TDT 9-13

TOP STORY:  This week, the efforts of the Forest Guard were greatly rewarded:


Kevin Kaiser tweeted on Wednesday afternoon

Just got news that Green hit the NYT Bestsellers list (#20). Thx to everyone who helped make that happen!

We did it! Granted, it’s not #1 (some day, folks), but still this means that all of us encouraging our friends to give the Circle a chance has really paid off. The story of our redemption is out there and getting noticed.

FLASH FICTION:  Ted poked his head out of his undisclosed location this week in order to share his shortest piece of fiction to date. I present to you The Gunslinger.  Despite how brief the story is, many of Dekker’s fans are pulling out nuggets of truth embedded within the snapshot of a tale. 

IMMANUEL’S VEINS: This week was a slow news week when it came to new clues as to Ted’s upcoming novel.  Pretty much what we’ve uncovered over the past few months have this novel set in the 1500’s and including “non-Twilight” vampires. 

The online debate continued on Facebook and on The Circle.  Most of Ted’s fans are fine with evil being portrayed in a realistic way as to contrast with the light and make it appear all the more good.  Some seem to question whether vampires are in this novel primarily because their “popular” right now.  Or does the current popularity of vampires make a Dekker novel about them all the more relevant to a world that needs to hear the truth?

FOREST GUARD: This week we were introduced to a BONUS MISSION along with a special audio message from Ted thanking us for all our hard work promoting Green. For this extra mission, members of the guard can earn bonus points for posting reviews of Green on sites like,,, and other online booksellers.  All we have to do is post our reviews, then submit a report with links.  So what are you waiting for?  Get out there and write a review!

BURN:  Only 121 more days until the release of Ted’s next novel.  As we’ve previously reported, Burn is Dekker’s second collaboration with Erin Healy.  The hundreds of fans who attended this year’s Gathering have already devoured this instant classic.  As one of those fans, I can’t wait for everyone else to get a chance to immerse themselves in this story.  This is one of the best “stand-alone” novels that Ted has ever done.  He and Erin have penned a masterpiece together and in just 4 months, the world will get a taste of what happens when you have to choose between your own wants and sacrificing for another. 

TEA WITH HEZBOLLAH:  January 2010 is a big month for Ted.  Not only will we see the release of Burn but we will also be treated to what I can only assume will be a worldview-rocking non-fiction book:  Tea With Hezbollah.  We’re keeping a close eye for any excerpts or more information on this one.  I am excited for the discussion this book will inspire. 


And now here’s your weekly recap:

Music Monday: “Fire it Up” – Thousand Foot Krutch
Ted-Inspired Tuesday: “Name’s Black… Marsuvees Black”
Wacky Wednesdays: Confessions of an AdDekkt
Thoughtful Thursdays: Through the Looking Glass
First-Look Fridays: Going Green!

Phen and I have another great week of posts planned, so stay tuned. 

Also, please send any suggestions or post ideas to our e-mail:



What’s trippin’, Circle peeps? Well, this week has been the penultimate week, all leading up to the release of Green, so we have a few morsels for you. Enjoy!

FACEBOOK: Ted has updated quite a few times over the week. Hear what he has to say.

“So many questions, many had me chuckling. I want to answer them all! I want to take each of you aside and tell you what you want to know. But this time only one unlocks my mind. 327. The question and my answer is in the comments, near the end of the questions. I give you an answer that will upset some. But that’s how it will always be in our Underground.

The number 327 has opened my mind. JoAnn asks what advice I would give to a couple struggling to show love to each other.

I give you an answer that will earn me hate mail from some. Many have been deceived.

Love is not Choice. It is “A profound, tender, passionate affection for another.” The choice is to love, not love itself.

When you love a baby, it’s your tender words and kisses that positively shapes the child, not just the choice you make to care for it. The latter might raise only a monster, perhaps there are a few living on this page.

Find love, then show it. CHOOSE to fall in love again! Love as you would like to be loved, as Jesus says.

Choose to turn your heart to that other and then begin a search for the emotion that draws you to them. You could indeed love a monster if you CHOSE to. Find that attraction for your lover. Now express that love in extravagant ways that rewards it.

The baby smiles at the smile, not your decision to smile.

Now, love the world.”
Ted Dekker, via Facebook

“I have chosen you; You have chosen me; We are both chosen. The question remains which image should now be chosen: A, B, or C? Speak now, be heard.”




Ted later said the first was chosen. Looks like there will be new versions of the Lost Books coming out soon!

“As we get to know each other in this Underground, it becomes plain that some of you don’t know me at all. Bob Bloop (name changed) writes that my use of numbers and gaming here is unlike me and pretentious. So not true. Who am I? To own or not. Which do you think is me today, A, B or C?

The consensus is correct. I do have a Harley in my garage. On four wheels, I drive a BMW M6. You know me better that most. So then the publisher has agreed to go with your choice of cover for Chosen as well–the first, which sets the theme for all six in the series. Thank you for speaking. You have been heard.”
Ted, via Facebook

“So… GREEN is available Tuesday everywhere. And I will be available no where. I will lock the door on that secret room and allow only the butler in with food and drink for seven days. I will have to become obsessed. Now we will see who is alive. Have you ever been obsessed about something? (Y or N) Then who or what? Let this be your living confession. Be heard or be dead.”
Ted Dekker, via Facebook

GREEN: There are quite a few more reviews out there now that we’re only two days away from Green‘s release. You can check out Fiction Addict’s review here, by Jake Chism. And you can find The Christian Manifesto’s review here, by Matthew Robbins. I can totally assure you that those two reviews are spoiler-free. You can also find some reviews on Green‘s Amazon page here. But beware of spoilers.

Also, Ted has posted a thread on the Circle regarding some concerns several have had after reading Green. Here and here. There’s some more good discussion of all things BoH-related floating around their too, so check it out. BEWARE OF MAJOR SPOILERS THOUGH. I’ve had most of Green spoiled for me just by perusing some threads and sites for news.

Tea with Hezbollah: Ted’s next non-fiction book, about his trip last year to the Middle East with Carl Medearis, is set to release January 26, 2010, and you can now preorder it on Amazon here. The cover art is up too.

Kudos to Andrew for uncovering that. You can also preorder Burn from Amazon too, by the way, if you didn’t know. Here.

BLOG: Well, if you haven’t noticed, Andrew and I brainstormed a bit, and we came up with this new weekly format for the blog, to better involve you and deliver you more content. Here’s this week’s recap.

Music Mondays: “Jamboree” – John Reuben
Ted- Inspired Tuesdays: “Sinner” by Aleena Korell
Wacky Wednesdays: “Mask” comic strip by Brandon “Phen” V (me)
Thoughtful Thursdays: “Writing, Discovery, and Grace Juice” by me
First-Look Fridays: “Awake by Skillet” Review by Andrew “Chandor” A.

Hope you enjoyed! And stay tuned this week for even more content, exclusive to the Forest Guard Chronicles.


And don’t forget to run out and buy your copy of Green on Tuesday!

It’s been awhile, Dekkies, and I’m sorry for that. But, good for you, I’m back with a whole slew of Dekker news that I’m sure you’ll be salivating over by the end of this blog. First of all, you just might be wondering what our friendly neighborhood Ted has been up to.

Immanuel’s Veins: According to Kevin Kaiser’s blog, Ted just started writing it on Monday. If you haven’t heard of IV, it’s supposedly the book that tells how all this Books of History business started.

“I may be doing another story that reaches one tendril into BOHC. You may not even get the connection. It will be completely new and different, new characters, plot, device and in fact only ties in to BOHC as it relates to this question:

How did they come to be?

Green and the Blood Books will make my direction clear, but let me just say, for years now the whole BoHC (though not named as such until recently) has in part been written as a distant back story for another story that I’ve been carefully planning all along. It will be a whole new era in my writing life, you’ll see
.” –Ted Dekker,via the old forum

“To answer a few questions: Yes, I really am Ted Dekker. I do love Muse. I am about to begin work on the novel for which the Books of History Chronicles are back story (Immanuel’s Veins?)” —Ted Dekker, via Facebook

“Ted Dekker is thinking about IV. And the Blood Book which you will be introduced to in Green (45 days from now.) IV = Immanuel’s Veins. There is a fountain filled with blood, drawn from Immanuel’s Veins. IV doesn’t come out till next year, but I could use one now…” –Ted Dekker, via Facebook

“Just read the ideas that are incubating for Immanuel’s Veins. Gothic in texture but definitely a love story. Should be fun.” —Kevin Kaiser, via Twitter

“Get it? IV…intravenous…oh, never mind. The story is mostly developed and Mr. D is chomping at the bit to get going. I haven’t seen him this excited about a story for awhile, like since the last book.” —Kevin Kaiser, via his blog

“Ted started writing it on Monday. IV is taking him longer than normal to get into because he’s really researching the historical context of the story (it happens in the 1500’s). But he’s amped and it’s going to be great. Interesting side note: to get into the mood he painted his fingernails black. They’ll stay that way until the novel is done. I saw them this morning on iChat. Looks very cool, actually.” –Kevin Kaiser, via his blog

Interesting, no? If Black, Red, White, Showdown, Saint, Sinner, Skin, House, Chosen, Infidel, Renegade, Chaos, Lunatic, Elyon, and Green were just the setup for this story, then it’ll surely be amazing. I know I’m definitely pumped for this one. I’ll keep everybody updated with the details as the powers-that-be drop more hints and nuggets.

Tea with Hezbollah: This is Ted’s second non-fiction book (the first being Slumber of Christianity) and it’s being published by Doubleday, a division of Random House. It is set to be released on January 26th, 2010.

I’ve gotten lots of questions on this one. Yes, Ted really did travel through the Middle East with a friend of his, and yes they did meet with some of the most influential figures on the planet. The result is a great book that comes out in January 2010 through Harper Collins. We’re designing cover comps and hunting for endorsements right now.” –Kevin Kaiser, via his blog

“There’s been a lot of back and forth on cover concepts and copyediting, but it looks like we’re ready to get galleys out to key influencers for possible endorsements. Those who have read the MS all think TWH is an important book and will probably raise some eyebrows in the media. I agree. I read the first draft MS and realized that we Westerners really don’t know anything about the Middle East. Everyone I know will be reading this book as far as I’m concerned.” —Kevin Kaiser, via his blog

I really enjoyed Ted’s first non-fiction book and all the insight I’ve gained from reading/listening to him. I’m sure there will be plenty more for our minds and hearts to be opened to with TWH.

Burn: I’ve read it already, since Gathering ’09 participants were fortunate enough to receive an ARC, so I won’t say much besides . . . WOW! Kiss was a great story and perfect debut for the Dekker/Healy duo, but Burn just brings up the notch in so many ways. It comes out in January 2010.

Blink of an Eye sequel: It was confirmed at the Gathering ’09 that Ted’s and Erin’s third team-up will be a sequel to one of Ted’s most well-known works. Seeing that Kiss and Burn both revolved around female protagonists, I’m thinking that maybe this book may be more about Miriam than Seth. Or it could be a whole new female character. All I know is that it will probably be epic.

“Next up…reading the outline for the Blink sequel. Strong story. Key theme is the age-old question of why suffering exists in the world.” —Kevin Kaiser, via his Twitter

The Bride Collector: Earlier this year Ted released his first novel with secular publishing house Hatchette, and it was an amazing success, pleasing both longtime fans and newcomers. BoneMan’s Daughters was just the beginning though. Not much information has been released for TBC, but I’m sure it will not disappoint. At this year’s Gathering we were able to squeeze some information from Ted about it.

“The Bride Collector… My next New York Novel (April 2010. Working Title.) Who wants to be loved like a bride? Be careful what you wish for.” —Ted Dekker, via Facebook

Kevin Kaiser also gave a slight sneak peek to the cover via Twitter.


The Blood Book: Another addition to the BoHC, rumors of this one have been flying around for awhile.


Ah, the Blood Book: the lynchpin, the all-important missing corner of the treasure map…the answers to so. many. questions. All I can say is that the story is formed and it will probably  go into production shortly. Notice my choice of words…” –Kevin Kaiser, via his blog

We’re working through the details with the publisher right now. We may get to start production soon. I hope because I’m excited to plug into the creative end of this one.” –Kevin Kaiser, via his blog

“A blood book is a journal filled with drawings and secrets, the KEY to the world of Roush, Shataiki and their connection to this world. You might see it one day.” –Ted Dekker, via Facebook

Also, recently, Ted Dekker and Kevin Kaiser have been searching for professional artists, animators, and such. Intuition tells me that maybe they’re trying to find somebody to illustrate the Blood Book. Or I could be totally wrong.

I’m headed to  SoCal for a couple days to scope out development opps, specifically potential graphic novel partners. I’m also pursuing some animation and gaming possibilities.” –Kevin Kaiser, via his blog

Ted also dropped a few hints about the Blood Book at the Gathering, mainly saying that we’ll find out more about it in Green.

GREEN: There’s so much I could say about this novel right. So many things have been said about it. So many hints, nuggets, previews, videos… Even a whole street team full of passionate people getting the word out about it! There’s only a few weeks left until we can all get our hands on it. To read the story of Thomas Hunter, Billy Rediger, Queen Marsuuv, and, of course, Elyon…

Writer’s Conference: A few weeks ago, there was a poll put up on the Ted Dekker site asking if writers would be interested in a writing school or annual conference or both. The response was immediate. Let’s just hope that maybe one day we’ll be able to attend one of these.

“While I was jotting down early thoughts about the Gathering, I started thinking about how we can better plug into the writers in the TD community. So, I’m looking into the possibility of doing a writer’s conference. This one is on Step 2 of 957, but the thoughts are forming. You’ll probably notice that I posted a poll on asking about it. Over 600 people are interested. We just need to find the best way to do it.” —Kevin Kaiser, via his blog

Other News: Recently on FB, Ted asked his fans what would be the better cover version for the BoneMan’s Daughters Mass Market Paperback. And the scenario played out like this…

“It went like this: 9 AM – in New York a decision has been made, cover A will go to press. 11 AM – Ted goes to his friends on FaceBook and asks for an opinion. 2 PM – Nearly a thousand of you have already made your mark. Heads in New York spin. You have chosen B by a huge margin. 4 PM – the decision is reversed. New York immediately gives the order. PRINT COVER B. Only here, only you. Be heard.” —Ted Dekker, via Facebook

That just goes to show how much Ted values the opinions of his fans! Have a thought, concern, question? Just leave a comment on the blog. I’m sure you’ll be heard. :)


By the way, be sure to visit the blog frequently! There’s going to be contests, news, and great content that you’ll only be able to find here. Tomorrow I’ll be announcing a contest where you just might be able to win a very cool prize…