Published by Thomas Nelson on October 2004
Genres: Fiction, Christian, Suspense
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Exploring the concept of middle knowledge (Does God know the future or all possible futures?), Ted Dekker dives into a thrilling story that goes in fast and never lets go until the final page.
It first caught my eye in a bargain bin at Walmart in 2004. An inauspicious start to be sure. But the story, one about a super-intelligent college kid who begins to see multiple futures intrigued me. Tack on an on-the-run Saudi princess and grapple with some poignant themes of faith, and I figured it was a good use of $5.
Fifteen years later, I can definitively say that decision changed my life. Ted Dekker’s Blink is a pulse-pounding, mind-bending novel filled with surprises. In my opinion, it remains one of Ted’s deepest novels thematically, exploring the concept of God’s middle knowledge (does God know all potential futures or just the actual future?). But what I’ll remember most about it is how it changed me personally. You can get a review of Blink a lot of places. What I want to focus on first is my own personal story with this novel.
In 2004, I was fifteen and while I had been a voracious reader in the past, I hadn’t found many novels that compelling. I had always read at a very high level, so by that time, I’d already conquered most of the classics, including Frank Peretti and the LaHaye/Jenkins juggernaut, the staple thriller authors of Christian fiction at the time. What I needed was something new. Blink engaged me like no other novel had before, showing me that a great Christian thriller didn’t have to focus on spiritual warfare or the apocalypse to entertain. Ted brought up deep questions and wrote an excellent story around it.
That’s what kickstarted a new love for reading and writing. My parents bought me Ted’s three latest books for Christmas that year. Something called The Circle Trilogy. And I was hooked. I spent my Christmas money on Dekker’s backlist. Took me about two months to catch up. I’ve been on pace ever since. Without Blink, my life would be so very different.
Now for a review of the book: Miriam Al-Asamm is a Saudi princess turned fugitive on the run. Forbidden from marrying her true love and instead forced into an arranged marriage with an older man, Miriam flees to the United States and finds herself in the company of super-genius Seth Border.
Seth isn’t an average genius. He’s got an IQ that would make Einstein blush and has no qualms about showing it. But then something begins to happen that’s even weird for him…he begins to see the future. And not just the future, but possible futures.
Together, the two go on the run to avoid Miriam’s Saudi pursuers. Seth’s mental prognostications increase as they go, allowing them to successfully evade everyone following them. But the story is bigger than just these two. The political machinations within the Saudi royalty are at work and a coup is imminent. Miriam is the missing piece that’s needed. What follows is pulse-pounding action combined with a dose of philosophical questioning.
The primary theme: Does prayer work? What does God know? Seth wrestles with this question:
Let’s pretend for a moment God exists. If God knows everything, then he knows precisely which future will happen…is it possible that something different might happen? That I might say something other than what he knows I will say?…So really there is only one future. The future that God knows will happen…You can pray and beg and cut yourselves to the bone and nothing will change what God already knows will end up happening…The very fact there is more than one future means there is no all-knowing God who knows the one actual future… (pg. 226-227).
And how does Dekker answer in the story? Well, that’s one you’ll have to read the book to find out. Overall, Blink is a solid thriller with an excellent message. If you haven’t give it a read.
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