Rise of the Mystics

Rise of the Mystics

Some say the great mystery of how one can live in two worlds at once died with Thomas Hunter many years ago. Still others that the gateway to that greater reality was and is only the stuff of dreams. They are all wrong.Rachelle Matthews, who grew up in the small town of Eden, Utah, discovered just how wrong when she dreamed and awoke in another world. There she learned tha...

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Title:Rise of the Mystics
Author:Ted Dekker
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Rise of the Mystics Reviews

  • Evan Morgan

    A compelling, revelatory, and emotional journey, Rise of the Mystics brings not only the story that began with The 49th Mystic to an end, but also the story that began with Black fifteen years ago.

  • Amy

    Ted Dekker continues to capture the hearts and minds of his readers with his latest book Rise of the Mystics. It being even better than its predecessor The 49th Mystic. Dekker weaves the truths of The Forgotten Way into a compelling and thrilling story of adventure but at its core love. And not just any love story but the story of true love. His storytelling is phenomenal as he leaves the reader with a greater understanding of what true love means and challenges their beliefs.

  • Rebekah Kopenski

    What an ending to a powerful story! This book gives you the need to take Ted Dekker’s words to heart and truly dive deep!

    Dive deep not only into more if Ted’s writings but into the teachings of Jesus...into Yeshua Himself.

    So dive deep, Beloved.

    You won’t be disappointed.

  • Monika

    If you are a Ted Dekker fan you will not be disappointed in his latest book, Rise of the Mystics. I will call out that you need to have read the prior book, The 49th Mystic if this book is to make sense, I also recommend that you have read the Circle Trilogy however that is not a must. In The 49th Mystic, in true Ted Dekker fashion he begins to turn your world upside down, however in Rise of the Mystics he shatters all of your preconceived ideas and immerses you in the one truth. You will be imm

    If you are a Ted Dekker fan you will not be disappointed in his latest book, Rise of the Mystics. I will call out that you need to have read the prior book, The 49th Mystic if this book is to make sense, I also recommend that you have read the Circle Trilogy however that is not a must. In The 49th Mystic, in true Ted Dekker fashion he begins to turn your world upside down, however in Rise of the Mystics he shatters all of your preconceived ideas and immerses you in the one truth. You will be immediately submersed into a new world where not only are the main characters having the truth reveled to them, but you as the reader are experiencing these 5 truths come alive. I strongly recommend that you pick up a copy today and continue the journey of finding the rest of the 5 seals, all of which point to the singular truth!

  • Krystal

    Usually I am not at a loss for words, but as I sit here pondering the right words to describe the journey that the Rise of the Mystics takes you on I am stunned! One simple word keeps surfacing, “Wow”!

    If you are an avid Ted Dekker fan, like I am, and you have grown with him on the spiritual journey, he has taken through his extensive writing career, both in fiction and non fiction, then Rise of the Mystics will change the way you view EVERYTHING!

    We are on the cusp, just like the 49th, of major

    Usually I am not at a loss for words, but as I sit here pondering the right words to describe the journey that the Rise of the Mystics takes you on I am stunned! One simple word keeps surfacing, “Wow”!

    If you are an avid Ted Dekker fan, like I am, and you have grown with him on the spiritual journey, he has taken through his extensive writing career, both in fiction and non fiction, then Rise of the Mystics will change the way you view EVERYTHING!

    We are on the cusp, just like the 49th, of major change in our World and we are called, just as Rachelle is, to be the bearer of love and light through the five seals of Truth.

    If you dove deep in the Circle Series (Black, Red, White & Green) then you will revel at the chance to be back in that World. Dekker, does not disappoint, the pace, the characters, the flow is consistent with what we have come to love and expect of his writing. The transformation, the light in the darkness, the love without fear, and holding no records of wrong, these are truths that will have you sitting in wonder, pondering if you are ready to be a part of the realm of mystics, where you can find true power in this life and peace in the storms. Or will you keep living like The Circle, placing your hope in a better life to come while living in fear in this one?

    It is time to Dive Deep and remove the blindness to our true identity!

  • Kav

    That wheezing you hear is me trying to catch my breath after finishing the sequel to The 49th Mystic! And this is definitely the case where you need to read that book first. Dekker does give a great catch-up to refresh a reader's mind but The Rise of the Mystics is way too intense and involved to pick up as a standalone read.

    Once again I'm gobsmacked over this author's ability to create such depth and meaning in a work of fiction. This is a truly inspired piece of work. The kind of faith driven

    That wheezing you hear is me trying to catch my breath after finishing the sequel to The 49th Mystic! And this is definitely the case where you need to read that book first. Dekker does give a great catch-up to refresh a reader's mind but The Rise of the Mystics is way too intense and involved to pick up as a standalone read.

    Once again I'm gobsmacked over this author's ability to create such depth and meaning in a work of fiction. This is a truly inspired piece of work. The kind of faith driven speculative thriller that makes you think. And wrestle. And stretch. Not to be read lightly -- or quickly -- or you'll miss experiencing the full spiritual journey.

    "Do not resist. Enter that fear with love, which casts it out. Work out your salvation from the storm through that fear. It's the only way to finally see fear for what it is, a shadow." (p 138)

    Rachelle is back, facing the greatest battle of her life -- and most of it happens inwardly -- the war of wills, a conflict between heart and mind. Learning what it means to live love without judgement. And that includes self-doubt and condemnation. There are times I had to pull back and just sit in the story as I made connections between Rachelle's journey and my own.

    "I was now condemning myself by calling myself a failure. Did it never stop? It was no wonder there were so few water walkers in the world." (p 253)

    Dekker writes about the masks we hide behind and the power they have to block out the Light. Honestly, there are layers and layers of mind blowing concepts that have the ability to lead a reader deeper into her faith. At least, that is my experience with this novel.

    The Rise of the Mystic challenges and entertains -- a heart-stopping, soul-stirring thrill of a read!

    Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.

  • Laura

    I am probably the last person in the world who should be reading a fantasy book. They are not the type of book I prefer to read, but since I read the last book in this series, The 49th Mystic, I was asked to review this one, and truthfully, I wanted to find out if Rachelle got the rest of the seals!

    No, I'm not going to tell you if she succeeded, what I will say to you is that if anyone is going to get me to read fantasy, it would be Ted Dekker. The man knows how to weave a tale - and what a tale

    I am probably the last person in the world who should be reading a fantasy book. They are not the type of book I prefer to read, but since I read the last book in this series, The 49th Mystic, I was asked to review this one, and truthfully, I wanted to find out if Rachelle got the rest of the seals!

    No, I'm not going to tell you if she succeeded, what I will say to you is that if anyone is going to get me to read fantasy, it would be Ted Dekker. The man knows how to weave a tale - and what a tale it is!

    In the last book, Rachelle had three of the five seals she needed and Project Eden had been revealed to the world, in this book she has been brainwashed by DARPA who quite literally have wiped her memory clean and she can't remember who she is. Not a good thing when you are supposed to be saving the world, especially when you have an evil demon pulling the strings behind the scenes.

    While The 49th Mystic immediately grabbed my attention and drew me in, The Rise of the Mystics took me a little longer to get into, because of what was happening to Rachelle and her father. As I continued to read, the story began to improve, but it bothered me when it seemed to be leaning towards the false doctrine of Universalism. Now I could be wrong there because as I said, fantasy books are not my thing. I might have just missed the whole point because frankly, there was a lot of deeper stuff to this book, so you had to think about it rather than enjoy the story.

    In the end I "got it" and Dekker captured the glory of heaven, redemption and forgiveness uniquely. So the ending was ... oops! I almost gave it away.

    The Rise of the Mystics releases October 2nd. Order your book now. You won't be disappointed.

    Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

  • Jerry

    Another impressive allegory from Ted Dekker. Hope to see more of these characters.

  • Victoria Vogt

    Ted Dekker takes the dive with his readers yet again into the world of the Circle series. The Rise of the Mystics is the conclusion to a spin off series that features new faces and many of the beloved characters from the original story arc in Circle. Now, to be clear you do not need to have read The Circle or it's YA fiction companion The Lost Chronicles to grasp the concepts in this book, but I would highly recommend reading the Circle series first in order to have a firm understanding of some

    Ted Dekker takes the dive with his readers yet again into the world of the Circle series. The Rise of the Mystics is the conclusion to a spin off series that features new faces and many of the beloved characters from the original story arc in Circle. Now, to be clear you do not need to have read The Circle or it's YA fiction companion The Lost Chronicles to grasp the concepts in this book, but I would highly recommend reading the Circle series first in order to have a firm understanding of some of the main concepts that shape the world you would find yourself traveling.

    In this sequel to The 49th Mystic, our heroine Rachelle continues her crusade to find the Seals on Earth, while learning the Truths of Elyon on Other Earth. Talya, Jacob, and a few surprise guest, both Horde and Albino, continue to help shape Rachelle in her journey of revelation to prevent the fall of not just one, but both worlds into darkness. She finds herself clashing with the shadowman Vlad as he continues to cast darkness and devour the Light at every turn.

    Since high school, Ted Dekker has been my favorite author. My favorite books, the books I remember fondly are written by Ted Dekker. To say I should be biased to favor his writing would be a correct assumption. But. This was probably my least favorite piece that Ted Dekker has written. My style of reading is very straight forward. If I love it, I read it and I can't put it down. If I don't love it, I close the book, put it away and then maybe in a few months to years try again if I think about it. This book was one that I would have put down and walked away from, but I received it to review so I felt as though I suffered as I suffered through many a required reading in highschool AP English.

    This was a stereotypical Dekker novel. Protagonist, spiritual warfare, and metaphors to explain Biblical truths about our faith and standing with the Lord. It had traces of his previous work, A Child Called Blessed. But unlike that book (which I highly recommend to anyone struggling with finding who they are in Christ), this book fell short. The discussions, that were meant to guide the reader to the Seals instead, in my opinion, were lacking. He uses a multitude of metaphors to come to the same conclusion, it was difficult to read and honestly took away from the story and the ultimate conclusions, the Seals (which will not be disclosed here). This was an emotional journey, driven by emotions, maybe since I'm not inherently an emotional person I had trouble with the dialogue. The reasoning was circular, repetitive, and honestly exhausting to read. To be frank, it was like a cow, chewing the cud, swallowing, digesting in the stomach and then regurgitating it up to chew on again. Ted did make good use of Scripture to support his points and I definitely appreciated that. Also, Tayla's journal helps the reader decipher the cacophony of the subjects being taught. I usually enjoy the banter that Ted uses to make a point in his conversations, but this was too much.

    The story, on the other hand, was done well. The emotions and reactions that Rachelle had were relatable, as her character was meant to be. Though Tayla was not my favorite, I did appreciate his consistency and tenacity in working Rachelle to a conclusion. The meshing of the worlds, if you would, holds true the original story of Circle I so fondly remember. This journey, though chaotic, was something relatable to the journey we all take in life, with the need of constant reminders from those around us and gentle prodding toward the truth.

    I probably would not recommend this book to anyone who was not already a Dekker reader. Due to the confusing banter and an ending I honestly did not agree with theologically. I would say that Dekker and I usually line up quite well with our beliefs, but there were a few things in this particular book that I could not agree with Biblically. Salvation is offered to all mankind, but not all mankind choose to receive, because true love wants you to choose Christ and His Father, not have it forced upon you. Not everyone will be embraced by the Lord at the end of their lives, because not everyone chooses Christ. It's not love because no matter what you decide you still are a Child of God, it's love because you get to choose to be His child.

    I would give this book 2.5/5 due to circular and repetitive reasoning cuppled with the fact that there are serious theological errors, especially the ending.

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