Friday, November 20, 2009

Touched by a Vampire

Touched by a Vampire by Beth Felker Jones takes an in-depth look at the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. If you've not heard of the love story of Bella and Edward then you must be living under a rock somewhere. One of my Facebook friends this morning said that New Moon (the second in the series to be released on the movie screen) is like Lord of the Rings for girls. It's stinkin' huge.

I read the Twiglight saga earlier this year when an author that I have the deepest admiration for recommended it because it was so well written. I didn't allow my children to read past the second book because it was so intense.

In Touched by a Vampire Beth Felker Jones points out areas that may save people from actually having to read the series for themselves. Beth reminds us that Meyer is a Mormon and that there are some underlying themes in the story. Each chapter has some questions that you can ask yourself or your teens, excellent source of discussion.

A summary:

People around the world are asking the same question, enraptured with Edward and Bella’s forbidden romance in the Twilight Saga, a four-book serial phenomenon written by Stephenie Meyer. The bestsellers tell the story of a regular girl’s relationship with a vampire who has chosen to follow his “good” side. But the Saga isn’t just another fantasy–it’s teaching girls about love, sex, and purpose. With 48 million copies in print and a succession of upcoming blockbuster films, now is the time to ask the important question: Can vampires teach us about God’s plan for love?
Touched by a Vampire is the first book to investigate the themes of the Twilight 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.
Cautionary, thoughtful, and challenging, Touched by a Vampire is written for Twilight fans, parents, teachers, and pop culture enthusiasts. It includes an overview of the series for those unfamiliar with the storyline and a discussion guide for small groups.

You can purchase this book here.

This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah.

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