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Bktrax-Disc-Slumber Of Christianity (Abridged)

By Ted Dekker (Author)
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Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5" Width: 5.88" Height: 0.98"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Jul 5, 2005
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  078521240X  
EAN  9780785212409  
UPC  020049057070  

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As believers, our walk with God is motivated by hope-not the bland, vague notion most people have, but the expectation of an exotic, pleasurable inheritance that guides us and fires our passion...or, at least, should.
Ted Dekker has written an expose on the death of pleasure within the Church. Because many of us have set aside hope and the inspired imagination that drives it, Dekker says we have been lulled into a slumber of boredom, even despondency. Our faith wanes, the joy at having been liberated fades, and we feel powerless. The Slumber of Christianity explores what robs us of happiness and how we can rediscover it and live lives that rekindle hope. The pursuit of pleasure is a gift to all humans-a function of the Creator himself, who is bent upon our happiness.
It's time for Christians to reclaim our inheritance of pleasure. The Slumber of Christianity will inflame hearts toward full-fledged, mind-expanding encounters with hope, through the imagination.

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Ted Dekker Ted Dekker (born October 24, 1962) is a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty novels. He is best known for stories which could be broadly described as suspense thrillers with major twists and unforgettable characters, though he has also made a name for himself among fantasy fans.

Dekker was born to missionaries who lived among the headhunter tribes of Indonesia. Because his parents’ work often included extended periods of time away from their children, Dekker describes his early life in a culture to which he was a stranger as both fascinating and lonely. It is this unique upbringing that forced him to rely on his own imagination to create a world in which he belonged.

After leaving Indonesia, Dekker graduated from a multi-cultural high school and took up permanent residence in the United States to study Philosophy and Religion. Upon earning his Bachelor’s Degree, he entered the corporate world and proceeded to climb the proverbial ladder. But his personal drive left him restless and, after many successful years, he traded corporate life for wide range of entrepreneurial pursuits that included buying and selling businesses, healthcare services, and marketing. In the early nineties while visiting a friend who had just written a book, Dekker decided to pursue a long held desire to be a novelist. Over the course of two years he wrote two full length novels before starting from scratch and rewriting both. Now fully enamored by the the process and the stories, he realized that storytelling was in his blood and a new obsession to explore truth through story gripped him anew.

He sold his business, moved his family to the mountains of Western Colorado and began writing full-time on his third novel. Two years and three novels later his first novel was published. Dekker’s novels have sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Two of his novels, Thr3e and House, have been made into movies with more in production. Dekker resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Lee Ann and two of their daughters.

Spanish Bio: Ted Dekker, autor de mas de veinticinco novelas, es un autor de mayor venta del "New York Times". Es reconocido por novelas que combinan historias llenas de adrenalina con increibles confrontaciones entre el bien y el mal. Vive en Texas con su esposa y sus hijos. Twitter @TedDekker,!/teddekker.

Ted Dekker currently resides in the state of Colorado. Ted Dekker was born in 1962.

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Hope  Apr 21, 2010
This was totally unexpected from Ted Dekker. While I haven't read his other books, I had heard that they were more like thrillers. This is a whole different genre. This is a forward looking hope of heaven for those who believe in Christ and what He has done for us. Very encouraging, very motivating.
Ok in a weird sort of way  Jan 17, 2010
I enjoyed "The Slumber of Christianity" and won't tell you not to read it, however, I don't think this book will serve the purpose which the author originally intended. Let me explain.

The stated purpose of the book is help Christians wake up from their "slumber", which is described as a lack of desire to be in Heaven (enjoying Christ forever). Dekker goes to great length to show how so many real Christians he knows don't desire Heaven as they should, indeed, as the Bible says they would.

And that is where I think Dekker is off track. To put it simply, most of the people he describes aren't true Christians who just need to "wake up from their slumber", but false converts (fake Christians) who need to come to know Jesus Christ for the first time!

How can you know Jesus Christ for who He really is and not desire to be with Him for eternity? You can't. If you don't desire to be with Him, then you do not know Him. Its very simple, really.
The Slumber of Christianity  Nov 27, 2009
The book content mirrored my feelings about where christianity is headed . Satan has dulled peoples minds. Church
to a lot of people seems to have become a chore. People have created their own high places to worship. Their cars,
their large homes fancy vacations. They have let too many things get in the way of God, going to church and just
plain worship. Christians need to wake up to reality before it is too late. Soon it may be too late. God will not
be mocked. He is to be obeyed
The Slumber of This Book  Jun 3, 2009
I am a Ted Dekker fan, so it is hard to write a review that says not to waste your time with a book he has written on such an important top; but unfortunately that is exactly what I have to do.

I was very excited to see a theology/non-fiction book by Dekker, especially about what is wrong with Christianity. What I found, however, was a book wholly based on Dekker's own experience which then makes proscriptive statements about all of Western Christianity. In fact, he even says, on multiple occasions, "Think your Christianity isn't slumbering? That is evidence that you are in a slumber." So, by default, you are either just like Dekker, realizing that you are in a slumber, or you are in a slumber and need Dekker to wake you up. There doesn't seem to be anyone who isn't slumbering.

I understand (and applaud) that much of this is in response to prosperity theology in America that says that God wants us all to have fat bank accounts and nice cars. But the critique is too broad and at the expense of (without recognizing) authentic and vibrant evangelicalism in the West that is affecting the world around it (which Dekker seems to imply doesn't exist).

I don't deny that some of American Evangelicalism is cold and seemingly lifeless (and evangelicalism appears to be what he is speaking of, as an evangelical himself). But that is a far cry from all or even most of it being this way. And I disagree with his conclusion that the reason Christianity is "slumbering" in the West is because we don't spend enough time focused on the next life.

Giving people the hope of the next life is certainly a necessary part of the gospel message. To quote Kevin DeYoung (Why We're Not Emergent), our job as pastors is to help people die well (ie be forgiven so they can enter everlasting life with God). But Dekker oversells the point. More importantly, he is redundant (ad nauseum) about his point. Chapter after chapter we hear the following phrases: bliss, foretaste of the bliss to come, foretaste of the life to come... it got to a point where I was so sick of the word bliss that I don't think I will use it in a sermon for at least a year.

This book could have been a 10-20 page paper or article for Christianity Today and none of the actual content of the book would have had to be sacrificed. It just repeated itself over and over. I have never taken this long to read this short of a book, but I had to force myself to get through it.

And it is clear that Dekker interprets all of scripture through the lens of the point he is trying to make in this book, which leads to some misuses of the Word. I wouldn't call it heresy by any stretch. But more reading his view into some texts. And of course all of this is at the expense of pretty much anything else that the bible has to say.

Sure, it talks about eternal life a lot. But vibrant evangelicalism exists in America, and it isn't because those churches just preach about going to heaven every week. It is because those churches are preaching forgiveness of sins in Christ, and then the response of kingdom living now- serving the poor, caring for the weak and needy, etc. We are called to live for the next life, but also to live a kingdom life now. Serving God in response to his love shown to us in Christ seems to be a huge part of the gospel and the churches doing just that are churches that aren't slumbering.

Two other books I have recently read do a much better job of covering the issue that Dekker wants to cover while seeming to cover more of the gospel and recover vibrant evangelicalism. They are Crazy Love by Francis Chan and The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns.

In the end, this book won't hurt your faith. It is just extremely redundant and doesn't cover enough of the breadth of the reason that Christianity seems to be slumbering in the West. Nor does it give the impression that there is any Christianity in the West that isn't lost in a deep slumber.
Dekker hit the nail on the head!  Mar 30, 2009
Dekker describes in this book exactly what is happening with 21st century believers here in the United States. You don't see this "slumber" in third world countries as they have experienced persecution and it has only strengthened their faith. We Americans are so materially spoiled - eager for instant gratification - thus, to keep heaven in the forefront of our minds seems almost impossible. But what is more awesome than reuniting with our Creator?! This book will make you think and inspire you.

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