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Touched by a Vampire: Discovering the Hidden Messages in the Twilight Saga

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EXAMINING TWILIGHT THROUGH A BIBLICAL LENS

People around the world are asking the same question, enraptured with Edward and Bella’s forbidden romance in the Twilight Saga, a four-book serial phenomenon written by Stephenie Meyer. The bestsellers tell the story of a regular girl’s relationship with a vampire who has chosen to follow his “good” side. But the Saga isn’t just a
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Paperback, 180 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Multnomah (first published 2009)
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Kim (magicsandwiches) Lawyer
I won this item from Goodreads and promised to review so here goes:

Boy, is this book being marketed to the wrong crowd! The back of the book reads: "...The bestsellers [Twilight books:] tell the story of a regular girl’s relationship with a vampire who has chosen to follow his “good” side. But the Saga isn’t just another fantasy–it’s teaching girls about love, sex, and purpose. With 48 million copies in print and a succession of upcoming blockbuster films, now is the time to ask the important qu
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Laurie Kingery
Nov 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
I've always liked vampire books, so when I got the opportunity to review this books for Waterbrook/Multnomah, I jumped at the chance to see how a Christian author would handle this subject.

TOUCHED BY A VAMPIRE, by Beth Felker Jones, is for every parent who's wondered if their teenaged daughter's obsession with the TWILIGHT series is a good thing, and every reader who wants to examine the phenomen more deeply in light of Christian truth. I was particularly interested because of a granddaughter wh
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Steph
Oct 31, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Steph by: Goodreads' Free First Reads Drawing Winner
NOTE: I won this book in a Goodread's First Reads Giveaway. Due to my move from one country to another, this book and my review of it got a bit lost in the shuffle.

REVIEW: I should've read the description better before entering for the ARC. This just wasn't my cup-a. That being said, I can certainly see why strong religious believers would examine the market's response of the popular vampire series and how it relates to parents and their children that read them (or are kept from doing so).

Initia
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Marsha Stokes
Dec 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
A friend of mine was given this book and got a kick out of it, so she gave it to me... not as a serious read, but just as something fun/funny. I too got a kick out of it, but I must say that you might need to be careful if you read it because it could come across very differently.

In this book, Beth Felker Jones takes what she considers some of the main themes in Twilight (family, sex, love, romance) and talks about how they are handled in the Twilight Universe, and then contrasts that with how t
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Ellen Maze
Dec 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Twilight Fans looking to reconcile their Christian faith with their vampire interest.
BOOK REVIEW by author of vampire fiction, Ellen C Maze Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider

I have just finished reading TOUCHED BY A VAMPIRE by Beth Felker Jones, a book that promises to examine the major themes of the TWILIGHT SAGA through a biblical lens. I must say that on the whole, the author has succeeded in this endeavor.

I read some reviews before I bought this book, pro and con, and had no idea which way I would go when I finally got to read it myself. It turns out that this was an easy read and
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Christy Lockstein
Oct 19, 2009 rated it really liked it

Touched by a Vampire by Beth Felker Jones is an indepth look at the messages in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. From marriage and children to self-worth and faith, there are plenty of messages to be found in the series of books, and Jones looks at them all through the light of Christianity. My daughter and I are both big fans of the Twilight series so I was intrigued by the idea of digging deeper into what Meyer has to say about the big issues of life, especially in view of her Mormon fa
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Rose
Oct 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book from Goodreads and I thought I was in for a scholarly experience. Unfortunately, this was not the case. While I have no doubt that Ms. Felker Jones has a good grasp of her Christian Subject matter, I think she missed the mark on discovering hidden messages.

Instead of discovering anything new or insightful, Ms. Felker Jones really prepared a reading and discussion guide to Christian reading groups concerning the Twilight Saga. She pulls from Old Testament, New Testament, and her
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Margaret Chind
Sep 25, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Margaret by: Liz Johnson
Frankly I hate it. I was looking forward to this book in finding both good and bad values from the opinions of a Biblical perspective of author Beth Felker Jones. Yet what I found was that with every opinion that she put out there I felt was twisted and incorrect. Her views of fate and true love, as well as jealousy were just the beginning of my irritation and extreme differences of opinion. Continuing on with taking things that are good in comparison to most fiction readily available to our tee ...more
Robin
Oct 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
For a teacher of homeschoolers, many of whom study from a Christian based curricululm, this book provides wonderful fodder for discussion. It offers a structure from which all can discuss universal issues of sex, desire, romance and family. Providing bibilical refernces and study questions, it allows users to form their own opinions. Thought provoking without being preachy, it is an easy-to-read resource.
Elle
Dec 26, 2011 rated it liked it
It was an interesting approach to Christianity through the Twilight Saga. I think I need this review to input my own opinion on the Twilight Saga, hear on out to be referred to as the Saga. The author has decided to take the themes of the Saga and measure them up to the Christian ideals and Jesus as the perfect love. I have to agree with this author wholeheartedly.

I love tragedies. You learn so much from the mistakes. There is nothing like Romeo and Juliet because it all goes so deliciously wro
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Alexis Neal
Jun 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 100-books, religion
This is going to sound weird, but I was kind of disappointed that this book wasn't worse. I mean, with a title like Touched by a Vampire: Discovering the Hidden Messages in the Twilight Saga, I expected it to be atrocious. Deliciously bad. But apparently the title is the worst part. The rest of the book isn't nearly as bad as you'd expect.

Jones claims in her introduction that she's not out to make your decisions for you, and she seems to stick to that claim. She compares reading to food--there'
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Anne
Oct 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
I would have to start my review of this book with saying I had no idea that amount of different views the Twlight saga brought about between different religons. I had read the books before the movie was ever released and loved them. After reading this book I was given a different inside look of how the book was taken. The Touched by a Vampire book was very detailed in its dicussions of different events that occured. The book is able to give people a coverstation start about the events in the boo ...more
Jill Williamson
Dec 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
As half the world has read the Twilight Saga, including myself, I was very excited to find a book that talks about some of the stuff that makes Twilight so appealing and why. If you love God and the Twilight Saga, I encourage you to pick up this book. Read it yourself. Do a little book club with your friends. Ask your youth pastor to do a group at church. Or ask your mom to read it with you. When something becomes as popular as Twilight, it’s a good idea to step back and ask yourself why. You wa ...more
Sarah
Oct 15, 2009 rated it liked it
This book definitely raises questions to some of the major themes in the Twilight Saga. I personally love the saga but I remember while reading it that some of the aspects of Edward & Bella's relationship would have worried me in real life. The controlling aspect would be a big no no in today's society, but in the book it somehow makes him even more desirable. I think Mrs. Jones did a great job of raising the awareness that although the books are wonderful and very popular, to make sure you ...more
Kyla
Nov 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
I only gave this book two stars because I was expecting more from it, it seemed to me that it touched on the issues that any Christian would have with the series and I didn't learn any new Hidden Messages. I think that the title is a little misleading.

Currently, I am not the books target audience but will be holding on to my copy for when I someday have a daughter. Because while I love the Twilight series for what they are, I have been concerned about the ideas that they are teaching to very yo
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Tina
Oct 24, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
My suggestion....If you are a true Twilight Saga fanatic this book may not be the one for you.

The main topic in this book is about religious values in the Christian community and uses excerpts from the wonderful Twilight stories as examples of what not to do in life.
No hidden Twilight messages were found in this book. However, if you are looking for religious guidance this is a good book for you with touches and undertones of the Twilight stories.

You do not need to read the Twilight series to r
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Dann
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
Despite the title, Touched By a Vampire: Discovering the Hidden Messages in the Twilight Saga is a thinly veiled discussion of Christian philosophy and how it is actually in contradiction with Twilight. Author Beth Felker Jones goes through the themes of the Twilight Saga and points out how, if taken literally, the messages can be destructive and are in contradiction to a Christ focused life. While she makes some interesting observations, the idea of applying that kind of scrutiny to a fantasy s ...more
Amanda
Jan 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
it did not take long to finish this book. i was thinking it would give new information bit all it did was spread its Christian views...and not in a good way. why is it so hard for die hard Christians to simply state that a book is well written. why must it always be dissected in a negative light so much that you figure out that what they are mainly saying is their usual "no good Christian would read those books" give it up already when will some learn it is not what books you read or movies you ...more
Heather
May 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
While Ms. Jones makes some decent, if mostly obvious, points in her analysis of the Twilight books, it reads like a young English major's attempt to secure her degree from a fundamentalist divinity school with a real chip on their shoulder against the Mormon church. I think even most sunday school teachers and youth group leaders will find this text too superficial and pointlessly verbose to be useful.
Trisha
Nov 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
this was interesting. Although I LOVED everyhing Twilight- I can understand why Jones dissected this series to its core. I'm not quite sure, however that Jones did her homework completely. It seems that the only information gathered for research was solely on the Twilight series...where was the digging in fan based websites? or better yet, on Stephenie Meyer's webpage itself! Quick read when you get to it, but slightly disappointing.
Michele Minor
Dec 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book is a good way to introduce someone to Bibilical concepts using the Twilight series. It is good for church book clubs that may want to see the biblicial message in Twilight and for parents who want to know more about the Twilight craze.
April
Dec 24, 2009 marked it as to-read
Shelves: never-finished
I started this with high hopes.. not sure why. I didn't make it past Chapter Two. While the author has good intentions, I was totally turned off by her misuse of certain passages so as to support her ideas. I have no time for that. Most likely will not pick this up again to finish it.
Joanne
Sep 19, 2009 rated it did not like it
I should of known : (
Heather
Oct 26, 2009 marked it as wishlist
Looking forward to borrowing a copy of this book... as I'm reading through the series, to see if appropriate for & what our children are so excited about.
Deb
Apr 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
An interesting perspective. I don’t necessarily agree with the author’s take on the “messages” in the Twilight Saga but I respect her point of view.
Angie
Nov 02, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own
I really could not get into this book.
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