The Twilight Gospel: The Spiritual Roots of the Stephenie Meyer Vampire Saga

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The blockbuster Twilight Saga is being read by teenager and adult alike. These powerful novels are gaining even more popularity as the movies hit theaters. But what should a Christian response be? And is there a helpful way to approach a teenager or young adult captivated with the books without alienating her?

Dave Roberts read The Twilight Saga and while he appreciated the literary qualities, there werealso parts that troubled him. As he considered the books as a whole and ...

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Overview

The blockbuster Twilight Saga is being read by teenager and adult alike. These powerful novels are gaining even more popularity as the movies hit theaters. But what should a Christian response be? And is there a helpful way to approach a teenager or young adult captivated with the books without alienating her?

Dave Roberts read The Twilight Saga and while he appreciated the literary qualities, there werealso parts that troubled him. As he considered the books as a whole and spoke to teenagers who read them, he saw the need for a resource. In The Twilight Gospel Dave brings to bear a Biblical lens showing that while there are important moral and spiritual lessons to be learned, there is also a promotion of a non-Christian worldview. He addresses such topics as the cult of beauty, the appeal of the self-disciplined vampire Edward, life after death, the use of myths and legends, sexuality, personal spiritual power, and the lure of materialism.

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781854249760
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 12/23/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet 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.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2010

    Waste of Money- Piece of ....

    Roberts might have read Twilight, but he like so many others I've come across just doesn't get the deeper meaning of the books. His premiss that the books promote a Non-Christian worldview is ludicrous! I was raised to be a devout Christian and that included mastering self-discipline (not letting your base appetites rule you), developing personal spiritual power through prayer, scripture reading and church attendance, life after death and what God has in store for use, and understanding the lure and pitfalls of materialism, self worship and beauty, and understanding God's gift of sexuality and how to cherish that gift and not abuse it. If that is what is viewed as "Non-Christian" today, then I think I'ld rather become a hermit.

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  • Posted April 27, 2010

    Just enjoy a good book and leave it at that!

    To be honest. I go crazy when people try to pick apart a good book to try to find 'deeper' meaning.
    Just read the book, enjoy the story, character and everything that goes with it.

    I fought myself at first about reading Stephanie Meyer's Twilight Series. 'It's about vampires and I don't believe in vampire.' But I finally let myself read the book. I'm glad I did because it was exceptionally written and just a great story!

    Now, am I off to find a vampire or a werewolf in my local forest? NO! Come on people, it was a asotry. Just enjoy it and leave it at that.

    I was able to relax and allow myself to enjoy Stephanie's series because I am secure with who I am in Christ. I know that the story was completely make believe. I know that I personally do not believe that those creatures really exsist. I don't have to read into anything more than the words on pages that Stephanie wrote. I got out of the book a great story and an incredible journey. Nothing more. Nothing less.

    If you are one who like to find the hidden messages or deeper meaning in things, than this book is great to help you do that with the Twilight series. If you just like to enjoy a great story and are secure about who and what you believe in, then this book is not for you. It's not for me!

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

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    Both the good and the bad

    For a short book, this book inspired a lot of thoughts and wasn't what I was expecting. I have to admit to not being that good about reading blurbs about books. I hate to know too much ahead of time so I try to read as little as possible. If I read too much it is like seeing too many previews for a movie and then seeing it and realizing that you already saw all the funny parts.




    When I started this book I was glad to see that the author stated that he planned to both praise and raise questions about Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga. If it had been all criticisms I would have been put off from the beginning. It was also helpful that he included a synopsis of the four books in chapter one for either readers who hadn't read the whole series or ones whose reading of it had been a while ago (like me). One of the things he called into question a number of times was improper sexuality. But Edward and Bella wait until marriage to have sex. He felt they went too far in their desires. As for the other couples in the Cullen household, they all act as if they are married but I don't know if they actually are or not, I can't recall and he doesn't mention it. He suggests that we use vampire mythology to explore morality when not using the claims of conventional religion.




    He suggests that Meyers is asking her readers to look more closely at their own lives, their religion an their spirituality. He has a while section on clumsiness syndrome which I don't totally buy into. But in chapter three he points out that the duckling becomes a swan and the pun of it hit me when I read it, don't know why i never saw it before. He also seems to think that Meyers is telling her reader that there is a need to aspire to physical beauty (like the vampires) to have a good life. Also he finds fault with Alice and her buying, her consumerism with buying clothes and cars and her conspicuous consumption is seen as a good thing. He feels that Twilight celebrates the pursuit of having the ability to possess items and links that to a sense of self-worth and well-being. he sees it as endorsing and worshiping money. I saw this in a different way. The type of spending the Cullen's, and especially Alice, are able to do is impossible for me and I'm not even sure I would want to be able to spend like that but to me that makes this a fairy tale for teenagers and Alice is the Fairy Godmother granting the wishes that she decrees for her family. The money may have been unfairly attained, as the author states, by her psychic gifts but she is putting it right back into the economy which may actually help with jobs and such.




    Back to the authors take on sexuality in the book, one of the things he finds fault with is that the reason Edward and Bella wait to have sex isn't because they believe it is morally wrong but because he is afraid of hurting her. To me, whatever the reason that they showed restraint should be applauded. With so many examples in popular culture today of teenagers having sex it was nice to see a committed couple who care deeply for one another, who plan to spend the rest of their lives which will be much longer than a normal life span together, waiting to take their relationship to it's most physical until after it has been consecrated by a church.
    This book was provided by LitFuse Blog tours for review purposes

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