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As you know produces new ed blood cells It was exciting to see Dekker incorporate cutting edge science into his story When Rachelle goes to sleep she has lucid dreams They are extremely vivid There she has met Shadow Man an evil character who tells her he will blind her again and again Shadow Man invokes deep fears within Rachelle When Rachelle learns that Other Earth as she begins to call the place she goes when she dreams is than a lucid dream she meets many interesting characters Firstly a figure called Justin appears on a horse and heals her eyes telling Rachelle she is the 49th mystic He says You are merely seeing again the way you were made to do Perception and the management of fear are major themes in this book along with the powers of love and the world of polarity Dekker presents the contemporary world in the Eden of Utah as a world of polarity as is also the case in Other Earth Rachelle s dreaming world The world outside of polarity is the world of spirit There is much food for thought in this wonderful story Yes it is a character study in the person of Rachelle The eader is meant to make discoveries about themselves as they follow in the footsteps of her journey In this way the book is powerful and meant to introduce new ways of seeing However in this story Rachelle can only truly learn what she needs to know through experience and her teacher Tayla tells her the teaching comes when the learner is eady It is also a plot driven narrative as Rachelle makes her way from one teaching through experience to another Rachelle goes back and forth from crisis to crisis in Eden and Other Earth The story of what happens in Eden was most fascinating to me The citizens there will be forced to look at their world in a new way There was a part of me that wanted to compare our whole world to the microcosm of Eden that wanted to ask are we am I as blind as the folks in this fictional city who follow their leader Simon almost without uestion Most of us have lots of uestions But what of our programming As the eader will see even the kinds of uestions we ask may have to do with our programming I enjoyed this novel very much The character studies of Rachelle David and Jacob are good but I feel they are somewhat limited in scope by the nature and purpose of the book The plotline is fascinating creative and ingenious but again I feel purposeful There are philosophical underpinnings to a plot like this just as there are to The Chronicles of Narnia The way Dekker wove scientific fact into his story was most mind bending Highly ecommended especially for those who like science fiction fantasy or Christian allegory1 For fans of Ted s will be excited to know he eturned to the land of the Circle series Once again the Horde the Albinos and others once again struggle over this world and the future world It was great fun to eturn to one of my favorite series by Ted and am looking forward to the conclusion in 2018 Just an okay story 4 of 10 stars Early 2017 Ted Dekker s editor asked me if I would be interested in eading Ted s new book The 49th Mystic and answering some uestions I of course said yes However my ating is not definitive considering the fact that Ted had just finished writing the book only a few weeks prior to my eading it and there is no doubt that there will be many things different in the published version such reading it and there is no doubt that there will be many things different in the published version such plot differences dialogue etcI can t say anything about the book due to my agreement with Ted and his editor but I can tell you that you that eader s of the Circle Series yes Green DOES count no matter what anyone says will be delighted to see old characters from that series and various books set in the same world turn up There will be a seuel of course which I definitely #look forward to eading Confession Time When my husband enthusiastically told me he #forward to eading Confession Time When my husband enthusiastically told me he eceived an advanced eview copy of Ted Dekker s new book and wanted me to ead it with him I was apprehensive I tried to share his excitement let me explain Years ago my world was turned upside down by a series of books this author wrote which completely changed my view of Christian Fiction It gave me hope and challenged me The books were in The Heaven Tribology series Heaven s Wager Thunder of Heaven and When Heaven Weeps these novels ocked my world I had Heaven Tribology series Heaven s Wager Thunder of Heaven and When Heaven Weeps these novels ocked my world I had idea that the Holy Spirit could touch me to the core of my being like He did as I ead this series Wow I wasn t prepared for that I couldn t stop talking about Ted Dekker and how I instantly connected with his characters and their struggles They were suspenseful novels I couldn t put down After that I ead all of Ted s books but an into a oad block titled Three It was the first time one of his novels scared me I don t do scary andor gruesome I m a chicken little when comes to eading or watching images on TV like that My husband kept eading Ted s books and shared the contents with meRecently I watched Ted Dekker share his heart on video about the Forgotten Way I could see that the Lord had touched Ted s heart and he was doing a new work in him Because of this and my husband s excitement about this new novel The 49th Mystic I thought I d give it a try The prologue instantly grabbed my attention I could totally elate with Rachelle Matthews a 16 year old girl who s been tormented in her sleep since age six Rachelle says The dreams betrayed my deepest fears that nothing would ever change but still it was just a dream I eminded myself every morning She is being tormented by the Shadow Man A man who tells her lies that make her afraid Rachelle bolts up in bed screaming She emembers what her father told her all negative emotions are ooted in fear most commonly fear of loss my father said The fear of losing worthiness created jealousy fear of losing honor created anger fear of losing security created anxiety and so it went In the end fear was the only challenge facing all humans he believed After I got used to navigating the different worlds Eden and the Other Earth and learned who was who and what was what I felt something deeper happening in my spirit as Rachelle learns her true identity as the 49th Mystic. E meant to estore Rachelle's sight goes awry she begins to dream of another world so eal that she wonders if Earth might only be a dream experienced when she falls asleep in that eality Who is a simple blind girl to have such strange and fantastic dreamsShe's the prophesied one who must find and ecover five ancient seals in. ,


She learned that she could only fulfill the prophecy of the 49th Mystic if she overcame her own fears The only way to do that was to find the five seals of truth Not only did she have to ecognize the truth but she had to know it like a husband and wife knew each other When she experiences this her life is touched and changed forever PowerfulRachelle s fears were mine I didn t expect that evelation I hadn t planned to be on the journey with Rachelle as she seeks freedom from fear I was excited and unnerved as the Holy Spirit evealed things to me through this young girl like He d done in previous books I ve ead by this author Then there was an unexpected game changing event in the story that got my full attention and blew me away I was glued to the story hook line and sinker When I started eading this novel I was looking for an entertaining story But wow it was so much I m thankful I had the opportunity to experience this story that touched my heart and soul and had me think about my identity in a whole new light I highly ecommend this novel for your book club andor for an amazing wild fun ideDisclosure of Material Connection I eceived a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher I was not euired to write a positive eview The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising Nora St LaurentTBCN Where Book Fun Begins wwwbookfunorgThe Book Club Network blog wwwpsalm516blogspotcom Book Fun Magazine SVP Promotion You can now find this eview and at Novel Notions Ted Dekker will always have a very special place in my heart His books have inspired me and shaped my faith since I was a teenager and I ll always be grateful to them for the way they evealed truth to me in new and vibrant ways His books will always have a shelf in my house I can t tell you how excited I was to hear that Dekker was eturning to the world of the Circle the series that impacted my faith than anything else outside of the Bible I ve ever ead The theological impact of this book was insane There was so much good stuff here It had the kind of depth that euired closing the book and just trying to digest for a minute before you can keep eading And the eturn to Other Earth the ealm we first visited in in the Circle series was absolutely wonderful This book made its mark on me without a doubt But it wasn t perfectI ve come to the ealization in ecent years that I ve grown as a eader but Dekker hasn t grown with me He has great stories to tell and amazing spiritual insights to share But there s something about his writing itself that just doesn t translate for me any Maybe it s the sheer amount of incredible literature I ve consumed in ecent years but I ve become harder to please when it comes to prose As I said Dekker has great stories to tell But that s exactly the problem He tells instead of shows This didn t used to bother me because I didn t know the difference However I know the difference now While this telling works incredibly well for the theological aspects of his book and even works well for the world building it isn t so successful when it comes to character development and motivations Even though I wanted desperately to connect with our main character I never uite could And the est of the characters felt even less eal to me While I had my problems with the writing I #really enjoyed the book The plot itself very compelling Rachelle our main character is a blind teenager living in #enjoyed the book The plot itself was very compelling Rachelle our main character is a blind teenager living in little community completely closed off from the est of the world When she eceives her sight she becomes the catalyst for a spiritual battle that will transcend worlds You see she s a Mystic The 49th in fact the number of completion multiplied by itself It s her job to find five Seals that will provide true sight to those in spiritual darkness and conuer the forces of evil For this she will need to attune her mind to the guidance of Elyon Justin and the Spirit of Truth Dekker portrays the Godhead with such elouence that his words have impact my own view of God in all of His fullnessThis is a eally good story I hate that I can no longer connect to Dekker s writing as well as I could in the past but I still highly ecommend the book if you e looking for a wild adventure that will adically impact your faith I can t wait until the second half of the story comes out in October I need to know how it endsSide note While this duology will stand perfectly well on its own there s a lot here for fans who have been with Dekker from the beginning Besides the obvious elation to the original Circle series there are also eferences to the Paradise trilogy the Outlaw Chronicles and even his nonfiction works I love when authors eference their own work like this and Dekker is incredibly good at it I need Book 2 now Why is October so far awayAnother fabulous mind bending tale from Ted Dekker I loved it Full eview to come This story was bad Very bad It s the circle series and tons of sermons and theology thrown together into a poorly made dish I started off the book feeling like it was poorly written Circle fanfic And by the end this theory still holds up as storylines from other connected novels come into play as well Rachelle was a likable character but all these scenarios she finds herself in are utterly idiculous At one point she s with Mr Miagi on her own uest to find her purpose but wait he tells her nothing Fans of his previous novels will find their circle fix and will likely eat this up I m just wondering what kind of obsurd antics will be in the seuel AAAAHHHHHHHH ok eading this felt like going home and it was amazing but still gotta say nothing beats the original Circle WHEN IS BOOK 2 COMING OUTWarning minor spoilers aheadRachelle is a beautiful character who has a lot of struggles and fears but she s so admirable and strong at the same time and I was ooting for her all the way Vlad Smith was eerily similar to one other creep earlier and view spoiler he WAS the said creep udner another name hide spoile. Both worlds before powerful enemies destroy her If Rachelle succeeds in her uest peace will eign If she fails both worlds will forever be locked in darknessSo begins a two volume saga of high stakes and a mind bending uest to find an ancient path that will save humanity The clock is ticking; the end ushes forwardReady SetDream. The 49th MysticIs this a fresh outlook on Christianity or New Age elabeledI ve been a long time fan of Ted Dekker s work and his imagination but there is something very wrong with this book and its message It eminds me of the Celestine Prophecy and its path to enlightenment Instead of nine insights the eader is offered five seals We only get three in this instalment and therefore aren t fully enlightened yet Throughout the book it is suggested that these five seals have to do with the essence of Christianity they eveal the forgotten way It may be the forgotten way but I don t believe it s the way as in the Way the Truth and the LightBlindness is one of the main themes in the book I am going to blind you And when you see again I am going to blind you again I hope not too many Christian eaders will be blinded by the freuent mentioning of Yeshua Elyon the Holy Spirit and the use of bible verses These are after all just labels we have to get to the essence beyond these labels This is not me speaking but Dekker chapter 17 through a mystic helper just another label you could ead guru I would suggest eaders do just that strip the book of the false pretence of the labels used and then judge the essence of its message for what it is worthIf you look at the language Dekker uses throughout the book it might be an indication of its inspiration polarity infinity uantum consciousness epigentics e member e cognize eferring to God as Origin or Source Jesus being known by many different names avatar illusion programming connecting to a higher consciousness You should hear a small voice by now saying something s not ight If you don t hear this voice use GoogleIf you do not want to be partially enlightened before eading this book stop eading here spiritual spoiler alertIt s not that easy to sum up the message of the book since it s muddled But it s all about the three big uestions in life who am I where am I from and why am I hereThe answers thus far are we are talking universal here it applies to everybody egardless of whether they are born again or not We come from an infinite Origin We lost the knowledge of our identity and have to e member e cognize Our bodies are just earthern vessels an avatar We are not our memories our feelings our thoughts We have to awaken and see that we are the light of the world the light is divine so we are divine the infinite Origin is in all and all are in the infinite Origin Inchristi is all Inchristi is in all We are a part of all We are eternal We are an aspect of the Creator temporarily manifested in this world This world is polarity We are in polarity but we honour polarity for the lessons it brings us and we move beyond it by a change in perception metaphorically and materially We can overcome the laws of physics Problems exist only in polarity where we empower them by the faith we put in them We are all products of our programming our actions stem from this programming Real is what our mind thinks it is Fear is an illusion death is not ealDoes this sound like the teachings of Christ To me it sounds like the #New Age teachings of Deepak Chopra uantum mysticism and Vedanta Since labels are only labels #Age teachings of Deepak Chopra uantum mysticism and Vedanta Since labels are only labels we eplace illusion with Maya self with Atman and God with BrahmanIn Advaita Vedanta a guru is advised for the spiritual journey of self ealization It could with BrahmanIn Advaita Vedanta a guru is advised for the spiritual journey of self ealization It could a coincidence but the 49th needs a helper to e member and e cognize who she is Advaita Vedanta tells us there are different states of consciousness waking dreaming deep sleep and the fourth pure consciousness were one experiences the infinite free from dualistic experience uote wikipedia Again it could be a coincidence but the 49th who is called to go beyond polarity is awake in one world dreams in another has a dreamless sleep after consuming Rhambutan and at one point is neither awake nor asleep but in the presence of Yeshua infinite Origin were she sees she is a pillar of the exact same lightThe story is set in a town called Eden Someone once visited Eden to try and make us believe we could become divine through knowledge Don t be fooled into believing you are divine and can experience divinity through knowledge of self and infinite Origin The fact that we need the indwelling of the Holy Spirit underlines that we are separate from and not part of the Divine Being our Triune GodThere is a tendency in the church these days to steal from New Age and cleverly epackage it It seems like Dekker joins in with his statement that New Age is just a label again chapter 17 I cannot judge his inspiration or intention but I find his message worrisome to say the least The 49th Mystic by Ted Dekker is a compelling novel that combines science fiction and fantasy while orchestrating the allegorical tale of a heroine s journey This is my first novel by Dekker and I plan on following up with the second novel that will be eleased October 2018 The biggest surprise to me were the eferences to Christian theology A wizard like being called Talya uotes scriptures There is a blending of science uantum physics new age philosophy Christian theology and fantastical elementsThe plotline begins with Rachelle 16 years of age who lives in a protected environment called Eden in Utah She s blind since five or six months of age due to sickle cell anemia but she has learned to safely maneuver through her environment through clicking sounds an echolocation techniue like bats use 153 people live in Eden off the grid and no one ever leaves the valley It s self sufficient A psychotherapist Rachelle s Dad David wants to use an experimental science called CRISPR to help Rachelle egain her eyesight This is an engineering tool that uses a seuence of DNA to epair damaged genes That sounds like science fiction but is actually science fact and one that scientists are now working to make a safe procedure for people with etinitis pigmentosa which causes blindness1 In this story it is sickle cell anemia not etinitis pigmentosa that is causing Rachelle s blindness so the engineered DNA is based on Rachelle s bone marrow cells which her father tells her is designed to modify your bone marrow which. Some say the great mystery of how one can live in two worlds at once died with Thomas Hunter many years ago Still others that the gateway to that greater eality was and is only the stuff of dreamsThey are wrong In the small town of Eden Utah a blind girl named Rachelle Matthews is about to find out just how wrongWhen a procedur.

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