Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Book Review: The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker {REPOST}

THIS IS A REPOST -- with today's release of The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker, I am reposting my blog tour kickoff review. I highly recommend this book!

Bride Collector Blog TourTed Dekker's newest novel, The Bride Collector, due in stores on April 13, 2010, is at once both haunting and moving.

FBI Special Agent Brad Raines is on the trail of a delusional psychopathic killer who believes he is delivering to God His perfect bride. This killer dubbed the Bride Collector, after performing his ritualistic act of horror, leaves each victim with a bridal veil. As Raines and his partner Nikki Holden, a young forensic psychologist with whom Raines shares a mutual attraction, follow The Bride Collector's trail of sacrifice, they are baffled by the complete lack of any actionable evidence at the crime scenes.

Only when The Bride Collector decides to make a game of his offerings to God by enlisting Raines as his opponent does the FBI start to zero in on their suspected target. At the same time, the Bride Collector is zeroing in on his next target -- one of the FBI's very own, Nikki Holden. As Raines and Holden enlist the help of the societal outcasts at the Center for Wellness and Intelligence, a private psychiatric center that houses some extremely gifted psychotics and schizophrenics, author Dekker blows the story wide open with some very unexpected and very disturbing revelations.

The Bride Collector is both very typical of Dekker's suspense writing while at the same time very unlike much of his earlier work. Dekker, known by his fans to bury his spiritual message deep within the context of his work, weaves a tale overtly spiritual with a message that all of society needs to hear: every one of us is loved.

All too often today we are busy trying to be better than everyone else. We judge ourselves and each other by some unknown, unseen, unofficial guideline that determines where we belong in society. In doing so, some very special people become societal outcasts while others are elevated to levels of extreme fame and stardom. What we fail to realize is that in God's eyes, we are all equally loved. We are all equally special. We are all famous to God. From the top of the charts to the bottom of the barrel, we are all children of God and recipients of His infinite love. We are all God's favorites.

In The Bride Collector, Dekker expertly delivers this message in a way that comes across loud and clear while never being preachy or condescending. While I have read and reviewed nearly all of Ted Dekker's writing, The Bride Collector stands out from the pack as one of the best -- a critical read! The beginning will entice you. The middle will shock you. The ending will move you.

Check out the next review in The Bride Collector blog tour here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: (from TedDekker.com)Ted Dekker

Ted Dekker (born October 24, 1962) 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.

Download Ted Dekker's complete bio.


Ted Dekker discusses The Bride Collector.

Direct video link.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Reds Opening Day!

Do you feel that? That little fluttering sensation in your chest? Like butterflies in your stomach, only a little bit higher. And louder. And faster.

That, my friends, is OPENING DAY that you're feeling. The excitement of the first pitch about to be thrown out. The boys of summer back at it again. Spring has truly sprung.

It's Opening Day in Cincinnati, and I cannot wait to see the Cincinnati Reds back at it again. After a good first half of the year last year, they struggled a bit, but always put on a great show. This year I'll be pulling for them from wire to wire, once again.

This team, if they play like they are truly capable of playing, can be a HUGE surprise in the National League Central.

Are you ready? I hope so, because that little fluttering feeling won't go away until long after the first out has been made.

It's Baseball, baby, and there's nothing better than
Baseball in Cincinnati!

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

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Happy Easter!

Today while I celebrate the Resurrection of my Saviour, I wish you and yours a very Happy Easter!
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