Thursday, April 15, 2010

Review: The Twilight Gospel by Dave Roberts (blog tour)

About The Book:
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.
My Thoughts:
I am a Twi-Hard fans my dear readers, so when this came up for review I had to check it out.
It was an interesting read to say the least. Now, I love Twilight for the entertainment factor. That's always been it for me, so I won't go into all the other arguments about the series. This book sheds a whole different light on the story which may give others a new perspective.
Not only does this book analyze Twilight but it hits on several other favorite vamps of ours...Anne Rice's vamps and Buffy are just an example.
Now I'm not going to sit here and tell you that Stephanie Meyer sat there and wrote this series with Christian beliefs in mind (I don't even know what religion she is and it doesn't matter to me) but this book delves into those connections.
I really enjoyed looking at the different perspective as a Cullen fan and think others might too. If merely for the fact of seeing what the author, Dave Roberts, thinks of the saga. I imagine that us Twi-Hards could make this into a popularly debatable book!
From The Back Cover:
With these powerful novels getting even more popular as the movies hit the cinemas, the call for a Christian response is strong. What values and ideas do Meyer's novels promote? What is good about them, and what deserves closer inspection? The spirituality and worldview of the Twilight Saga are fascinating, but they do not sit easily with orthodox Christianity.
This book carefully and graciously assesses what is praiseworthy and what is less so. It helps the reader to think more clearly about issues to do with occult spirits, life after death, myths and legends, sexuality, personal spiritual power, the culture of glamour and the lure of materialism. All these subjects are woven into the fabric of the Twilight Saga.
The central point of the book is to help teens (and their parents) discern what is excellent from what is unhealthy, helping to create robust, shrewd, and literate young adults.
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.
**I received this book for review as part of the Litfuse Blog Tour
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