An Assault On The Senses
The Girl Behind The Red Rope by Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker is a marvellous Christian dystopian novel that will grip you from the start.
The novel has its basis in 1 Corinthians:13 – perfect love casts out all fear. We witness that life is a spiritual battle. It is so much more than we can hear, see and touch. We need the spiritual gift of discernment as we face tough choices in an attempt to uncover the truth.
Fear will always bind us. “Fear me alone, and I will always protect you from evil.” Living in fear is not what God would wish for us. Fear stops us from living out our faith. Whatever we feed will thrive. We need to feed our faith and starve our fears.
We need to be careful as to the voices we listen to. We need the life affirming voice of God. “Afraid that I’ll never be good enough to be clean.” God asks us to come to Him and He will change us. We do not have to clean our act up first. We need to be wary of those who seek to deceive us. In life we may well meet wolves in sheep clothing. We need to be so close to God that we will recognise them when they appear. When we draw near to God and know Him intimately, He will open our eyes and ears to the truth and the truth will set us free.
The authors have produced a fabulous plotline, extremely well thought out and executed. They painted a very sinister atmosphere at times which literally had my hairs standing on end. The evil was palpable as I hung on their every word.
There was a marvellous mix of characters – many claiming to be the guardians of the truth and the only ones to lead the flock to safety. The reader faced a dilemma along with the characters as we tried to work out who were the deceivers and who were the good guys. Some I got correct. Others I was far out.
The whole book was an assault on my senses as I read on high alert due to the masterful pens of this father and daughter team of Ted and Rachelle Dekker.
The Girl Behind The Red Rope was a departure from my usual genre and I am so glad that I branched out as I have ‘discovered’ two new authors. The book was absolutely fabulous but definitely not one to be read at night alone with the curtains drawn. It is however, perfect afternoon reading.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.