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Subject: books a friend is sending me...can you help?
Date Posted: 7/29/2008 12:28 PM ET
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I have a friend who is going to send me a whole bunch of Christian books.  (mostly fiction)  When I saw the list of what she was going to send,  I had to admit I didn't recognize many of the authors, other than Ted Dekker.

Can anyone help me out ?  If you've read any of these books, maybe you could offer an opinion....what you liked, disliked, etc.  I'm pretty excited and just don't know what to read first!

I'm also shocked at her incredible generosity....she said she was sending a "few" books....but look at this list!  Wow.


Comes a Horseman-  Robert Liparulo  

Chop Shop - Tim Downs

Beneath The Ice-  Alton Gansky  

Safely Home-  Randy Alcorn  

Three - Ted Dekker

Obsessed - Ted Dekker   

Prophet - Frank Peretti  

Submerged  -Alton Gansky  

Heaven’s Wager - Ted Dekker
When Heaven Weeps - Ted Dekker

Deadfall - Robert LIparulo

Plague Maker - Tim Downs

I Surrender All --  Clay Crosse


Thanks in advance....sorry for the rotten formatting

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Date Posted: 7/29/2008 12:56 PM ET
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Dekker is the only one I recognize. But I'd imagine that, if they are all hers, and she liked Dekker, that the others will probably follow Dekker's style or genre.

Congrats on the windfall!

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 1:27 PM ET
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I have read both books by Robert Liparulo.  They are definitely thrillers.  They are written by a CF author, and are good, clean thrillers.  A bit scary and tend to be a bit graphic at some points, but they are 'edge-of-your-seat' thrillers that are very hard to put down!  I have also read several books by Randy Alcorn - he is also a good mystery/thriller writer - more along the lines of Ted Dekker.  And I know I've read at least one book by Alton Gansky, but it's not one of the ones you have listed.  He's a newer CF writer.  I remember the book as being good, if that helps!! :)

Can't help with Tim Downs or Clay Crosse, but from the genre that seems to be prevalent in this group of books, it looks like maybe I should check them out!


Date Posted: 7/29/2008 2:03 PM ET
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I've read Prophet by Peretti.  I think it's his third best (present darkness and piercing the darkness being his top two in my opinion).

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Date Posted: 7/31/2008 10:05 AM ET
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   Frank Peretti is a very good Author . So thoughtful of her to do that for you . That certainly is sayoing alot about her .That is great .

I have not heard of any of the other ones .

                     Dolores H.

Have a look at my bookshelf , books mailed out in 2 days (unless on vacation ) which will be soon .

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 11:49 AM ET
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I have heard of Tim Downs but haven't read anything, although Plaguemaker is on my reminder list (wayyyy too many books in my TBR pile right now)

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 2:31 PM ET
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Safely Home by Randy Alcorn isn't a mystery/thriller.  I haven't read his other books, but I'd wager that it's not similar.  It's definitely not similar to Ted Dekker.  That being said, I thought Safely Home was one of the best books I've ever read.

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 9:44 PM ET
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 I have read the following, and they are all pretty good!  :)


Three - Ted Dekker


Obsessed - Ted Dekker   


Prophet - Frank Peretti    


Heaven’s Wager - Ted Dekker


When Heaven Weeps - Ted Dekker

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 1:58 AM ET
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Clay Crosse is a Christian Music artist and I Surender All is a song that he has done with 2 others (BeBe Winans and Bob Carlisle if memory serves...). It is the title cut of his most well-known album, and one of my favorites. Replacing my lost copy was one of my first swaps on SwapACD.

Here is the book description:

Clay Crosse burst onto the contemporary Christian music scene with his 1994 hit "I Surrender All". And over the next four years, his star climbed higher and higher. But beneath his success lurked a dark secret: He was addicted to pornography. No one knew he had a problem-not even Clay-until the day God took away his voice. What followed was a story of the power of grace and forgiveness.

? "No one knew he had a problem-not even Clay" ? How that could be is something that seems hard to figure out, but I've just ordered the only copy in the PBS system, so maybe I'll figure it out. I do have a couple of friends that struggle in this area, so maybe his testimony will help them.

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 10:01 PM ET
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I had a book by Anton Gansky, it flew off my shelf within a few days. Sounds as if you have some nice books coming to you.

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 10:13 PM ET
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I love reading Anton Gansky...edge of your seat mystery...hard to put down once you start...

Date Posted: 8/2/2008 12:24 PM ET
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I can help with the Tim Downs stuff.  He writes a lot of suspense/mystery type stuff.  He has one series called "The Bug Man" series that the "Chop Shop" book is from.  It is a series about a forensic entomologist (he studies the bugs on dead people to solve murders).  So, it's not for the squeamish!  Matters of faith aren't really talked about in depth, but it is clean fiction for sure.  The other book of his "Plague Maker" is a pretty good read.  It is about a terrorist who wants to launch a virus in New York City to wipe it out using fleas as carriers.