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Heaven's Wager (Martyr's Song Series #1)

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by Ted Dekker, Tim Gregory (Narrated by)

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Kent Anthony is a brilliant software engineer who is cashing in on a brilliant career. He's finally living the idyllic life, far from thoughts of theft and murder and other kinds of horrible criminal behavior.

He's left his past far behind . . . or so he thinks.

This story will bring you face to face with a hidden world more real than most people ever realize;


Kent Anthony is a brilliant software engineer who is cashing in on a brilliant career. He's finally living the idyllic life, far from thoughts of theft and murder and other kinds of horrible criminal behavior.

He's left his past far behind . . . or so he thinks.

This story will bring you face to face with a hidden world more real than most people ever realize; a world where the unseen is more powerful than anything seen.

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Oasis Audio
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Martyr's Song Series , #1
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6.92(w) x 11.34(h) x 1.12(d)

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Chapter One

Present Day

An overhead fan swished through the afternoon heat above Padre Francis Cadione's head, squeaking once every rotation, but otherwise not a sound disturbed the silence in the small, dimly lit room. A strong smell of lemon oil mixed with pipe smoke lingered in the air. The windows on either side of the ancient desk reached tall and narrow to the ceiling and cast an amber light across the oak floor.

    Some described the furnishings as gothic. Cadione preferred to think of his office as merely atmospheric. Which was fitting. He was a man of the church, and the church was all about atmosphere.

    But the visitor sitting with folded hands in the burgundy guest chair had brought his own atmosphere with him. It spread like an aura of heavy perfume that dispensed with the nostrils and made straight for the spine. The man had been sitting there for less than a minute now, smiling like a banshee as though he alone knew some great secret, and already Padre Cadione felt oddly out of balance. One of the visitor's legs swung over the other like a hypnotizing pendulum. His blue eyes held their gaze on the priest's, refusing to release the connection.

    The padre shifted his eyes, reached for his black pipe, and clicked its stem gently along his teeth. The small gesture of habit brought a familiar easiness. A thin tendril of tobacco smoke rose lazily past his bushy eyebrows before meeting wafts of fan-air and then scattering. He crossed his legs and realized the moment he had done so that he'd inadvertently matched the visitor's posture.

    Relax, Francis. You're seeing things now. He's just a man sitting there. A man not as easily impressed as others, perhaps, but a mere man nonetheless.

    "So then, my friend. You seem to be in good spirits."

    "Good spirits? And what do you mean by good spirits, Padre?"

    The man's gentle voice seemed to carry that strange aura with it—the one that had tingled the padre's spine. It was as though their roles had become confused. Spun around by that old ceiling fan whacking away up there.

    Padre Cadione drew at the pipe and released the smoke through his lips. He spoke through the haze. Atmosphere. It was all about atmosphere.

    "I only meant you seem to be pretty happy with life, despite your ... adversity. Nothing more."

    "Adversity?" The man's left brow arched. The smile below his blue eyes broadened slightly. "Adversity is a relative term, isn't it? It seems to me that if someone is happy, as you say, his circumstances cannot be adequately described as adverse. No?"

    Cadione wasn't sure if the man actually wanted an answer. The question felt more like a reprimand—as if this man had risen above mere happiness and now schooled those foolish mortals who still struggled with the simple pursuit of it.

    "But you are right. I am in very good spirits," the man said.

    Cadione cleared his throat and smiled. "Yes, I can see that."

    Thing of it was, this man was not just happy. He literally seemed thrilled with whatever had gotten under his skin. Not drugs—surely not.

    The visitor sat there cross-legged, staring at him with those deep blue eyes, wearing an inviting smile. Daring him, it seemed. Come on, Padre, do your thing. Tell me about God. Tell me about goodness and happiness and about how nothing really matters but knowing God. Tell me, tell me, tell me, baby. Tell me.

    The priest felt a small, nervous grin cross his face. That was the other thing about this man's brand of happiness. It seemed infectious, if a tad presumptuous.

    Either way, the man was waiting, and Cadione could not just sit there forever contemplating matters. He owed this man something. He was, after all, a man of God, employed to shed light. Or at least to point the way to the light switch.

    "Being certain of one's place in life does indeed bring one happiness," Cadione said.

    "I knew you could understand, Padre! You have no idea how good it is to speak to someone who really understands. Sometimes I feel like I'm ready to burst and no one around me understands. You do understand, don't you?"

    "Yes." Cadione nodded instinctively, grinning, still surprised by the man's passion.

    "Exactly! People like you and I may have all the wealth in the world, but it's this other thing that is really the magic of life."


    "Nothing compares. Nothing at all. Am I right?"

    "Yes." A small chuckle escaped Cadione's lips. Goodness, he was starting to feel as though he were being led into a trap with this long string of yeses. There could be no doubting the man's sincerity. Or his passion, for that matter. On the other hand, the man might very well have lost his reason. Become eccentric, even senile. Cadione had seen it happen to plenty of people in the man's social strata.

    The visitor leaned forward with a sparkle in his eyes. He spoke in a hushed voice now. "Have you ever seen it, Padre?"

    "Seen what?" He knew he sounded far too much like a young boy sitting wide eyed at the instruction of a wise father, but Cadione was powerless to stop himself.

    "The great reality behind all things." The man lifted his eyes past Cadione to a painting of God's hand reaching out to a man's on the wall behind. "The hand of God." He nodded at the painting, and the priest twisted in his seat.

    "God's hand? Yes, I see it every day. Everywhere I look."

    "Yes, of course. But I mean really see, Padre? Have you actually seen him do things? Not something you believe he might have done. Like, Lookie there, I do believe God has opened up a parking spot near the door for us, Honey. But have you really seen God do something before your eyes?"

    The man's exuberance reignited the tingle in Cadione's spine. If the man had lost his sensibilities, perhaps he had found something better. Of course, even if God did have his fingers down here on Earth stirring the pot, people couldn't just open their eyes and see it. He pictured a large thumb and forefinger picking up a car and moving it to allow a van easy parking.

    "Actually, I can't say that I have."

    "Well, I know someone who has. I know someone who does."

    A silence settled. The visitor stared at him with those piercing baby blues. But the eyes were not the eyes of a madman. Padre Cadione drew on the pipe, but it had lost its fire and he was rewarded with nothing but stale air.

    "You do, huh?"

    "I do." The man leaned back again, smiling softly. "And I have seen. Would you like to see, Padre?"

    There was a magic in the man's words. A mystery that spoke of truth. He swallowed and leaned back, once again matching the visitor's posture. It occurred to him that he had not actually responded to the man's question.

    "It might change your world," the man said.

    "Yes. I'm sorry, I was ... uh ..."

    "Well then." The man drew a deep breath and crossed his legs once again. "Open your mind, my friend. Wide open. Can you do that?"

    "Yes ... Yes, I suppose."

    "Good. I have a story for you."

    The visitor took another deep breath, thoroughly satisfied with himself, it seemed, and he began.

Meet the Author

Since 1997, Ted Dekker has written full-time. He states that each time he writes, he finds his understanding of life and love just a little clearer and his expression of that understanding a little more vivid. Dekker's body of work includes Heaven's Wager, When Heaven Weeps, Thunder of Heaven, Blessed Child, A Man Called Blessed, Blink, Thr3e, The Circle Series: Black, Red, White, Green (a prequel), and Obsessed.

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Heaven's Wager 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
jwilmo44 More than 1 year ago
With this book, I believe that Ted Dekker is trying to display to the readers two important aspects. First and foremost, he displays the truth of God and His existence. There are many occasions when Dekker uses visions and miracles in his books to display God's existence, he does so in this novel as well. He also shows readers the importance of being a prayer warrior for neighbors and friends in need. Helen Jovic is an amazing example of this in Heaven's Wager. For those aspects alone, I believe that any reader, Christian or non-Christian, ought to read this book. It is an excellent example of God's love for each of His children. I give this novel a four out of five, only because Dekker does not go into as much detail as he does in some of his other novels. The ending is fantastic to this book, which is why I give it a four.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Heaven's wager is the story of a man whose life is thrown into chaos by a series of bad events. In Heaven, a 'wager' is made about the man's destiny. Will he turn to evil as Satan believes he will, or can God find a way to make something good of the man's life? By the end of the story all the spirit realm is viewing the events of this one man's life. Heaven's Wager is a brilliant book-- a true masterpiece of Christian fiction. It will go down with the works of C.S. Lewis and Frank Peretti. Frank Peretti, by the way, endorses 'Heaven's Wager' on the front and back cover. If the author of 'This Present Darkness' and the master of Christian fiction in our time, endorses the book, you know it's got to be good. I HIGHLY recommend Heaven's Wager. The suspense will nearly kill you, but you will enjoy the book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of my favorite reads ever. What happens in this book could happen to absolutely anyone. The characters and plot are very believable. It shows you that God works in ways that may not be expected by us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not one Ted ' s best works. It was kinda dry in spots and confusing in a couple areas. Yet it did hold my attention and even inspired me to pray more and not give up when praying for someone. Read the book it is not a waste of time.
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PastorTerry More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend! A great picture of the heavenly battle that goes on for our souls!
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Sanders More than 1 year ago
This life-changing story dives deep into the invisible realm of spiritual warfare and the battle for our souls. Dekker does a fantastic job, especially in this novel of heartbreak, pulling the reader into the main character and feeling his emotions. This is a redemption story about a man rebelling against God, who has suffered unendurable loss, as well as a page-turning crime novel. Heaven's Wager is a perfect blend of passion and suspense. You will "find yourself pondering it for months to come," from the back of the book, is no exaggeration. A truly remarkable book. Anyone who has read This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness will absolutely love this book!
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Liam_Montmorency More than 1 year ago
Heaven's Wager After reading this book I thought for hours about the main character's morals. Heavens Wager is a great book which is an amazing work of art. Ted Dekker is a master of writing, interweaving morals and Christianity together to make a majestic work of literature. I strongly suggest this book to read. Heaven's Wager is a story about a man named Kent Anthony. He has a nice life with his wife and son. The only difference in his life and any other businessman is his mother in law. She thinks she can talk to God. And all of that is all about to change. It is the most unexpected change of his life. Kent, a computer programmer, has made a computer program called "Rooster" that protects against viruses. It is a breakthrough in technology and it is all his.so he thinks. He hopes no one finds out. After his boss hints that he found out, he goes home and hopes for the best. Little does he know, his wife is ill. The next day he goes to work worried, and he feels bad already. His boss doesn't say anything, so he goes on with his work. After half a day he gets a phone call from the hospital. His wife is in the intensive care unit. He is devastated. He goes into denial when she dies, and he goes to work. At work he finds out his boss took the fame and fortune of his program. A few days later, his 10 year old son is killed in a wreck. He thinks it is time to run from his problems. I loved this book, so I can't give the ending away, but he does some bad things and God forgives him. As you see, I am shying from the details, so you can read this masterpiece of literature for yourself. I may be biased because I like Ted Dekker, but that means nothing. I think everyone should read this book. It inspired me and hopefully it will inspire all who read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was floored by this book. I cried several times while reading it. It was fascinating how Dekker wrote about Heaven and God's interaction with Helen. It shows the power of God and His love to overwhelm darkness. If you read no other Christian fiction book, please read this. It will leave an impression on you, I'm sure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again Ted Dekker has won me over and impressed me beyond words with his writing. I started reading Ted Dekker with his circle trilogy and enjoyed it so much I started reading his earlier works, such as Heaven's Wager. From the beginning I was hooked. The story was fast paced, full of surprises and orginial. Not only that, but at the end of the book I found myself weeping. A man who 'has it all' but loses everything fights for a personal justice. In the end He is broken and realizes that what He really never had was an understanding of God's overwhelming love. It is at this point of no return, that He finds true redemption. Amazing! Read it but buy two. Give one to a friend!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ted Dekker has an insight into Heaven that is far beyond anything I have ever read. This story shows the true mercy and love of a Heavenly Father that cares about his creation more than they could ever imagine. Because of his wonderful way of telling a story and his obvious relationship with God, Ted Dekker has become my new favorite author.