Book Review: Thirsty, by Tracey Bateman & Touched by a Vampire, by Beth Felker Jones

clip_image001There’s no place like home, they say.
“Hello, I’m Nina Parker…and I’m an alcoholic.”
For Nina, it’s not the weighty admission but the first steps toward recovery that prove most difficult. She must face her ex-husband, Hunt, with little hope of making amends, and try to rebuild a relationship with her angry teenage daughter, Meagan. Hardest of all, she is forced to return to Abbey Hills, Missouri, the hometown she abruptly abandoned nearly two decades earlier–and her unexpected arrival in the sleepy Ozark town catches the attention of someone–or something–igniting a two-hundred-fifty-year-old desire that rages like a wildfire.
Unaware of the darkness stalking her, Nina is confronted with a series of events that threaten to unhinge her sobriety. Her daughter wants to spend time with the parents Nina left behind. A terrifying event that has haunted Nina for almost twenty years begins to surface. And an alluring neighbor initiates an unusual friendship with Nina, but is Markus truly a kindred spirit or a man guarding dangerous secrets?
As everything she loves hangs in the balance, will Nina’s feeble grasp on her demons be broken, leaving her powerless against the thirst? The battle between redemption and obsession unfold to its startling, unforgettable end.

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EXAMINING TWILIGHT THROUGH A BIBLICAL LENSclip_image001[4]
People around the world are asking the same question, enraptured with Edward and Bella’s forbidden romance in the Twilight Saga, a four-book serial phenomenon written by Stephenie Meyer. The bestsellers tell the story of a regular girl’s relationship with a vampire who has chosen to follow his “good” side. But the Saga isn’t just another fantasy–it’s teaching girls about love, sex, and purpose. With 48 million copies in print and a succession of upcoming blockbuster films, now is the time to ask the important question: Can vampires teach us about God’s plan for love?
Touched by a Vampire is the first book to investigate the themes of the Twilight Saga from a Biblical perspective. Some Christian readers have praised moral principles illustrated in the story, such as premarital sexual abstinence, which align with Meyer’s Mormon beliefs. But ultimately, Beth Felker Jones examines whether the story’s redemptive qualities outshine its darkness.
Cautionary, thoughtful, and challenging, Touched by a Vampire is written for Twilight fans, parents, teachers, and pop culture enthusiasts. It includes an overview of the series for those unfamiliar with the storyline and a discussion guide for small groups.

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5 Responses to Book Review: Thirsty, by Tracey Bateman & Touched by a Vampire, by Beth Felker Jones

  1. Twilight_lover says:

    so, biblicaly, what is so wrong with twilight? Not saying that touched by a vampire sounds stupid of anything, but at my church last week, a decan got up to the pulpit and said that twilight was a tool of the devil, he had no biblical backup of any kind. He also said that about Facebook and Twitter. I go to a baptist church by the way. I just get very frustrated with everyone at my church telling me that twilight is so terrible…any help?

  2. Twilight_lover says:

    and by the way, i’ve read Thirsty, and i love it:)

  3. royb says:

    Biblically what is wrong with the Twilight series? It depends on how you look at it. The obsession Bella has with Edward isn’t healthy by any stretch of the imagination. Any dependence we have on another person that can result in suicide attempts and/or thoughts is bad news.
    The Bible is clear that we should fear Him alone. Meaning: losing God and that relationship with Him, should be the only thing that truly drives us to utter despair. No boyfriend/girlfriend or husband/wife should have that much control over us.
    If that is what your deacons are concerned about, I understand. Other than that, to me the books themselves are cleaner and less “edgy” than other teen novels out there. (Harry Potter, for instance, walks the line of witchcraft and dark arts junk)
    As far as the Facebook and Twitter stuff, they are what you make of them. Let me explain: On your TV you can watch God.tv and flip right over to the playboy channel with the touch of the button. So, is the TV bad? Some say so. What about a phone? You can call someone to encourage or lift them up or you can call and cuss them out. Is the phone bad? What about computers? Bad websites are a dime a dozen but you can also get Billy Graham podcasts.
    Facebook, Twitter, computers, iPhones are merely tools. We can either use them for good or bad.

    As a parent, I have the responsibility to make sure my kids aren’t watching things they shouldn’t or listening to things they shouldn’t. They are young –under 6. But, as they get older, I have to teach them the right way to use a computer and phone and what programs are appropriate.

    I can understand elders and deacons in a church being skeptical about these things, and I truly believe in submitting to authority, but twitter, facebook, texting, etc… are simply programs that can be used to either lift up the kingdom of God or tear it down….the choice is yours and mine to make.

    Get on your knees before God and see what He has to say. Search after Him and His heart and you’ll be safe.

    royb

  4. Twilight_lover says:

    i do see the point to where the obsession of bella with edward is pretty strong and how her obession should be with God, i now see that point. thanks 🙂 and i guess the deacon was talked to. it’s just everyone at church is always on my case about twilight and just assumes it’s terrible, but thanks very much for pointing that out, it was very helpful 🙂

  5. royb says:

    You seem to be going about it the right way. Keep your motives in order and, with God’s help, you’ll figure all of this out. Just remember. Most of the time, deacons and elders and pastors and parents aren’t trying to hold young people down; they know life is hard want to do everything they can to protect those they care about. Unfortunately, at times they (we) can go overboard and have to be straightened out a little bit.

    Good luck,

    royb

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