Monday, September 13, 2010

Immanuel's Vein, by Ted Dekker

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

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

Ted Dekker

It’s time for Ted Dekker fans everywhere to spread the lovesacrificial love, which is the central theme of Ted’s latest novel, Immanuel's Vein. In today’s topsy-turvy world of sliding morals and promiscuity, where love is something we can fall in and out of on the basis of feelings alone, what topic could be more important than sacrificial love?

Ted asked me what my definition of sacrificial love is?

Burnt toast.

Let me explain. As a young boy, I used to marvel at my dad who most mornings at the breakfast table would eat cold, and badly burned toast. You see, my dad was a fireman and by every definition, a man’s man. Naturally, I thought real men like dad must by definition enjoy things that tasted nasty.

Years later, when preparing breakfast for my children and for my dad, I remembered my dad’s preference for burned toast—I cranked up the setting on the toaster, and ran it through twice. The result resembled a charcoal briquette. Mmm, just the way dad likes it best. But I’ll never forget the sad look on his face when I set the charred hockey pucks before him.

“What’s wrong, Dad? Isn’t this the way you always liked your toast?”

Dad just shook his head and explained the he never enjoyed eating burned toast, but always selected the burned pieces for himself so that his family wouldn’t have to eat them. He ate burned toast out of love for us. Sacrificial love.


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 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:



Rulan said...

wow. I love your answer to Ted's question. What your dad did was awesome.

I can't wait to get this book. I'm a Dekker fan. Great trailer too. 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: