Also by this author: The Dream Traveler's Quest, Into the Book of Light, The Curse of Shadownman, The Garden and the Serpent, The Final Judgment
Series: Dekker Christmas Books #1
Published by Thomas Nelson on September 2005
Genres: Children's, Christmas
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Dekker’s first Christmas story is a beautifully written and illustrated short story of a child in search of a king.
In the two years after Ted Dekker graced the world with the Circle series, he also set to penning two little, wonderfully illustrated Christmas gift books. The stories themselves are only a few thousand words long, great for reading to children before bed.
In The Promise Ted Dekker follows the story of Reuben, a mute orphan with a dying adoptive mother. Her last words: God has spoken to me. Find the King. Give him my shawl. He will give you a voice. In the days that followed her death, Reuben offers the shawl to several people he thinks might be the king, but they all just look on him in scorn or pity. Their derision only multiplies when they learn he is seeking to give it to a king.
But Reuben does find the King, in the unlikeliest of places. And he finally gets his voice to sing.
It’s beautifully written, wonderfully illustrated, and makes an excellent stocking stuffer for the Dekkie on your Christmas list. Like The Drummer Boy, this is more of a collectible, representing a brief Max Lucado-esque phase that, honestly, I’d love to see more of.