"The Twilight Gospel" by Dave Roberts
The Twilight Saga has captured the hearts and minds of millions of people around the world through books, movies and merchandise. But what is the Christian response to this? Is there one? Should there be one?
In The Twilight Gospel: The Spiritual Roots of Stephenie Meyer's Vampire Saga Roberts finds that while the spirituality and worldview of the books are fascinating, they don't easily mesh with Christianity. His book helps the reader to discern what is healthy and unhealthy and to think more clearly about the many issues that arise in the books.
Roberts has certainly does his research for the book. He incorporates all of the books as well as the movies for the illustrations of his points. Even someone who hasn't read the books will still understand the points he is making. The book is well laid out, easy to follow and to the point. Roberts does not just focus on the negative aspects on the book, he also acknowledges and praises the positives. The book is a fair and balanced approach to the subject.
There are a few spots where the connection between the books and Christianity seem to be a little far reaching. But even if you put Christianity aside, the book is still a good look at the issues arise from the Twilight Saga and the effect that they can have upon impressionable teens.
This book is a good read for any parent who has a tween or teen that is into the Twilight Saga. It will help the parent understand what their child is reading, why they enjoy the books and give them talking points to be discussed with their child. If you are concerned with the books take on occult spirits, life after death, sexuality, personal spiritual power, glamour and materialism The Twilight Gospel will give you more to think about the issues and help you view them in light of the Bible.
Thank you to Stephanie and Amy at Litfuse Publicity for providing me with a copy of this book to review. You can check out the blog tour here.