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By Jeremy Reynalds

Saturday, January 18, 2003 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  (ANS) -- Author Ted Dekker is clearly one of the most gripping storytellers alive today. He creates plots that keep your heart pounding and palms sweating even after you’ve finished his books. (Pictured: Book cover, Blink).

“Blink” is Dekker’s latest novel. I found it buried deep in the Christian books section of a large secular book store, but that’s not where it belongs. Its quality far exceeds the other books prominently displayed at the store’s front entrance. If you haven’t done much reading recently, do yourself a favor. Buy “Blink,” and be prepared for the read of a lifetime. (I guarantee that you won’t even care that much about your favorite programs on television. They’ll seem pretty shallow once you get involved in Dekker’s world). But buy the novel while you have the opportunity. If you “Blink” more than once you may be out of luck and end up having to wait for a reprint. 

Here’s a little taste of what’s in “Blink.” Describing the book, its back cover reads:

“Seth Borders isn’t your average graduate student. For starters, he has one of the world’s highest IQ’s. Now he’s suddenly struck by an incredible power – the ability to see multiple potential futures. Still reeling from this inexplicable gift, Seth stumbles upon a beautiful woman named Miriam. Unknown to Seth, Miriam is a Saudi Arabian princess who has fled her veiled existence to escape a forced marriage of unimaginable consequences. Cultures collide as they’re thrown together and forced to run from an unstoppable force designed to kidnap or kill Miriam.” 

Reading “Blink” will mentally and spiritually invigorate you by challenging you to think in a way you enjoy. After finishing the novel, I felt like I’d been through a series of very intense college level philosophy and theology classes – with one difference. When I was taking those classes at school a few years ago, I was usually yawning and couldn’t wait to get home. After “Professor” Dekker was finished, the adrenaline was still flowing and I couldn’t wait to come back for more. 

Dekker told me, “I like to bring people into a story that really captures them and then while I have them there introduce them to concepts.”

In “Blink,” Dekker does just that, dealing with the concept of “multiple futures;” if this doesn’t happen that will happen.

Dekker told me, “There is a sound theological basis for such a phenomenon. It addresses the openness of God and whether God knows the future on a popular level. It (deals with) the problem of there being more than one future if there is a God who has a singular future. If God knows the future then how can it be changed?”

Dekker tackled that issue in “Blink” by showing how the prayers of a man dramatically affected the future. “I can pray to God and the future can change,” Dekker said.

I wanted to know a little more about the man whose novels affect me so profoundly and result in me pedaling vigorously on the exercise bike at the gym about twice as long as normal.

A few days ago, Dekker was kind enough to take some time out of his busy writing schedule (on average he writes ten hours a day six days a week) to chat with me. He told me that his writing, which he classified as a calling, “consumes” him.

“I wanted to take people from unbelief to belief–the single most interesting journey that any man can make and reveal God’s character through gripping stories that capture the imagination. I’ve heard that God is quite an intelligent fellow and He chose fiction as His primary paradigm when He came to earth. In his three years of speaking, He chose fiction for over half the lessons He delivered. Yet over half the church rejects it as a serious tool for communication.” 

Dekker, who has only been on the market for about 27 months, already has seen phenomenal growth with 350,000 copies currently in print. “I’m in the business of shaping culture through the use of story.”

He’s not exaggerating, either. Pointing out how few hours the average pastor has to influence his congregation, Dekker said “The average novel takes seven hours to read and is read by three people. In the last two years, people have spent seven million hours wandering through the worlds I have created.”

Dekker’s novels are a compilation of things that fascinate him about God. He’s not writing, either, just to fulfil a publisher’s demands so he can sell more books and generate more royalties. There’s a definite purpose to what he does. “I want to get people to ask the right questions. One thing that distinguishes my fiction is that it’s designed to get people to ask the right questions rather than stand up and cheer. I want to strengthen people’s belief by bringing them to the point of doubt. Some of Seth’s arguments (in “Blink”) are quite compelling.

It’s obvious that Dekker is a very thoughtful man. He told me,

“I love engaging ideas and people’s minds. I was discussing theology when I was 12 years old. I was talking about predestination and the character of God, debating and giving input. I was bred in the environment where theology and ideology was very important. My parents and other missionaries expected me to give my input. I gave my first sermon when I was in the eighth grade. I have a window into the worlds I create.” 

Despite his intense love for writing, Dekker is still a family man with his feet planted very firmly in reality. He’s been married for almost 20 years to his high school sweetheart whom he praised, saying “Without the right partner, a person can never write. You can’t write during commercial breaks.” He also has four children ranging from six to 16.

When he’s not writing, Dekker likes to relax by going out to dinner with his friends and watching movies. However, there’s one activity he doesn’t do any more. “I used to race motorcycles till I broke my back. I used to love the rush of screaming up to the jump on a dirt bike.”

Dekker has a recipe for successful writing in particular and success in general. “You keep writing and you get better. If you want to succeed where other people haven’t succeeded, you must be willing to do what other people are unwilling to do.” 

Dekker, the son of missionaries, grew up in the jungles of Indonesia. After a stint in corporate marketing, he has put his religion and philosophy degrees to work, writing best-selling novels such as Heaven's Wager, When Heaven Weeps, Thunder of Heaven, and co-authored, with Campus Crusade for Christ's Dr. Bill Bright, the best-selling novels, Blessed Child and A Man Called Blessed.  He and his wife, LeeAnn, along with their four children, live in the mountains of Colorado. 

Jeremy Reynalds is a freelance writer and the founder and director of Joy Junction, New Mexico's largest emergency homeless shelter, or He has a master's degree in communication from the University of New Mexico and is pursuing his Ph.D. in intercultural education at Biola University in Los Angeles. He is married with five children and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information contact: Jeremy Reynalds at Tel: (505) 877-6967 or (505) 400-7145. Note: A black and white JPEG picture of Jeremy Reynalds is available on request from Dan Wooding at  


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