I really thought Superman was over-exaggerating when he came home from a three-day road trip completely catatonic. His eyes were slightly glazed over, his mind was certainly in a fantasy place, and his mouth was telling me about the best fiction book he had ever read.
Welcome, my friends, to the world of Ted Dekker.
For some reason unknown to even myself, I have never picked up a Dekker book. Okay, that’s a little wrong. I did pick up “Saint,” read it, sort of enjoyed it – but had no clue what it was talking about. That makes sense now as I probably needed to read the Circle trilogy AND “Showdown” before I dove into “Saint.”
Ahhh…Hindsight IS 20/20.
To keep from going into Dekker overload, I decided not to read too much of the Circle trilogy (books “Black,” “Red,” and “White” – in that order) every day. I tried to spread it out so I would be able to thoroughly enjoy the series.
I lasted a week. Over a thousand pages in a week.
As I finished the epilogue of “White,” I closed the book feeling wholly satisfied, mainly because “Green” is coming out in September, I hear. There are too many unanswered questions left in “White,” and, plus, I am quite excited to have a new story in the series.
As I set the book down on the coffee table, I picked up my laptop. I wikipedied Ted Dekker and the Circle series as well as visited Dekker’s own Web site, www.teddekker.com, and googled “Green and Ted Dekker” for further information.
That’s right, folks. I’ve officially become a “Dekker.”
If you’re into a bit of fantasy fiction, this is SO the series to pick up. It’s based on Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” The main character, Thomas Hunter, is torn from two worlds – the “normal” one, as we call it, and his other world, which shows evil in a physical form instead of a spiritual (Am I making sense? I’m trying to.). But it’s not truly about the virus he’s trying to prevent in the normal world or about the enemy he’s trying to escape in the other world.
It’s about love.
It’s a big love story between God and His people – it’s about God’s love for His bride, how He courts us, how He loves us. That’s why I loved this story so much. It’s a great big love story, as Dekker himself states. And it is.
That’s why you should read this book. Not because it’s a mixture between fantasy and mystery and suspense and not because the characters are in-depth and come to life from the pages – because it’s a love story between God and His people and Thomas and his love.
And, yes, I’m reading “Showdown” right now. =)