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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,930 ratings  ·  334 reviews
The story of how I, Julian Carter, and my precious two-year old son, Stephen, left Atlanta Georgia and found ourselves on a white sailboat, tossed about like a cork on a raging sea off of Australia's northern tip in 1963, is harrowing.

But it pales in comparison to what happened deep in the jungle where I was taken as a slave by a savage tribe unknown to the world. Some
ebook, 352 pages
Published October 22nd 2013 by Center Street (first published January 1st 2013)
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Patrice Hoffman
Where do I start? That is all that goes through my mind when I read novels I'm not sure I want to stop reading, or am so happy that they have finally come to an end. Ted Dekker is one of my favorite authors and I have read many of his previous thrillers such as Thr3e, The Bride Collector, and Adam. I've enjoyed each tremendously and have since planned on reading as many Dekker works I can get my hands on. Outlaw is nothing like those books. Sorry fans!

Julian Carter is the least likely person to
First of all, I am a die-hard Dekker fan. I read through this book in two days, the whole way thinking that this is the Dekker I have been waiting for since the Circle Series (I HIGHLY recommend that, by the way!). I was in tears almost the whole way through.


I got to the second section of the book and everything went downhill from there. Now, I am a Christian, and I fully appreciate spiritual parallels in moderation. This was just too much, and too repetitive. I began to
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
The author is a good writer, I have to admit. I enjoyed the first portion of the story, which is full of adventure and danger and new environments. I'll admit reading the postscript by the author helped a lot to explain how he was able to capture the distinct feel of a lost tribe of "savages" in the jungles of New Guinea... but something about the ending left a sour taste in my mouth. In many ways, I think the whole "religious conversion of the tribe of colored people" theme bothered me. The ...more
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't stop thinking about this story, nor the applications it has to my own life. This book was deeply philosophical, yet the story unforgettable. I want to go back and highlight many passages so I can ponder them again and again. I highly recommend it.
Lisa (brandnewbooksmell)
By far the best story written by Ted Dekker!!! I have read everything he's published and this novel wraps them all up in as amazing and beautiful gift! I thought his older writing style was lost forever but he's back and I'm thrilled! It's not for everyone. Only for those who choose to see!!
Luke Scott
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Ted Dekker goes deeper in this great book. A surprising change from his norm, but still worth the read for Dekker fans. Those who find Ted's regular fare too fantastic may also enjoy this look at a life fully surrendered to God.
60% good

In the beginning of this book I had hopes for it- like, it sounded interesting. Until about 3/4 way through the book, I was like, *beep*, this is gonna be hard. But with hard work and a calm mind, I waded my way through the dragging last 1/4 of the book. The very end, I admit, was pretty good. But, nada. Outlaw still only gets three stars out of five.
Christian Fiction Addiction

Ted Dekker has long fascinated me with his ability to stretch the imagination of his readers and do something that no one else has really done before. I have not loved all of his latest books, but I really loved "Outlaw", finding it to be a story unlike any other I've read. The story bursts with life and vivid descriptions, likely because Dekker has set the story deep in the heart of a jungle like the one where Dekker himself was born and raised. As I glimpsed into the heart of the tribe,
Alyxandra Sarik
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again I am astonished by Ted Dekker. Outlaw has got to be one of his best works to date, as I really fell in love with this story. Enlaced with riveting danger, intriguing characters, and such a compelling message that once again opened my eyes to a whole new way of looking at life, Outlaw is truly unique from all of Ted's other stories.
Although still remaining true to his style and trademark of a story captivated by emotion, love and truths, Ted created something different this time.
Lori Twichell
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tossed about the natives much like her boat was tossed across the waves, Julian’s journey is utterly harrowing, heartbreaking, and stunningly incredible all at the same time. As I was reading, I forgot that this was a tale penned by Ted Dekker. This, in and of itself, is extraordinary for me as a Dekker fan. One of the things I enjoy most about Ted’s writing is the fact that each time he stretches into new territory while maintaining his tone and style. This book steps away from all of that ...more
Nov 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ted Dekker's problem is that he tells messages rather than telling stories. Yes, there is a story here, and not a bad one at that. However the second half takes a turn and mostly becomes a character or two repeatedly repeating the message of the story--that our human bodies are costumes and are souls are the important part. Unfortunately it is talked about so much that it doesn't seem natural, and it is clearly just the message Dekker wants to get across. Still, the first half of the story is ...more
Katie Ashcraft
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this novel, not only because of the narration that only one that has lived in a primitive jungle setting could write, but because I believe it will be one of those rare stories that impacts my identity as a follower of Christ. I found myself learning alongside Outlaw how to look beyond our human "costumes" to the certain future we have as believers. It was painful to see him struggle between his desire to connect and respond in the flesh and to trust and surrender wholly to ...more
Evan Morgan
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
J.S. Bailey
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I begin this review, I would point out that I won this as an ARC. I have never read nor reviewed an ARC before this, so bear with me.

I was unsure of what to think when I heard that Outlaw was going to be released. Early reviews stated that it is "different" than Dekker's other works, which, generally speaking, are "different" to begin with. (It is not often that I read novels that contain talking bats, demon-possessed serial killers, vigilante priests, people drowning in lakes only to be
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really did try to go into "Outlaw" with as open of a mind as possible, because, to be completely honest, I have been rather disappointed in Dekker's books the last few years after being such a huge fan of his earlier writings. To me, "Outlaw" was a mixed bag of both good and bad. I really enjoyed the first 3/4's of the book dealing with Julian's life in Atlanta, GA and her call to the Mission Field as I felt like Dekker did a great job of making all of the essential characters come to life and ...more
Angela R. Watts
WOW. This book was gripping, bittersweet, and poignant. I loved it. So much. The ending just wrapped me up in a hug, and the lesson was one that hit me like a sucker punch during this time in my life.
The truth is, God is like a million suns, and the Darkness is only a mouse. How epic is that? This book really helped me.
Donald Hahn
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Great writer. Now to read all his books.
Katherine Jones
Once you’ve read a Ted Dekker novel, you know: the man knows how to command a story. His latest, Outlaw, is no exception. It’s big. It’s bold. It’s bombastic, and Dekker weaves his tale of good clashing with evil with his signature gritty realism.

Outlaw is surprisingly, even shockingly, PG-13—intended for mature audiences because of its depictions of violence and sensuality. In terms of plot, it’s something like a cross between The Hunger Games and Castaway, but with a broader message of eternal
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've long avoided Ted Dekker because I scare easily, and with an active imagination, I've wondered if I could read his books and sleep through the night.

I took a chance on Outlaw, which is not at all scary or creepy, and I think I'll have to take a chance on his other books, too!

Outlaw is the story of Julian, an unloved mother who ventures to New Guinea chasing a literal dream. Since her son, Stephen, was born, she has had a recurring dream calling her from her comfortable home in Atlanta into
Jamie Foley
As a huge fan of Dekker for over a decade, I was disappointed in Outlaw.

Reason being that it brought up the question of Christian pacifism near the end. I won't give away any spoilers, but the climax of the book was not as satisfying as I was hoping for.

It seemed like Dekker was implying that to feel anger at evil was a sin, and not the right path; that righteous anger should always be rejected for a feeling of nonchalance-like peace.

Now, I'm not saying that we should run around angry all the
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This would seem pretty hokey except for the fact that Dekker grew up in Irian Jaya, which gives him some credibility on the subject matter.

He provides something of an insider view on the inner working of native groups including leadership rivalries, treatment of women and justice. It is a very different paradigm.

What you make of the God and angel intervention is a matter of personal religious belief. Dekker provides a religious perspective far more profound that most "Christian" novels.

This is
Joe Blake
Feb 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I normally find Ted Dekker's book to be real page turners, and his Circle Trilogy is still one of my favorite series of all time. But to be completely honest, I could not force myself to finish this book despite spending a total of 27 hours stuck on a plane over the period of a week. It read like a horrible romance story, written by a man narrating as a a woman with Stockholm Syndrome. I got halfway through the book over several reading sessions and finally counted it a lost cause.
Dec 26, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-again
I honestly love all Ted Dekker books and this was a MAJOR let down. As a Christian writer and even a MALE this book was very awkward and quite innapropriate to read knowing a male wrote this..... yes at times it was pretty intense but I skimmed 99.9% out of the book... sorry Ted Dekker but this book was not what I expected from you... NOT RECOMMENDED for young audience or any audience in general
Nov 12, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I give any book I read a hundred pages and if it is not doing anything for me by then I figure it is just not going to happen. That was the case with Outlaw. I've read other Dekker books and loved them but this one just did not do it for me.
Aug 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really don't know how I feel about this book. It was very different from anything I have read before.
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was a mess that was way, way too long. With unexpected allegorical undertones, the occasional plot hole, and lots of extremely questionable material throughout, I was relieved to finally get it over with.

Where to even begin?

The story follows the trials of Julian when she decides to journey to New Guinea with her infant. Led there by mystical dreams of a lush forest and a song that somehow wordlessly spoke, "Come to me," and, "Save me," to her, she ends up shipwrecked after a storm and
Karen & Gerard
I was looking for a change of pace and this book gave it to me. I enjoyed learning about the culture of cannibals and jungle tribes. This book is packed with adventure and is written by a man who was born and raised by missionaries in the jungles of Irian Jaya. This is a pretty amazing story and although some parts didn’t quite make sense to me, I still enjoyed it. This is a wild book! (Karen's review)
Ellen Read
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I enjoyed most about this book was Ted Dekker's easy to grasp explanation of these gospel. I was captivated but the beauty of it, the simplicity of tips that can be very abstract. The story was carr asks away secondary to Shaka's instructions. I had a library copy but I bought my own SSI I could mark it up!
Patrick Moen
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book models true, godly forgiveness in a way I have yet to see in other Christian fiction books. I think more Christian authors should model redemption in their villains instead of the typical "villain gets what's coming to them" model. This author doesn't always do it, but in this book the parable of forgiveness is amazing.
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Outlaw is good. Not excellent, but good. Which is good because it shows me that Ted Dekker is still that great writer I know and love him to be. Outlaw embodies the style that Dekker uses so well, which is great to see because he has not used that wonderful style in his books of the last couple years. This style he uses in one where he so artfully and creatively portrays the love of God and his Gospel in such a colorful and visually flamboyant way. He writes of the love of God and other forces, ...more
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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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