Sunday, February 10, 2008

From the Bookshelf: "Black"

I know, I know - I've already read this book and addressed it in my blog. A couple of years ago, I think. But, some books are so good, hit me so hard, that they merit a second reading. This is one of those books. Now, with that said, the series is not for everybody. Jodi made it clear, "it just wasn't for her". But, for those it is for - it really is that amazing. I recognize so much of the new testament is told in story format - and that grabs my attention SO MUCH MORE than lecture format. I think that's why I get so carried away with Christian fantasy - it helps me re-experience truths from the Bible from a whole different "vantage point" - (had to throw that phrase in!). This series takes you through the entire spectrum of the Bible's message, from the Creation that God first desired to have in Eden, to the fall, to His sacrifice, and finally what we can look forward to ahead. I needed to re-read this book - it was almost worship for me......

TITLE: Black, The first of the Trilogy Series
AUTHOR: Ted Dekker
GENRE: Christian fiction-fantasy
HERE'S MY THOUGHTS: God not only delights in His love for us, but also mourns for us as we choose to make our choices that contradict the joys He's always wanted to give us. God is portrayed as a little boy in this book, "Elyon" - and His interactions with his beloved - and the idea of the "Sacred Romance" that is all a part of His desire to demonstrate His love - and us embody that towards others - WOW!
INSIGHTS I'VE GAINED: Just a reminder that the evil we have in this world is a part of our choosing. If we are to know real love, we have to have the choice to accept it or not - and in giving us that choice, God knew, that eventually, we would choose evil. In this story "Teeleh" is representative of Satan - and there is no one more deceiving and manipulative, causing mankind to do the very things we never thought we would..... things that destroy us and cause so much despair....... And, still, God loves us, and wants us to seek Him no matter how far we've strayed......

4 comments:

Colie said...

This book was for me! I loved it - as did Randy. It's been a long time - perhaps I will reread it:-).

Stephietoo said...

When I saw you reading it at my house on Saturday, I was thinking to myself that you had read that book not too long ago. I would love to read that series, if you don't mind. It was great having you guys over for the first official NASCAR race of the year! Love you guys!

JustMe said...

These books aren't scary, are they? I read a Dekker thriller called "Three" and it was so dark it scared the heck out of me! But it was obvious what a great writer he was, so I'd be interested in these otherwise...

StephieAnne said...

Heather, these books are listed under his "Fantasy" genre - where THREE is listed under "Thriller" - I started that book and never finished - just didn't appeal to me. I think you would really like "Blink of an Eye" by him....

These books have some dark elements but aren't nightmare, jump out at you material.

And, yes, Steph - I'd love to send the book your way - and we had fun too!