Rise of the Mystics (Beyond the Circle Book #2) - eBookTed DekkerRevell / 2018 / ePub$14.12 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 42 Reviews
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ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5love the themeMay 21, 2019ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was the second book in a fantastic fantasy series. Rachelle was a girl that heard voices as she grew up and then had nightmares. Make sure to read these books in order. You must read The 49th Mystic first to understand all of the horrific things that Rachelle goes through to find the five seals and save two worlds. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5Epic ConclusionMay 20, 2019Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Rise of the Mystics was an epic conclusion to this two book series that is part of the Circle world. There is a lot going on in this allegorical, action packed, and very suspenseful novel. If you are into fantasy, other worlds, big battles, and really evil bad guys then you will certainly be a fan of this series.
From the moment I picked this book up I was hooked into Rachelle's world (both of them) and wondered where this story was going to take her. Rachelle was a deep character and she had been through so much already, but this story becomes even more personal to her. I liked her character. She was a good girl trying to find peace and a way to forget her nightmares. She was very trusting and that was good and bad in ways. She is the underdog and I rooted throughout the series for her.
Both my son and I have been enjoying this series.
I was provided with a copy of the novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
danniAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great 2nd bookMay 18, 2019danniAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is Dekker's second book in his Beyond The Circle Series. The first book, The 49th Mystic, was a fabulous read and left you hanging at the end. So his second book was a requirement in order to know what happens to the characters in the series.
His second book chronicles the final steps of Rachelle Matthews' path to discovery: about herself as the 49th mystic and the final seals of truth. There are a lot of events throughout this second book, including much violence. The evil character, Vlad Smith, once again emerges to destroy Rachelle and her quest to bring the Truth.
Dekker is an amazing author who is able to uniquely entwine the Gospel throughout a fiction series. He presents several Gospel lessons and truths: Struggles are opportunities to grow in the Gospel; your perception determines whether news is bad or good; Fatih brings the impossible to the possible.
Including the first book in the series, I was fascinated by his use of two worlds or realms of reality that are experienced through dreaming during sleep. It was sometimes confusing and difficult to keep track if not focused.
One item that I struggle with is Dekker's push towards universalism. This is mostly evident towards the end of the book where it seems he displays the belief that all are saved despite their beliefs. This obviously is in conflict with the Scriptures and quite a significant flaw in the truth of the Gospel.
The book itself is extremely well written and a riveting story. It's not an easy read but a worth while read. You will have to read the first book, The 49th Mystic, in order to understand any portion of this second book.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
SemmieAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Will Rachelle Find the Final Two Seals?May 17, 2019SemmieAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5** "Perception is the lamp that determines your experience of life in this body. If your perception is clear, you'll experience light and love, not darkness and fear. If your perception is unclear, you'll see a world of darkness and fear. Judgment is making record of wrong. The choice is ours: to release grievance and see light, or to judge and walk in darkness." **
The journey of Rachelle Matthews, also known as the 49th Mystic, continues in Ted Dekker's "Rise of the Mystics," the second novel in his "Beyond the Circle" series.
"Rise of the Mystics" picks up four months after the prior novel. Now 17, Rachelle, her father and the rest of the Eden residents have left the Utah compound, being reprogrammed by DARPA. The officials who are working closely with Rachelle and her father David have attempted to completely reboot her memory, to the point where they've made Rachelle believe she's schizophrenic to explain away her mysterious powers like telekinesis and auditory hallucinations.
She is also no longer dreaming of her life in Other Earth, where war is brewing between the two peoples -- the Elyonites, who believe in the holy Elyon, and the Horde, who worship the evil Teeleh.
In both worlds, she has been tasked to find the Five Seals of Truth -- having found the first three in "The 49th Mystic."
With the help of scientist Steven Collingworth, she scrambles to reclaim her identity on present-day Earth. Facing dangerous roadblocks from America's highest office, she must also face her fears to defeat the evil Vlad Smith who is determined to use her to destroy the Realm of Mystics on Other Earth, crushing the world of Yeshua, also known as Justin.
"Rise of Mystics" is written in typical Ted Dekker fashion -- deeply spiritual, scientific, philosophical and political. It is a massive love letter, helping the reader to dive deep into their relationship with the Almighty God. This is a tale of love, identity, strength, overcoming fear, transformation and faith, revealing who is the way, the truth and the life.
It also reveals several other lessons, like you suffer the same fate you inflict in life; struggles are opportunities for salvation; bad news is only a matter of misperception; don't be anxious for tomorrow; with faith anything is possible; judgment of ourselves only puts us in prison; the necessity to deny one's self while letting go of attachments; and the renewing of our minds. It also stretches our mind to question how do we truly know what's real.
The main theme that runs throughout both novels is love. Love of one's self. Love of our fellow man. Love of our enemy. And love for our eternal creator.
This series is a fantastic addition to Dekker's original Circle series. It will truly blow your mind, taking you to places deep within your soul. However, you must read "The 49th Mystic" before reading "Rise of the Mystics." You don't necessarily need to read the original Circle series, but it may provide some background.
Fans of Shawn Smucker's "Day the Angels Fell" series or even authors like Stephen King will love Dekker's novels.
Disclaimer: this story does contain quite a bit of violence and brutal situations.
Five stars out of five.
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Futuristic ChristianMay 17, 2019Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4"There is no fear in love. They will know you follow me by your love."
The Rise of the Mystics is part two in the Beyond the Circle series by Ted Dekker. Taking over where part one ended, this set of books has to be read in order to follow along. Rachelle Matthews, also known as the 49th Mystic, has been taken in by a group of people who are trying to take away her memory and stop her dreaming. When she falls asleep she enters the Other World through her dreams. She has two of the five seals left to find with just a short time to keep the worlds safe. With Steve's help she escapes after having her memory wiped again. Together they flee and work to conquer Vlad Smith.
This is a suspenseful futuristic thriller. The story bounces between our world and the Other World where there is fighting and killing. This at times, is confusing. The story references the Bible and through the finding of the five seals, teaches a lesson of knowing God, surrendering to Him, and finding True Love. For the readers who enjoy Christian science fiction or futuristic stories, this would be an enjoyable story.
I received a copy of this story from Revell Reads Blog Tour program. This is my honest review.