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Daniel1 Stars Out Of 5Is this a fresh outlook on Christianity or New Age relabeled?July 17, 2018DanielQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I've been a long-time fan of Ted Dekker's work and his imagination, but there is something very wrong with this book and its message. It reminds me of the Celestine Prophecy and its path to enlightenment. Instead of nine insights, the reader is offered five seals. We only get three in this instalment and therefore aren't fully enlightened yet. Throughout the book it is suggested that these five seals have to do with the essence of Christianity; they reveal the forgotten way. It may be the forgotten way, but I don't believe it's the way as in the Way, the Truth and the Light.
Blindness is one of the main themes in the book ("I am going to blind you. And when you see again, I am going to blind you again"); I hope not too many Christian readers will be blinded by the frequent mentioning of Yeshua, Elyon, the Holy Spirit and the use of bible verses. These are after all just labels: we have to get to the essence beyond these labels. This is not me speaking, but Dekker (chapter 17) through a mystic helper (just another label, you could read: guru). I would suggest readers do just that; strip the book of the false pretence of the labels used and then judge the essence of its message for what it is worth.
If you look at the language Dekker uses throughout the book, it might be an indication of its inspiration: polarity, infinity, quantum consciousness, epigentics, re-member, re-cognize, referring to God as Origin or Source, Jesus being known by many different names, avatar, illusion, programming, connecting to a higher consciousness. You should hear a small voice by now saying 'something's not right'. If you don't hear this voice, use Google.
It's not that easy to sum up the message of the book, since it's muddled. But it's all about the three big questions in life: who am I, where am I from and why am I here?
The answers thus far are (we are talking universal here; it applies to everybody, regardless of whether they are born again or not): We come from an infinite Origin. We lost the knowledge of our identity and have to re-member, re-cognize. Our bodies are just earthern vessels, an avatar. We are not our memories, our feelings, our thoughts. We have to awaken and see that we are the light of the world - the light is divine, so we are divine; the infinite Origin is in all and all are in the infinite Origin ("Inchristi is all, Inchristi is in all"). We are a part of all. We are eternal. We are an aspect of the Creator temporarily manifested in this world. This world is polarity. We are in polarity, but we honour polarity for the lessons it brings us and we move beyond it by a change in perception; metaphorically and materially. We can overcome the laws of physics. Problems exist only in polarity, where we empower them by the faith we put in them. We are all products of our programming - our actions stem from this programming. Real is what our mind thinks it is. Fear is an illusion, death is not real.
Does this sound like the teachings of Christ? To me it sounds more like the New-Age teachings of Deepak Chopra, quantum mysticism and Vedanta. Since labels are only labels, can we replace illusion with Maya, self with Atman and God with Brahman?
In Advaita Vedanta a guru is advised for the spiritual journey of self-realization. It could be a coincidence, but the 49th needs a helper to re-member and re-cognize who she is. Advaita Vedanta tells us there are different states of consciousness: waking, dreaming, deep sleep and the fourth, pure consciousness were one experiences the infinite free from dualistic experience (quote wikipedia). Again, it could be a coincidence, but the 49th, who is called to go beyond polarity, is awake in one world, dreams in another, has a dreamless sleep after consuming Rhambutan and at one point is neither awake nor asleep but in the presence of Yeshua (infinite Origin) where she sees she is a pillar of the exact same light.
The story is set in a town called Eden. Someone once visited Eden to try and make us believe we could become divine through knowledge. Don't be fooled into believing you are divine and can experience divinity through knowledge of self and infinite Origin. The fact that we need the indwelling of the Holy Spirit underlines that we are separate from and not part of the Divine Being, our Triune God.
There is a tendency in the church these days to steal from New Age and cleverly repackage it. It seems like Dekker joins in with his statement that New Age is just a label (again chapter 17). I cannot judge his inspiration or intention, but I find his message worrisome, to say the least.
Ron Klett5 Stars Out Of 5The 49th MysticJune 13, 2018Ron KlettQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What if you discovered you lived in two worlds at the same time? And what if it were up to you to keep both from self-destructing? And what if your weapons weren't anything you were familiar with, and to use them you had to see from a whole new paradigm? And the clock is ticking. Ready for a wild ride? When you finish the prologue you will find that your roller coaster car has already left the station.
GramsElizabethtown, KYAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Destined To Be a ClassicJune 12, 2018GramsElizabethtown, KYAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Ted Dekker is the master of explaining Truth through story. I love that this time he has included Scripture, lots of it, at the end of the book to clearly connect it to the lessons learned by his protagonist, Rachelle, and hopefully his reader. For those reading this review and thinking, Oh no, another thinly veiled sermon, no fear! Just like Tolkien, Dekker is a beyond first rate storyteller. Fantasy and sci-fi fans will be enthralled.
Blinded at a young age in the secluded and protected small town of Eden, Rachelle hopes to regain her sight through a controversial procedure. It seems ominous that the timing of the procedure coincides with the outbreak of chaos in the world outside the confines of Eden. Rachelle is also plagued by dreams in which a presence she labels as Shadowman threatens to continue to blind her each time she regains her sight. When he shows up at the hospital under the guise of Vlad Smith and places a smear of Rachelle's blood in one of the Books of History, her life, and the lives of all of Eden's residents, runs off the rails. Only through learning her true identity and finding the five seals as directed by someone in the other earth to which she travels each time she dreams will Rachelle be able to restore order.
I am very grateful to NetGalley and Revell Books for providing me with a copy of The 49th Mystic in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation, and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. I highly recommend this book, along with The Circle Series.
Blestmama5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent ReadJune 12, 2018BlestmamaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I actually bought this book for my daughter (who has read every Ted Dekker book, multiple times each), but was so intrigued by the title that I read it before she did! Great story line and characters...difficult to put it down even with over 400 pages (did not feel too long). Dekker is a master in suspense and mixing reality with the supernatural. Loved it!
Pete5 Stars Out Of 5Great Story and Great WritingJune 11, 2018PeteQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When I first got my hand on The 49th Mystic, I noticed its subtitle of 'Beyond the Circle'. It had been many years since I had read the Circle trilogy, so I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to follow the story. However, I was totally wrong in that regard, as this book is a story unto itself, and I would have enjoyed it just as much as if I had never read the Circle trilogy.