Ted Dekker on his new book & the power of story

Author Ted Dekker is well-known for his masterful and unique storytelling - with over ten million copies sold and bestseller lists galore. But it’s the symbolism and underlying spiritual truths in his stories that he most wants readers to connect with.

His new release, Rise of the Mystics (Oct 2018) is the follow-up novel to The 49th Mystic (May 2018) and concludes Dekker’s Beyond The Circle series. He says the two books in this duology are “without a doubt the most important novels I have ever written” and based them on the spiritual insights he gleaned from writing The Forgotten Way and The Way of Love, his nonfiction books.


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Some say that the gateway to a greater reality and the mystery of how one can live in two worlds is only the stuff of dreams. They are wrong. Rachelle Matthews discovered just how wrong when she dreamed and awoke in another world. There she learned that she is the 49th Mystic, the prophesied one, tasked with finding five ancient seals before powerful enemies destroy her.

In The 49th Mystic, Rachelle found the first three of those five seals through great peril and mind-altering adventure. But two seals remain hidden, and the fate of both worlds hangs in the balance.

Rise of the Mystics begins the final volume of high stakes in Rachelle’s quest to find an ancient path that will save humanity. If she succeeds, peace will reign. If she fails, the world will forever be locked in darkness.


Our Reviewer’s Take

Ted Dekker spins a story of good versus evil in a way that will grip readers from the first page.  Dreams, prophesies, and ancient seals lead to twists and turns never expected, all while keeping vital Biblical aspects at the core. One girl's life altering journey is the only thing keeping two worlds from the dark, overwhelming shadow of fear. Love might be the only saving grace. (REVELL, Oct., 416 pp, $24.99)

Reviewer - Alysha Worthen


Q&A with Ted Dekker

The 49th Mystic and Rise of The Mystics are both much more than an entertaining story. What was your purpose in writing them?

TD: With even a cursory look at the world of faith, it becomes clear that Christians are really no different from people of other faiths or of no faith. This defies Jesus’s announcement that those in his way will be known for a radical kind of love that holds no record of wrong. So the question we ask is, What does it mean to be in his way? And are we in it now? I wrote these novels to plumb the depths of those questions.

HBTB: ‘a radical kind of love’ - we certainly need more of that these days!

You have some very dynamic characters in both The 49th Mystic and Rise of the Mystics. Which character has made the biggest impact on you?

TD: Without a doubt, Rachelle. She really is all of us—certainly me—journeying through wild adventure to know herself in the midst of great change and challenge.

HBTB: A place we all find ourselves in eventually …

In the Circle series, you introduced readers to Thomas Hunter. In Rise of the Mystics, Thomas makes another appearance. Why does he play such an important role in this finale?

TD: Although this is Rachelle’s story, and although she is tasked with saving Thomas, she can only do so if he helps her in her role. They have a symbiotic relationship. Both are critical and interdependent.

HBTB: So much truth there to ponder on, particularly as we interact in community.

You have alluded to the fact that story is a great tool for understanding truth. Why do you think that novels can convey truths so effectively?

TD: We live and think in a story that we each call “my life.” Everything we think is really a story of what something is. Thus, story is paramount to our human experience, which is why Jesus used it as his primary mode of teaching. We are all looking to change the story of our lives. In fiction, we take that journey of change through a series of events involving worthy characters who change as a result of those events. And we are invited to change with them.

HBTB: Yes! We love this answer!

What do you hope readers gain from reading Rise of the Mystics?

TD: An addictive read and a shift in thinking about their own purpose for existence, whatever that shift might be. And for Christians, a whole new way to think of what it means to be in the way of Jesus.


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Ted Dekker is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, with over ten million copies sold worldwide. He was born in the jungles of Indonesia to missionary parents, and his upbringing as a stranger in a fascinating and sometimes frightening culture fueled his imagination. Dekker’s passion is simple—to explore truth through mind-bending stories that invite readers to see the world through a different lens. His fiction has been honored with numerous awards, including two Christy Awards, two Inspy Awards, an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, and an ECPA Gold Medallion. In 2013, NPR readers nationwide put him in the Top 50 Thriller Authors of All Time. Dekker lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Lee Ann.