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Monday, September 13, 2010

Immanuel's Veins by Ted Dekker is up on CFBA with giveaway and bonus review by hubby!


This week, the



Christian Fiction Blog Alliance



is introducing



Immanuel's Veins
Thomas Nelson (September 7, 2010)



by
Ted Dekker




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ted Dekker is a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty novels. He is best known for stories which could be broadly described as suspense thrillers with major twists and unforgettable characters, though he has also made a name for himself among fantasy fans.

Early in his career he wrote a number of spiritual thrillers and his novels were lumped in with ‘Christian Fiction’ a surprisingly large category. His later novels are a mix of mainstream novels such as Adam, Thr3e, Skin, Obsessed and BoneMan’s Daughters, and fantasy thrillers that metaphorically explore faith. Best known among these is his Circle Series: Green, Black, Red, White and The Paradise Books: Showdown, Saint, and Sinner.

Dekker was born to missionaries who lived among the headhunter tribes of Indonesia. Because his parents’ work often included extended periods of time away from their children, Dekker describes his early life in a culture to which he was a stranger as both fascinating and lonely. It is this unique upbringing that forced him to rely on his own imagination to create a world in which he belonged.

After leaving Indonesia, Dekker graduated from a multi-cultural high school and took up permanent residence in the United States to study philosophy and religion. Upon earning his Bachelor’s Degree, he entered the corporate world and proceeded to climb the proverbial ladder. But his personal drive left him restless and, after many successful years, he traded corporate life for wide range of entrepreneurial pursuits that included buying and selling businesses, healthcare services, and marketing.

In the early nineties while visiting a friend who had just written a book, Dekker decided to pursue a long held desire to be a novelist. Over the course of two years he wrote two full length novels before starting from scratch and rewriting both. Now fully enamored by the the process and the stories, he realized that storytelling was in his blood and a new obsession to explore truth through story gripped him anew.

He sold his business, moved his family to the mountains of Western Colorado and began writing full-time on his third novel. Two years and three novels later his first novel, Heaven’s Wager, was published.

Now, Dekker’s novels had sold over 3.4 million copies worldwide. Two of his novels, Thr3e and House, have been made into movies with more in production. Dekker resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Lee Ann and two of their daughters.


ABOUT THE BOOK


This story is for everyone--but not everyone is for this story.

It is a dangerous tale of times past. A torrid love story full of deep seduction. A story of terrible longing and bold sacrifice.

Then as now, evil begins its courtship cloaked in light. And the heart embraces what it should flee. Forgetting it once had a truer lover.

With a kiss, evil will ravage body, soul, and mind. Yet there remains hope, because the heart knows no bounds.

Love will prove greater than lust. Sacrifice will overcome seduction. And blood will flow.

Because the battle for the heart is always violently opposed. For those desperate to drink deep from this fountain of life, enter.

But remember, not everyone is for this story.


If you'd like to read the first chapter of Immanuel's Veins, go HERE.


Watch the book trailer:




My answer to the question... What is sacrificial love?

It's the kind of love that comes from God and that Jesus came to the earth to show mankind. It's the kind of love that is more precious than gold. It's the kind of love that is willing to give up everything for the one he or she loves. According to my husband who read this book before I could...it's what Dekker's book Immanuel's Veins is all about.

Here is a picture of me wearing the tee shirt and holding the book that will be given away this week!  To be entered to win the shirt AND the hardcover book, make sure to enter a comment that answers this question... What is sacrificial love? If you don't answer the question, you won't be entered for a chance to win the prizes. I will draw the name of the winner using the Randomizer program next Monday night when I return (9-20-10) from a conference. Oh, and I saved the best for last...my husband reviewed this book (posted below.) My son is begging for it next (and the tee shirt) so he will get my shirt and can show it off at NAU. It's great advertisement, right? 20,000+ students and one handsome freshman (my son) wearing a Dekker shirt around campus. Sweet!

Hubby's book review:

This latest book by Dekker was profound. As Romans 11:33 says... "Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God: How unsearchable are his judgments and his ways past finding out!"

No matter how far the human soul can sink, God's Love can bring us healing. Dekker's book Immanuel's Veins has shown this so powerfully! What an awesome novel! You will be thinking about the story long after you put the book down. The difference of what the enemy wants for us and Christ wants for us is vastly different. Satan came to destroy, but Christ has come to give us abundant life.

Hebrews 2:14 says... "For as much then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death , that is the devil."

*Now that he's finished with the book, it's my turn, then I mail it to my son at college. He's begging for it.*

Thank you Thomas Nelson for the book to review and for the awesome giveaway!

14 comments:

Julia M. Reffner said...

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. What is amazing is how God not only blesses us with relationship with Him but how He fills us so we can then practice this sacrificial love towards others.

The tee-shirt is gorgeous.

julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com

Tore said...

What is sacrificial love? Sacrificial love is when someone loves someone else more than life itself and is willing to sacrifice their life for the ones they love or even in some instances take the place of dying instead of the ones they love. An example of sacrificial love is what God did for us. Jesus his son died for our sins on the cross. He took our place. He was punished for our sins whereas we should have been punished. For God to sacrific his only son for us, he must really love us despite all our faults and sins. That was a huge sacrifice for a Father to make. And for Jesus to know that he was dying for our sins and he was willing to do that, he was also sacrificing for love. This shows how much God and Jesus truly love us despite us constantly turning our backs on both of them time and time again. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. I love Ted Dekkers books. Tore923@aol.com

Tore said...

What is sacrificial love? Sacrificial love is when someone loves someone else more than life itself and is willing to sacrifice their life for the ones they love or even in some instances take the place of dying instead of the ones they love. An example of sacrificial love is what God did for us. Jesus his son died for our sins on the cross. He took our place. He was punished for our sins whereas we should have been punished. For God to sacrific his only son for us, he must really love us despite all our faults and sins. That was a huge sacrifice for a Father to make. And for Jesus to know that he was dying for our sins and he was willing to do that, he was also sacrificing for love. This shows how much God and Jesus truly love us despite us constantly turning our backs on both of them time and time again. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. I love Ted Dekkers books. Tore923@aol.com

Pamela Mason said...

Hi Michelle,
Saw Dekker's new release last night on a FB post by Camy Tang, then again this morning. Maybe God's trying to tell me to get this book!
Anyway, my take on sacrificial love is that it is not only imitating Christ and the way he laid down his life for us, but also the way he devoted all of himself to us, his teaching from God the Father, his miraculous healing, his feeding us and showing us just a glimpse of the glory awaiting us with him, if we could just loosen our bonds that tie us to this earth. Jesus' love was boundless, to the point he actually raised his friend from the dead just to comfort and console his friends out of their grief...to the point that he took on the blame & punishment for all the wrong I have done, will do, am doing now... and gave his life to set me free from the debts I owe, from the bondage I'm under. Possessions, status, wealth...they mean nothing. It's Christ's love that I show to others, to the point of emptying myself so he can shine forth, that is just a hint of the sacrificial love he has already given.
I would love to win this book, but if I don't, I'll be buying it, reading it, and giving it for Christmas! Thanks for your blog-- I found it through BBA.

Adam Blumer said...

What is sacrificial love? Giving of oneself to someone else without expecting anything in return. The greatest example of this is Jesus Christ, who gave His life to redeem us all. ablumerster [at] gmail [dot] com.

Merry said...

Sacrificial love is the redeeming love of Jesus, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) So amazing!
worthy2bpraised[at]gmail[dot]com

justpeachy36 said...

Sacrificial love is the kind of love that Jesus showed when he died on the cross for us. He was willing to give up his life for someone else. Sacrificial love in our own lives might be sacrificing your time or money to help others, sacrificing without the need to get anything in return.

justpeachy36 said...

forgot to add my e-mail address.

Please enter me in the giveaway.

justpeachy36@yahoo.com

Joy Tamsin David said...

Oooh, this book is at the very top of my wish list. Michelle, are you going to read it at some point?

Sacrificial love is giving your life for another. Just live the verse Julia quoted above.

Joy

Pamela Mason said...

Forgot my email add'y for the giveaway -- tappitytaptap at gmail dot com

windycindy said...

Agape love is a form of sacrificial love to me. It is easy to love the people who love us, but what about the people who we find difficult to love?! In the news, there are often stories of Good Samaritans who stop on the side of the road to help someone in need. A car veers off of the road and the Good Samaritan is
killed. Sacrificial love is rare and
Godly...Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Karen said...

Sacrificial love to me is giving love to all and not to expect anything back.

I have read all of Dekker's books and would love to win this.

sonflower277(at)gmail(dot)com

Michelle Sutton said...

and the winner is...

Adam Blumer!

tracysbooknook.com said...

I haven’t read a lot of Ted Dekker before and I would have to say that Immanuel’s Veins was the best book that I didn’t like.

The writing is really quite superb: descriptive language, active plot, interesting characters all worked together. It was just all the lust, blood, and even more blood that just smothered me.

I wrote a review of this book on my own blog at www.tracysbooknook.com


-Tracy

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