the ones who are supposed to protect you and at the very least see your need.   But Deidre was left to her own ends and was ever so much alone.  Its a good read, but a sad one.   I'm looking forward to reading part two Saving Mary: the Deliverance.  Praise God that there is a Part 2!

I received an ARC copy of this book.   I assure you I am not paid to read and provide a review.   My review is my honest opinion and my words are shared with you freely and without prejudice.   See the tour schedule below for additional reviews of this book.


Our author has graciously committed to providing an ecopy of the Saving Mary...the Possession, to one lucky winner.   Leave a comment to be considered for a free ebook giveaway!   Be sure and include your email or blogspot so I can contact you personally.   All entries will be placed in our ten gallon hat and a winner drawn by my indifferent and impartial hubby.   Winner will be drawn on July 7th and will have 48 hours to respond.   Thanks!

Tour Schedule:-
2nd July, 2012 - Ashley @Dr. Pepper Diva 
5th July, 2012 - Lisseth @Read-A-holicZ
6th July, 2012 - Sage @my name is: Sage
8th July, 2012 - Molly @Reviews By Molly
9th July, 2012 - Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex 
13th July, 2012 - Nicole @Purple Penguin Reviews 
14th July, 2012 - Pragya @Reviewing Shelf 
15th July, 2012 - Emily @On Emily's Bookshelf

Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.

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