Friday, November 21, 2008

Infidel by Ted Dekker

It's the 21st, time for the Teen FIRST blog tour!(Join our alliance! Click the button!) Every 21st, we will feature an author and his/her latest Teen fiction book's FIRST chapter!

and his book:

Thomas Nelson (November 11, 2008)


Ted is the son of missionaries John and Helen Dekker, whose incredible story of life among headhunters in Indonesia has been told in several books. Surrounded by the vivid colors of the jungle and a myriad of cultures, each steeped in their own interpretation of life and faith, Dekker received a first-class education on human nature and behavior. This, he believes, is the foundation of his writing.

After graduating from a multi-cultural high school, he took up permanent residence in the United States to study Religion and Philosophy. After earning his Bachelor's Degree, Dekker entered the corporate world in management for a large healthcare company in California. Dekker was quickly recognized as a talent in the field of marketing and was soon promoted to Director of Marketing. This experience gave him a background which enabled him to eventually form his own company and steadily climb the corporate ladder.

Since 1997, Dekker has written full-time. He states that each time he writes, he finds his understanding of life and love just a little clearer and his expression of that understanding a little more vivid. To see a complete list of Dekker's work, visit The Works section of

Here are some of his latest titles:

Chosen (The Lost Books, Book 1) (The Books of History Chronicles)


Black: The Birth of Evil (The Circle Trilogy Graphic Novels, Book 1)


Product Details

List Price:$15.99
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 136 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 11, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1595546049
ISBN-13: 978-1595546043


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Personal Review:

When I realized this was a graphic novel, I was somewhat hesitant to read it. From the cover, it didn't really look like the kind of book I'd like to read. But as soon as I read the first page, it was hard to put it down! All in all I read the whole book in about an hour. As I started to think about how short the book was, I realized how much was actually packed into it. Not only was the plot interesting and well thought out, but it had several spiritual parallels in it. As I went along with Johnis on the quest to find his mother, I was touched at how passionate he was about rescuing her. Those who venture to read this book will walk away thinking about the deeper meanings woven into the book. I recommend this book to those who enjoy Lord of the Rings type fantasy.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Prayer is perhaps the most effective tool we have. James 5:16 says, "...The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." (NIV) I encourage you to take time out of your schedule each day to pray for our country. Now that Obama has been elected, we need to pray more than ever for it.

First of all we should pray for Obama, that he would find God and know and obey His Word. Nothing is impossible for God. The most wicked king in Israel eventually repented and got right with God! I pray that Obama would not wait nearly as long as Manassah did.

Second, we need to pray for our current president, Bush, that in these last months as president he would seek God and obey His commands.

Third, for revival in the US. That many many people would come to know Jesus and those who are lukewarm would rededicate their lives to Him. That morality would rise in our country.

Fourth, for whatever God directs you to pray for. The above is only a guideline of what to pray for. You are by no means restricted to only the aforementioned list. Let God direct your prayers.

Finally, do not despair. The Lord is still King! (Ps 97:1) If we trust in God and follow Him, He will direct our steps. He will take care of us. Remember, nothing surprises God.

In Christ,