The Girl behind the Red Rope

The Girl behind the Red Rope

by Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker

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Ted Dekker is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, with over ten million copies sold worldwide. He was born in the jungles of Indonesia to missionary parents, and his upbringing as a stranger in a fascinating and sometimes frightening culture fueled his imagination. Dekker's passion is simple—to explore truth through mind-bending stories that invite readers to see the world through a different lens. His fiction has been honored with numerous awards, including two Christy Awards, two Inspy Awards, an RT Reviewers' Choice Award, and an ECPA Gold Medallion. In 2013, NPR readers nationwide put him in the Top 50 Thriller Authors of All Time. Dekker lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Lee Ann.

Rachelle Dekker is the Christy Award-winning author of The Choosing, The Calling, and The Returning in the Seer series. The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle was inspired early on to discover truth through the avenue of storytelling. She writes full-time from her home in Nashville, where she lives with her husband, Daniel, and their son, Jack. Connect with Rachelle at www.rachelledekker.com.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800736538
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 33,287
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Ted Dekker is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of more than 40 novels, with over 10 million copies sold worldwide. He was born in the jungles of Indonesia to missionary parents, and his upbringing as a stranger in a fascinating and sometimes frightening culture fueled his imagination. Dekker's passion is simple—to explore truth through mind-bending stories that invite readers to see the world through a different lens. His fiction has been honored with numerous awards, including two Christy Awards, two Inspy Awards, an RT Reviewers' Choice Award, and an ECPA Gold Medallion. In 2013, NPR readers nationwide put him in the Top 50 Thriller Authors of All Time. Dekker lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Lee Ann.

Rachelle Dekker is the Christy Award-winning author of The Choosing, The Calling, and The Returning in the Seer series. The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle was inspired early on to discover truth through the avenue of storytelling. She writes full-time from her home in Nashville, where she lives with her husband, Daniel, and their son, Jack. Connect with Rachelle at www.rachelledekker.com.

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The Girl behind the Red Rope 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
Shadowplay4u 11 hours ago
This story lit a fire that burned the haze around my eyes that I didn’t even know was there. Nothing prepared me for plunging into this world and watching it smolder before my eyes. Life is rarely as it seems, but these words carefully and lovingly placed on these pages made my heart ache and my mind race. It brought to light questions that terrified and delighted me, and I was left a bit of a mess while I figured things out. The revelations, terror, and passion that breathes within these pages will burn down your mind, heart, and soul until all that is left is you. The raw and real version of you. It will either comfort you immensely or leave you in a state of sheer panic.
Rayleigh 10 days ago
How well can you recognize a false preaching? If it’s done in “God’s name”, is that truly enough to believe and obey it? The Girl Behind the Red Rope is another incredible tale written by the master of suspense: Ted Dekker, accompanied this time, by his daughter Rachelle Dekker. And I have to say, I pounced on the book without even reading what it’s about. I’ve been waiting for another Dekker book for a while, and this cover alone is enough to promise excitement. I also really enjoyed Rachelle’s series when they came out, so I was excited to see she had teamed up with her father! The synopsis is very vague so I wasn’t sure what I would encounter within the pages of this suspense novel. Is it an end of the world novel? Based on Revelations? What could The Girl Behind the Red Rope actually be? I had no idea until I finally turned the pages. What was inside surprised me. A book about Grace; literally and figuratively…God’s grace, and a girl named Grace. But more than that, it’s about the battles between love and fear. How crippling and binding fear can be in our lives, and how powerful and freeing God’s unconditional love is! It’s a book that speaks out against false preaching and false gospels, all the while creating a story that twists around corners and presents scenarios both chilling and inspiring. I have always loved Dekker’s books because though his stories are phenomenal, there is always a deeper meaning and message that can be found throughout his stories. The Girl Behind the Red Rope was no exception! But what surprised me was how docile the suspense was and how clear and loud the message was, as compared to previous Dekker books. This book didn’t baffle me near to any extent as the Outlaw Chronicles had, for example, though it did remind me of Water Walker (2nd book in the Outlaw series) to a certain degree. I didn’t experience the same aghast or helpless feelings that I have grown to expect in selecting a book by Ted Dekker, and I actually found much of the plot to be predictable…something I never thought I’d say about a Dekker book! But, the story was enthralling! Dealing with spiritual warfare in a hidden valley in Tennessee with people who believe the world has ended? It was an exciting read no doubt! It just fell a little short of my expectations in the suspense and surprise department. So, overall, I give The Girl Behind the Red Rope 4 out of 5 stars and do recommend it as a great story with a powerful message, just be warned that it’s not quite as intense as some of his other books. There is a good deal of emotional suspense, terrifying creatures, and action that results in mild descriptions of wounds and death. There is no sexual content, though there are mentions of a wife attending her husband’s house for scheduled meetings to conceive a child (part of their culture), though nothing is shown or spoken about in any detail. There is no distasteful language either. I received this book from Revell for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own. This is a LiteratureApproved.com Review.
MelissaF 15 days ago
Not sure why I have never read anything by Ted or Rachel Dekker but I'm sure glad I finally have. What a great book. So many questions, I had no idea what was really going on, who Grace could really trust? Who was speaking the truth or twisting it? I had my suspicions but it was convincing and I think that it the point. We have to be careful who we believe and what we believe. There are moments of heart-pounding action, I was on the edge of my seat reading and moment of reflection, but never a dull moment. If you like books that a bit different then I highly recommend this read. A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own.
DarkWolf707 19 days ago
I can’t say I’ve ever been a fan of Dekker’s writing. I tried reading one book of his years ago and just couldn’t get into it. But when I saw that he and his daughter were writing this one and read the premise, I thought I would go ahead and give it a try. Turned out the story was both better than I thought, but also not quite meeting my expectations. The writing is flawless. You’re pulled into the character’s thoughts effortlessly, the details are perfect with conjuring the scene without bogging you down with too much. For the story itself, I found it intriguing. Yes, it’s your standard religious community that believes only by keeping to themselves and abiding by a list of rules as long as Santa’s list that they keep themselves holy and safe. So they live in fear, scared to step out of line, scared to really know God. To them, He’s just this powerful being in the sky waiting to unleash the Furies upon them that are already ravaging the world, should they break a rule. When they finally hear the message that God loves them, that they are supposed to be His light, it’s something they almost can’t accept. This part I enjoyed reading, especially how Grace’s eyes were opened to God’s love and she learned how to let go of the fear binding her. That the very monsters she and everyone were scared of were their own creations. Overall, I enjoyed the story. I was expecting more of a dystopian or supernatural slant, which I feel would have helped it. As it was, it was more of a tease. The great evil haunting everyone, the terrible Furies, felt like a dream that the people of Haven Valley woke up from once they entered the real world once more. If you’re looking for a pretty decent read with a great message, I recommend grabbing this book. As far as being very memorable, or going deeper into things, it never really reaches that level. But the excellent writing and quick pacing help make up for it. Verdict: Buy. (I received a free copy of the book from the publisher and author from the blogging program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.)
LisetteRue 20 days ago
When I began this inspirational fiction novel by father-daughter duo Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker, I was thinking, "It’s about a cult." Then I thought, "It’s a supernatural cult," because that is what it felt like. It didn’t feel like an apocalypse so much as an ultra-dramatic world where all types of fear have manifested itself into corporeal form, even if not always seen. I typically love fantasy novels, but I found myself struggling with the pacing. I simply couldn’t fully engage with the novel, but I expect I’m in the minority there. The way the Fury present is a thought-provoking idea, and the plot is stimulating. The examination of obedience and faith from the perspective of a brainwashed group in this fictional setting was interesting, but I also can’t imagine not knowing I can think for myself without retribution or punishment. And that’s where my struggle with this book lies, so I’ll be grateful that I can be free-thinking. --Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
LifeofLiterature 20 days ago
I really like Ted Dekker’s writing because he always crafts stories that take deep concepts of faith and turns them into allegorical masterpieces. And although I have not read his daughter’s work yet, she is also clearly a talented author! This particular story is about darkness and light and the fear that binds us. I love how I was questioning everything about each new character, never knowing the true enemy. The story keeps you guessing and really makes you think! There are certainly dark aspects to the plot and there is also very little romance. But for a book with a complex plot that has lots of suspense, this story is well written and executed! I recommend it! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Blooming-with-Books 20 days ago
Intriguing Dekker & Dekker collaboration... The Girl Behind the Red Rope By Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker Let's just say that this book has a certain creepy factor that one comes to expect from Ted Dekker's work. And the opening chapter with Sylous making an appearance to the faithful of Holy Family Church of Clarksville, Tennessee, just smacks of something sinister. But are the impressions of this sighting by then six-year-old Grace accurate or distorted by her youthful views? Thirteen years have passed and Grace finds herself living in the safety of Haven Valley the secluded valley to which Rose lead them more than a decade ago. As long as they stay behind the red rope that marks the boundary of their safe haven they will be safe from the plague that has and is decimating the outside world. But they have rules that they must follow - rules that will keep them safe - rules to ensure that they stay pure. But when the boundaries that they have always followed are broken just what price will they have to pay to restore their faith and to lay their doubts aside? The Girl Behind the Red Rope is an intriguing read. One could in a way see oneself in just such a similar situation. What does one surround oneself with for protection from the world around us? What does one let fear drive one to do? It is in such a world that Grace finds herself and now finds herself in conflict with. Is color wrong? Is the feeling of emotion a sin? Is illness an outward manifestation of hidden sin? This book while entertaining also makes one think deeper about what we do in our own lives. Have we created a prison of our own making created out of our fears? Can coming into the light of truth shatter the lies that have walled us in? If you are looking for a book that is more than words upon a page that offers different layers of depth you won't want to miss this one. This would make a fantastic book club selection with some many potential topics for discussion. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations but that I offer my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own.
angelroman 20 days ago
Having read Rachelle’s first YA series and many of Ted’s books I was excited when I learned they were releasing a book written by them. The idea of this book, according to Rachelle, was born from those “what if” moments with her husband. If you have read some books by Ted Dekker then you will know this book is a perfect fit for him. For a moment I thought the story was like M. Night Shyamalan’s movie The Village, but the similarities ended when I really understood the background and intended message of the story. If you like any of both Dekker’s books, you need to graba copy of The Girl Behind the Red Rope. I received this book from Revell in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Librarycataloger 22 days ago
This book is not the typical Christian fiction that I normally read! The father and daughter writing team of Ted and Rachelle Dekker have created an intriguing tale of Grace and Jamie and the thirteen years that they have lived "behind the red rope" in a secluded community in the hills of Tennessee. Grace was six when she witnessed the appearance of an angel named Sylvanus and what was the beginning of their separation from the outside world. Now, thirteen years later, her brother Jamie begins to question as he secretly begins to slip beyond the perimeter of the red rope to view the outside world. Grace fears that he will be discovered and that they both will be ejected from this place that they call home. It is only when her father and a young boy show up that Grace begins to find errors in much of what she's been told and she has her own questions that need answering! The Girl Behind the Red Rope shows how fear can control our lives and how the best intentions can be destroyed by this emotion. I found this to be a fascinating story with intriguing characters and even though I have many questions I do see that love is the central theme among the symbolism used by the authors. The members of this group were like many people: they thought that they must be perfect to earn God's love but we know that perfection isn't possible and that God loves all of us. It is His Grace and Jesus's sacrifice that makes our redemption possible. The Girl Behind the Red Rope has certainly made me think and it is a book that I want to read again, if only to gain more insight! I received a copy of this book from Revell but a positive reiew was not required. These are my honest thoughts.
J_Augustine 22 days ago
What is real...and what isn't??? So, it's been a long time since I've read a Ted Dekker book, a really long time, but the title of this one, The Girl Behind The Red Rope, really caught my eye as did the fact that he co-authored it with his daughter, Rachelle Dekker. I haven't read any of her books as of yet but I was curious to find out how well the two would mesh. They did. Seamlessly. If you've ever read a Ted Dekker book you'll know that he's the king of creepy in the Christian fiction world and from The Girl Behind The Red Rope it's easy to see that Rachelle Dekker is following in her dad's footsteps. Trust me, this tale of one girl and her family trapped in a cult and controlled by fear is definitely up there on the weirdness scale. I know that this book has some allegory to it but I have to confess that I've never really 'gotten' allegory. So, other than saying that a main theme in the book is breaking free of our fears, especially from religious driven fear, well, I'm afraid that anything after that missed me. I can tell you, however, that The Girl Behind The Red Rope is a riveting tale. Hard to put down, I finished it in record time for a Dekker book. Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker have a winning combination together and I sincerely hope to see more collaborations from them in the future... (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
Virginiaw 22 days ago
This is a book of science fiction and a bit of fantasy and a bit of Christianity. What happens when someone is part of a religion and has visions of a savior. This person gets everyone to believe that they are all in danger unless they conform in a certain way. If they conform than they will be saved someday. This is a bit of the premise for this book. This story made me laugh and cry. There are lots of hidden meanings throughout the story. This flows very nicely. I loved the characters. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
HeidiMitt 22 days ago
I love all of the Dekker books, and I was really excited to read this newest adventure. As I began, I was excited to find the writing to be more real than some of the more science-fiction-type reads that I have enjoyed in the past. It is definitely a sign of a great author to be able to change stories enough that the reader can be immersed in different and exciting adventures that are written using a variety of perspectives. I loved how the majority of the book was very allegorical, meaning that one could see the symbolism used to portray the differences between religion and Christianity. I have been constantly remembering and re-remembering that fear is a liar, and this book does a great job of showing how we can so easily become slaves to our fear and serve that fear rather than the One who offers True Love. As in all of the Dekker books, there are exciting twists and turns, and they make the reader want to learn more and find out what happens next. I have found, however, that with a few of Ted's books, I am quite a sensitive reader, in that the trials that the main character faces are sometimes harder for me to stomach than others. This is one of those books that was harder for me to stomach during the trials. I have thoughtfully considered what is so different about this one, and I think it is the blossoming relationship that Grace had with her mother that made this particular scene so difficult for me. In the past, I have also had difficulty with Ted's books that have dealt with the death of children, so this may also be the culprit. In any case, I did not enjoy that part of the book, nor did I find it necessary to make the point of the book. But I can see that some readers would find it to be a way to enhance Grace's suffering and prove that God's love can and will blossom through suffering. Overall, I do recommend The Girl Behind the Red Rope, but I would caution readers who may be sensitive.
Anonymous 24 days ago
Dooms day, cults, religious thriller? Not the typical book you’d see me reading or sharing here, but The Girl Behind the Red Rope had me at the book description (which you can read below) and then the first few pages totally captivated my attention. I both read the hard copy and listened through Audible and neither format disappointed. This father-daughter duo, Ted and Rachelle Dekker, really knocked it out of the park. Both are acclaimed and award winning authors. The narrative flows smoothly yet is intricately woven, the characters are well developed. They are interesting and relatable, relatable in a way you almost don’t what to acknowledge given their circumstances. As I was reading I was reminded of books like The Giver and Hunger Games, it was oddly intriguing to consider a “compound of people” who are so, dare I say, brainwashed into living such a secluded and limited life. The internal questioning begins immediately and has you waiting with baited breath to see how leaders and the main characters will respond to their questions, the answers they discover and what they are being lead to believe. It challenges religion (versus faith), left me thinking all kinds of things (don’t you love a book that leaves you pondering it for weeks after. It was truly a page turner and I highly recommend it. As I eluded to, this is not the typical book I select to read, and I have taken a bit of a break from “reviewing” as I was really wanting to pick up some of my “to be read” list. But, I just couldn’t resist this book and I’m so glad I didn’t. It took me out of my reading comfort zone and into a whole new world, and genre. A bit spooky and totally the perfect fall read to cozy up under a blanket and get immersed in. I hope you will consider it! Thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book, all the opinions I shared here are my own.
amybooksy 24 days ago
The Girl Behind the Red Rope is a little different of a read I normally read. That being said, I thought it was refreshing to reading something unique. This is one of those books that made me think and take my time to read. I was intrigued right from the start and stayed that way until the end. I give The Girl Behind the Red Rope four and a half stars. I am recommending it to other readers who enjoy a thought provoking and clean read. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Docbobm 24 days ago
I really was interested in this book as I had read books by the co-author, Ted Decker, though not by Rachelle Decker the other author. Was the book good, in its own way, yes. It however was not what I have come to expect from Mr. Decker. In fact, his style is no where near evident. I am curious how much of this he authored. First up, I am not a politically correct person, but the 'girl' in the title is a bit misleading. When we first meet her, Grace is a child, but that lasts a chapter. After that she is a grown woman. She is 'married' and pregnant. The title should reflect that, but that is a minor point. Is the book good, in it's own way, but it is not what I would call a never put it down book. In fact I put it down often. The characters appeared to be stereotypical caricatures of Christianity. The questioning person, Grace, our hero, is right to question all that is going on. Her brother starts that way but ends up not questioning. The rest of the people, both seen and unseen, are representations of where many people are in their faith. I was waiting for the Jesus figure to appear, and I was not disappointed. The only surprise was who it was. That was not a big one for me, as I saw no other reason to create this one person for the story. The whole thing was a bit predictable. That may be why I did not enjoy it as much as I wanted to. The story was meant as an allegory, like maybe, C.S. Lewis's books. So many people may enjoy it if they are of the questioning mind about being a follower of Christ. That and the message that love will cast out fear are the two things that give this book the rating I gave it. Christian book, no sex scenes. Violence, there is a taking of a life but done in a non-violent way, though I would be hesitant to let young people read it, your millage may vary. Fans of Decker may or may not like it. I received and e-copy of the book through Net Stacks, the publisher and the Interviews and Reviews web site. This has been an honest review.
HisFireFly 26 days ago
Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker are the father/daughter duo that co-authored the most nerve rattling novel I have read in a long time, The Girl Behind the Red Rope. The hills of Tennessee is the hiding place for an extreme, religious community that believes that following impossibly strict rules will keep them faultless, pure and ready for the world to come. Doubters, wanderers and strangers can not be tolerated. Life is lived within a perimeter marked by a red rope. In this fear based world, it becomes impossible to tell the wolves from the sheep, the darkness from true light. I read the book aloud to my husband as we travelled long hours cross country. There were many times we were sad to have to take refuelling breaks, so caught up were we in the story. If you'd like a calm easy read, pass on this book; but if you want to be challenged, baffled and engaged, don't miss The Girl Behind the Red Rope. An advanced reader edition of this book has been provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous 27 days ago
I have been following Ted Dekker and his daughter Rachel through all their writings. They have a way of making you "see" the truth in a simple and beautiful way. Fear is the target for this novel and I believe it is something we all struggle with in our faith walk. Read The Girl Behind the Red Rope and see how LOVE can change your world.
DarleneLTurner 28 days ago
Ten years ago, Grace and her family experience a life-changing event that stayed etched in their minds. Now living with their religious community behind the red rope, they are ruled by certain laws and if they break them . . . the consequences are severe. When her curious brother starts exploring beyond their boundaries to see what the world is like outside the ropes, Grace helps him but they soon pay for their decisions. They get caught up in good vs evil and struggle with who they can trust. Will Grace find her path in life or will it be decided for her? The Girl Behind the Red Rope caught my attention from page one and held it throughout. Ted Dekker never fails to create mind-boggling fiction and teaming up with his daughter Rachelle proved to be a powerful combination! I love the good vs evil battle in this book. It leaves the reader with lots to think about. Who do we put our trust in? The One who created us or in someone posing as a sheep? The imagery used throughout puts the reader right into the community the authors have created. You can picture the town and its buildings, plus the areas outside the red rope boundaries. The emotional mastery is amazing and pulls the reader in. The characters were well crafted. Some you love, some not so much. The plot was well thought out and kept me reading. This duo are master storytellers and it shows in this novel. I certainly hope they continue to team up. I give The Girl Behind the Red Rope five stars. Hold onto your hat as you might lose it on this ride! **Book has been provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications and Revell in exchange for my honest review.
speschau 28 days ago
It’s amazing how God uses themes for a season. My small group is currently processing the question, “what if your perception of freedom was the one thing keeping you imprisoned?” In the Girl Behind the Red Rope, Ted and Rachelle Dekker have tackled that very question by contrasting the spirit of religion with truly living by faith in the light and love of the Father. Fear holds us back and we all struggle with it, whether we are long time believers or new followers. Our fears are best described in this quote which really grabbed my attention, convicted and challenged me. “My Fury didn’t have faces, but if they did, they would all be versions of me, and for the first time I truly understood them for what they were. My self-pity, my anxiousness, my anger, my hopelessness, my judgement, my self-criticism, my worthlessness, my victimhood, my self-righteousness, my disapproval of others, my fear of being deceived, my need to control any situation, my guilt…” Such a timely message and a good reminder to set fear aside and choose faith – abiding in the light and the love of the Father and Author of themes.
Anonymous 29 days ago
An invigorating read that sheds light on our deepest fears. Step past the red rope and meet the girl that will surely undo your earthly sanity!
amandainpa 3 months ago
2 1/2 stars. In a lot of ways, this story reminded me of the film, The VIllage, which was a movie that I loved. A group of people living off the grid to avoid the terrifying Furies that are lurking outside the red rope that circles the perimeter of the compound. I enjoyed the story but for some reason I had a difficult time connecting with the characters. I’ve found that fictional stories about spiritual warfare can be difficult to pull off. I didn’t find this one to be well done. I loved the atmospheric quality to the story but the plot was somewhat lacking. Overall, this was a book that I was not bored by but I wasn’t a huge fan of it. I received this book from the publisher to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This book is amazing. I read it in 3 days, probably could have done it quicker if I didn't have adult responsibilities. The story has a typical Dekker approach in that you will be sucked it and cannot get out of reading it. It will leave you wanting more and will end with a bittersweet note at the end. This duo does a great job of weaving the characters into real life scenarios and grips you into caring deeply for them. The masterful twists and turns will leave you asking questions throughout until the final pages give the full clarity you needed to understand the grand scope of the story. Thank you Dekker family for your masterful skill of writing and telling tales. Worth every penny and worth looking into other books by these two.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Such an amazing read! I have been a Ted Dekker fan for years, but reading a piece he created with his daughter was a real treat. This book can be a little uncomfortable as fundamental truths about fear unfold, but the journey is 100% worth it!
connywithay 3 months ago
“Please listen to wisdom, Grace. Don’t do this!” Bobbie begs the girl in Ted and Rachelle Dekker’s novel, The Girl Behind the Red Rope. ~ What ~ This three-hundred-and-thirty-six-page hardbound targets those who enjoy allegories of being the light in a dark world. With the words heck and hell used a few times, adult topics may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes both authors’ biographies and advertisements. In this fast-paced read often written in first person, Grace has grown up only knowing that their community is protected from the evil Fury by the red rope that surrounds Haven Valley. Protected by spiritual leader Rose and her angel Sylous, the remote town must abide with all rules to survive. When outsiders cross over the red rope, Grace questions not only the required ways of living, but she wonders if the residents are following the wrong path to redemption. With her own spiritual guide to help her, she must have the wisdom and fortitude to understand the difference between fear and the light of love. ~ Why ~ Having read several of both authors’ works, I was pleased how well written this story was and that it focused on the Truth of Jesus while living in love without fear. The reader will immediately become engaged with the protagonist who is trying to listen to her heart and head while her subconscious of good and evil crave for her attention. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus may not have any interest in a book about how legalism can blind believers. Some who do not care for allegories about learning to overcome fear and cleave to the Light of Christ will pass on it. With the complicated back and forth of trying to figure out who is right and who is wrong when it comes to the Real God, the book often gets confusing. I found the theme repetitive of similar books written by Ted. ~ Wish ~ While I appreciate the connection of fear and guilt to encompassing one’s life as they struggle to relate to God, I question if the eternal plan of salvation was clearly stated for an unbeliever reading the book. I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. ~ Want ~ If you like a story about overcoming one’s chronic fear and guilt of the constant rules of religion, this may be a good selection as it verifies that those in Christ are His light of the world. Thanks to Revell for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
SemmieWise 3 months ago
** “You think it will save you, but fear can’t save you. Only love can, and God is love. You can choose the light, which shows itself as love, or you can choose darkness, which shows itself as fear. Not both.” ** Father-daughter dynamic duo Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker have come together to write an incredible novel, “The Girl Behind the Red Rope,” a tale of love and fear, light and darkness. Thirteen years after the Holy Family Church were given a prophecy of a great cleansing scourge upon the earth, the members now live in the secluded Haven Valley, with a red rope surrounding the community to protect if from the Furies, death and hell itself. They must never, ever cross that red boundary. They are a people who believe fear protects them — their fear of the law will keep them pure and delivered from all evil. But when Grace helps her brother sneak outside the community’s perimeter — and a visitor from their past with a special little boy arrives — everything changes. Grace must sort through the truths and the lies, and overcome her fear and guilt to save herself and those she loves. The Dekkers once again deliver an incredibly mind-blowing, thought-provoking, soul-searching novel with “The Girl Behind the Red Rope.” It will grip you at your very core, changing the way you see yourself and the world. (“There’s light and love seen in true sight, which we call the kingdom. And there’s darkness and fear experienced in blindness, which we can call the world.”) Readers will definitely pick up on influences of both Ted and Rachelle’s storytelling, like a mysterious boy full of love and light; a strong woman overcoming adversity to find her true self; and a mysteriously powerful waterfall. “The Girl Behind the Red Rope” deals with so many huge themes: the power that following others blindly and brainwashing can have; overcoming shame, regret and loneliness; searching for buried treasure in the darkest of places; and we can only serve one master. The major themes of the Dekkers’ novel is darkness versus light — we are the light of the world and darkness cannot exist in the light — and there is no fear in love. (“The biggest lie is that fear will keep you safe in the darkness, but fear is the darkness.”) There is some mature subject matter in the book, so I would not recommend for younger readers until parents have had a chance to read it for themselves. Fans of authors like Frank Peretti, Travis Thrasher and Shawn Smucker, series like “Left Behind,” or films like “The Village” will love this story. This was an incredible book and I hope this father and daughter team will collaborate again! Five stars out of five. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.