Series: The Circle Series #3
Published by Thomas Nelson on October 2004
Genres: Fiction, Christian, Suspense, Fantasy
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In this final installment of Ted Dekker's groundbreaking Circle trilogy, Thomas Hunter has only days to survive two separate realms of danger, deceit, and destruction. The fate of both worlds hinges on his unique ability to shift realities through his dreams.
White begins seamlessly where Red, left off—with the Raison Strain beginning to wreak its havoc with no known cure in sight in one world, while in another world the Circle copes with a radical new teaching and its effects on their life.
While Black chronicles the birth of evil and Red its redemption from it, White is the story of the great pursuit—God’s romance of his people. A symbol of the Christian era, or how it’s supposed to look, White challenges Christian stereotypes and assumptions, pushes us into a deeper and more substantial faith, all while racing through an entertaining can’t-put-it-down Story.
At the crux of the story in Other Earth is Thomas Hunter’s unlikely romance with a forbidden love. Forbidden because she is Chelise, daughter of Qurong the Horde leader, and because she herself as not drowned in the waters of Elyon. It seems scandalous that Thomas should fall in love with the Horde, but wasn’t that really what Elyon had done with them? White personalizes the Great Romance that serves as the grand backdrop for the whole Trilogy by playing it out in the lives of Thomas and Chelise. Dekker fans will no doubt note the thematic similarities with one of Dekker’s earlier books, When Heaven Weeps.
White is a sweeping epic of love and sacrifice. Redemption writ large in a way that shakes the pew, startles the stereotype, and enlivens the reader. Dekker’s climax does not disappoint as just when all seems lost, hope stubbornly shines its way through. I’ve said this repeatedly over the last few days while reviewing Black and Red, but it bears repeating again: This is Storytelling at its absolute finest.
Dekker’s work is proof of the life-changing and engaging nature of Story. I classify authors as those who write books, but only a small subset of authors are Storytellers. Storytellers seek to do more than entertain, but rather, through their entertainment, peel back the skin of this world to allow the reader to experience thoughts, feelings, and emotions on a whole new level. Their writings become a journey of discovery that engage the reader with the deepest and most meaningful questions of life. Dekker, by presenting his Trilogy as a flawless retelling of man’s redemptive history—filled with imagery, metaphor, and symbolism that seem effortlessly natural in the story—sets himself apart as a truly great Storyteller.
Dekker has moved on in his writing to many other things, but this…I think these novels will always stand high and above anything else he writes. Not because his other novels aren’t quality, but because nothing can compare with how this Trilogy has impacted me. So go pick up a copy. You won’t regret it. I promise.
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