Saturday, April 24, 2010

Book Tour Review of The Twilight Gospel: The Spiritual Roots of Stephenie Meyer's Vampire Saga by Dave Roberts


When I received my copy of The Twilight Gospel to write a review for the Litfuse Group I scanned through it thinking that although it is only 155 pages long, that it was going to be a slow read. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised when I actually began reading it.

About book:
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.

My Review:
The Twilight Gospel by Dave Roberts is quit an insightful read and I highly recommend that parents read his book and use it as a basis of discussing the Twilight Saga Series (Sneek Peek pages). Robert’s discusses many if not all of the subject matter presented in The Twilight Saga series. It was a fast and enlightening read as Dave Robert's wrote about friendships, self-image, beauty, forgiveness, love, awkwardness, fear, the dead, cults, money, sex, sacrifice, violence, power and the unborn. He compared fact from myth and showed us through scripture, what is right and what is wrong, what is good and what is bad.

Read other reviews from the participant for The Twilight Gospel over at Litfuse Publicity.

'Millions of young minds are being shaped by the Twilight Saga. Dave Roberts offers valuable cultural and biblical insights -  neither reactionary nor reticent - for anyone seeking to separate the good, the bad and the ugly in these powerful books.'
-Pete Greig, author of Red Moon Rising, God on Mute and Punk Monk.

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.

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** Disclaimer **
I received a copy of The Twilight Gospel by Dave Roberts for free in exchange for my completely honest review.