Are you Reading Ted Dekker and What Do You Think?
I am reading Dekker for the first time and I think he is an outstanding writer in the vein of Steven King and Dean Koontz. I am not necessarily a “Christian reader”, though raised Catholic and a practicing Unitarian Universalist. Therefore my perspective might be very different from a lot of Dekker’s followers. For me he writes a spellbinding thriller and a can’t put it down page turner. The themes are good vs. evil as they are with King and Koontz, but there is much more overt “Christianity”, although not in respect to mainstream religions. Dekker seems more interested in the Christian concepts, in “following Jesus” not a religion, in the struggle between good and evil. He puts the emphasis on the 2 great commandments that Jesus affirms from his Jewish tradition. That is to “love god above all else and your neighbor as yourself.” I find this a very refreshing approach.
I am reading Sinner, and this is part of a trilogy which is itself part of a larger series called The Books of History Chronicles. There are three series of books within the larger series and Sinner is a part of the The Paradise Novels. The Books of History Chronicles consists of:
The Circle Series
• Black: The Birth of Evil
• Red: The Heroic Rescue
• White: The Great Pursuit
• Green: The Beginning and The End
The Paradise Novels
The Lost Books
Since I am just beginning it will take me awhile to get through many of his books but I plan to read this entire Books of History Chronicles. It will be very interesting to see how much the “Christian” themes either resonate or annoy me. So far Dekker’s talent and ability to spin a web and catch the reader in it, far outweighs any issues I might have with his themes. He is certainly not a “preachy” writer, although he does come across as very secure and grounded in his faith. All in all he is a very good read. Try it and let me know what you think!