This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group
Book: Touched by a Vampire
Author: Beth Felker Jones
"Examining Twilight through a Biblical Lens"
People around the world are enraptured with Edward & Bella's forbidden romance in the Twilight Saga. This book investiages the themes of the 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.
I'm going to admit from the get go - I'm a Twilight NUT! I've even done a post about views I've seen of comparing to Scripture on my Home blog (Button on the top right)... So I was so excited about getting this book to see what else others had to say.
I was also excited because the book also holds a guide for group discussions & since I get to spend time with youth girls who also love Twilight in our church, I was anxious to see what some of the discussions could stir up.
I think maybe because I am such a die-hard Twilighter, this book wasnt what I expected.
For example - here are some of the titles of the chapters are the following:
Forbidden Fruit - The allure of Dangerous Romance
Body & Blood - Twilight's Take of Abstinence & Sex
Baseball & Loyalty - Twilight & the Ideal Family
Monster Spawn or Precious Child? Children in the Twilight Saga
I mean, I really did appreciate what this book was saying but at the end of each chapter, I found myself saying "ITS JUST A NOVEL!"....
For me, reading the Twilight series ever made me question God, or my relationship with God. And while I would LOVE for someone to be as incredible as Edward - I know there is no one that is going to sparkle like diamonds in the sunlight & be there to protect me from evil vampires...
One chapter dealt with how Jesus should be the center of your life - not necessarily a man like Edward. Well, you can look at ANY book, especially a romance book, & come up with the same conclusion.
It talks about how children should be a blessing & not have a "baby who eats her mother alive"... seriously! I think we can all agree, that's not a good thing...
I almost found it irritating because I felt like it was sorta underminding, personally...
Maybe if someone hasnt read the Twilight series & was going into reading this blindly, maybe it would touch them more. For me personally, a true Twilight-er, it wasnt a book for me... but that's OK... books reach different people at different times.
I'd be interested in knowing if anyone else read it & what you thought...
if you are interested in checking it out for youserlf & want to form your own opinion, go here:
My Rating: I hate saying it was bad, but it was bad for me. it definitely could have potential for others.. 2 skeins.