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Subject: House!!!
Date Posted: 8/20/2008 10:03 PM ET
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while browsing this section of the forums, I have come to a sad and hopefully not quite accurate conclusion...The primary fiction books that people consider 'Christian' are Kingsbury-type, Beverly-Lewis-type, or Left Behind.  Now those are all fine examples of Christian fiction books, but I do believe that the (imo) best and most inspiring subgenre of Christian fiction is being ignored, or worse...pushed down!  I pray that that is not the case and that I am just overreacting because I'm bored. 

All that to ask:  Where is the Christian suspense/thrillers/fantasy!!????  and yes, occasionally those do all combine.  I'm quite sure there must be Ted Dekker fans in here.  So let me make a wonderful announcement for those who might not check his website often.  House FINALLY hits theaters November 14!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Make sure everyone knows about it and make sure your local theaters are aware of it.  Maybe find a Christian bookstore nearby and find other fans of this remarkable book so you can all let your theaters know that you want it to play and stay in theaters for longer than a week or two! 

http://www.moviestrailer.org/house-movie-trailer.html   that's the trailer.  now if that doesn't look like an awesome movie, I don't know what does.  Let everyone know! 

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 11:15 PM ET
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i saw that..it looks scary! it's rated R so maybe it'll pull in people who think they're just going to see a regular horror movie. the book freaked me out half to death.

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 11:59 PM ET
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that was one thing i wasn't sure about... the rating.  hmmm  mayhaps I won't take my little brother to see it, but I'll sure see it opening night!  I'ts gonna be so greatly scary!  I'm so glad I already know the ending!  though I've been a bit about a major plot twist away from the book.

Date Posted: 8/21/2008 12:01 AM ET
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I am a HUGE Ted Dekker fan!  I read the book, and I can't wait to see the movie.  Sweet!  :) 

Date Posted: 8/21/2008 8:02 AM ET
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Have never read any Ted Dekker books and from the sound of it probably won't but, I have a real question (not being snippy or anything)...How can a book/movie that comes out with a rating of "R" be considered Christian?  Is there really any discussion of God or Faith in God, scripture discussed...?  Also wondering if it has violence, where does that play in the scheme of Christian?

Date Posted: 8/21/2008 9:25 AM ET
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well to be fair....The Passion of the Christ was rated R, and I don't think you can get more Christian than with that movie!

but this book had to do a lot with spiritual warfare which is Peretti's forte and Dekker piles on the suspense. it's somewhat gory and i think the moviemakers might have added to that to appease the audience. but the Christian message is very apparent throughout the book.

Date Posted: 8/21/2008 9:42 AM ET
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I'm a huge Peretti fan and I've been trying to find out when this movie gets out.   As far as the Christian message - well, it was very strong through out the book.  I haven't read anything else by Dekker but I know Peretti is very much into the spiritual realm writing like was mentioned above.  For those who aren't familiar with Peretti I would highly recommend reading This Present Darkness.  Made you think....

Date Posted: 8/21/2008 1:01 PM ET
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I too am a fan of ted dekker. I have read all of his books so far. Christian books that have a message don't have to be boring. I have found several christian authors that I like that are not oke, kingsbury or lewis. There is a HUGE variety of christian authors that send a wonderful message.

I saw ted dekkers movie THREE and didnt care for it. I quess because I read the book first. I also saw THE LIST by the christian author robert whitlow. It was good, but once again the book was better.

Date Posted: 8/21/2008 10:50 PM ET
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Thr3e didn't do the book justice!  I still liked it, but the book was much better (as usual).  As for how scary/gory things can be Christian, most of the Bible would be rated R and be graphically gory, disgusting, sexual, etc. if it were made into a totally accurate movie.  Now I'm all for dramas and romances (some of them anyway) and other subgenres, but some people (myself included) can grasp the point of a story much better if the story is scary/suspenseful.  Working in a Christian bookstore, I've had to field that question about a hundred times.  My boss encourages us all to read as many of the books in the store as we can so we can more accurately help people find the right ones for them.  We've had to send back more fiction out of the drama/romance section because we didn't feel comfortable selling them in a Christian setting than we've had to send back from the suspense/thriller/fantasy altogether.   So, please, try to abstain from judging a movie or the books associated with it by the rating.  There is such a strong message in House that you have to be blind to not get.  If this movie can get people thinking about their own haunted hearts and the power of Christ's sacrifice to clean them out, then it will have done it's job, despite the rating and the frightening/gory aspect.  And the book's already changed lives.