Friday, January 10, 2014

Eyes Wide Open by Ted Dekker

Reading Dekker is always an exercise in imagined reality and this book is a superb workout. Like the characters in this novel, we must continually ask ourselves what is more true, what God says about us or what we are seeing and experiencing in the physical world.

Christy and Austin find themselves in a psych ward. Their identity is questioned. The administrator is convincing in declaring them patients. Their treatment is begun. Their world becomes something neither of them could have imagined.

In addition to being a well written and suspenseful novel, there is the prevalent them of what is real and what is presented as real by evil forces. I don't think I have ever read a novel that so graphically portrays the struggle between believing (and living in) spiritual truth and physical circumstances.

This novel was originally presented in four sections. The first one, Identity, is a free Kindle download you can get here. The full book is being released this month.

Also, at the end of the book I realized that one character and the background stories of Christy and Austin come from previous books by Dekker. You will not have had to read those to enjoy this novel, however.

Ted Dekker is a New York Times best-selling author of suspense novels. You can find out more about him at

Worthy Publishing, 304 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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