Friday, January 20, 2017

Identity and Forgiveness!!!

Today we will be having a very special person visiting the Blog!! We welcome Rachelle Dekker, the author of the Seers series.

The Returning (A Seer Novel Book 3) by [Dekker, Rachelle]

The Returning 

by Rachelle Dekker

When I heard that Rachelle Dekker was the daughter of Ted Dekker, it really peaked  my interest in reading her first book The Choosing. I truly do love getting to read new authors books, because I never know when I might find another fave.  

After I read The Choosing I was hooked and could not wait to read the next book. Rachelle is very good at taking a story line and moving it along in years; without making you feel like you missed out on something. Also she takes the Christian faith and puts it into a very different way of thinking that even had me looking at my life differently. It made me take a step back and see how much we are like Elise. That we each as believers have a light inside of us that we need to let shine on all who is around us. Also being able to see our Lord Jesus Christ portrayed thru Aaron, made me realize that Jesus also walked on this earth among the people. I love that Rachelle brings the message of identity and forgiveness in her writing.

The third installment starts 20 years down the road after The Calling ended, it finds Remko and Carrington living in Trylin City with their second daughter, Kennedy. They are now facing the possibility of being able to reunite with Elise or lose both of their daughters in Authority City. As part of the Seven that have been chosen for the mission to go out rescue Elise from the danger that faces her. All that  Elise Brant has ever known is Jesse and that her parents did not want her in their life. In the darkest moments of her life, there seemed to be someone who was there thru every moment. When Elise thinks that she is at the end of her rope, hope comes in the form of a young boy. The Seven and Elise set out to the mission that they are called to do and that is to free the city from the Genesis Serum.

As I read this last book in the Seers series, my deep fears was touched there was moments I wanted to just not finish the book. But the hope of that the character Elise brought even when she struggled with what her true purpose was kept me going to the end. I was able to realize I needed to take a second look at my life and see I am loved no matter what happens in my life.

The Seer series is a must have in my collection of books. It is also a good read for everyone from the teenagers to adults.

Here is some questions and answers with Rachelle Dekker

The theme of identity is explored in all three Seer books. How does forgiveness relate to identity? 

For me, forgiveness is more about the one who feels wronged than the one who committed the wrong. What if, for a moment, you believed that nothing could harm you? That you, as a believer, are seated at the Father’s table and standing with him? Can anything harm the Father? If you believe no, then can anything harm you—the true you, the true spirited self? So then, forgiveness becomes more about letting go of false belief and stepping into the true identity that the Father gave to you. I know it’s radical, but belief like that could change the world, don’t you think? 

What themes are explored in this book? 

Identity is something I am always exploring, so that’s no different in The Returning. But in this novel I took a really hard look at forgiveness and how that relates to our journey of discovering who we really are.

How have Carrington and Remko developed as characters throughout this series? 

Well, we meet them as young adults, just out of their teen years, and we find them middle-aged in book three. So we’ve journeyed quite a bit of life with them. They have grown and changed, as people do, and even in this last novel they struggle with remembering their true identities. I believe life is always stretching us and showing us different ways to love, so their growth reflects that.

You talk about the power of belief in the book. What is the purpose of faith, and what makes faith so powerful in people’s lives?

Belief and faith are everything. We form our own realities. We make judgments based on the past and what we think the future will bring; then we shape our idea of what we are capable of around those beliefs. Imagine if we truly believed we were infinite sons and daughters of the creator. How different would the world look then? When we believe and have faith in who the Father calls us, then the world looks pretty different.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

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