Before I read Green, my favorite color was red. Now I’m not so sure…

GREEN

Green is Ted’s latest offering in the Books of History Chronicles, wrapping up loose ends from the original Circle trilogy, the Paradise Novels, and the Lost Books. It is the beginning and the end. A tale full of blood, war, and intoxicating love. It may sound like an 0xy-moron, but Ted manages to pull it off with the usual heart-stomping Dekker signature.

Some may argue about how dark the story is, or how some plot elements just don’t work, or how many theological problems may pop up here and there. But I think that they’ve lost the meaning of this piece of art in translation.

At the heart of this novel are the elegantly-sung words, “You are beautiful… So beautiful… Beautiful.” This novel encapsulates that theme, even in the most hopeless of times, and Dekker brings to light his most soul-wrenching, ambitous story to date. Pick up your copy as soon as you can, and open your eyes to the world of colors, where even the smallest soul is at the largest stake.

For more reviews of Green, click here. And check out Ted’s latest flash fiction posted today on his Facebook, “The Gunslinger”! Also, you can now subscribe to the blog by email! Just click here and put your email in. If you have any other suggestions, just shoot us an email at ScribesofOE@gmail.com.

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Today The Forest Guard Chronicles is pleased to present you the first in a very special series, Confessions of an AdDekkt. If you are reading this, you are most likely an AdDekkt, also. We hope through these honest, open essays you are able to come to terms with your problem and take the necessary steps to breaking this habit. Dive deep.

CONFESSIONS OF AN ADDEKT (STEP 1):
Admitting Your Problem

My name is Phenomenal, and I have a problem. You see, I’m a story junkie. I love a good novel, whether it be fantasy or mystery or suspense. But I receive no greater thrill than feeling the pages of a Dekker novel gliding between my fingers, my mind absorbing every single word and sentence. I’m addicted, I admit. It takes alot for me to openly admit it, but I AM a Dekker addict. But first, allow me tell you a little bit about myself.

I was born a Blessed Child in Paradise, CO, but I was Chosen and have grown into a Man Called Blessed. I count in Thr3e‘s and I view the world in four colors (Black, Red, White, and Green). My life occurs in the Blink of an Eye and I am trapped within my own Skin. I sing The Martyr’s Song, and I cry When Heaven Weeps. Some call me a Lunatic. Others call me Infidel. I say I’m just Obsessed. Things may be worse than Chaos, heavier than Thunder of Heaven, in my life but I hold onto my Savior, Elyon, and I dwell in His House. I’m no Saint. I know I’m a Sinner, but I’ll never go Renegade. Heaven’s Wager is on my soul, as well as yours, and the Showdown nears… (Did I mention I’ve never Kissed a guy named Adam, and my sister is BoneMan’s Daughter? ;P)

Now that you know about me, I can tell you about this spiral into adDekktion I find myself in now. It all started a few years back when I decided to pick up a book called House. I had read some of Peretti’s stuff since I was in fifth grade and I really enjoyed his stuff, so I took a gamble at this co-authored book. It was decent. That led to picking up the book Thr3e for a dollar. Ironically, I got much more than 3-for-1. Then one of my teachers in high school at that time, who happened to also be an AdDekkt, gave me Showdown as a gift randomly. It’s all History from there, quite literally.

Skip a year or four, now I have an entire blog devoted to the Man Behind the Mask. I also have a secret shrine devoted to him that nobody’s supposed to know about… *cough cough*

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I see Roush and Shataiki around every corner. I tremble in the presence of Noxzema. And I attack anybody in a black trench coat, fearing they may be Marsuvees Black.

I drink Green Water, a much better alternative to soda, milk, or even regular water. Sometimes I like to trip on Grace Juice too.

I made flyers and voted for Ted in a student-body election at my school.

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I even have my own Book of History I stole from David Abraham. In fact, I almost made it to Other-Earth.

See, these are just some of the few signs that led me to believe I was an AdDekkt. I, like you, was in denial at first, but I have come to understand the nature of this unnatural thirst for all things Dekker. Now is the time for you to take your first step toward recovery and openly admit you’re an AdDekkt. Leave a comment or email us at ScribesofOE@gmail.com, telling us about your adDekktion. We might even feature it on the blog.

Stay tuned for the continuation of the Confession series next Wednesday!

Today the Forest Guard Chronicles brings you an exclusive Ted-Inspired work from Justin Buus, also known to some of you as NinjArtist on the Circle. Yes, he is a ninja AND an artist. And now I present to you . . .

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Amazing, no? You can click here for a larger version of the image, or you can click here for an alternate version with the poem from Showdown on it.

If you want to see more of Justin’s work, including a sneak preview at his graphic novel-in-progress Holy Darkness, you can visit his Circle page. Here’s another of my favorite pieces of his.

Hope you enjoyed! Leave a comment. And if you have anything you want to be featured on this blog, shoot us an email at ScribesofOE@gmail.com. :)

(Updated with links to the larger/alternate versions now! Sorry about that.)

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LOTS of news this week with the release of Green, of course. Let’s start there.

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GREEN: If you haven’t bought your copy yet, then you must be mentally insane! What are you doing sitting here on your bum in front of your computer? Go to the nearest bookstore now. Anyway, for those who have read it, you should check out these links for what Ted has to say.

“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

Check out Ted’s newest blog HERE for his thoughts on Green being the first and the last book of the series. Where do you take your stance on The Great Green Debate? Also, check out HERE and HERE for more discussion on the subject. Beware of MAJOR SPOILERS though.

When you’re done looking through that, check out this awesome radio interview Ted recently did, discussing Green, evil, and a lot of other interesting topics. Just click HERE.

IMMANUEL’S VEINS: Well, Ted’s “off the grid and hooked up to an IV” (Kevin Kaiser, via Ted’s FB). He’s been busy writing, writing, and writing some more of Immanuel’s Veins, and now we have a few more details for you to salivate over.

“Ted is dropping off the grid this week to go write IV. Only a handful people will even know where he is hiding, but that’s good. He has a lot to get done in a short amount of time. And that means total immersion. The book is working out great and this will definitely be one that fans of his fantasy novels will sink their fan–, er, teeth into.” –Kevin Kaiser, via his blog

First of all, we already know that it’s set in the 1500s, it’s the backdrop of all the Books of History Chronicles, and now . . . it’s a vampire novel (or should I say, a Leedhan novel).

“So, Ted’s still locked away in an undisclosed location working on Immanuel’s Veins, which comes out August 2010. Yes, it has vampires in it. And, yes, it will be epic. He read some of it to me this morning and I think it’s going to be an amazing ride. Different, but in a good way…

For all of you who are wondering if it’s anything like Twilight, I can tell you DEFINITIVELY that the answer is no. IV is uniquely Dekker all the way through. The only similarity to Twilight is that Ted spells the word “vampire” the same way Stephenie Meyer does. Other than that…totally different.” –Kevin Kaiser, via Ted’s FB

FOREST GUARD: Well, the last mission is a go! Get as many people as you can to download an ebook version of Black, the first in the Circle Series.

If you want to help me out, you can download it HERE with my code 6228. :P

OTHER: Kevin posted a bunch of updates on all things Ted on his blog HERE. You can find out what’s going on with the BoH-related stage production, as well as some news on Tea with Hezbollah, and a Circle animated series! Also, I’d keep an eye on his blog if you want to be the next Ted Dekker. You a writer. Then your time has come. Check out your opportunity HERE.

Ted slipped out of hiding yesterday to say some words on Facebook.

“I come to you from my room, for your help; I must know. Do you believe that A) The Mythos of Vampires (meaning that seductive power of tangible evil that wooed Eve into taking her first bite of the apple, that wolf in sheep’s clothing) is real? Or B) That seductive story has no place in our UnderGround because evil is only a figment, best kept under sheep’s clothing? A or B, my friends, because some seem confused.

For a while I was worried! Yet some still say, “I believe in the wolf in sheep’s clothing, but please don’t show us that wolf! Don’t let the serpent beguile, don’t let the wolf bite.” Sly wolf, seductive serpent, alluring vampire, they are all one. They walk amongst us, and we do not want to see; but I will unmask him that you might bind him with me. Yet some will still say: NO WOLVES! NO SERPENTS! NO VAMPIRES! Sigh.” —Ted Dekker, via Facebook

For a limited time, Kevin Kaiser had posted The Bride Collector cover on his blog, but our investigative photographer from the Circle (living_aLOUD), got it for us, and you can check that out in our previous post HERE.

Last but not least, Ted will be debuting a piece of flash fiction as soon as he comes back, so stay tuned for that!

“Ted sends his greetings and wants you to know that he’s doing well, but hasn’t left the hotel room where he’s been holed up for days. He’ll see you all soon, and when he returns he’ll bring back a little offering of thanks for letting him disappear for awhile: a Dekker original piece of flash fiction that he’s titled “The Gunslinger.” Coming in a few days.” –Kevin Kaiser, via Facebook

And now here’s your weekly recap.

Music Monday: “Invincible” – Muse
Ted-Inspired Tuesday: It Came From Other-Earth! and When Retailers Get “Inspired”
Wacky Wednesdays: Green Power
Thoughtful Thursdays: To Hold His Hand
First-Look Fridays: TBC Preview

In honor of Green’s release, today’s Ted-Inspired Tuesday brings you the whimsical, colorful art of Other-Earth, as drawn by DarthxErik. Enjoy and don’t forget to leave a comment!

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You can check out more of DarthxErik’s amazing work here!

And don’t forget to run out to your local bookstore and buy Green today! :)

It’s my pleasure to bring to you one of this blog’s features I’m most excited about. Every Thursday we’ll bring you one of Ted’s deepest, most profound quotes and elaborate on it in our own thoughts and musings. Here’s one from Showdown. Enjoy. Leave a comment.

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1. Write to discover.

If you are a writer, then you know how it feels to put the pencil to paper and pour all your creativity and heart onto that page. It’s a discovery process. I know that while writing some of my own works I have found out a lot about myself, just through my own characters and scenes. When you’re writing, you’re taking that journey too. Sure, you are in control of the actions taken throughout the book, but in the end, you are never certain of what you may truly discover.

Discover – to see, get knowledge of, learn of, find, or find out; gain sight or knowledge of (something previously unseen or unknown)

2. There is no greater discovery than love.

Discovery is beautiful. It is truly breathtaking when you find yourself on the verge of darkness and confusion, and there, in the midst of all pain, blossoms understanding and love. What is greater than this? Surely, there can be nothing worth more than discovering love and hope. No worms or Grace Juice can compare. Who would want to end their story with a discovery of nothing but death and hatred? What satisfaction would you find in it?

3. All love comes from the Creator.

So, if the greatest discovery is love, and all love comes from the Creator, Elyon, then when you discover, you are finding Him. Let’s apply this to our definition of discover.

Discover – to see love and our Creator, get knowledge of love and our Creator, learn of love and our Creator, find love and our Creator, or find out about love and our Creator; gain sight or knowledge of love and our Creator (something previously unseen or unknown)

4. Write what you will.

We have creative freedom to write what we please, to explore all the questions that may plague our minds and all the dark corners in man’s heart. In the end, though, we will discover. So, don’t be afraid to write what’s on your mind. You may just end up making the greatest discovery.

The rules reflected the students’ purpose in their studies, certainly, but even more so in their lives as a whole. They were often encouraged to substitute the word live for the word write. Live to discover, as long as discovery leads to a love from the Creator.”
Ted Dekker, Showdown

Live to discover, as long as discovery leads to a love from the Creator.

–Phenomenal


What’s crackin’, Dekkies? :D As part of the new blog format, every Wednesday we’ll display comics, parodies, and other various humorous things. And today I present to you a comic drawn by yours truly, parodying Ted’s Paradise novels. The truth shall be revealed.Mask

There you have it. The truth behind Marsuvees Black. Yes, he is Ted Dekker. (Yeah, I know the comic looks a little rough. I’ll fix it later. >>) Hope you enjoyed. Leave a comment. Or shoot an email to phenomenal0719@live.com if you have any thoughts or ideas you want to share.

–Phen