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  • By Doug Cheese on July 25, 2006

    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.

  • By BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame on January 23, 2012

    It's clear from the title of the novel and from the epilogue, that in "Obsessed" Ted Dekker is trying to say something serious and important. He's clearly referring to Jesus Christ's parable comparing the kingdom of heaven to a treasure hidden in a field, which a man has a terrible obsession to possess, and does all he can to own the treasure. In the story, this obsession is evident in Dekker's protagonist Stephen (aka David), who obsesses to find the Stones of David and his match made in heaven (aka Esther).Now I like thoughtful and provocative fiction that makes one ponder deeper theological truths. And I've appreciated how Dekker has been able to accomplish this in some of his other works. So I'm even prepared to overlook some implausible actions on the part of the characters in this novel if the author needs to do that in order to create a powerful metaphor. But while Obsessed is a tense story loaded with metaphor, sadly it is also a dark one - much too dark. We meet a villain who takes pleasure in brutalizing his victims to the point that he drinks their blood in a horrific ritual. It's genuinely sickening, and the graphic portrayal of this evil is really more than anyone needs for their spiritual health. While I'm up for an adrenaline fueled ride as much as anyone, do we really need to stoop to this level of darkness and horror? I don't think so.Obsessed may be a fast paced story that makes captivating reading, but it also leaves you feeling quite sick at times. Sadly, I have to concur with the other minority reviewers who feel that the darkness of the evil portrayed in this novel is just too graphic to be considered as healthy and upbuilding reading for Christians. Ted Dekker has produced better work, and the depths of evil portrayed here just aren't worth wading through no matter how good a message he's trying to convey. - GODLY GADFLY

  • By Judy on August 4, 2017

    Good plot, but obviously this author did not take the time to do any research. Instead, she seemed to write more on her own personal opinion. It could have been a really good book, the plot was good. However, someone that has gone through being assaulted in their life would find this book offensive. Assuming someone wouldn't do anything to keep from being raped and save their life because they find it morally wrong to harm someone, is insulting to someone that has been through an assault. Also, not doing her research on cousin marriages and writing in her book that cousin marriages produce idiots makes the author ignorant and uneducated. As an author she has an influence on people and should have done her research. For most countries other than the United States, cousin marriages are very common and does not produce "idiot kids" as she so offensively wrote. Had she done her research and talked to several doctors and rape victims she would have been able to write her book with truth instead of wrongly influencing the way people think. I would imagine she lost a lot of fans with this book, it is an authors responsibility to do research first and have the correct facts. Anyone that has been assaulted or in a cousin marriage would be offended by the ridiculous statements in this book. For once I will write down an author that I will never purchase and read a book from again. It's a shame becuase she seems to be a good writer, but needs to take the time to do her research for the book.


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