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Subject: What's up with Ted Dekker?
Date Posted: 12/5/2010 10:14 AM ET
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I haven't read any of Ted Dekker's books yet.  Although he is listed as a Christian Author, the covers and titles of his books do not appear to be so.  They have such a thread of darkness to them that I haven't been able to make myself read them.  I don't want to read a lukewarm or borderline Christian author.  I want to be able to know that this is definitely a Christian storyline.  So, does anyone have any insight on this for me?  Thanks

Date Posted: 12/5/2010 1:32 PM ET
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i don't think Ted Dekker is a lukewarm Christian author.  I love his books and even though his latest books are being published by a general market publisher (Center Street - which is a division of Hachette), it is very obvious that there is strong faith in the books.  I got a chance to talk to him in a radio interview and he said that he doesn't see himself as a Christian fiction author but a Christian author who writes fiction.  his books will talk about faith but not in a way that limits it only to Christians.  I'm glad to see that non Christian readers are picking up his books and even if they dont' know it, they are getting faith injected into their lives and will hopefully walk away wanting to know more about it.

Here is a recent interview that I helped to conduct with him:  http://inspys.com/?p=589

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Date Posted: 12/5/2010 2:39 PM ET
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Deborah - I'm definitely one of those non christian readers who really enjoy Ted Dekker books- I am a horror fan.  His books three and house are definitely horror based.  They are not a warm fuzzy story.  Three is a wonderful book if you like horror/thriller.  His books blessed child (i know there is at least one more book in the series) have more of a religious tone, and not so much horror.  He is a nice fast paced author.

Date Posted: 12/5/2010 3:31 PM ET
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They are way tpo dark for me but some of my friends like them.

He professes Christ so he is a brother. We don't have to like his genre to love him.

My 2 cents.

Date Posted: 12/6/2010 10:49 AM ET
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I don't like his books because of how dark they are. I prefer like Alton Gansky, some of Tim Downs, Ronie Kendig, etc. I like mystery and all but Ted is just too much for me. Others may like his books and I know people who do like him, but I can't read them.

Date Posted: 12/6/2010 8:04 PM ET
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I don't like Dekker's writing style.  I tried reading "Black" and it just felt slow and boring, rather than suspenseful, like I think he was attempting.  The other thing is that toward the middle of the book it was just seemed really silly to me.  I don't know how else to describe it. 

Lisa N. (LDN) - ,
Date Posted: 12/7/2010 3:00 PM ET
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I think Deborah's point is well taken in that there is a big difference between Christian fiction and fiction written by a Christian.  I'm not much of a Dekker fan either, but the couple I've read do have a thread of faith running through the otherwise dark story.  He's planting seeds of faith in a genre where too often all you see are demonic seeds.

Date Posted: 12/13/2010 9:25 PM ET
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i didnt like the color trio but i love the bride collector and the one with daughter in it.. sorry i forgot the name. and yes they are christian.. but i like dark books

Date Posted: 12/23/2010 1:21 PM ET
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I may have to see if my local library has The Bride Collector.  Don't really want to waste a point on an author I haven't read yet.

Date Posted: 1/8/2011 5:08 PM ET
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Dekker is an amazing author. Yes, I know some people find his stories too dark, but that's part of his point. He has stated that he paints the evil with his darkest brush so that he can show us how powerful the light really is. Many Christians choose to shy away from the evil we've been saved from, but why surround ourselves with warm cozy fuzzies when the world isn't like that?...Or something. You get the idea.

Not all of his books are "dark," though. His pre-Thr3e books (Blink, When Heaven Weeps, Blessed Child, Thunder of Heaven, etc) are absolutely amazing, fast-paced, powerful Christian suspense that anyone would enjoy. His later stuff (Thr3e, Boneman's Daughters, Bride Collector, Immanuel's Vens, Adam, House, etc) all have a more disturbing streak in them, but I argue that the Christian themes are just as present and just as powerful. He just wants to get the message to those who wouldn't normally read the usual Christian fiction fare.

In any case, he's definitely worth checking out.

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Subject: Last Light - Terri Blackstock
Date Posted: 1/10/2011 9:58 PM ET
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Last Light - by Terri Blackstock

I really enjoyed this book.  After an unexplained catastrophic event in the atmosphere knocks out all electronics in the world, materialistic, well-to-do Americans are suddenly left helpless. And as they get down to the essentials of life, they learn to lean on God as they never have before. Book One in the Restoration Series.

I plan on reading more from this writer.


Date Posted: 2/25/2011 3:49 PM ET
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I love Ted Dekker! All of his books that I have read have been spectacular!!!

You can definitely see a Christian thread throughout all of his books.

They may be a little dark but I think they accurately portray the battle between good and evil that we see in the world today.

I would highly reccomend that you at least try one of his books and just see what you think!yes