Eyes Wide Open, Outlaw Chronicles Series #1
Ted Dekker in his new book, Ã¢ÂÂEyes Wide OpenÃ¢ÂÂ Book One in The Outlaw Chronicles published by Worthy Publishing takes us into the life of Christy Snow.
From the back cover: Who am I?
My name is Christy Snow.IÃ¢ÂÂm seventeen and IÃ¢ÂÂm about to die.
IÃ¢ÂÂm buried in a coffin under tons of concrete. No one knows where I am. My heart sounds like a monster with clobber feet, running straight toward me. IÃ¢ÂÂm lying on my back, soaked with sweat from the hair on my head to the soles of my feet. My hands and feet wonÃ¢ÂÂt stop shaking.
Some will say that IÃ¢ÂÂm not really here. Some will say IÃ¢ÂÂm delusional. Some will say that I donÃ¢ÂÂt even exist. But who are they? IÃ¢ÂÂm the one buried in a grave.
My name is Christy Snow. IÃ¢ÂÂm seventeen. IÃ¢ÂÂm about to die.
So who are you?
How can you define Ã¢ÂÂfearÃ¢ÂÂ? Hand people a copy of Ã¢ÂÂEyes Wide OpenÃ¢ÂÂ. Ted Dekker explores every avenue of fear that he could, trapped in tight coffin-like places, trapped in a bunker with no cell phone, no one knows where you are and no means of escape. Then what happens when you wind up in a mental institution and everyone thinks you are a patient and after a while you begin to believe so yourself. Ã¢ÂÂEyes Wide OpenÃ¢ÂÂ is a wild ride that will question sanity and self-esteem. Like Pilate asked, Ã¢ÂÂwhat is truth?Ã¢ÂÂ you will be asking as well and will be glad when you find out.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Worthy Publishing for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255: Ã¢ÂÂGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.Ã¢ÂÂ
January 25, 2014
"I'm buried in a coffin under tons of concrete. No one knows where I am. My heart sounds like a monster with clobber feet, running straight toward me. I'm lying on my back, soaked with sweat from the hair on my head to the soles of my feet. My hands and feet won't stop shaking.
Some will say that I'm not really here. Some will say I'm delusional. Some say that I don't even exist. But who are they? I'm the one buried in a grave.
My name is Christy Snow. I'm seventeen. I'm about to die."
I know that this does not sound like a book that I would normally read, and normally, I would have never given it a second glance given the synopsis above. But, I read something that was about the book that made me want to read it, I never read the synopsis until I got the book in the mail.
Eyes Wide Open is a pretty interesting book. You definitely have to be focused when you are reading it, otherwise you will miss something. The storyline was mind-boggling, in a good way. I would think I knew what was going on, but Dekker always made sure you were just a clueless of what was happening as the characters were.
The characters were so realistic. They had their weaknesses, but yet had their strengths. They lost hope, then found it. They were hostage, then found freedom. It was an amazing roller coaster of adrenaline and wonder as the scenes unfolded and Christy and Austin found out who they really were.
There were also good virtues in Eyes Wide Open, like not being obsessed with outer beauty, not relying on your own understanding instead of believing what God tells you (whether you understand it or not), and to have faith and hope in times of trial.
Eyes Wide Open was a fantastic read and I encourage you to read it as well.
"I received this book from Worthy Publishing for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own."
January 23, 2014
Self-Discovery with a twist
When Ted Dekker tells a story, the results can warp your mind. Only Dekker can tell a self-discovery story with a twist. From the very beginning, I was fully engaged with Christy Snow's story. Snow is trapped. In a coffin. But is it real? What is reality? Who is she? Who am I? Who are you? Really. The question of who we are is on our minds more often that not. We think we know the answer, but for some the truth is elusive. We can't be who we are meant to be until we come to terms with who we are and who we belong to.
In "Eyes Wide Open", Dekker takes you on a journey of self-discovery that will leave you with your mouth open in awe. You will enjoy the twists and turns that makes Dekker a best-selling author. One minute your mind is safe. The next minute you are tripping all over your thoughts. No character is safe--not even the reader. Beginning as a series of four short stories in e-book form, "Eyes Wide Open" can now be purchased as one book in e-book or paperback format.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Worthy Publishing, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255: Ã¢ÂÂGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.Ã¢ÂÂ
January 21, 2014
I enjoy reading Ted Dekker's work so much. It is both complex and thought provoking and at the same time simple and entertaining. In his newest work Eyes Wide Open he has returned to his classic style that we all enjoyed in THR3E and House.
Eyes Wide Open is the complete book that was also released as a four ebook episodic serial series. The story begins with book one which is entitled Identity. In this episode Mr. Dekker takes one of our worst fears, being trapped with no way out, and brings it to life with Christy Snow.
Just like Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Christy falls into a hole and winds up in a world that doesn't make sense to her. Before long her friend Austin arrives to save her only to find himself trapped in the same situation. During their confinement they are forced to look within themselves and confront some of their deepest held beliefs.
By the time the story gets to book four Christy and Austin begin to lose hope that their situation will ever change. But just when all seems lost the story turns and takes on a whole new dimension. A new character named Outlaw comes upon the scene and presents Christy and Austin a way out. The question then becomes will they have the ability to take that path? Will they be able to "see" what is in front of them and decide what is real and what is perceived?
Eyes Wide Open is told in an allegorical style that you can enjoy on multiple levels. You can choose to just be terrified and entertained with the story that is presented on the page. Or you can also choose to look deeper and see the spiritual aspects that are presented. I preferred the later. I enjoyed delving into the way we look at and perceive our surroundings. When I closed the book I found myself praying that the Lord would continually remind me to keep my EYES WIDE OPEN and use the lamps that He gave me to truly see what is there.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
January 9, 2014