Outlaw, Outlaw Series #1Outlaw, Outlaw Series #1
Ted Dekker
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The story of how I, Julian Carter, and my precious two-year old son, Stephen, left Atlanta Georgia and found ourselves on a white sailboat, tossed about like a cork on a raging sea off of Australia's northern tip in 1963, is harrowing.

But it pales in comparison to what happened deep in the jungle where I was taken as a slave by a savage tribe unknown to the world. Some places dwell in darkness so deep that even God seems to stay away.There, my mind was torn in two by the gods of the earth. There, one life ended so another could begin.

Some will say I was a fool for making the choices I made. But they would have done the same. They, too, would have embraced death if they knew what I knew, and saw through my eyes. My name is Julian and this is my story. But more, it is the story of my son who was born to change the world.
     


 

Ted DekkerTed Dekker is a New York Times best-selling author of more than forty novels. He is best known for stories which could be broadly described as suspense thrillers with major twists and unforgettable characters, though he has also made a name for himself among fantasy fans.  Dekker resides in Texas with his wife and family.

Favorite Verse: "I have none. How can you choose one verse over another from the word of God?"


 

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.

 

Sincerely,

Ted Dekker


 
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