Monday, September 13, 2010

Immanuel's Veins by Ted Dekker

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Immanuel's Veins
Thomas Nelson (September 7, 2010)

Ted Dekker


Ted Dekker is a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty novels. He is best known for stories which could be broadly described as suspense thrillers with major twists and unforgettable characters, though he has also made a name for himself among fantasy fans.

Early in his career he wrote a number of spiritual thrillers and his novels were lumped in with ‘Christian Fiction’ a surprisingly large category. His later novels are a mix of mainstream novels such as Adam, Thr3e, Skin, Obsessed and BoneMan’s Daughters, and fantasy thrillers that metaphorically explore faith. Best known among these is his Circle Series: Green, Black, Red, White and The Paradise Books: Showdown, Saint, and Sinner.

Dekker was born to missionaries who lived among the headhunter tribes of Indonesia. Because his parents’ work often included extended periods of time away from their children, Dekker describes his early life in a culture to which he was a stranger as both fascinating and lonely. It is this unique upbringing that forced him to rely on his own imagination to create a world in which he belonged.

After leaving Indonesia, Dekker graduated from a multi-cultural high school and took up permanent residence in the United States to study philosophy and religion. Upon earning his Bachelor’s Degree, he entered the corporate world and proceeded to climb the proverbial ladder. But his personal drive left him restless and, after many successful years, he traded corporate life for wide range of entrepreneurial pursuits that included buying and selling businesses, healthcare services, and marketing.

In the early nineties while visiting a friend who had just written a book, Dekker decided to pursue a long held desire to be a novelist. Over the course of two years he wrote two full length novels before starting from scratch and rewriting both. Now fully enamored by the the process and the stories, he realized that storytelling was in his blood and a new obsession to explore truth through story gripped him anew.

He sold his business, moved his family to the mountains of Western Colorado and began writing full-time on his third novel. Two years and three novels later his first novel, Heaven’s Wager, was published.

Now, Dekker’s novels had sold over 3.4 million copies worldwide. Two of his novels, Thr3e and House, have been made into movies with more in production. Dekker resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Lee Ann and two of their daughters.


This story is for everyone--but not everyone is for this story.

It is a dangerous tale of times past. A torrid love story full of deep seduction. A story of terrible longing and bold sacrifice.

Then as now, evil begins its courtship cloaked in light. And the heart embraces what it should flee. Forgetting it once had a truer lover.

With a kiss, evil will ravage body, soul, and mind. Yet there remains hope, because the heart knows no bounds.

Love will prove greater than lust. Sacrifice will overcome seduction. And blood will flow.

Because the battle for the heart is always violently opposed. For those desperate to drink deep from this fountain of life, enter.

But remember, not everyone is for this story.

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Immanuel's Veins, go HERE.

Watch the book trailer:

My Thoughts:
For this book review, we were asked to contemplate the question "What is Sacrificial Love?" and include our observations in the post.
First of all, my thoughts about the books are: Magnificent! This one hooked me right in. There was a little trepidation at first (perhaps because I can barely get a minute to myself these days) so I had a rough time getting in to the first two or three pages, but once in, I was IN. The characters are fully engaging and absorbing, the scenery is enigmatic and the imagery is dazzling. My mind was constantly pulsing with where the story took me. Well done. I loved it.

Sacrificial Love. What a loaded question. I could use a million examples from strangers in the news to people I see every day. I am going to start with my kids:)
The other day I was out with my kids running errands and we were almost home. My son was at the end of his patience for being in the car and was screaming to get out.
Screaming for a drink. Screaming for a toy. Screaming for gum. Screaming. Screaming. screaming! My daughter (bless her heart) opened her little purse and found a package of gum. She leaned over to him and said "Here Oliver, it's my last piece of gum but you can have it." Gum to my kids is like gold. They cherish it, so for her to offer up her last piece was something quite important:) A sacrifice in my eyes.

As parents we sacrifice many things for the sake of our kids.
My mother is no exception. She was a single mother and worked countless hours
trying to give us the things we needed to survive and thrive. I didn't understand it
as a kid growing up when all my friends had all the fancy items and I didn't, but we were still happy. We managed. We had food and clothes and my mom worked hard so that I would be included in things. We had costumes for Halloween and gifts at Christmas.
She worked countless jobs because she knew that as a Mother, that is what you do.
She missed out on a lot of things for herself by providing for us.
That is a big sacrifice. Selfless.

My brother made a big sacrifice for his wife during his last anniversary.
He is an avid video gamer (not my bag, but I guess some people love that kind of stuff). He loves video games and that is how he relaxes, but instead of relaxing and playing them for the last few months, he edited hundreds of hours of their wedding video footage and compiled it all into one video so they could watch it together.

My list is truly endless. I could be on here for days telling of people who have sacrificed something for a loved one. Little things add up into big heart melting moments. Like with the gum sharing moment my kids least for me.

Also for a special treat, there is a giveaway with this book. Folks who comment on this blog post will have the chance to win a free shirt!!!!
All you have to do is leave a comment on this post.


Anonymous said...

Lori, you sacrifice daily, for your husband and children!
Love you,
Grammy Char

Lori said...

Thanks Grammy :) So do you!
You are clearly the winner here. Exciting!!

Anonymous said...

WooHoo. Keep it for yourself.
Grammy said...

I haven’t read a lot of Ted Dekker before and I would have to say that Immanuel’s Veins was the best book that I didn’t like.

The writing is really quite superb: descriptive language, active plot, interesting characters all worked together. It was just all the lust, blood, and even more blood that just smothered me.

I wrote a review of this book on my own blog here: