Book Review: Black by Ted Dekker

Genre: Speculative

You’ll like this if you like: Time Travel, Dreams, or Races Against Time to Stop a World-Threatening Virus.


Favorite Profound Quote:


“How is it that Elyon [or God] can allow evil to exist in the black forest? Why doesn’t he just destroy the Shataiki?”

“Because evil provides his creation with a choice,” the child said as though the concept was very simple indeed. “And because without it, there could be no love… How can there be love without a true choice?”

Favorite Descriptive Quote:

“Razor-sharp shale sliced through his flesh as though it were butter.”

Wonderfully descriptive… but ow!


From Amazon


An Adrenaline-Laced Epic Where Dreams and Reality Collide.

Fleeing assailants through deserted alleyways, Thomas Hunter narrowly escapes to the roof of a building. Then a silent bullet from the night clips his head . . . and his world goes black.
From the blackness comes an amazing reality of another world where evil is contained. A world where Thomas Hunter is in love with a beautiful woman.
But then he remembers the dream of being chased through an alleyway as he reaches to touch the blood on his head. Where does the dream end and reality begin?
Every time he falls asleep in one world, he awakes in the other. Yet in both, catastrophic disaster awaits him . . . may even be caused by him.
Some say the world hangs in the balance of every choice we make. Now the fate of two worlds hangs in the balance of one man’s choices.



This book is an exploration of the Fall, God’s nature, and the Great Romance–“to love at any cost.”
Thomas is part of two worlds. One where he’s running from a gang he’s indebted to while trying to save the world from the next World War III–modern earth–and one where he lives in an Edenic paradise, so long as he doesn’t cross the bridge to the black forest, where red-eyed, flesh-eating bats live, the Shataiki.
Both worlds are fascinating, each with its own unique plot that’s connected to the other. In the Edenic paradise world, supposedly the far future, he learns about a disease that’s going to wipe out most of modern earth’s population. Because he knows things he has no business knowing on modern earth, he’s hunted down by an assassin.
The world building is fascinating, and I love the sensory description. It makes you wonder how Eden actually looked and how complete union with God actually felt. It makes you realize how much humanity is missing because of the Fall.
This book had plenty of action, with martial arts, chases down alleys, kidnappings, and of course, the creepy bats, and it was interspersed with a few humorous scenes that made me laugh.
The beginning was intriguing, but the best part of the book is when you’re deep into the plot, so if you do happen to pick up this book, make sure to stick with it. 😉

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This year is finally coming to a close, so what have you learned about God’s nature in the past year? How has your understanding of Him changed?

Recent Comments

  • Brenna
    December 6, 2016 - 4:14 pm · Reply

    Someone recently recommended the Circle series (of which Black is the first book) to me, and your review sounds interesting, so I may have to check it out! That is, if I ever make it that far down my TBR list. 😛

    • Elizabeth Newsom
      December 14, 2016 - 12:18 am · Reply

      Ha! I know what you mean about the TBR list. I should start using that abbreviation. If you manage to read it, tell me how you like it 😉

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