Series: The Martyr's Song #1
Published by Thomas Nelson on May 2000
Genres: Fiction, Christian, Suspense
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Ted Dekker delivers a fascinating story of the almost perfect crime, interwoven with a tale of bittersweet love that is almost enough to save a soul. A story that will bring you face-to-face with a hidden world more real than most people ever realize; a world where the unseen is more powerful than anything seen.
Kent Anthony is a computer programmer who’s long been at work developing a banking system called the Advanced Funds Processing System. It’s his ticket to wealth and success, and will hopefully revolutionize the way banking is done. Kent is all set to unveil the system to the bank bigwigs when he receives an urgent notice that his wife has fallen ill…
And from there, Kent Anthony’s life falls completely apart. An important piece in a celestial chess match, Kent becomes something of a reverse Job. Of course a righteous man who lost everything would call out to God! But what if an unrighteous man was given everything? Would he then seek God?
Meanwhile, there is one who understands Heaven’s longing for Kent Anthony and Hell’s desire to see the story end in failure. Helen Jovic, Kent’s mother-in-law, begins walking while praying for Kent’s soul. Some of Dekker’s most insightful and incisive dialogue comes from Helen, a bit more blatant didactic teaching than Dekker would employ now, but eloquent and effective. As Helen pounds the doors of Heaven as Kent rushes towards the gates of Hell, only the grace of God can save him but it’s his own free choice to make. God called Satan’s bluff and accepted the challenge. And the result of Heaven’s Wager depends on Kent Anthony’s decision.
Heaven’s Wager was Ted Dekker’s first published novel. While Dekker’s certainly grown in his writing style and methods, this is no trace of amateurism in the novel. Dekker hits on deep themes such as one’s importance to God, the love of God, and the power of prayer. Ted’s a much different author now, but I have a fond place in my heart for these early novels. Like all of Dekker’s offerings, you can’t read it and be unchanged by it. This book will affect how you think about your faith.
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