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The Heaven Trilogy: Heaven's Wager, Thunder of Heaven, and When Heaven Weeps

(Martyr's Song omnibus)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  816 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Dive deep into the stories that began it all.

Ted Dekker's first novels--collected together for the first time.

This trilogy is the collection of three gripping, psychological thrillers that peel back the skin of this world to reveal a supernatural reality rarely seen.

A daring wager of life and death in Denver.

An unfathomable leap of faith in a small Balkan village near the
Hardcover, 1072 pages
Published October 10th 2010 by Thomas Nelson
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All three books in the Heaven Trilogy share two themes:
1. The fact that God’s love is so strong that He will go to extraordinary lengths to reach an individual, and
2. The idea that a person can be called to make a significant difference in the life of another

The first theme is played out very differently in each book, but it easier to follow the second theme in a direct line through each story if you think about the trilogy in chronological order (When Heaven Weeps, followed by Heaven’s Wager
Apr 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
These three books were wonderful! My favorite is the first one - Heaven's Wager - which takes place in modern times. I found it to be both exciting and powerful, giving a glimpse of what heaven might be like. The second book, Thunder of Heaven, which takes place years earlier and tells more about some of the characters from the first book, shows a hint of how deep God's love for us is. Finally, the third book, When Heaven Weeps, which takes place a bit after the first with a few of the same char ...more
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I think I have just discovered another favorite author. I am not a very religious person per se, but with these books you don't have to be. The stories are incredible. I picked up this book and "The Circle," which contains four books in one. I am a fast reader and I was happy that these books were so large. I was able to read the whole series without having to wait in between time. Each story from all the books were stand alone stories, but had a few characters interwoven into each story, so yo ...more
Seirra Lizzy
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have
It pulled me in. Sucked me into a vortex that still resonates with me. Then it made me cry, and laugh, then cry, then pray and fell in love with every single main character.
Joey Bryant
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pending-read
THe Heaven Trilogy would be the first "Christian Fiction" genre that i've read it completely hooked me! Ted Dekker is amazing, and i
Am all for amazingly entertaining fiction that is Christian based and totally interesting, what a page turner! This is a trilogy so to be completely
Honest i finished reading "Heavens Wager, Thunder of Heaven, and about 1/4 of "When Heaven Weeps". I am not the best reader by any
Means... i would actually categorize myself as a beginner, but this book def got me hoo
Melinda Crews Kirkley
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a Christian, these books really spoke volumes to my soul. The question is always asked, "Would you die for Jesus?" Of course, every Christian would say yes, of course, they would. The situations in these books could be real and begs the question, "If you were the one in these books, in these situations, would you still die for Christ or would you beg to live?"

The descriptions of the scenarios and the twists and turns throughout these books kept me interested and had me turning the next page.
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ted-dekker, 2014
I couldn't put this book down! I love Ted Dekker's books but had never read his first novels until now. Different than his later writings. More raw and obvious. The stories pulled me in and the way he described Christ's love for us was just amazing. I found myself saying 'wow' throughout the three books. So so great!
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this series! The only reason I didn't give it five stars was because the last book was a little slower. But WOW! Amazing. It has a little bit of everything; love, action, suspense, etc. It is also challenging to the Christian faith, urging readers to live like Christ--showing the ultimate love through death. Highly recommend!
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
God is LOVE and in LOVE with you.

Awesome read. I wept with joy and pain from my soul. It will indulge your every spiritual part. You will finish changed from when you began. In Jesus name.
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy.
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I believe this is the most wonderful series I have ever read. I have read so many of Ted Dekker's books, and this trilogy might be my absolute favorite.
Jun 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Very early on in this book. So far the first few chapters were too overly descriptive and distracting from the story line.
Mar 11, 2011 added it
real drama of the world, makes it so interesting to move forward in life! one of my favorite authors.
Lara Giesbers
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ted Dekker never ceases to bring an imaginative edge to his writing. In this series, we follow the life of one man—Kent Anthony. However, what Kent doesn’t realize, is that he is part of something more, and we get to see it played out. The war between Satan and God over even one soul can be the stuff of intense drama. It’s also something that many people do not grasp. When bad things happen, it’s hard to understand that ultimately it’s for our good for Paul wrote in the book of Romans that God “ ...more
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I'd give the first book a 4star, second book 3star, and the last one 3.5star. I liked them overall, just felt like lots of slow moving parts that were enough to keep me from wanting to pick the book back up. Just not what I'm used to with Dekker...
Deborah Stuckey
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy. I cried laugh you name it. I recommend this, you will not regret it.

I love the characters, I love the theme of God's and forgiveness throughout each book!
Julie Winchester
Great book

His writing never disappoints. The heavenly series starts out with a Great story and gets better with the next and the next. Dekker knows how to spin a tale. And always a tale that offers Life.
Monica Francis
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m a Ted Dekker fan

Got better with each book...Heaven’s Wager was ok, but the next 2 were good! Candy for the soul. To lay down one’s life, no greater love
Peggy Blewett
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Great Book

Another great book by Ted Decker. Love how he shares life. I can see myself in his characters and how I am living my life can be used by God.
Mar 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
I really tried to like this series after all the rave reviews but could not get past the first half of the first book. Predictable and unimaginatively written.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It was a clean read
Couldn’t put it down. I don’t understand why the books weren’t in order. The first book is actually the second
Jennifer Groce
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read

This trilogy is a must read for Dekker fans and should be read by all. Great books start to finish, you will not be disappointed!
Charles James
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book!!

As always, Ted Dekker writes another great imaginative book!
Everyone should have a "Helen" in their life! We all need one!
Heaven's Wager speaks about the supernatural revelations and visions that God can give us, those who serve him, and Helen does just that. It also passed down her generational line, whereas her daughter Gloria was able to know and see a little and her grandson, Spencer who is only 10. The wages of death is sin; so will you choose to reject or accept Jesus Christ. Still trying to read into why the book is entitled "Heaven's Wager" and what Kent Anthony is going to do once he lost his wife Gloria, ...more
Jeffrey Weir
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm not going to break down each story in this trilogy. Considering it has taken about a year to finish it, I don't remember much about the first one. Recently, I decided it was time to finish all my 'currently reading' books before taking on any more books.

First off, these are three completely different storylines and are a trilogy by a very thin connection. The protagonist of the first book is the brother in law or something of someone's mom in the third story, and the protagonist of the seco
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a 3 book series under one cover. Heaven's Wager was my least favorite. I just felt like the main character Kent wasn't fully developed. I didn't really CARE about him. However , I really liked the second book, Thunder of Heaven and the third book Heaven Weeps much better. Dekker's message of God's LOVE was central to all three of his books. His development of characters and situations that demonstrated God's Orchestration in our lives really struck a chord for me. When we ask the "Why" ...more
Sara Jensen
Mar 24, 2014 rated it liked it
I really got into 'Heavern's Wager' - read late into the night and was hoping the 'baddy' (waiting to be saved) would pull it off. Was I wrong for wanting that?! 'Thunder of Heaven' was OK too - but the whole flower thing seemed a bit of a distraction to me. I get that Helen is like we are - SO flawed...but everything seemed a bit spectacular. 'When Heaven Weeps' I just didn't like. The plot just seems too forced and too many way out things explaining why characters did what they did. On the pub ...more
D Carr
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm just finishing up the third book and I must say I have enjoyed this trilogy.

The first book, Heaven's Wager, was probably the best one for me. Perhaps because (due to some of my own life experiences) Helen makes a lot of sense to me. I really believe that God does speak to people today and, to those who are serious about obedience, He speaks more specifically. (Perhaps because they're more open to it.)

The second book, When Heaven Weeps, reminds me a great deal of the book of Hosea.

I was speci
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh man!!! I loved all three books within this trilogy! Although I would have put them in a different order than they had come in. I would have read When Heaven Weeps first then Heaven's Wager then Thunder of Heaven... Though knowing the details of Heaven's Wager then reading When Heaven Weeps kept me going knowing then that the ending of the book was not what it seemed it would be. These three books kept me thinking of what some things mean and how they are interpreted today... I can't imagine s ...more
bonnie jo steinke

I had read several other TedDeckers novels before choosing The Heaven Trilogy book. All of them spoke to me like nothing I had read before. This novel mesmerized me,my life was put on hold until the very last word was absorbed. the words,the thoughts and the actions of these characters will live in my heart forever. If you are open and searching,these novel will find you.Ted Deckers novels change people's lives. The five star rating is solid gold and blessed.

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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)
  • When Heaven Weeps (Martyr's Song, #2)
  • Thunder of Heaven (Martyr's Song, #3)
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