Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Twilight Gospel

I received this book free in exchange for my honest opinion/review.

This was supposed to be up yesterday. I apologize, having Garbonzita (aka Zita) this week threw me off a bit (Garbanzita seems more feminine than Garbanzo).

I received the book "The Twilight Gospel: The Spiritual Roots of Stephanie Meyer's Vampire Saga" by Dave Robertsfrom LitFuse Publishers to review. Here is the synopsis from the publisher:

The blockbuster Twilight Saga is being read by teenager and adult alike. These powerful novels are getting even more popular as the movies hit the theaters. Crisply written and with a gracious spirit, The Twilight Gospel will help teens, their parents, and their pastors discern what is good from what is unhealthy in the novels and equip them to be biblically literate readers.


I truly enjoyed reading this book. I wasn't sure as I had not read the Twilight Saga nor was I really interested in reading them. Vampires aren't really my thing. However, I love critically thinking through those books that I do read. I was curious what  Mr Roberts would have to say about the series. I really appreciated his views and insights. I felt like not only did they help clarify how the underlying themes could affect Ms Meyer's readers, but he helped me think through other books I've read. As a parent, I can see this being a very helpful resource for when we have teenagers and are teaching them to think through what they've read.

I also appreciated the gracious spirit in which he wrote this book. I felt he did not seek to tear apart Ms Meyer's work but to point out how some of the cultural influences and assumptions would affect her readers. He wrote it from a biblical worldview and pointed out where our worldview should, in fact, differ from hers.

This book is a pretty quick read (even for someone with a toddler, pregnant, working and preparing to move) and is worth the time it does take.

About the Author: 
Dave Roberts is the author of the best-selling The Toronto Blessing and Red Moon Rising with joint sales in excess of 100,000. He is a former editor of Christianity and won awards for his work on Renewal magazine. He is a local church pastor and conference director for three major annual conferences on worship, children's ministry, and women's ministry.

For more info on Dave Roberts you can check out his website: www.thinkchristian.co.uk. Also, check out some other reviews at the blogging tour http://www.litfusegroup.com/Blog-Tours/the-twilight-gospel-by-dave-roberts.html.


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