Ted Dekker continues to confuse me with his amazing insight into the prophetic and Kingdom principles and yet his authorship of books like "Boneman'sTed Dekker continues to confuse me with his amazing insight into the prophetic and Kingdom principles and yet his authorship of books like "Boneman's Daughters" and "Adam." On the other hand, maybe these go together more than you think. I also realize that an author's writings will express different things when they are in different seasons of life.
Dekker is the first author I've ever read to describe so clearly what I've experienced myself with Yahweh. His books reveal truths, such as that the spirit realm is more real than the natural realm, that I've never seen in mainstream or mainstream Christian fiction. Dekker has obviously had some personal experiences with these truths to allow him to write so realistically of them.
Yet, I am always wary of a Dekker book since I've read some of his more mainstream thrillers. I realize that he must be trying to present the spiritual truths he clearly knows to a different audience by shifting their perspective on things, but some of the gore, gruesomeness, and spiritual concepts in his other books make me think very carefully and ask for guidance before I read anything he has written. To read a book by Ted Dekker can be an experience that will change your life, but it requires a lot of spiritual discernment and guidance of the Holy Spirit. You must sift through a lot of sand before finding the diamond.
Fortunately, my very Kingdom friends recommended this book, OUTLAW, to me. Trusting them and their insight, I decided to give it a go. It was awesome. I love the concepts that Mr. Dekker presents. As a writer myself (though I don't publish), I know the power of putting Kingdom principles into poetic or prosaic format so that the infinite truth of Yahweh can better be absorbed by a finite mind. This book definitely accomplished that.
Some of the concepts that rang so true in my spirit are: *The spirit realm is more real than the natural realm *The trinity nature of man (spirit, soul, and body) and how the soul must submit to the spirit man * This line: "I knew that my Father was perfect and that nothing imperfect could have come from that perfection, much less threaten it in any way. I was safe. Saved. Now. I knew that I too was perfect, even as my Father was perfect, and that nothing could possibly threaten me now. There was no longer any separation between me and my Father." *The idea that it is easy to forget the above truth (a PERMANENT truth!) and fall into the temptation to fear. * The idea that we are made whole and complete in Christ and need no other thing to complete us, not even the love or relationship of other human beings. That, to truly have righteous relationships, we must relate to one another as complete beings instead of coming to them because we need something (approval, affection, e tc.) from them. *The idea that all cultures that submit to Babylon (the world system created by the enemy) are equally lost. American culture is as crazy as the Tulim or the other tribal cultures that walk in darkness. And all need someone to bring the light. And yet when the light is brought, all can glorify Yahweh in their unique expressions of Him. *The idea that love conquers all. That resisting the enemy with the same force and weapons he uses to come against you will only yield distraction. *The colors that...someone... sees when he is in the spirit realm. *The idea that words have power, and that speaking them can change everything. After all, the worlds were framed by Yahweh's Word (Hebrews 11:3)
Ted Dekker obviously has insight. I've seen it in some of his other books (Blessed Child, The Circle Series, etc.). But I continue to be confused... I am, however, grateful for Yahweh's anointing and insight. And I'm glad that Mr. Dekker decided to express these Kingdom principles in a way that others can see and possibly hear. And perhaps, in mixing the Word that they hear with faith, they shall enter their promised land.
Another light read. A bit like "Jane of Lantern Hill." Overall a nice light story. Not that long or deep, though. I wouldn't recommend spending moneyAnother light read. A bit like "Jane of Lantern Hill." Overall a nice light story. Not that long or deep, though. I wouldn't recommend spending money on it but getting it from the library would be fine. ...more
Another light read by Karen Kingsbury. The story is interesting, and the younger characters are sweet. There is little emotional depth even though theAnother light read by Karen Kingsbury. The story is interesting, and the younger characters are sweet. There is little emotional depth even though the story is sad at some points. I just didn't feel like the characters did, though I did get very angry at some characters. I will also add that the editing was not perfect. (Changing the gender of dogs, the name of a pretty important character, and the name of her husband all kind of stood out, even though the typos weren't exactly numerous.) As I am currently interested in light reads that just give the reader a good time, I enjoyed this book. :) ...more
While the story is SO sweet, the brevity of it does not lend itself to the depth of investment a larger novel would. While I loved Gideon from the staWhile the story is SO sweet, the brevity of it does not lend itself to the depth of investment a larger novel would. While I loved Gideon from the start, Earl seemed underdeveloped. By this I mean, I did not feel I could get to know him very well, even though he has an elaborate backstory, because it was all told so quickly. I think I read the book in an hour. A good, sweet, light read, but I'm glad I got it from the library and didn't spend money on it. I personally think if it is this short, it is not worth purchasing. But that's just my take on novels. ...more
Not bad. The first book had more romance than the second. And more emotion, I think. The only teary scenes were in that book. However, the second bookNot bad. The first book had more romance than the second. And more emotion, I think. The only teary scenes were in that book. However, the second book had ideas I'd never really seen in fiction before (characters, really). Overall, a good light read. ...more
The twist in this book reminds me of the old Dekker novels, and while the book is dark, it is not as dark as most of DeI really like plot twists... :D
The twist in this book reminds me of the old Dekker novels, and while the book is dark, it is not as dark as most of Dekker's more recent novels. Not a bad book, altogether, and the plot twist really makes you think. Not too preachy, either. ...more