Sunday, September 21, 2008

Book Review: Sinner by Ted Dekker

Book Review

Imagine an America, much like today's America. An America where not only can a child refuse to say the Pledge of Allegiance in school because of the phrase One Nation Under God, but where that child can also force the Pledge completely out of school because it forces someone else's religious belief upon him.

An America where it's more of a crime to protest outside of an abortion clinic than it is to stop the birth of a baby just before the head is delivered only to administer murder under the label of "partial birth abortion."

An American where religious tolerance is more important than religious freedom -- where it is considered a hate crime to speak of one's religion as the only way to God and to speak of one's Savior as "The Way, The Truth and The Life," while civil libertarians are more concerned with protecting the rights of religious fundamentalists who attacked our nation on 9/11 because their god supposedly demands it.

In Sinner, Ted Dekker has done just that: painted an all too real picture of America in the very near future, where religious tolerance becomes the law of the land, and loving God becomes a hate crime.

Sinner Trailer

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Continuing the epic saga of The Books of History Chronicles that began with the trilogy Black, Red, and White, Dekker spins his greatest tale yet, as we revisit the town of Paradise, Colorado, where evil once reigned in the person of Marsuvees Black, a western-style gunslinger whose mere existence was the product of a child's imagination, a pen, and one of the lost Books of History.

Sinner comes as much from today's headlines as from the mind of one of the best-selling Christian authors of all time. The Chavez administration, that of the first Hispanic-American ever elected to the White House. Muslim-Americans outnumbering whites. School systems where it is forbidden for students to discuss things like racial differences or religious beliefs. This is an America that could be just around the corner.

Ted Dekker Explains Sinner

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Imagine an America where a very liberal legislature, supported by a president of historic ethnicity, makes it a federal offense to believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, who came to earth and died for our sins so that we might spend eternity with Him. Imagine an America where house churches become the norm and must go underground because it is a crime to preach a sermon that teaches salvation through Jesus Christ.

In our world today, as we struggle in a war against religious extremists who think the only way to Heaven is to martyr themselves trying to kill the infidels, where more people seem to be concerned with treating those extremists fairly than with protecting our freedom, our borders, our very lives, it is not unimaginable that such a world as Ted Dekker depicts in Sinner could become our world today.

Ted Dekker Talks About His Research for Sinner

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At this time of national politics, with two Presidential candidates duking it out in their battle for the White House, it is prudent to remember that the very world we know could be turned upside down in very short measure. If you read only one book this year -- and you should read it right away -- make that book Ted Dekker's Sinner. It is above and beyond all others the absolute best Ted Dekker book I have ever read (and I've read them all), and the best book I have read this year. You owe it to yourself to read this book, and to do so with an open mind and an open heart.

It could happen. It could happen in America. Unless we stand together against the biggest threat yet -- tolerance.

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