The blockbuster Twilight Saga is being read by teenager and adult alike. These powerful novels are getting even more popular as the movies hit the theaters. Crisply written and with a gracious spirit, The Twilight Gospel will help teens, their parents, and their pastors discern what is good from what is unhealthy in the novels and equip them to be biblically literate readers.
From the back cover:
With these powerful novels getting even more popular as the movies hit the cinemas, the call for a Christian response is strong. What values and ideas do Meyer’s novels promote? What is good about them, and what deserves closer inspection?
The spirituality and worldview of the Twilight Saga are fascinating, but they do not sit easily with orthodox Christianity. This book carefully and graciously assesses what is praiseworthy and what is less so. It helps the reader to think more clearly about issues to do with occult spirits, life after death, myths and legends, sexuality, personal spiritual power, the culture of glamour and the lure of materialism. All these subjects are woven into the fabric of the Twilight Saga.
The central point of the book is to help teens (and their parents) discern what is excellent from what is unhealthy, helping to create robust, shrewd, and literate young adults.
About the Author:
Dave Roberts is the author of the best-selling The Toronto Blessing and Red Moon Rising with joint sales in excess of 100,000. He is a former editor of Christianity and won awards for his work on Renewal magazine. He is a local church pastor and conference director for three major annual conferences on worship, children’s ministry, and women’s ministry.
I wanted to read this book for a number of reasons. One being that I am a Christian. Another being because I read and enjoyed the Twilight Series. I didn’t realize until reading this book that there was so much controversy about the stories. I guess I don’t understand why people think that a book can influence children or adults to do things they wouldn’t normally do. I know the Twilight Saga is hugely popular but I think it is an underestimate of people’s intelligence to assume they are going to become members of occult groups because of reading Twilight.
I was happy to see that Dave Roberts did not believe this. He stated as much by saying that these books “excite the imagination”. I enjoyed how he gave a history of vampire tales and fictional works and the differences between those accounts. He spoke in depth about the vampires in the Twilight series and how they meet and contradict the myths.
As a Christian I think this book was very interesting. Getting insight into the characters and how they are portrayed on a Christian level was very helpful to me. I admit, again, that these things did not cross my mind before. I am glad to have read all that Dave Roberts has to say about this topic as I am now much more enlightened and plan on re-reading the Twilight series with my new knowledge. I am also recommending this to anyone with a teenager who is reading this series. This book will share both the good and bad about the series in terms of Christianity. He has not set out to discredit the books or speak badly… he is offering a new insight for parents.
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disclosure: The book was given to me by LitFuse Publicity for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and I have not be compensated in any way for this review. All quotes and images were provided by LitFuse Publicity.