Friday, March 25, 2016

The Calling by Rachelle Dekker

I've been super excited to share my review of this book with all of my readers! Ever since I read The Choosing (Book 1 in this series) I've been hooked and not so patiently waiting for the next book.

This book centers around Carrington once again, but also her new husband Remko Brant, and their tiny daughter. Life has changed quite a bit for them over the past year. Remko has left his job with the Authority and now he and his family live on the outskirts of the city as followers of Aaron.

It has become increasingly more dangerous just being followers of Aaron with the recently appointed President, Damien Gold. Rescue missions have become especially dangerous now with the City Watch guards closing in. Remko must learn to step outside his comfort zone to defeat Damien Gold, and give control to the only one who can help him.

This book is a little different than I expected since it focused more on Remko than on Carrington, but I think that's what made it a really great book. Amazing books keep readers guessing until the last page, and I think Rachelle definitely achieved that with this book. I had a hard time actually putting the book down.

I also think The Calling fits right into the whole dystopian movement right now. This book could easily be for young adults or adults, and appeals to a wide range of readers! I rate it as 5 stars.

Check out Rachelle Dekker's bio and an exclusive interview with Tyndale Publishers below!

About the Author: 
The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through storytelling. The Choosing is her critically acclaimed debut novel. She graduated with a degree in communications and spent several years in marketing and corporate recruiting before making the transition to write full-time. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat, Blair. Visit her online at rachelledekker.com.

1. In the book you talk a lot about surrendering to fear. What does this look like and how does this help us to not be afraid? 

I think sometimes the natural reaction to fear is to hide from it, or try and push it away. It’s the idea that if we can’t see it then it must not be there, but we all know that unless dealt with the unseen things often come back to bite us. The only way to face fear is to walk through it; surrendering to Father God and letting Him reminder us of our true identity. Only then do we really see that the light within us is always greater than the fear we face.

2. The theme of identity from The Choosing continues in The Calling. Carrington reminds herself, “When you know who you truly are, you realize there is no war left to fight at all.” How does this statement apply to our Christian faith?

For me this is simply a reminder that God is still God. Regardless of my circumstance or how I view the world, the Father is constant and hasn’t changed. He has already won the fight, already conquered death, already set me free. It’s only when I forget who He calls me and who He is that I feel the need to fight against life instead of surrendering to Him and letting Him be God.

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 than 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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