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The Martyr's Song (The Martyr's Song Series, Book 1)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  2,694 Ratings  ·  168 Reviews
What would you die for?That's the question suddenly thrust upon a small band of women and children in Bosnia at the close of World War II. When a group of bitter soldiers stumble upon their peaceful village, they suddenly face an insidious evil...and the ultimate test.It is then, in the midst of chaos and pain that the Martyr's Song is first heard. It is then that the wind ...more
Paperback, 146 pages
Published May 12th 2007 by Thomas Nelson (first published August 30th 2005)
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Nov 12, 2010 Debbie rated it it was amazing
This book made me cry. The worst possible situation happened to this priest. If he wouldn't renounce his faith in Christ with a gun to his head then perhaps one of the children in the orphanage would. If they didn't they would suffer in the same way. This author made a seemingly horrible event, twist and turn into a beautiful, breath taking reality.
WOW. Really really powerful book. There's actually a quote from the book that summarizes my feelings on it: "But there was something about this story that had put talons into her heart and refused to let go. She was having a hard time breathing, and her heart was pounding loudly enough for anyone in the room to hear." Yep, that about does it. Awesome book; I love Dekker's portrayal of Jesus in the field of flowers with the children singing...AMAZING!!! Definitely a must read book.
Rachel N
WOW! WOW! WOW! After reading the last page, I closed the book and just sat silently for some time. This book is one to own and re-read over and over.
Dec 24, 2011 Becki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-collector
Synopsis from B&N: Marci is waiting for a miracle. She longs to possess physical beauty that will save her from being a teenage outcast. The miracle that she receives comes in the form of an old woman's story. It leaves her skin untouched, except for tears of joy.\nNot my favorite of Dekker�s books. So while I checked out the other three books in the �series�, I will be waiting some to read them. Perhaps I�m just not in a Dekker mood right now.\nThere are four books in the series. But in the ...more
The night after I finished reading this novel I dreamed about it! It was an awesome dream. One of my best! = ) This book really touched my heart. It was would make a great Sunday school lesson to study. I loved his descriptions of the white field. I could see it. I want to see it. I could almost hear the song in my head. God is good all the time...and All the time God is good. I highly recommend this short novel. I can't wait to get my hands on the other novels in this series.
Megan Lane
Oct 29, 2016 Megan Lane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Megan by: Hannah Jayne
Hm. This book is a whirlwind. It's also my first Ted Dekker book, which was an interesting experience. His storytelling is very different from most. He throws you into the story and doesn't look back. I think I like that.
But the book. Wow. So emotional and convicting. So beautiful. I don't think it's a new favorite, but... it is really good.
UPDATE: After thinking about this book more, I have even more questions. Is everyone beautiful? In whose eyes? What about Karadzic? What are his beliefs on e
J.S. Bailey
Jan 04, 2013 J.S. Bailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novella is considered to be Book 4 in the Martyr's Song series, but really all it is is the same "book-within-a-book" that we see in When Heaven Weeps. Don't get me wrong--I love the story of the peaceful Yugoslavian villagers who are placed at the mercy of a crazed Serbian commander who orders them to renounce their faith on pain of death--but I thought this was going to be something a little different.

One of the main points of the story (and that of many other Dekker works) is that all of
This is a HORROR story with a Christian bent. It shows the horrors that can be perpetrated by a crazy man with the power of life and death -- and pain. A peaceful Bosnian village managing to avoid most of the atrocities of World War II is discovered by a villainous Serbian commander who orders the priest and the women and children to renounce their Christian faith on pain of death. And he means pain! And death!

Sometimes I think Ted Dekker gets a little too much pleasure in writing torture scenes
Oct 22, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
By some twist of fate I snatched this from my mom's bookshelf, recognizing Dekker's name, thinking I could go for a decent author's works right now. In an hour, Ted Dekker completely shocked me. Any person looking for answers on anything-faith, beauty, sacrifice- nearly anything MUST read this book. It will change your life.
And take Eve's advice- Who are you in the story?

I can't wait to find where the rest of the Martyr's Song books are hidden in my house.
Nov 23, 2012 Annie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
This book was absolutely AMAZING in my opinion. As always Dekker gave very vivid descriptions of both the setting and the characters. I did not expect the plot line to be so thought provoking and deep; I had been expecting a thriller. Although, the book was not a thriller it gave me a new perspective of beauty and really touched my heart. This was a great book that DEFENITELY deserved a 5 star rating. :) I would recommend this book to anyone above the age of 13.
Dec 10, 2016 Em rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it would mean a lot more if i was a religious person, but it's still well written and definitely sucks you in. Everyone can relate to an extent because of the pressure put on us by western society and Americanized culture.
Ed Klein
Jan 16, 2017 Ed Klein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific book for the God-believer with self-image issues ! Well-written and engrossing .
Dec 09, 2010 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Bethany Phillips
I really liked this book. It has been a while since I have read a book by Ted Dekker and I am glad I picked this up again. It is about the third time I have read this book and it gets better every time.

This takes place a few years after the 2nd world war and is about a girl who gets picked on in school because she is poor. There is this lady who is visiting a grave and she had to pass this school and sees this girl and decides to help her. She goes and tells her that she can help her by reading
Jan 15, 2009 Kristy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
"What would you die for?
That's the question suddenly thrust upon a small band of women and children in Bosnia at the close of World War II. When a group of bitter soldiers stumble upon their peaceful village, they suddenly face an insidious evil...and the ultimate test. It is then, in the midst of chaos and pain that the Martyr's Song is first heard. It is then that the window into heaven first opens. It is then that love and beauty are shown in breathtaking reality.
You have in your hands the
Sep 28, 2013 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Martyr's Song is a good book by Ted Dekker in the Christian fiction/thriller genre. It is about a woman who reads a girl a story. The story is about five soldiers who go to a town and torture the town for their faith. It is good, because it shows how persistent the town was in keeping their faith. It shows how real Christians should act, never leaving God, and always trusting him no matter what bad things happen.
The soldiers load concrete crosses on some of the people in the town saying that
Ummm....I'm not sure I'm allowed to dislike this book for some unspoken Christian culture code.

My relationship with Dekker novels has been a roller coaster ride, and it's just begun. I have not seen any consistency in the writing structure of the three novels of his that I've read - leading me to not trust that Dekker is actually writing much of this material.

This story is a GOOD IDEA and that's where it stops. The story between Marci/Eve/Jan is completely unbelievable and unnecessary to this
It isn't that Jan's story was terrible, it was that the tiny story molded around Jan's story was. The Martyr's Song isn't bad, and it wasn't too bad in any of the other three novels in this series. But Eve's story with Marci was horribly developed (or just wasn't at all). It was completely unbelievable that Marci would change from that one encounter with an aggressive stranger. Also, Nadia's beauty compared with Marci's beauty really wasn't the whole point of Nadia and Father Michael's story, so ...more
Randy Tramp
Sep 14, 2016 Randy Tramp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second time I've read this book and it's as powerful the second time around as the first. The imagery will stick with me for a long time. And when it wears off, I'll read it again. It's that good.

The power of belief is stronger than death. Love goes beyond this world, making this life a comma. Man would like to make it a period but man is not the final say, even if they take life.

My faith is stronger having read, The Martyr's Song. Ted has an ability to look into a different realm an
Terry Bell
Oct 22, 2011 Terry Bell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ted-dekker
Ok , problem here ppl... We need about 5 more stars offered on the rating scale please?
I actually bought the audio book.
This was the first time I realized that this author wrote Thr3e that was made into a movie. I couldn't put the iPhone and earbuds down! I laughed when the characters laughed, cried when they did, felt defiant when they did and saw myself in a new light as I realized I was just like this girl. The one listening to the woman's story.
One word describes this story.


A must
May 17, 2013 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A riveting read from a masterful storyteller. Dekker warned in the author's note that the story would be graphic, and it was. He didn't shirk away from the brutal truth he was trying to portray, nor did he try to package it in a more palatable way. and I found myself like Marci in the story, perturbed by the tale yet finding myself unable to turn away. The only drawback I find is that the story ends a little abruptly, and leaves a sense that it is incomplete somehow. Having said that, it may hav ...more
Christina Bulgin
I have just closed the cover after reading the last page. I want to sit in solemn and reverent silence.

God has created each one of us beautifully and wonderfully and He loves us as such. Each life is precious and has value because God made it that way. People suffer unspeakable evils because of their faith, but there is a beauty, a life, and a reality outside of our own that goes beyond what we can possibly imagine.

I can't wait to read the rest in the series. Ted Dekker has done it again.
Nov 10, 2013 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This book was so much more than I expected. It is a fairly short story that was written last in the series, but is the beginning of the story. This is a story of a priest and his Christian followers in the jungles of Somalia during WW2. When the group is horribly persecuted and tortured, Father Micheal gives his all based on his love for Christ. It is a hard story to read, but beautiful as well. I am going to purchase this entire series and add it to our church library.
Apr 11, 2008 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
Very short story, but very captivating. Dekker does an amazing job contrasting this world with the world that is to come. I also really enjoyed it tying back to our fractured perspective that we all tend to live with. We do not see this world as God sees it. We catch glimpses and we can hope to get closer and closer to seeing it...but ultimately while we are here, our goal should be to have the faith that is exhibited in this story.
Oct 16, 2012 Kayle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For such a short book, I started crying about halfway through it and cried the rest of the way through. I don't usually cry easily. It only took me about an hour to read and when I was done I listened to the actual song "The Martyr's Song" written by Ted Dekker and Todd Agnew (which came with my copy of the book). Then I just kept on crying. I still almost cry every time I hear that song. It is just so powerful.

Very short, easy to read book, but it stays with you for a long time.
As a Dekker book goes, this was a quick read and not as far 'out there' as his other books. I find Dekker's books to be dark and rather disturbing, affecting my sleep patterns. This one was easier to follow and illustrated truth well. It showed humanity at its worst and its best.

As always, he makes me think a little deeper about my faith.

And reminded me to look forward to my future with Christ.
Jul 14, 2012 Jeanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I read the book, though it might have been better to read it prior to reading the series it was based on. This was the prequel, and it is referenced in the Heaven series multiple times. The story was not a new story to me, but it was nice to read the entire story at one time instead of in pieces as it was portrayed in the Series. The writing is excellent, as all Ted Dekker books are. Hope you enjoy reading it as well.
Michelle Burns
Not very impressed. There was no resolve at the end that told us "why". Where was the redeeming of the village from the evil. So many lives where destroyed by one beings "free will". I don't think I'll read anymore of Ted's books, just too dark, no real joy that makes our faith worth living out on this pathetic existence we call life.
Mar 30, 2013 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although the Martyr' Song books aren't numbered this is the one I read first and I think it begins the story quite well. Ivena tells a story to a young girl in order to teach her an important lesson...a story that comes from the religious war in Bosnia Herzegovina to a small church that is attacked should really read it! It took me inside the book.
Apr 11, 2012 Ceira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Powerful, moving, this book made me weep. Not out of a dark grief, though the events are tragic and cruel. It is sorrow mixed with joy; seeing the beauty of God working past man's sin. My brother and I both read it in a day, it's short, and you can't leave it unfinished. Written as a story in a story, I would give the inner story 5 stars, and the outer maybe 2.
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Ted Dekker is known for novels that combine adrenaline-laced stories with unexpected plot twists, unforgettable characters, and incredible confrontations between good and evil. Ted lives in Austin with his wife LeeAnn and their four children.
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