I just finished Dekker's Obsession this morning, and then finished reading the reviews on Amazon for the book. I am shocked that there is only one other person out of now 84 reviews that sees what I see in this book. Dekker's portrayal of the evil of the Braun's is in itself evil. I have read most of Dekker's books, but this one is over-the-top. To a person that enjoys modern horror movies or to a person that has not had any hardcore experience with spiritual warfare, his tales of the bloodletting and hangings are just sick/gross/gorey. To someone who has been in the trenches, his delivery of the satanic mindset/philosophy is what is truly scary. This is done with no mention of salvation beyond talk about an old messianc Jew. To my way of thinking, if I am going to read a supposedly Christian book that goes to that detailed level of truly satanic thought (which I hope I do not do again), I surely want to read about the only weapon that we have against such forces and that is our salvation in Jesus Christ. Don't get me wrong, I have read Peretti's great Darkness books as well as several other's that deal with spiritual warfare, and as such am not shy with the topic. I really wonder what is going on with Ted to write this book. Your typical secular writer I believe would not go to that level of evil in his writing. I would like to think that your typical Christian writer would not go there either because it is spiritually unhealthy to go down that road. To the non-Christian or weak Christain, this book can plant some really sick stuff in their heads. The following is a clip from the only other Amazon review that feels the ways that I do:
"Of greater concern was the darkness of the evil in this story. It is one thing to portray an evil person, but when these characters are involved in satanic rituals, draining blood from their victims and drinking it, it seems that a line has been crossed, even if the deeds are portrayed with a minimum of detail. At some point should we not need to heed the apostle's warning to "Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret" (Ephesians 5:11,12)? At what point do we cease to even speak of the deeds done in darkness? I cannot say, but I do know that the sheer depravity of the deeds in this book made me uncomfortable, and I'm no prude. I thought back to when I used to read thrillers of this type and realized that many good authors have been able to develop "bad guys" without resorting to such evil deeds."
My $.02 for what it is worth. As always, Dekker's writing style is great, but he surely was in a bad place when he wrote this one. I'll pray for him. Incidentally, I finished that book about 3 hour ago, so my thoughts are obviously quite fresh.