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September 5, 2010 / TheCommonCup

Immanuel’s Veins by Ted Dekker – A Book Review

I’ve followed Ted Dekker‘s writing since The Circle Series first began with Black. Ted’s writing broke the boundaries that were unspoken set on “Christian fiction.” Ted writes with passion and creates a world in your mind that you’re unable to escape diving deeper and deeper with every word on every single page. In every novel Ted brings about the greater conflict between good and evil in some form or another. In Immanuel’s Veins Ted explores the goods and evils of love, lust, and sacrifice. The struggle exists in a form many Dekker fans will recognize as names such as “Thomas” and “Alucard” arise in pages ahead. As always Ted has tied this novel into the world/worlds that are the Circle and the Dekker-Universe.

Set in a medieval setting Immanuel’s Veins gives a much different feel than Dekker’s fans may be used to. As always his writing immerses you in the story. This story surrounds an epic battle between love and lust, between true sacrificial love and pleasures of flesh. The battle rages over the heart of a young woman named Lucine the opposing forces exist in Toma the picture of good and righteousness and Vlad the ultimate evil.

My only concern with Immanuel’s Veins was that it would become a stereotypical “I’m going to write about vampires because everyone is writing about vampires” book. I’m thankful this was not the case.

Sacrificial love, as noted in Immanuel’s Veins, is exemplified most in the death of Jesus Christ on the cross for the sins of mankind. Toma wrestles with his own understanding of a loving God. He has little to do with religion but in the end begins to realizes that Jesus died on the cross because of love. He loved us and gave His life for us. A Sacrificial love is a love that is willing to die for it’s friends and it’s enemies. Through Jesus’ shed blood on the cross we are made free. We are set free through love spill from Immanuel’s veins.

It’s this love that is most beautifully explored in Immanuel’s Veins, this story of love and lust will leave your captivated until the very end.

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Booksneeze has been an awesome company that I’ve worked with and blogged for, for a good bit of time now and they never cease to amaze me. With this newest project they’ve worked out an amazing opportunity where  I was able to receive a free “Spread The Love” shirt from for blogging on this book. You can also have a chance to win that shirt. If you would like to win the “Spread The Love” shirt here’s what you need to do: comment on this blog with your name your favorite Ted Dekker novel or series, and why. Thanks so much!

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  1. Josh Jellyfish drummerwiler. / Sep 15 2010 3:14 am

    Showdown was good.

    • TheCommonCup / Sep 15 2010 12:32 pm

      yes it was.
      the coolest thing to me about his writing is that almost ALL of his books connect in one way or another.
      everything bounces back and forth between the reality of the Forest where Thomas Hunter and the Circle live (BLACK, RED, WHITE, GREEN)
      and other sub realities (SHOWDOWN, SAINT, SINNER)
      the LOST BOOKS bridge the gap between those two series.
      IMMANUEL’S VEINS has so ties as well.
      Such an good writer.

  2. Preston Cain / Sep 15 2010 6:08 am

    My favorite is probably showdown.

    I’m glad so many people like you have read this book! Immanuel’s Veins was wonderful and I can’t wait for more Ted Dekker novels to come! I posted my review of Immanuel’s Veins at check it out!

    • TheCommonCup / Sep 15 2010 12:32 pm

      Great review.
      Great book.
      Showdown is definitely my favorite of his novels as well.
      Thanks so much for checking out my blog!

      • Preston Cain / Sep 15 2010 6:20 pm

        your welcome! You write a great review of IV!

  3. Preston Cain / Sep 19 2010 11:02 am

    oh and my email is pdawwg08(at)yahoo(dot)com if you need to contact me!

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