Ted Dekker’s “The 49th Mystic” – easily the most unique and profound novel I have read in years and perhaps ever. I did not know what to expect. And yet even without clear expectations, it still managed to surpass them. Honestly, I believe I could read this book ten times over and still not be finished learning from it.
I’m not sure I can find the right words to describe “The 49th Mystic”. Profound and unique as I said before, but I would add to that astonishing, wise-beyond-words, and revolutionary.
Rachelle’s story, which I understand will be continued in the sequel “Rise of the Mystics”, is the story of us all, or at least the story we all have the option of choosing if we choose to dwell in our true identity as made in the image of our Creator, sharing in His light, and living out what it truly means to be His child. While this one sentence certainly does not do justice to the story you will find in these pages, I don’t think I’ll even try to explain it any better, and instead urge you to experience it for yourself.
Without hesitation, I would recommend this novel to many of the people I know. I would not, however, recommend it to young readers, as there are a few scenes that are not suitable. Still, I cannot exactly fault the author for including them, because 9 times out of 10, they served a very important point, and without them “The 49th Mystic” would not be what it is. And I would not want to change it.
That being said, I would like to sum up my opinion of this book with one more word: Inspired. I believe without hesitation that it was inspired by God. That it was a gift He gave to us through the obviously willing vessel of a talented author. I can think of no other explanation than this for “The 49th Mystic”.
“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”