A letter from Ted Dekker
My dear friends at CBD and Christianbook.com, both old and new:
When I think back on my life, I see the many times that I’ve forgotten not only who I am, but why I’m alive, what truly fulfills me. And what does not. Like the characters in my new novel, Eyes Wide Open, every time I forget my true identity in Christ, I suffer. I cry out for love in a world that seems, in that moment, to have gone black.
I’ve gone through some dark times searching for that love, and I’ve written some dark novels, because I write to understand life, both as it is and how it might be. But I’ve seen much more light in my life lately, and I want you to see it, too.
In truth, I’m no different than any other person with a deep faith in a loving God. I’m the same as you. Which is why you too will identify, on some level, with characters Christy and Austin in Eyes Wide Open, who grew up in the Christian faith and suffer still.
There are times when the challenges of living in this world feel like more than you can bear. When nights all alone in your bedroom seem to turn your heart into a stone. When the mirror tells you that you’re not good enough; when the words of others say you never will be.
The ‘law’ of this world tries to keep you trapped in its prison of condemnation, but in truth, that law is now dead and you are made whole, a new creature with more beauty and power than you can possibly imagine.
In this way, you’re an ‘outlaw’—one who’s been rescued out of the law of sin and death and made whole, now, as you are, a new creature in Christ. You just forget it, all too often, like me.
It was with this deep awareness that I began penning The Outlaw Chronicles, a series that returns to the kind of deeply spiritual storytelling that made Black, Showdown, and Three so personal for many of you. I’m thrilled to work with CBD and Christianbook.com to bring this story to you in a very special way.
Take a new journey into the heart of mystery, love, and wild adventure with me—the world is brimming with beauty and power here. As are you.
See who you are. Be Outlaw. Live with EYES WIDE OPEN.