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When Heaven Weeps

(Martyr's Song #2)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  4,269 ratings  ·  121 reviews
Experience one of the first novels from New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker.

“[Heaven’s Wager is] genuinely exciting . . . fast paced . . . spine-tingling . . .” —Publishers Weekly

A thriller unlike any you have ever read. A love strong enough to bring a tremor to your bones. A sacrifice powerful enough to make heaven weep.

At the close of World War II, a shell-shock
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 28th 2005 by Thomas Nelson (first published May 28th 2001)
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S.n. Blackmon
Jan 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Quite possibly Dekker's best work. This book painted an incredibly beautiful and powerful picture of Christ's love and redemptive power.
Jenni Noordhoek
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: older teens/adults,
Shelves: historical
To enjoy this book, you must have an understanding of the story of Hosea, and hopefully a cursory understanding of the different interpretations of the Song of Solomon.

Brilliant book, about the love of God for each and every (worthless) human being on this earth. Stunning story, full of heartwrenching contradictions.

My only two complaints were that Karen really didn't have anything to do with the story except to provide tension... and yes, the violence is up there. But as Janjic says in the bo
Jessica Moniz
Feb 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it
Honestly I feel this book was one of the most intense love stories I've ever read! I could not put this book down, I had to know what was happening. Nadia's story (and the priest's) broke my heart and had me in tears. I was very frustrated with Helen throughout the book, but that's what I love about DekKer, he keeps his characters real, and I'm sure that someone in Helen's situation would have behaved the same way.
I would recommend this book to everyone looking for a great love story, and not j
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
I read "The Martyrs Song" before this and I was sorry I did. I had to skip about 40 pages to get past what I had read in the first book. The basis for this story was a nice idea but it got lost in the over-the-top mushiness of the love story. Rather than being a beautiful example of Gods love, it came across as unbelievable and like someone's fantasy of how love could/should be. The writing was good and some parts of the story draw you in, but I just wasn't that impressed.
Eric Wright
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
the story of a terrible atrocity in a small town in Bosnia against an Anglican priest, the women in the village and a girl…Cruel Serb para military group terrorizes the village, kills the priest and the girl after mocking them with carrying crosses. Is the love for Christ they have sufficient to enable them to love the devilish leader and die for Christ? Yes in terms of the girl and priest…women too show amazing courage. One soldier speaks out to stop the brutality…he is imprisoned after WW II b ...more
May 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
This book took me on an emotional roller coaster! I loved parts of it and was horrified by others.
Jan Jovic is an unwilling participant in a game of life and death in a quiet Bosnian village in WWII. He witnesses intense love and hate which stays with him and changes his heart. Years later he writes a book about his experiences which ends up a best seller. In America he gains riches, with the help of his publicist, Karen, who becomes his fiance'. That is until he meets Helen, a young, beautiful
I have to confess that at first I didn't feel very attracted to this book, but as I was reading, reading completely caught me and it took my breath until the last page. It is a very moving story that shows God's love for humanity. This story leaves you thinking and meditating on what true love is from God's perspective.
Shawna Pierce
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of Danielle Steele
First part was good. Last 2/3 was waay too sappy, and waay too wordy. Finished it only because I had too much invested to quit. Liked the first in the series, will not read the third. Will definitely check for romance tags before I read more Dekker. Found myself rolling my eyes at the characters professions of love.
Oct 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books of all time.
Andy Wiesendanger
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a great story, and had many spiritual lessons you can take from it. Of the Martyr's Song series, I thought this was the best.

The story is much like Hosea's, a man (Jan) falls for a woman (Helen) who is a drug addict, and they get married. But she leaves him regularly to go back to a man who she can't even stand, disgusts her, but supplies her with drugs. When Jan discovers this betrayal, Ivena, and old friend of Jan's, reminds him that he now knows exactly how God feels.

Marsha Johnson Davis
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Raw. Revealing. Real. A story of seeking, of addiction, of friends, of enemies, of love, of Christ. Once again, as with all of Dekker's book, you can see, hear, smell and taste scenes as they unfold. I always feel I'm in his novels, though I may change characters during the reading. 'When Heaven Weeps' is a journey of redemption and love, the love of Christ. I highly recommend this book. You won't be able to put it down the last sentence is completed.
Stephani Austin
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this. Unlike some of his other books, I found this one to drag a bit in the middle. It’s super rich, like a dessert, so sometimes I needed to just take a break. But I definitely came back to it because it was great. Appreciated the ending and am looking forward to The next one!
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I've enjoyed many of Ted Dekker's books, but not this one. The leading female character is thoroughly unlikeable.
Hanna Tamara
The start and the ending was very exciting. But sometimes in between it was a bit long.
Daniel Johnson
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this quite slow at the beginning, but it picked up after a 100 pages or so.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love Dekker.
May 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
this was one of the sappiest books I've ever read and I didn't care for it.
Justin Nichols
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
4.0 -- Surprisingly, I didn't enjoy this one as much as Heaven's Wager. Possibly because of the repeat story in Bosnia at the beginning; possibly because of Helen's actions; possibly because of the quickness with which a certain character's exit was handled. But it was still a very good book! I very much enjoyed it, especially the continuation of Janjic's story and the introduction of Helen. Their love was deep and raw, carried by Jan's grace and forgiveness, but tested by weak and dumb decision ...more
Christian idealism does not work well in fictional literature.

What the hell is wrong with Ted Dekker? How can he expect a wide audience to follow this book without reservations? This book could have been half its length, too. Dekker likes hearing the sound of his own voice, apparently. Some scenes went on far too long.

First of all, comparing the death of Christ and his love for humanity with a single man's love for a single woman is NOT the same thing. Dying literally and dying metaphorically ar
Audra Falk
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had to think awhile before writing a review on this book. Almost from the very beginning of this story, I have experienced very conflicting emotions. There were parts I loved, and parts that repulsed me, frustrated me, and made me very angry. "Why is it OK that Jan Jovic falls in love with another woman and breaks off his engagement to Karen? Am I just supposed to accept this as an unfortunate event and move on?" was the first problem I had with the story's plot. Perhaps I sympathized with Kar ...more
Feb 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Ivena reverts to her past, as she reads through the memories of World War 2, and experiences the lost of her child Nadia for the sake of laying down your life for another as Jesus has laid down his life for many. A militant solider comes and terrorizes Father Michael and his congregation, to carry the stone crosses on their backs, as if they are picking up their cross and following Christ. The illustration to see it come to life with these converts. It can appear as an atheist challenging Christ ...more
Rose on aish
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relationships
'When Heaven Weeps' is the second book of The Martyr' Song series, it is basically a 20th century re-telling of the Biblical story of Hosea. Janjic Jovic was a Bosnian soldier in World War II. His troop happened to come upon a small village where the people were led by a godly man name Father Michael. Karadzic, the commander of the troop, killed Father Michael and a small child named Nadia, whose mother was Ivena, which show Jan the true meaning of the love of Christ in the sacrifices that they ...more
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Jan Jovic is a world famous author who seems to have the perfect life. He has money, clothes, a large house and a nice car. His life is turned upside down when he rescues a young drug addict named Helen. She was running from her drug dealer/'lover' and the only way she escaped is through Jan's help. When he hides her,though, things go awry. The man who is looking for Helen is very wealthy and secretely has control over most of the people, including the police force. He will stop at nothing to ge ...more
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, wow, amazing... I cannot get over this story so easily. There is so much to think about and dwell on that I don't know how long I will keep this book in mind. Maybe a lifetime, that is how touching this story is, and how amazingly true in everyone's life. I wonder why it has taken me so long to get through Ted Dekker books and I believe that the timing of when I read them is right for the state and willingness my heart and soul are in at the time. I don't know if that makes sense ...more
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, january-2016
It's readable, but it was definitely not one of my favorite books. I picked it up because I read that it was based on Song of Songs, which I have been studying. I can kind of see how it relates, but I would say that the connections between the two are very thin. That is the only reason I was sticking with it.

I felt that the book was definitely too mushy. I didn't like all of the moaning to God, like "Oh, God! Forgive me!" The characters said that so often, that the book would probably be 1/3 sho
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This books means so much to me. I've read it probably 3 or 4 times, and every time I read it, I get something new from it. Some people complain about how some of the spirituality is heavy-handed, but I think it's real and completely a part of the big picture of the book. This time through, I felt the over-arcing theme of forgiveness and second chances being redemptive for even "the worst" of people. Considering what I was going through, this really hit home for me. I was weeping while reading it ...more
Susan Schieber
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the most profound statements of how wretched we truly are and yet how deeply God loves us. Exactly why God told the prophet Hosea to love a prostitute, to demonstrate His faithfulness despite our unfaithfulness. I think most of the people who don't get this book or dislike the main character are missing the perspective that you, the reader, are Helen. And you have willfully returned to sin many times, yet God still loves you and rescues you. Those that thought it was unrealis ...more
Jess Hanna
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When Heaven Weeps is a powerful and unexpected portrayal of grace. I was personally impacted by the portrayal of repeated failure and am glad that I am not God. A lot of people (myself included) would be in a world of hurt if I was put in charge.

The story really drove home the point that we fail every day and God loves us anyway. Are there consequences for making bad decisions? Of course. And God loves us the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

The visions of heaven were exhilarating and soberi
J.L. Rallios
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is a hard one for me to review. I found it very tough to read, though it was well written and had a powerful message. Dekker describes addiction very well, I thought. (I work with a lot of recovering and not-so recovering addicts.) The story was just so very heavy, but that's not a criticism. Some stories are just that way. My criticism about it is that it is a little too long and melodramatic. Still, I'm glad to have read it. Very memorable as it paints a picture of Christ's love for ...more
Diana H.
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This title has a wonderful message for Christian and non-Christian alike. The author has done an excellent job of showing what Christ's love is really all about and how we should be showing that love to the world.
Many places in the book moved me to tears.
It also did what usually only non-fiction works do for me. It made me stop and consider me beliefs and where I am in my walk with God.
The book is not preachy, just very written. Hopefully a wide variety of readers will check it out.
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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.

Other books in the series

Martyr's Song (3 books)
  • Heaven's Wager (Martyr's Song, #1)
  • Thunder of Heaven (Martyr's Song, #3)
“What is pure Bill? Or excellent or admirable? The death of a million people in a flood? God evidently through so. He is incapable of acts that are not admirable, and it is He who brought about the Flood. How about the slaying of children in Jericho? There are a few Bible stories that are not as terrible as they are happy. We just prefer to leave out the terrible part, but that only makes the good anemic.” 25 likes
“Suffering is an oxymoron. There is unfathomable peace and satisfaction in suffering for Christ. It is as though you have searched endlessly for your purpose in life and now found it in the most unexpected place: In the death of your flesh. It is certainly a moment worth of laughter and dance. And in the end it is not suffering at all. The apostle Paul recommended that we find joy in it. Was he mad?” 20 likes
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