Book Review: Nobody's Angel: A Story of Occult Bondage, Abuse and Redemption

Book Title: Nobody’s Angel
Author: Gregory R. Reid
Date Published: April 22, 2005
Publisher: Xulon Press
Genre: 1. Cults
2. Religious
3. Memoirs
ISBN: 978-1597812085
Reviewer: Matt Sieger

Gregory Reid is Jewish, but growing up he didn’t know it. More on that later.

In an introduction to another of his books, Reid writes, “In a time when positive, uplifting messages are pursued, I seem in some ways to be a man without an audience.” People don’t generally want to know about the horrors that Reid describes in his autobiography, Nobody’s Angel.

Reid, who for more than twenty years has trained law enforcement, probation and other professionals on occult-related crime and sexual abuse of children and adolescents, does not enjoy writing on this subject—because he experienced the worst of it himself as a child.

But, as painful as it is for him to relive his past, he says, “I write for the children still being used, the victims who never made it and the people who know full well the reality of what I speak and want to bring healing to the victims.”

Nobody’s Angel is not a comfortable read. The details of Reid’s victimization as a child and teen and his subsequent deliverance may seem sensational and even unbelievable. But, as Reid states, “Everything that I have written, to the best of my knowledge and memory, is absolutely true.” This reviewer knows Greg personally and can vouch for his integrity.

Greg was the victim of an organized pedophile, child pornography and black magick occult group that abused him for most of his childhood. It left him a shattered young teen who drank, smoked, studied and practiced the occult, recruited other kids to do the same and wished to end his life. When Greg was again molested while hitchhiking at age fourteen, it convinced him that if there was a God, He could not or did not love him. Why didn’t He just kill me if He hated me so much? Why did He let this happen to me? Greg silently screamed.

How Greg came to believe in a God who loves him is the heart of this book. At age fifteen he had an encounter with Jesus, which he describes in some depth. As he puts it, “Jesus, whom I considered a good rabbi, a good man, maybe even just a story, a person I had never even sought after—had come for me.”

But this book is not a feel-good fairy tale. Greg had blocked out much of his childhood abuse from the satanic cult, including one utterly devastating moment. As an adult, the memories began to surface. Through much counsel from therapists and trusted friends, and much crying out to God, Greg experienced healing as the curtain was slowly pulled back on his horrific past. He is completely open and honest about the painful process of remembering these events. This was no overnight fix.

Reid writes in a very vulnerable, engaging and intelligent style. I finished the book in one sitting. I literally couldn’t put it down.

As to his Jewishness, I interviewed Greg recently, and here’s what he told me:

“When I turned sixteen, I met a group of kids in high school who had a lunchtime Bible study, and I went.

“‘Hi, my name’s Gene, can I be your friend?’ this dark-haired, skinny little fourteen-year-old asked me. ‘I guess so,’ I said shyly, still not used to anyone treating me kindly. Gene and I became fast friends. He was born Jewish and had recently met Yeshua (Jesus) as his Messiah. He invited me to his synagogue for Hanukkah. I went, and I felt… strangely comfortable and perfectly at home… which was odd to me, never having been exposed to Jewish celebrations or more than a handful of Jewish school kids.

“We all grew up, and Gene got married. I was honored to sing a song from the book of Ruth at his Messianic Jewish wedding. Everything felt so right. The celebration and Hava Nagilah-ing went on for hours!

“As I studied both the New Testament and the Tanakh, I saw in a way that many others could not just how seamless it all was, with Yeshua being the scarlet thread of salvation through it all, from Isaiah 53 to the crucifixion to the book of Revelation. Where many saw conflict, I saw the perfect hand of a wise God who tore down the Temple curtain and gave us access through the sacrifice of the Lamb of God to the presence of a holy and loving God.

“I was not at all surprised when, in my 40s, my cousin (now living in Israel) presented me with the news—discovered after diligent ancestral search—that we were Jewish. Somewhere deep inside a piece of a puzzle was put in place, and this one, once a child of evil as well as unknowingly a lost sheep of the house of Israel, found himself with tears of gratefulness.

“Blessed be the Lord God, King of the universe, who does all things well!”

Nobody’s Angel is available at ­­­­­ https://www.amazon.com/Nobodys-Angel-Gregory-R-Reid/dp/1597812080