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  • Sep 6, 2008
In the past where hate has destroyed, we're now facing a time when tolerance will destroy. Want a glimpse of our country where tolerance rules? Read Sinner.

The third book in the Paradise series is by far Ted Dekker's most outspoken book. The time is coming when saying Jesus is the only way to salvation will be considered a hate crime. Sinner explores the path of tolerance and the very real ramifications it holds for Christians

If you've read Showdown and Saint, you're familiar with project Showdown and the effects it had on three young children--Billy, Darcy, and Johnny. All three were given special abilities through the books of history to change the world. Saint is Johnny's story. Sinner is Billy and Darcy's. Imagine what could be accomplished with Billy's ability to read people's thoughts, Darcy's persuasive speech, and Johnny's truth. They could literally change the world and that's exactly what they do. The question is, Is America better or worse? More peaceful or just suppressed?

Tolerance is obviously an issue very close to Dekker's heart. He's written a couple of blogs and a children's book (The Drummer Boy) on the issue. While I've always considered him outspoken on his website, I've never considered any of his books particularly bold or political (Blink is a possible exception). If anything, he's leaned towards wooing people with subtlety and gentleness and at times, I have wanted him to push further. The gloves have come off in Sinner. It is the culmination of a journey that's taken the reader to some pretty dark places.

There are many angles Ted could have taken with Sinner, but he takes the path that will directly affect all true followers of Christ. Rather than focusing on the practices of Christians, Dekker skips to the heart of Christianity and look at what would happen if we lost our freedom to teach Jesus as the only means to salvation. Virtually eliminating all forms of evangelism and ripping out the heart of Christ's teaching.

While tolerance is the focus of Sinner, probably more than any other of his other books, Ted directly and clearly states the gospel of Christ. It's stated, restated, and quoted directly from John chapter 1.

Dekker didn't let us off the hook with just understanding Jesus' message, he pushes us further to accept our own sinfulness. The darkness we're born into and that which we create and live in. The darkness we don't really want to leave and that which we want to flee.

Dekker added another layer to this story that is one of its most powerful elements. Sometimes the darkness is hiding in the light.

Not a lot of loose ends seemed to be tied up in Sinner. I felt like our time in Paradise might have ended, but I'm not sure that's all of Billy, Darcy, and Johnny. We might get to read about them again.

While I won't say Sinner is my favorite Ted Dekker novel, I do believe it's one of his most powerful. This is not a book that requires a lot of looking beneath the surface. It's laid out there for the reader and you'd have to be trying to miss the point.

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Some say roll with the punches.  Drift with the tide.  Nothing can stop the inevitability of change.  There was a time when 300 Spartans disagreed with such mindless thinking and stood in the gap.

Now it's time for 3,000 to stand in the gap.

Sinner is the story of Marsuvees Black, a force of raw evil who speaks with wicked persuasion that is far more destrictive than swords or guns.  Beware all who stand in his way.

It's also the story of Billy Rediger and Darcy Lange, two unsuspecting survivors of a research project gone bad, who discover that they are perhaps the two most powerful souls in the land.  Listen to them or pay a terrible price.

And it's the story of Johnny Drake, the one who comes out of the desert and leads the 3,000.  Follow him and die.

Sinner tells the story of a free land where people who worship as they please and say what they believe are suddenly silenced in the name of tolerance.

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ISBN-10: 1595540083
ISBN-13: 978-1595540089
Author: Ted Dekker
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 2, 2008)
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