The Girl Behind the Red Rope

Title: The Girl Behind the Red Rope
Author: Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3653-8

“Please listen to wisdom, Grace. Don’t do this!” Bobbie begs the girl in Ted and Rachelle Dekker’s novel, The Girl Behind the Red Rope.

~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-thirty-six-page hardbound targets those who enjoy allegories of being the light in a dark world. With the words heck and hell used a few times, topics of physical abuse, torture, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes both authors’ biographies and advertisements.

In this fast-paced read often written in first person, Grace has grown up only knowing that their community is protected from the evil Fury by the red rope that surrounds Haven Valley. Protected by spiritual leader Rose and her angel Sylous, the remote town must abide with all rules to survive. When outsiders cross over the red rope, Grace questions not only the required ways of living, but she wonders if the residents are following the wrong path to redemption. With her own spiritual guide to help her, she must have the wisdom and fortitude to understand the difference between fear and the light of love.

~ Why ~
Having read several of both authors’ works, I was pleased how well written this story was and that it focused on the Truth of Jesus while living in love without fear. The reader will immediately become engaged with the protagonist who is trying to listen to her heart and head while her subconscious of good and evil crave for her attention.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus may not have any interest in a book about how legalism can blind believers. Some who do not care for allegories about learning to overcome fear and cleave to the Light of Christ will pass on it. With the complicated back and forth of trying to figure out who is right and who is wrong when it comes to the Real God, the book often gets confusing. I found the theme repetitive of similar books written by Ted.

~ Wish ~
While I appreciate the connection of fear and guilt to encompassing one’s life as they struggle to relate to God, I question if the eternal plan of salvation was clearly stated for an unbeliever reading the book. I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you like a story about overcoming one’s chronic fear and guilt of the constant rules of religion, this may be a good selection as it verifies that those in Christ are His light of the world.

Thanks to Revell for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

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