1. #1: The 49th Mystic
    #1: The 49th Mystic
    Ted Dekker
    Revell / 2018 / Hardcover
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  1. NC
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    kept me up!
    August 27, 2018
    Candi Michelle
    NC
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The 49th Mystic is another great read from Dekker that kept me up reading...but also afraid to sleep and dream! It is a fast paced never boring read that will have you seeing new things! Ready? Set? Dream.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Mind blowing!
    August 14, 2018
    CozyWriter'sDen
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A week has gone by since I finished this book, and I am still digesting it. There are so many layers to this novel and so much to chew on that it's hard to even decide where to start with writing this review. To be honest, I really just want to pick it up and read it all over again - and then try and formulate my thoughts and feelings into a coherent opinion that won't be 10,000 words long.

    Unfortunately, life is hectic and reading a book once is a challenge .... twice isn't an option! So, I will have to try and muddle through this review with a single read-through. First, you might be asking why I'm having so much trouble giving my opinion on this book (for those of you that read this blog, you know I don't have trouble giving my opinion)? To be honest, it's because this book made me think deeply, which is not something that most novels do. Second, it's because this book was so good that I really want to do it justice.

    Ted Dekker gives an incredibly powerful message within the pages of 49th Mystic, and that message in inescapable. He dives deep into several meaty theological concepts, all centered around the question, "Who is God?". Through his use of imagination/fantasy, Ted Dekker personifies good versus evil, angels and our Savior versus the devil and his demons, in character form. Through this story, you get to witness the power and struggle of both sides from the vantage point of the characters Ted Dekker brings to life. The result is a lasting and vivid impression on one's mind.

    From a story perspective, our main protagonist, Rachelle, is alive in two time periods of our earth. When she is awake she is present in our time, and when she dreams she is present in the future. What happens to her in one dimension stays with her in the other. I won't say any more lest I give away too much, but Rachelle is an unique individual and it is her quest to uncover the five seals (truths about God's identity), in both realities, in order to save the world.

    I had some trouble understanding this novel and getting into it for the first few chapters, and honestly I almost gave up on it. However, once I got into the swing of things I couldn't put it down and ended up staying up half the night finishing it. The 49th Mystic isn't a light read and I wouldn't recommend it to somehow who simply wants some light entertainment for a summer afternoon. That being said, I would highly encourage you to read this book if you are up for something with some depth and that will really challenge you to consider your own beliefs and faith. And just in case I'm making this book sound boring, it isn't. It's highly entertaining.

    Thanks so much to Graf Martin Communications and Baker Publishing House for a copy of this book - I really enjoyed it.
  3. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    Is this a fresh outlook on Christianity or New Age relabeled?
    July 17, 2018
    Daniel
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    I'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.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    The 49th Mystic
    June 13, 2018
    Ron Klett
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What 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.
  5. Elizabethtown, KY
    Age: 55-65
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Destined To Be a Classic
    June 12, 2018
    Grams
    Elizabethtown, KY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
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    Ted 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.
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