Monday, March 16, 2009

Is a Dekker kinda like a Trekker?

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,, 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. =)


septembermom said...

I'm so clueless about fantasy fiction! I'm sure my brother-in-law would know the series right away. Your review is intriguing. It's great that you and the hubby can share this interest together. Always good when you can find a mutually agreeable conversation topic! Maybe this post will generate more Dekker fans :)

Beth@playinwiththepaulsens! said...

As a librarian who is not a fan of fiction... I love reading other peoples reviews of good book so I stay in the loop at work and can guide patrons in new books and authors to try out!

misti said...

I remember Leigh-Ann reading Dekker in college. I skimmed one and it reminded me a little bit of Frank Peretti.

You're on for Haley Mills night! I friggin' love her!

Growin' with it! said...

i've been wanting a good book to dive into lately. great recommendation...i'm gonna do some searching on this!

Mari said...

I read all of the circle trilogy and it weas great. My whole family loves his books.

Sara@i.Sass said...

The one Frank Peretti Book I read scared the BeJesus out of me. Because I believe that stuff really goes on and is happening.
I loved Left Behind. LOVED IT.
I also liked Tim Lahayes series about a guy who searches for these biblical artifacts because evil people want them for power...
I will try reading one...
But tell me is it more like Left Behind or Frank? I don't want to be scared.

Sam Eliza said...

I enjoy Ted Dekker's books, mostly because almost all of them tie in with one another in some way. The Martyr's Song Series is amazing. Though I've gotten away from them recently, not sure why. Great reads, for anyone who enjoys suspense!
To Sara@i.Sass: Ted Dekker is more Peretti than Left Behind, so no doomsday prophecies!

Anonymous said...

Hey, thx 4 your comments. I know your husband and fam. can break any negative pattern they so choose.


Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

I've never read any Dekker books, but I'm putting them on my list right now for my next library trip. Sounds so good - and I'm like you, I can't stretch out a good book no matter how hard I try, I have to finish it as quickly as possibly because I want to KNOW.

Brooke said...

*writes down author's name on reading list*

not a huge fantasy fan, but you can't pass up a well write Christian book!

StephieAnne said...

Hey, I'm a new reader who saw your post title on Kelly's blog and had to tiptoe over - I love, love, love the Circle Trilogy. I've read them twice and actually written two different times on them in my blog - trying to encourage others to give them a try. It really opened my mind to looking at God and our relationships with Him - from Creation to His future return in such a brand new light. Bring on GREEN!

Anonymous said...

between your post and StephanieAnne's comment...i might just have to give these books a try! reading for pleasure has come so hard for me lately...ARG!