Friday, January 24, 2014

Eyes Wide Open by Ted Dekker

My name is Christy Snow. I'm seventeen and I'm about to die. I'm buried in a coffin under tons of concrete. No one knows where I am. My heart sounds like a monster with clobber feet, running straight toward me. I'm lying on my back, soaked with sweat from the hair on my head to the soles of my feet. My hands and feet won't stop shaking. Some will say that I'm not really here. Some will say I'm delusional. Some will say that I don't even exist. But who are they? I'm the one buried in a grave. My name is Christy Snow. I'm seventeen and I'm about to die.

First in the newest series from Ted Dekker, a master of suspense, whose books have sold 9 million copies, Eyes Wide Open is a raw adrenaline rush from the first page to the last.

My review:
   It has been a while since I read a Ted Dekker book, so when I was offered this one to review, I figured it was about time I read another one of his books.

 The book starts out with quite the gripping scene, then goes back in time a little bit before the main character ends up in a coffin.

 I found myself thinking at different times while I was reading the book, "this book is weird!" And after reading it, I still say it was weird, but in a good way. It is one of  those books that would probably be better understood and enjoyed reading through it again. There was a lot that happened in the book that didn't make sense, and I found myself feeling bad for the two main characters in their very bad situation, wondering all along what was going to happen and what the idea of the book was.

 Here is the scoop: The book is what I guess you would call allegorical. When I got close the end of the book, I got what the idea of the book was, and it made more sense. It is about our identity, and seeing ourselves the way God sees us. That if we believe the devil's lies about ourselves, we are basically trapped, and cannot go on to live our lives the way we should, the way God wants us to.

 The book is definitely worth reading, and has a great message, one that many people need to hear. Yes, it is on the weird side, but it doesn't seem as weird after completing the book.

About the author:

  Ted Dekker is a New York Times best-selling author of over thirty novels. Heralded as a "master of Library Journal, Dekker has sold millions worldwide, establishing himself as one of the most widely recognized author brands. Dekker was born to missionaries and grew up among cannibals of Indonesia, and his peculiar upbringing gives him a unique perspective outside the cultural bubble, allowing him the freedom to share provocative insights in his fiction. He resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and children.
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Eyes Wide Open is available from Worthy Publishing.

Thanks to Worthy for the review copy.