[CFBA Tour&Review] Immanuel’s Veins by Ted Dekker

Posted 14 September, 2010 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

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

Ted Dekker


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 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.

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My Review:
Oh. My. Goodness. Wow and wow again! Ted Dekker is splendidly FANTASTIC!!! With Ted Dekker, you just never know what you are going to get. You could get a Christian Sci-Fi style book (for instance-Green, which was not my taste), you could get a fantastic suspense thriller, like The Bride Collector, which,by the way, rocked, or you could get the best historical, fictional love story of all times in his newest release Immanuel’s Veins. When this became available to review, I jumped on it. It sounded beautifully amazing and I am so happy to say that it didn’t disappoint!

The incredibly instense feeling you get when you dive into page one is beyond any description! You instantly fall in love with Alek, Toma and the scenery beyond them. As you read on, and meet Natasha and Lucine, two beautiful twins with completely separate minds, the sparks begin to fly all around the story. The breath taking suspense had me turning the pages of this riveting love story, far into the night and early morning hours. The deepest and most incredible aspects of this sensual story was the power of sacrificial love and the scriptural details woven into the words.

As I was reading Immanuel’s Veins, I was thinking to myself, that I want to feel everything these amazing characters were feeling. By the end of the book, I realized that I could just that and  have that tender sacrificial love and be satisfied for the rest of my life. I could find that kind of love in my Father. That is a wonderful feeling, knowing that you are loved that much by a Father who knows you like know other!

This book is truly unforgettable. If you have never read a Ted Dekker book, then please, start here, right now, with Immanuel’s Veins. You’ll get the intensity of the good verses evil, the thrill of page turning suspense and betrayal, the tenderness of a passionate love like no other, and the fabulous mercy of forgiveness and redemption. If you’ve already read Ted Dekker’s books, then don’t hesitate to grab a copy of this unforgettable, 5 star-more than 5 stars really- book. I was one of the ones who was FOR this story….will you be one of them, too???

*This book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze*

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