In his debut nonfiction work following a plethora of successful novels (White; Three), Dekker exhorts Christians to wake up and find genuine happiness in cultivating a deep desire for heaven. Although he argues that Christians should enjoy the pleasures of earth as a "foretaste" of heaven, he cautions that these pleasures should not be mistaken for the real thing. Relying heavily on C.S. Lewis and the Apostle Paul, he makes a case for hope as the "engine of life." Satan, he says, has redirected our obsession away from God and heaven by filling our minds with earthly things. With the relentless zeal of an evangelist, Dekker illustrates many of his points with excerpts from his novels and from scripture, but his thought flow is sometimes problematic. He offers three practical ideas for setting one's mind on heaven-meditations, readings and corporate exercises-but fails to satisfactorily flesh them out. Although Dekker clearly has a sincere passion for his topic, Mark Buchanan's "Things Unseen" and Arthur Roberts' "Exploring Heaven" are better choices to excite desire for the afterlife.
Currently reading| Posted December 31, 2009
Amazing book so far.. I've been writing a lot about this subject recently, so I figured I'd see what Ted had to say on the matter. I'm thoroughly impressed so far.
Definitely not the normal...| Posted December 22, 2009
I picked up this book a few years ago, but never got around to reading more than a few pages. A week ago I decided to try it again. Wow. This is not the normal action-packed page turner. Dekker goes deep into his thoughts of christians that have no hope of eternity. He shares much about his life and how he became a follower of Jesus Christ.
I haven't finished the book yet, but from what I've read so far, (about half) I would recommened that you read this.
The Slumber of Christianity| Posted April 08, 2008
The Slumber of Christianity is a wonderful book that, speaking from a person that does not normally read non-fiction work, will inspire and inform you of what it means to be a Christian. It teaches, while giving several examples from his other books. It also will let you know a little bit more about the author, Ted Dekker. This is a good book for anyone, but especially anyone that enjoys Ted Dekker's other works.