More on Immanuel's Veins

My review:
Immanuel’s Veins is a truly redemptive story penned by Ted Dekker. Anyone who is a Dekker fan knows Ted writes about love and redemption, but this story is different. Written partly in first person, this book dives into some of the darkest places to show the reader how strong the light truly is.
Toma is supposed to protect a rich family, but by falling in love with one of the daughters, he changes everything. The devil himself is ready for battle of wits, seduction and blood. As the darkness closes in around Toma, he is grasping for help anywhere he can get it. The source of help comes from an unlikely source. Dive into the blood of Immanuel’s veins and read this story that will change life as you know it forever.

More thoughts:
This next part has suggestive spoilers…but nothing is actually spoiled.

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting Immanuel’s Veins to be connected to the Books of History Chronicles…but about halfway through I read a paragraph and went “IT IS CONNECTED!” I was in a truck, on vacation, and started jumping up and down in the backseat and babbling on about the amazingness as my dad looked at me like I had seven eyes or something.

I had low expectations for the book because people had said that it wasn’t very good, but I absolutely loved it. I actually felt a sort of closure at the end, and it was nice to see Ted write about something that was connected yet so very different. I recommend this book to anyone, whether they’ve heard of Ted or not…especially if they’re a fan of the BoHC.

Dive deep. Be wooed. 

Posted by Jane | at 8/17/2010 11:56:00 PM | 4 comments

Immanuel's Veins Review


Immanuel’s Veins is a truly redemptive story penned by Ted Dekker. Anyone who is a Dekker fan knows Ted writes about love and redemption, but this story is different. Written partly in first person, this book dives into some of the darkest places to show the reader how strong the light truly is.

Toma is supposed to protect a rich family, but by falling in love with one of the daughters, he changes everything. The devil himself is ready for battle of wits, seduction and blood. As the darkness closes in around Toma, he is grasping for help anywhere he can get it. The source of help comes from an unlikely source. Dive into the blood of Immanuel’s veins and read this story that will change life as you know it forever. 

Posted by Jane | at 8/17/2010 11:50:00 PM | 1 comments

Saving Lives

I haven't done a movie review before, but this isn't exactly a review. This is more rambling than review, but stick with me anyways. I just watched To Save a Life and it was a great movie. I don't usually like "Christian" movies because they're typically low quality, but I loved the message behind this one. To me, it has two messages.

     1. We need to care about those around us, no matter who they are.

    • This really has me thinking of all the things that a group of students can do in a school. There was a girl in my school who was caught cutting and it changed my outlook on things. I thought it was just me, or just my grade. I thought it was just a few people doing it. I found out really fast that a lot of people in my school are cutters. I instantly wanted to do something to help, but felt like there was nothing. I was told that there was nothing I could do. I had been through that, I knew what it was like to think everyone hated me and to think I was all alone. I thought I could help someone, but I sat back and did nothing because I thought I couldn't do anything. What would you do? 
    • I'll tell you what I wanted to do. I wanted to go to my principal and school counselor the very next day and beg them to let me talk to some of the students about what was going on. I wanted to plead with them to help me start a revolution in my school. I didnt because I was too afraid. I didn't because I was a senior and "had better things to worry about." Don't be like me, stand up and do something.
     2. God isn't a magic genie who saves us from all the bad stuff.

    • Many people --both Christian and non-- think that God is a loving God and will therefore "save" us from everything that happens. Pastors, youth (including me), parents, elders of the church...everyone thinks this way at some point. God does love us, but that doesn't mean we won't go through trials before we get to Him. Look at Job and all that he had to go through. 
    • This really gets me thinking on all the times when I try to tell God whats up and what He should be doing. He knows exactly what He's doing and who are we to tell Him how to do His job? Honestly, I loved the part of the movie where Jake just starts crying out to God for help. That's what we should be doing. "God, I can't do this on my own. Please help."

If you haven't seen this movie yet, you need to. It will seriously change your life. And if your life is changed, then you can help change other lives...or save them.

Posted by Jane | at 8/13/2010 03:06:00 AM | 0 comments

Looking forward

The sidebar to the right on this page currently says I am awaiting the arrival of Max Lucado's Fearless. Apparently, BookSneeze forgot I existed because I never received it. I am also still waiting for Tosca Lee's Havah. I realize neither of those things are an excuse for no blog post, but later on this week I will have one (or possibly several) post on a mission trip that I was a part of last week. I have also received Ted Dekker's Immanuel's Veins (An ARC) in the mail and will be reviewing that in the next week.

A few last things I will be blogging about in the near future is my trip to Montana with my dad and his girlfriend as well as my college experience, as I move to Bethel University in St. Paul, MN on August 26th.

Posted by Jane | at 8/08/2010 09:39:00 PM | 0 comments