Monday, March 28, 2016

Book Review: "The Calling"

Rachelle Dekker has given her readers a brilliant sequel to The Choosing in her new book, The Calling. This book focuses on Remko, a former CityWatch soldier now living outside the city with his wife, daughter, and a growing band of Seers struggling to make new lives for themselves. Now that Authority City has a new leader, though, the group has a new threat. Remko, like some of the others, is torn between the desire to stay close enough to the city to continue to rescue people from it and the instinct to run away and start over someplace safe.

As in her first book, Dekker explores some great Christian themes through her character’s struggles and experiences. One is learning how not to live in fear. Another is the reality that faith in someone else’s faith isn’t really faith at all. The story also explores thoughts on the importance of living obediently and sacrificially and doing the right thing whatever the cost.

I’ve enjoyed reading this book and am looking forward to the final part of the trilogy. I thank Tyndale Publishers for sending a complimentary copy in exchange for this honest review.


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Q & A with Rachelle Dekker

1. The Calling is the second book in The Seer Series. Does it pick up right after The Choosing leaves off?

No, a year and a half has passed when we rejoin the characters in The Calling

2. This book is written from Remko’s perspective. Did you face any challenges writing from a male point-of-view?

There was definitely a looming pressure as I started to write the book. As a woman writer, I wanted to make sure Remko felt masculine and authentic, so I was constantly aware of how he sounded, and how he reacted. Once I got into a flow with his character though, it started to feel more familiar I didn’t have to think about it as much.

3. What do you hope readers will take away from the story?

I hope they take a moment to see themselves as children of the Father. I hope they see that true freedom and fearlessness rest in surrendering, and that when they stand with the Father nothing can stand against them. There is incredible peace in that truth, and I hope, like I am beginning the experience, that readers feel that same peace.

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