Friday, January 13, 2006

Spotlighting: Showdown by Ted Dekker


Paradise: a place or state of bliss, felicity, or delight

Evil is about to visit Paradise, Colorado.

When Marsuvees Black arrived in Paradise offering the residents Grace and Hope, no one expected what was about to happen to their small community. No one except Johnny Drake.

Johnny had witnessed Black’s arrival in town, with his black trench coat flapping in the breeze, black steel-toed cowboy boots kicking up the dust, and black hat down over his eyes. Very much the modern day Zorro. But Zorro wouldn’t have done what happened next. And nobody was about to heed Johnny’s warning.

Marsuvees Black was, after all, a man sent from God.

As thick thunder clouds gather overhead and sandstorms whip the town, it soon becomes apparent that something in Paradise is amiss.

High in the mountain canyons near Paradise is a hidden monastery, home to Project Showdown. Secluded from the rest of the world, David Abraham sequesters thirty-seven orphans and their thirteen teachers in the monastery to test a controversial theory: an examination of faith and human nature.

David always knew that one day the students would test the boundaries. But when Billy, one of the orphans, challenges the monk’s teachings, doubts arise as to whether the children are ready to taste the evil that is about to enfold the monastery and Paradise.

CONSTRUCTIVE COMMENTS

Ted Dekker raises the bar with SHOWDOWN, an exploration of the effects of evil upon innocence. In true Dekker style, we are pulled into a novel that isn’t as it first appears.

Trying to guess the ending of a Dekker book is near impossible. SHOWDOWN is no exception. With a fast paced plot, multiple twists, and surprises at every turn, predicting when you will next put this book down is difficult enough.

Dekker shakes things up with this novel. It’s edgier than his previous work, even graphic in places. But then, evil is graphic. In a recent post on his forum, Ted writes: ‘I also refuse to characterize evil in ways that are untruthful about its true nature.’ In SHOWDOWN, Ted represents the depravity that lies in the heart of all humans effectively. Some may find this extreme in its means, but that just adds to the power of the message contained in this book.

LESSONS LEARNED

SHOWDOWN explores the consequences of free will. We are all born with evil in our hearts, but it is up to us as to whether we will give in to that evil and explore its ways.

Can pure faith really move mountains? That is the question David Abraham set out to answer in the hidden monastery. To have the innocent faith of a child is the treasure we must all strive for.

Once again, Ted Dekker has presented a moral dilemma which leads me to examine my faith and explore the purity of my heart.


1 Corinthians 13:2 ‘…if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.’

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2 comments:

kc said...

Nice review. :)

Ooh, and how did you get that Infuze icon? I'll have to do that, too.

Karri

Gina Holmes said...

Great review. I LOVED this book. Like I said on Amazon-it's everything a novel could hope to be.