Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
Sinner (The Books of History Chronicles) Hardcover – September 2, 2008
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
It has been predicted that Christians will one day be hated even in the land of the free. Now that day has arrived with the help of Marsuvees Black.When a string of racially motivated lynchings threat
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Once again, I want to emphasize that these books are best read sequentially, despite the author's claim that any order is as good as another.
I wanted to like this book, especially in light of the very important reality that the author exposes here; that under the banner of "tolerance", we are in danger in the U.S. of losing our religious freedoms. It is as if to say, "...and in the end there remains faith, hope, and love--and the greatest of these is tolerance..." It seems that the "tolerance police" want us to be open to all beliefs and persuasions EXCEPT those that might be considered conservative, traditional, and/or Christian. Dekker does a great job in showing how the expansion of the definition of "hate speech" eventually covers the life-changing message of the Gospel. Christ taught not `tolerance', but Love, and for some reason we chose to nail Love to a cross. Love and Truth are inseparable, and that comes through loud and clear in this story.
That being said, I would have to say this is the weakest of the six Dekker books I have read--at least in its writing style. When one writes a screenplay, he/she has the benefit of cinematography (the scenery, camera angles & movement, lighting, etc.), acting/directing, and especially background music to establish the tone and emotional "feel" of the scene. A novel writer, however, has to set the atmosphere and mood on his/her own; I don't feel that the time was taken to do that here, which made many of the scenarios and character actions feel more than a bit contrived.
As well, the great Christian metaphors and analogies that I think have been Dekker's forte were either missing or so spelled out that they lost their power--a power which often derives from their subtlety (a good metaphor is stealthy in its ability to get under one's mental defenses before revealing itself ). The Christian `teaching' in this book also stepped over the line into "preaching," with the overtness of the character dialogue. As a Christian myself, I didn't have a problem with this because I wholeheartedly agree with the message, but I say this as an observation that I am sure non-believers (there certainly must be a segment of them among Dekker's followers) would probably find this difficult.
One final observation which I think I would describe more as concerning than anything else, was the several allusions to the "Roman Catholic Church" that were made. For a time, I thought the author was resorting to the "cheap-controversy-to-sell-books" way of Dan Brown (i.e. the Catholic Church is conspiratorial and anyone who it sees as a danger it will "eliminate"). The characters espousing a negative take on the Catholic Church turn out to be unsavory themselves, but the thought never really gets played out in the book.
So overall, I certainly enjoyed the series, and feel it is a worthwhile saga. I just wonder with Dekker becoming such a prolific writer, and with the speed which these popular books are being churned out, that perhaps some of his craftsmanship is not being given sufficient time and thought to fully develop each novel.
Other books that Ted Dekker fans may enjoy:
THE COSMIC TRILOGY: Out of the Silent Planet; Perelandra; That Hideous Strength (From C.S. Lewis, the master of Christian allegory within fantasy and sci-fi genre's)
Father Elijah: An Apocalypse (O'Brien's 'Children of the Last Days' series deals with many of the same end times and political issues as Dekker)
Dominion I: Seed (A 7 book Christian supernatural/apocalyptic thriller series)
I know Dekker himself says read his books any old way- But I would read them in order (Showdown, Saint, Sinner) and have em' fresh on your mind if possible... Marsuvess Black returns for the "trip."
I think that 'Sinner' is the third book in the 'Paradise' trilogy...
Sinner is written as two books (Book 1 and Book 2)