Monday, March 2, 2009

Sinner by Ted Dekker


I usually enjoy Ted Dekker books, the Circle Trilogy is a favorite, and Sinner was no exception. Another in the Books of Histories series, Sinner takes place in the year 2033. The political climate of our country today is taken to the extreme and Tolerance is more than just a catch-phrase. The Constitution is amended to limit free speech and stating that any religion is the "only way" is considered to be a hate crime.

This storyline would be enough to create a compelling novel, however this is Ted Dekker so the supernatural is expected and he does not disappoint. Marsuvees Black, evil in the flesh, returns to wreck his havoc. We also see Johnny, Billy, and Darcy from Dekker's novel Showdown, all grown up and given the choice to use their supernatural gifts for good or evil.

I could analyze the writing, grouse about returning to old plot devices, or get nit picky about character development, but for me the challenge this story placed in my soul outweighed any of these. I was moved as I read and I had to wonder, if this is where our society takes us, am I willing to stand? And who will stand with me?

Overwhelmed by the response of those who had experienced the Light, this novel reminded me of everything we fail to notice while living our daily lives. The purpose and plan of our lives. The purpose and plan of the universe as a whole. The Bigger Picture.

I would recommend this book to Christians who want to be challenged, as long as you enjoy a little of the supernatural in your stories. I am curious as to how someone who would consider themselves to be a Non-Christian would view this book. Much of my enjoyment came from being spiritually challenged. I'm wondering how standing for the faith would be viewed by someone without that faith. If this describes you, and you've read Sinner, leave a comment and let me know.

Standing for the right of all faiths to state their beliefs is important to me. Free speech is a cornerstone of our country and I do worry that our desire for a feeling of security (however false that may be) will convince us to give up our freedoms, sometimes without even noticing they're gone until it's just too late. This story was a good reminder of these things.

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