Rise of the Mystics (Beyond the Circle, #2)
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 that she was the 49th Mystic, the prophesied one, tasked with finding five ancient seals before powerful enemies destroy her. If Rachelle succeeds in her quest, peace will reign. If she fails, the world will forever be locked in darkness.In The 49th Mystic, Rachelle found the first three of those five seals through great peril and mind-altering adventure. But two seals remain hidden and the fate of both worlds hangs in their balance.As Rachelle Matthews sits deep in a dungeon, Vlad Smith is just getting started. Thomas Hunter's world is about to be turned inside out. The mystics say that there is no defense against the Fifth Seal--but finding it will cost Rachelle everything.So begins the final volume of high stakes in one girl's quest to find an ancient path that will save humanity. The clock is ticking; the end rushes forward.Ready? Set?Dream.

Rise of the Mystics (Beyond the Circle, #2) Details

TitleRise of the Mystics (Beyond the Circle, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherFleming H. Revell Company
ISBN-139780800729790
Rating
GenreChristian Fiction, Fiction, Fantasy, Christian

Rise of the Mystics (Beyond the Circle, #2) Review

  • Evan Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Rebekah Kopenski
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Victoria Vogt
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Kav
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Monika
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Natasha
    January 1, 1970
    I am super grateful to have received Rise of the Mystics as an Advance Reader Copy, and as requested, I’m offering my honest review. I am a huge fan of Ted Dekker and have read most of his books. Having said that, Rise of the Mystics is not my favorite, and some of the reasons I’ve liked Dekker’s books in the past are part of the reason this one didn’t work as well for me. What I’ve always liked about Dekker’s books is how he interweaves Truth into these gripping stories in such a way that I’m e I am super grateful to have received Rise of the Mystics as an Advance Reader Copy, and as requested, I’m offering my honest review. I am a huge fan of Ted Dekker and have read most of his books. Having said that, Rise of the Mystics is not my favorite, and some of the reasons I’ve liked Dekker’s books in the past are part of the reason this one didn’t work as well for me. What I’ve always liked about Dekker’s books is how he interweaves Truth into these gripping stories in such a way that I’m entertained AND take home a new understanding of God without feeling like I’ve been preached to. The story of Rise of the Mystics is fascinating, and the Truths are important, but I do feel like I’ve been preached to, which takes a little bit away from the story and the whole reading experience for me.Now, Rachelle’s whole journey centers on learning these spiritual Truths about herself and the world. So, there kind of have to be didactic parts to the book. I think I might have been more awed by those teachings if I was not already as familiar with Dekker’s nonfiction The Forgotten Way as I am. On the other hand, this practical approach to those Truths, as lived out by Rachelle, does help them stick better in the mind. Like Rachelle, I’ve been on my own journey to let go of grievance and fear. It’s not easy, and like Rachelle in the book, I need lots of reminders. So, this book was good for that for me, particularly as she got closer to the Fifth Seal. By then, I felt like there was more gentle revelation and less textbook information.[Spoilers follow]It was the end of the book, though, that confused and worried me a bit: the part where a wave of love washes over everyone in Other Earth and changes the hearts of even the most hardhearted humans. Miraculously, everyone is changed and saved to live in Justin’s new realm of peace, want to or not, arguably. This only happens in Other Earth, where the rules have always been a bit different. On Earth, everyone still has to make the journey on their own, so the picture given on Other Earth is confusing. It’s a powerful picture, yes. Everyone can be saved by God’s love, even cruel Ba’al. Sadly, it’s hard to believe everyone would choose that love, and in reality, we do get to make the choice on our own, though in the story, it doesn’t seem like it. Is Dekker trying to say everyone will be saved, no matter their beliefs or actions? I know love is the key, but throughout Earth’s existence, people have purposely turned their backs on God’s love time and time again, thinking they knew a better way. On Other Earth, they did, too. It just doesn’t ring true for the whole of Other Earth to have a wholesale change of heart. If the road from blindness to sight isn’t straightforward on our Earth, why is it presented in such a way in Other Earth? There’s some confusing theology here, which matters because Dekker is sharing his thoughts on real theology (it’s not just fiction).It’s hard to present an entire picture of the truth in a story that’s fiction. There are bound to be theological discrepancies or exclusions, even errors, on the part of the writer and misunderstandings on the part of the reader. After all, we live in a world bound in polarity, as Dekker puts it. We can’t see the whole picture, the real picture, if you will. The Bible does that for us. I enjoyed Rachelle’s journey and enjoyed unraveling what it means to really love one another. I saw through new eyes some of those wonderful Truths Dekker presents. But I’m also a little sad because what I believe isn’t completely reconciling with my favorite author’s beliefs. I just think it’s important that each of us read the Bible and make sure that wherever we are gaining revelation from, it checks out.
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  • Joann
    January 1, 1970
    Before you read this book I highly recommend you read the first book in the series, The 49th Mystic. The plot is intricate and could be difficult to follow without the background of the first book in the series. Plus: it was good.Mr. Dekker is a great storyteller and his perception of evil is EVIL. Those “bad guy” characters who play a role in this story fit that description to a T. The “good guys” in this story are also interesting, well educated, and living in unusual conditions in an isolated Before you read this book I highly recommend you read the first book in the series, The 49th Mystic. The plot is intricate and could be difficult to follow without the background of the first book in the series. Plus: it was good.Mr. Dekker is a great storyteller and his perception of evil is EVIL. Those “bad guy” characters who play a role in this story fit that description to a T. The “good guys” in this story are also interesting, well educated, and living in unusual conditions in an isolated and self-sufficient small town in Utah. The story of Rachelle, who is the 49th mystic, is very exciting - dealing with people who populate the earth we know, but also traveling in her dreams to an ancient earth where she interacts with their warring societies in a desperate search for truth. It is a story of love vs fear, freedom vs imprisonment, and is deeply spiritual. The message: God created us and has an overwhelming love for us. His desire is to have a relationship with each of us but sin and fear get in the way. Through Rachelle those barriers can be struck down making that relationship possible, and offering a world where people truly care about each other and fulfilling the commandment of Jesus that we should love God and our neighbor.I have read several of Mr. Dekker’s books and have enjoyed all of them. He has a unique and imaginative approach to storytelling. The presentation of his faith in his stories is gentle and loving, and unmistakable.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Krystal
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Meagan Myhren-bennett
    January 1, 1970
    Rise of the MysticsBeyond the Circle #2By Ted DekkerFirst off this is a totally WOW book. And you absolutely have to read book 1 The 49th Mystic first if you don't you will be more lost than Rachelle Matthews when she first awoke in the desert of Other Earth (from book 1).Everything that Rachelle thought that she had known was wrong or so the DARPA professionals working to help her would have her believe. Vlad Smith, nope just an implanted memory. The sky projection that she brought down with he Rise of the MysticsBeyond the Circle #2By Ted DekkerFirst off this is a totally WOW book. And you absolutely have to read book 1 The 49th Mystic first if you don't you will be more lost than Rachelle Matthews when she first awoke in the desert of Other Earth (from book 1).Everything that Rachelle thought that she had known was wrong or so the DARPA professionals working to help her would have her believe. Vlad Smith, nope just an implanted memory. The sky projection that she brought down with her mind, never happened that was all DARPA. And her dreams that take her to Other Earth just a manifestation of her schizophrenia for which they are treating her.Rachelle is a threat to both worlds as she is to usher in change through her actions if she can succeed in her mission of finding the Five Seals. Finding the first three seals allowed her to save Eden, but leaving Eden has placed under the manipulative control of DARPA. And in Other Earth, she is being held in an Elyonite prison. Worse the Horde know that both she and Jacob are prisoners of the Elyonite and they want them back.Rachelle is the 49th Mystic but her life in Other Earth has been stripped of its early memories thanks to the poison she received while imprisoned by the Horde. The Horde is not alone in their desire to stop her. The Elyonites too wish to stop her heretical beliefs and destroy the Mystics and their Realm in the process. Needing to re-learn, to re-member, what she once knew Rachelle is in a race against time and her own fears. But fear is a powerful foe, one that must be conquered before her time runs out.I liked that Thomas Hunter, known in Other Earth as Thomas of Hunter, is in this book. He is not alone as the Circle - many that one knew from The Circle series are integral to the story. And then there is Justin. After reading this series you'll want to reread The Circle if it has been a while since you last read them. It is easy to return to this world - it is like visiting a favorite childhood haunt and having the time away vanish. Ted Dekker has created another superb chapter in this world and one that should not be missed.I was sent an advanced reader copy of this book by the publisher after submitting proof on my pre-order of this book with no expectations other than offering my honest opinion.
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  • Jess Eischens
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED this book! There's so much truth woven into the pages of "Rise of the Mystics." Rachelle goes on quite the journey of learning as she dreams and lives in two worlds, fights for the truth and learns the power of love. The fast pace of her adventures, the powerful emotions of the characters and plot twists often left me eagerly reading into the late hours of the night because I just couldn't stop turning the pages! Several moments left me pumping my fist and yelling, "Yeah!" and grinning f I LOVED this book! There's so much truth woven into the pages of "Rise of the Mystics." Rachelle goes on quite the journey of learning as she dreams and lives in two worlds, fights for the truth and learns the power of love. The fast pace of her adventures, the powerful emotions of the characters and plot twists often left me eagerly reading into the late hours of the night because I just couldn't stop turning the pages! Several moments left me pumping my fist and yelling, "Yeah!" and grinning from ear to ear (if you love the Circle Trilogy, you'll know what I mean when you read this). I also love how Ted manages to sneak in characters of other books he's written (and you'll just have to read to find that out!). It's just so fun, and wild, and full of adventure. Nice work, Ted Dekker! I can't recommend this book highly enough! Of course, make sure to read "The 49th Mystic" first before diving into this one. :)
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  • Dr.
    January 1, 1970
    Dekker’s books never fail in grabbing the reader and not letting go until the last word. He holds my attention till the final page. Only Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief work caused me to take so long to finish this spellbinding novel. Read the 49th Mystic and then this book for thrilling adventure. I must state that as I understand the ending, theologically I am not in agreement. Still, the storyline makes for interesting reading.
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  • Audrey
    January 1, 1970
    So profound. So deeply profound. I have no words.For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light into all that are in the house. Let your light so shine, before men, that may s So profound. So deeply profound. I have no words.For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light into all that are in the house. Let your light so shine, before men, that may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16
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  • Anna Smith
    January 1, 1970
    This was such an intense, gripping conclusion to the first book in the series, The 49th Mystic. I thoroughly enjoyed that book. I was CONSUMED with this one! What an amazing book. Dekker has a way of writing that jumps off the page and causes you to look inside your own heart. I loved the dual storylines in this book, he did a wonderful job of keeping them separate, yet weaving them together where needed. I can’t recommend this series enough!
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  • Tessa
    January 1, 1970
    I got the book for free though the giveaway on goodreads and couldn't wait to read it. I finally read it and it was nice to read the continuation of the circle books with a new generation. I can't wait for the next book to come out next month. Ted Dekker does a nice job in bringing biblical views into the story without stuffing it down your throat. It's an easy read and I enjoyed the storyline
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  • Esther
    January 1, 1970
    Two worlds, one hero! Rise of the Mystics wraps up the Beyond the Circle series. As I read, I cheered Rachelle on. Her quest for truth was a great reminder of God's love for me. I liked the way Dekker wove Biblical teaching into the story. This series is separate from the original Circle series, but I definitely want to go back and read them again. I would recommend this series to any Dekker or fantasy fan.
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  • Matt McAbee
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful ride to the finish with Rachelle as she tries to find the last two seals. Ted Dekker pulls out all the stops on this amazing ride to the finish to save the Realm of the Mystics.
  • Hannah Whatley
    January 1, 1970
    “When you surrender your clinging to all attachments, all masks, all judgment, you awaken to a staggering love. In that love, you hold no record of wrong, and you escape all fear because there is no fear in love. Isn’t that what you want, 49th?”How could one man have possibly answered all of life’s deepest, hardest questions in a single novel?Ted Dekker did it.Or at least, he answered all of mine.Rise of the Mystics is the second book in Ted Dekker’s 49th Mystic duology, the sequel to The 49th M “When you surrender your clinging to all attachments, all masks, all judgment, you awaken to a staggering love. In that love, you hold no record of wrong, and you escape all fear because there is no fear in love. Isn’t that what you want, 49th?”How could one man have possibly answered all of life’s deepest, hardest questions in a single novel?Ted Dekker did it.Or at least, he answered all of mine.Rise of the Mystics is the second book in Ted Dekker’s 49th Mystic duology, the sequel to The 49th Mystic. It is the continuation of the story of Rachelle Matthews, a young woman on a journey from blindness to sight in more ways than one. The 49th Mystic finds Rachelle in a sheltered paradise called Eden, Utah, physically blind but able to see far more than her father or the town leaders ever could. Since her earliest years, she has dreamed of a terrifying being she calls Shadow Man, never imagining that he would materialize into the tightly-secured Eden as the cunning Vlad Smith to pursue her and take control of the city. With his appearance, however, comes another new experience for Rachelle: when she dreams, she wakes up in another world.Other Earth.In that world, she awakens to her true potential and destiny, sent on a mission by the wondrous and beautiful man Justin (who is much, much more than a man) to find five Seals that will reveal truth and reality to both Earth and Other Earth. She is the 49th Mystic of the great prophecy.Rise of the Mystics brings readers further into Rachelle’s journey, revealing that three of the five Seals have been found, but the fourth and fifth Seals will be the most difficult to discover because they will come at a time of the most crisis, not only in Rachelle’s life, but in the history of both worlds she is destined to awaken. On Earth, the world’s security leaders are preparing to gather for a summit, not having a clue that Vlad has crafted a plan that could wipe out the global economy, and whether Vlad activates this plan all hinges on whether he succeeds or fails in his mission to destroy what Rachelle seeks to save.And he is sure he will succeed.In Other Earth, the armies of every great kingdom—the Horde, the Elyonites, the Eramites, and the Circle—are preparing to clash, all aiming in their own way to eradicate the Realm of Mystics—charged with heresy by every other belief system—and using Rachelle as the means to do so.Rachelle’s strange but deeply wise mentor, Talya, guides her and her companion, Jacob, the Horde warrior who has abandoned the ways of his people in pursuit of helping the 49th, toward a greater understanding of the forgotten way of Justin, but to fully achieve this understanding, both Jacob and Rachelle must go through the most dangerous and frightening challenges of their lives, with the future of both realms dependent on what they learn in the process.Rise of the Mystics is my favorite book by Ted Dekker so far, and I would also say it is his best work. Everything that fans love about Dekker’s work culminates in this novel—the suspense, the vivid and life-like characters, the complex and twisting plots, and especially the depth of spiritual wisdom.One of the most defining aspects of an excellent work of literature is how it presents and answers universal questions—Why am I here? What is the point of life? If there is a point, how do I find victory and peace in this life instead of pushing through constant struggle, fear, and pain? Who is God and what does He look like?Am I worthy of love? Am I approved of?Dekker succeeds in answering these questions through the stories and wisdom of each character, plumbing spiritual depths and tying science with spirituality to create a stunning and true picture of a reality that I knew was there but couldn’t put into words or images. This book came to me during a “dark night of the soul,” as some spiritual teachers call it—a time in which I have been disillusioned about what to believe, a time in which everything I think I know is constantly turned on its head. When I read Rise of the Mystics, I felt hope that there was a way for me to find truth, the truth that spilled over in its pages.Rise of the Mystics is a masterful and beautiful work that I believe will take the world by storm. Hungry souls are longing for the love that sings to them through its words.Read it and find love.
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  • Meg
    January 1, 1970
    My decision to try out Ted Dekker’s new fantasy novel, The 49th Mystic, came about rather serendipitously – somehow I saw a sponsored post on Facebook one day (having never seen a Dekker post before) and was intrigued. I supposed you could say the marketing worked; phrases like “this is his greatest novel yet” and “if you don’t read any other book of his, at least try this one” were what pulled me in. A bit of a thrown-down gauntlet I guess. As a general rule, I don’t read fantasy literature add My decision to try out Ted Dekker’s new fantasy novel, The 49th Mystic, came about rather serendipitously – somehow I saw a sponsored post on Facebook one day (having never seen a Dekker post before) and was intrigued. I supposed you could say the marketing worked; phrases like “this is his greatest novel yet” and “if you don’t read any other book of his, at least try this one” were what pulled me in. A bit of a thrown-down gauntlet I guess. As a general rule, I don’t read fantasy literature addictively: only those novels/series that come with really strong reviews by my best book friends. So picking up this novel at my local library was a bit of chance game, but I was game for it. I truly loved the first novel, and was only angry to discover on the last page that it was A CLIFFHANGER AND I HAD TO WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL (ok, angry is exaggerated, but still. I hate waiting). However, the good news was that it was coming out fairly soon. I only had to wait until October. Or so I thought. Then again, I serendipitously (or providentially as I prefer) got an email about signing up for a launch team with the opportunity to read an advanced copy. So OF COURSE I signed up. My launch team selection email had my trying to do cartwheels in our small car as my husband drove through the U.P. on our summer vacation. He still doesn’t quite understand my giddiness about launch teams (and free books!!). And now that I’ve finally been able to read the shortly-awaited-but-very-much-anticipated sequel? I’m delighted to share that going through BOTH of these novels has been an incredible reading experience. I’ll briefly highlight why (hopefully without spoiling any major plots points): • The huge them of a Perfect Love that casts out Fear – So you can’t really read these books without getting this. It’s on pretty much every page. But instead of being redundant, I rather appreciated the way in which Dekker is weaving this theme over and over again into the lives of his main characters – even as they learn and forget (become blind) over and over again. • The emphasis of Heaven (the Realm of the Mystics) being the gloriously beautiful place beyond the touch of The Shadow (of fear/death). I read the first novel right after finding out I had thyroid cancer. And so even though I’m not going to necessarily use Dekker’s book as a point-by-point treatise on my beliefs about heaven and the afterlife, I was so challenged/uplifted by the reminders of being in the presence of God’s perfect love one day, that this book actually helped alleviate some of my cancer-fears. Timely. • The biblical allusions – One of my book-friends felt that the novels were overly-heavy in their biblical allusions. And yes, if you are familiar with the Bible, even just a bit (or even just Christian terms/names of God/etc.) you will easily pick up on this. I, however, rather enjoyed finding all of these snippets and seeing how Dekker crafted them all together into what I’d consider a fairly cohesive allegorical narrative. Little pieces of both the Old and New Testaments (both stories and doctrines) are woven throughout the story, so that those of us who are also followers of Jesus in this life can see ourselves in this story – and learn and grow in our faith along with Rachelle, et al. • Other general themes – of love and friendship (in laying down our lives, weeping with those who weep, throwing away judgment) and understanding our true identity in Christ – are also well depicted in the story. I’m thankful to have had this early reading experience and would strongly recommend checking this series out. Whether you are a fantasy fan or not, Jesus follower or not, it doesn’t matter. I challenge you to dive deep and see what you think for yourself.
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  • Jessica Higgins
    January 1, 1970
    Fans of Dekker and the Circle series will not want to miss this this follow-up installment that holds true to all that fans have come to expect from this exceptional writer. It has been many years since the death of Thomas Hunter, but he is still remembered in our world and the world he still lives in. No one has gone between the worlds like he did until now. Rachelle Matthews has somehow found a way into that other world just as Thomas Hunter did. In this world, she learned she was the 49th mys Fans of Dekker and the Circle series will not want to miss this this follow-up installment that holds true to all that fans have come to expect from this exceptional writer. It has been many years since the death of Thomas Hunter, but he is still remembered in our world and the world he still lives in. No one has gone between the worlds like he did until now. Rachelle Matthews has somehow found a way into that other world just as Thomas Hunter did. In this world, she learned she was the 49th mystic and is on a mission to find the five ancient seals before they can be destroyed by her enemies. Having already found the first three seals, she now searches for the final two. If she fails in her quest, the world will be plunged into darkness. She is going up against a dark force, Vlad Smith, who has her locked in a dungeon and is about to turn both worlds upside down. If she can find the Realm of Mystics and the final two seals without losing everything, she just might save both worlds. If you are a fan of the circle series then this is one you will not want to miss. The 49th Mystic and Rise of the Mystics are a great pair to add to the circle series. I’ve always thought there was so much more story to tell from that series and am glad to see Dekker bringing fans beyond the circle. It took me a little while to get through this book because you have to follow so closely to everything that is happening. Dekker’s books have to be slowly absorbed and savored. It’s not like fast food, it’s more like a five course meal that every bite is better than the last. Each chapter brings about a part of the story fans will think back on to previous books and it will bring a smile to their face remembering all of the aspects of the circle they might have forgotten. I don’t want to give anything away, but one part with Thomas Hunter will have fans cheering with delight. Rachelle is still finding her strength and learning from those around her, just as we should follow the guidance of those that God puts in our lives. To me this is a much better closeout to the series than Green, what we all thought was the final book in the series. I’m sure Dekker could find a way to bring more from the story if he so chooses, but for me this was satisfactory and left me with a feeling of closure with all of the characters. I recommend this book to fans of the circle series. If you are new to reading Ted Dekker, this is not the one to start with as you will not have even a fraction of what you need to understand what is happening here. For readers that are intrigued by the premise of Rise of the Mystics I recommend reading the circle series and then diving into The 49th Mystic and Rise of the Mystics, you won’t be disappointed! I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.
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  • Hannah Menezes
    January 1, 1970
    *Note: I was able to read an advanced copy of this book, enabling me to both read and review this book before its official release*The book “Rise of the Mystics” is SECOND in the Beyond the Circle Series, so make sure you read “The 49th Mystic” beforehand. "Rise of the Mystics" is part two of this saga, together making one complete story that will make you - at times - want to throw the book (a desire any good villain brings out), laugh aloud in delight, clench your jaw in anticipation, and keep *Note: I was able to read an advanced copy of this book, enabling me to both read and review this book before its official release*The book “Rise of the Mystics” is SECOND in the Beyond the Circle Series, so make sure you read “The 49th Mystic” beforehand. "Rise of the Mystics" is part two of this saga, together making one complete story that will make you - at times - want to throw the book (a desire any good villain brings out), laugh aloud in delight, clench your jaw in anticipation, and keep you from sleeping while you read the book all night. (Yes, I did all this). This story is filled with beautiful truths about who God is, who we are, and the realization of Biblical teachings painted in colour through storylines that will leave your heart pounding, tender, and full. At the same time, Dekker writes tension into his books well and unfolds a storyline woven so complexly, yet conveyed with clarity that it isn’t hard to dive straight into the world he’s created. It’ll keep you at the edge of your seat and endlessly guessing at which turn it may take next. The protagonist, Rachelle, is so much like we are that - though her story is very different in its details - it’s like looking in the mirror as you read her failures, her successes, and her remembering of the truth after forgetting over and over again. Her journey carries so many gems that are precious to me and I genuinely do not want to forget some of the truth spoken in this book to me. This book reads like an epic adventure, yet carries within it the power and teaching of Biblical truth - actually frequently quoted.That said: on a more technical side, I do not agree with everything in Dekker’s theological perspective as it appears to be laid out in this book. However, I feel that - more than those points I disagree with - the truths he writes (especially when it comes to love) stand out far more than those smaller arguments and are accurate to the point that it makes me long to seek to truly know these simple truths in Christ more completely. Read this book for that. Get caught up in the story. Find the jewels placed in there and go after those, rather than simply stopping for minor disagreements. Look at the bigger picture; I promise you won’t regret it and it will change the way you see yourself, God, and the world in the best possible way.Also, ****MINOR SPOILER****If you read the first book and you were wondering what happens to Peter Moses, you will sadly not find out in this book. Sorry!
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  • Tanya
    January 1, 1970
    The story itself is as per usual, easy to read, fast paced & totally fascinating. I actually enjoyed this book better than the first. But as much as I hate to say it, I’m starting to have issues with my favorite author’s theology & the issues seem to grow with each book he writes. I reviewed that his books like Outlaw & Eyes Wide Open & The Forgotten Way were life changing for me. Paradigm shifting. But there were little questions that I had that weren’t clear to me after reading The story itself is as per usual, easy to read, fast paced & totally fascinating. I actually enjoyed this book better than the first. But as much as I hate to say it, I’m starting to have issues with my favorite author’s theology & the issues seem to grow with each book he writes. I reviewed that his books like Outlaw & Eyes Wide Open & The Forgotten Way were life changing for me. Paradigm shifting. But there were little questions that I had that weren’t clear to me after reading them that left me wondering. The main question was whether Ted is basically saying that he believes in Universalism- that all will be saved whether they choose Christ or not. It was never clear to me with the other books even though there were things said that made me wonder. But (and I will be talking about a spoiler now, so if you don’t want to know, stop reading now...), when Justin comes at the end and the whole horde army who had resisted surrendering to him & drowning in the red pools becomes clean & their blindness is removed, to me, that seemed to be clear what he was teaching in the book. And when the horde mother & little girl are teaching Rachelle about Justin & basically about the Forgotten Way, yet they had not drowned in the pools & were still horde, I had a great problem with that. The scab disease of the horde in the original books are representative of our diseased souls from sin, and though we are having our minds renewed & walking out our freedom once we surrender our lives to Christ, we become new creatures & our spirit men are clean & become one with the Spirit of God. We are no longer diseased by sin. So acting as if some of the Horde were redeemed without them first drowning in the red pools (which in this story is representative of dying to our old sinful man & being washed clean in Christ’s blood), is not correct theology. I gave it 3 stars because there is so much good in everything else he says, but I’m afraid that i can’t recommend this book to others because I think there is dangerous universalism teaching in it, which grieves me so much. If Ted happens to read this & I am interpreting this incorrectly, please Ted, let me know.
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    Ted Dekker’s “The 49th Mystic” was just the beginning of Rachelle Matthews’ journey from blindness to sight.  Rachelle soon discovers that her life in Eden, Utah, and her haunting dreams of another world are co-mingled and she must find five seals (three in her “dream world” and two on Earth) in order to keep both worlds from falling into chaos thanks to the Shadow Man known as Vlad.  Spoiler Alert:  At the end of “The 49th Mystic”, Rachelle has found three of the five seals.“Rise of the Mystics Ted Dekker’s “The 49th Mystic” was just the beginning of Rachelle Matthews’ journey from blindness to sight.  Rachelle soon discovers that her life in Eden, Utah, and her haunting dreams of another world are co-mingled and she must find five seals (three in her “dream world” and two on Earth) in order to keep both worlds from falling into chaos thanks to the Shadow Man known as Vlad.  Spoiler Alert:  At the end of “The 49th Mystic”, Rachelle has found three of the five seals.“Rise of the Mystics” continues Rachelle’s journey to find the last two seals which can be found only on Earth.  Eden, Utah is gone, and Rachelle is now in a research facility near Washington, D.C.  Thinking that she is being treated for schizophrenia, Rachelle is trying to understand what is happening in her life.  What is real and what isn’t?  Can she believe her eyes or her heart?  Can she trust what she sees or what she cannot see?  Is she blind, though seeing?Rachelle’s journey for truth is no different than ours.  We have sight but don’t truly see the truth of our existence.  We face battles but don’t truly know our enemy, nor do we know truly our Savior.  We don’t know or understand the strength we have at our disposal.Ted Dekker’s passion for biblical truth and talent for storytelling is woven together in a narrative about a journey from blindness to sight—from a place of doubt to a capacity for trust.  Do we truly see? “Rise of the Mystics” is a novel of fiction, but it is also a journey of self-discovery.  Are you ready to take a trip? Are you ready to find out who you really are?  Don’t be surprised if, as you read about the five seals, your masks fall off and you truly see for the first time what God sees when He looks at you. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of Ted Dekker's The 49th Mystic Inner Circle Launch Team.  The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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  • Rebeca Jones
    January 1, 1970
    When I heard that Mr. Dekker was returning to the world of The Circle Series with The 49th Mystic, I was incredibly excited. The 49th Mystic exceeded my rabid fan-girl expectations with an all new head-spinning story, told as only Ted Dekker can. Looking forward to the continuation of Rachelle's quest, the moment my copy arrived I grabbed a bowl of popcorn, settled into my comfy chair, and began to read. I was blown away, totally unprepared for how this story absolutely explodes in Rise of the M When I heard that Mr. Dekker was returning to the world of The Circle Series with The 49th Mystic, I was incredibly excited. The 49th Mystic exceeded my rabid fan-girl expectations with an all new head-spinning story, told as only Ted Dekker can. Looking forward to the continuation of Rachelle's quest, the moment my copy arrived I grabbed a bowl of popcorn, settled into my comfy chair, and began to read. I was blown away, totally unprepared for how this story absolutely explodes in Rise of the Mystics!I've not enjoyed a work of fiction this much in a long, long while. Mr. Dekker has only gotten better, his style and skills well sharpened since his Circle novels. This adventure is typical of the heart-pounding, fast-paced Dekker style, but the depth of Rise of the Mystics surpasses all of his previous work. To say I walked Rachelle's journey by her side is not being overly dramatic as this is one of those rare stories you fall into and actually experience the emotions of the characters. It was, in turns, delightful and disruptive, terrifying and transformative.For the spiritually minded, there is plenty to chew on as Mr. Dekker weaves stunning nuggets of truth throughout. Indeed, Rachelle's story is an engaging vehicle to remind us of who we are in union with Christ. In true Dekker fashion, he presents some staggering truths in a manner that is unconventional and at times, disquieting. His style intends to shake the reader out of the box of everyday Christianity to reawaken us to our position as the light of the world. Though clearly a work of fiction, the underlying theological assertions have spurred me to search the scriptures carefully, which is always of benefit.Whether you read Rise of the Mystics for it's deeper spiritual musings or not, this journey is one well worth taking. Much more than a page-turner, I found myself deliberately slowing down so as to savor the ride. Though I've finished the novel, this ride is far from over as my mind continues to spin and churn, revisiting again and again the Realm of the Mystics.
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  • Arwen Sunderland
    January 1, 1970
    Spoilers in my review!This book was truly amazing. As with the 49th Mystic, it spoke to my heart and challenged my faith. I love the way Ted Dekker writes. He gets to the heart of the matter and makes me think about things in a new way. Rachelle' struggles to see beyond her doubts and truly accept who she is in the sight of God (Elyon) mirrors my own struggles to see myself the way the God sees me. I loved every moment when she discovered one of the seals and the power of god surges through her Spoilers in my review!This book was truly amazing. As with the 49th Mystic, it spoke to my heart and challenged my faith. I love the way Ted Dekker writes. He gets to the heart of the matter and makes me think about things in a new way. Rachelle' struggles to see beyond her doubts and truly accept who she is in the sight of God (Elyon) mirrors my own struggles to see myself the way the God sees me. I loved every moment when she discovered one of the seals and the power of god surges through her and places the seal on her arm. I love the visual image that portrays of God places his mark on his people and that even when we doubt, he does not take his love from us. One of my favorite parts in the story is when Rachelle and Talya are in the boat crossing the sea on the way to meet Thomas and a storm comes up. Talya tells her to stand up in the storm, lean into the shadow of fear and not to resist the evil one who comes again her but to see with new eyes as a daughter of Elyon. When she truly embraces who she is in Christ, that she is the light of the world and she is love made me weep with tears of joy. I also cried when she gave her life in exchange for Samuel's life.We need not fear anything in this world once we see ourselves as God does. There is no fear in death, it is but a shadow. To put all my trust in God, even when plans seem to be going wrong and disaster is imminent, like when Rachelle is battling Vlad at the very end, is a hard thing to do. To truly love those, to be in tune with God, to hear his melody over the fear and death and sing of his love to the world is a powerful things. My heart soared and sang right along side Rachelle's. Now during worship at church, songs take on a new meaning. My desire to know God and see myself and others the way that He sees me has deepened. I long to see the world return as it was in the beginning like when Justin returned and set the world new again! I can't wait for that day.
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  • Sarah Lara
    January 1, 1970
    "Rise of the Mystics...Wow! This is the second book in Ted Dekker's Beyond the Circle Duology. Just like the first book, The 49th Mystic, Rise of the Mystics is a story that will take you far beyond what you know and think. Rachelle Matthews continues her journey of searching for the five seals of truth that will cause both worlds she lives in to turn on their heads. At the start of the book, she has three of five seals; so a good portion of this story is laying the groundwork for seals four and "Rise of the Mystics...Wow! This is the second book in Ted Dekker's Beyond the Circle Duology. Just like the first book, The 49th Mystic, Rise of the Mystics is a story that will take you far beyond what you know and think. Rachelle Matthews continues her journey of searching for the five seals of truth that will cause both worlds she lives in to turn on their heads. At the start of the book, she has three of five seals; so a good portion of this story is laying the groundwork for seals four and five. Unlike The 49th Mystics, this book took me a little bit longer to get into and read. There were parts that, to me, were very dragging and a little too stretched out. In places where I wanted the story to progress quickly, I was met with a lot of filler. The reason for this makes sense because a lot of foundation was needed to get to the climax of the story. Regardless of this ""filler,"" Rise of the Mystics is an incredible story. When I read books by authors that I admire, I always go into the story with the mindset that I am going to learn something. What I learned in Rise of the Mystics has changed me forever. Each of us is fighting a ""Vlad"" of some sort, and Dekker gives us practical tools that can help us combat the storms of life. Some folks might read this novel and think that it is full of New Age crap or ""Christianese"" mojo, but the reality of it is we all battle some sort of fear; and we let that fear rule every decision we make in life. Ted Dekker gives readers a simple key to fight the fear that plagues us and puts a vice around our hearts. I won't give it all away here, you'll have to read the book for that. But you're reading it and it still doesn't hit you, just go look at the very last word in the book because that's truly what it's all about. "
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  • Darlene L.
    January 1, 1970
    Rachelle Matthews is the 49th Mystic and is tasked in Earth and Other Earth to find all five seals or both worlds as she knows them will end. The problem? The evil Vlad is after her and has crossed into each realm with one intent. To stop her at all costs. He wants evil to reign. Can she race against time and look past her own faults to solve the mystery of the seals before it’s too late?When I finished reading Rise of the Mystics one word popped into my head. WOW. It left me breathless. Ted Dek Rachelle Matthews is the 49th Mystic and is tasked in Earth and Other Earth to find all five seals or both worlds as she knows them will end. The problem? The evil Vlad is after her and has crossed into each realm with one intent. To stop her at all costs. He wants evil to reign. Can she race against time and look past her own faults to solve the mystery of the seals before it’s too late?When I finished reading Rise of the Mystics one word popped into my head. WOW. It left me breathless. Ted Dekker’s profound gift of writing and his imagination pierces the soul. This book opens the reader’s mind to reach deep and examine their faith. It did me. It is a thought-provoking end to the Beyond the Circle series and completes the Circle with a bang!The imagery and use of the senses in this book will amaze the reader and put them right on the page into both worlds. The plot has numerous twists that kept me glued, holding my breath until the very end.Each character in this series comes to life on the page and has the reader thinking about them long after they close the book. I loved all the emotions Rachelle goes through on her journey to discover the five seals. They are exactly what we go through in life. Fear, joy, love, anger.I encourage the reader to read all of the books in the Circle first as it will open them up to all of the characters and the worlds the author has created. They each have profound messages.The allegory aspects in this book will blow the reader away. They are crystal clear and will have you pumping your fist, YES!I give Rise of the Mystics five brilliantly lit stars. This book will have you thinking about faith, Jesus, heaven, and much more! Let’s all find The Forgotten Way.**Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. for my honest review.
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  • Prairie Sky Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    After finishing Ted Dekker’s new release “The 49th Mystic,” I was eagerly anticipating its sequel “Rise of the Mystics.”  After experiencing the profound nature of the 49th, I wondered if this sequel would live up to my expectations.  The answer is yes - a hundred times yes.  I am convinced that this book is divinely inspired.  The Biblical teachings found in these pages have given me a radically deeper perspective on the teachings of Jesus, and of Paul.  Honestly, I’m still sorting it out in my After finishing Ted Dekker’s new release “The 49th Mystic,” I was eagerly anticipating its sequel “Rise of the Mystics.”  After experiencing the profound nature of the 49th, I wondered if this sequel would live up to my expectations.  The answer is yes - a hundred times yes.  I am convinced that this book is divinely inspired.  The Biblical teachings found in these pages have given me a radically deeper perspective on the teachings of Jesus, and of Paul.  Honestly, I’m still sorting it out in my head, and hope to read this book again to gain a deeper understanding of the many messages contained in its pages.  Yet, even with all that I learned from this book, I would not want you to think that it is lacking in plot.  That could not be further from the truth!  All of these teachings and insights are wrapped up in a twisting and turning plot with enough shocks in it that I truly and honestly did not know if even the heroine herself would live to tell about it.I would also like to mention that Thomas Hunter plays a prominent role in this story.  Those who have read Thomas’s story will definitely enjoy revisiting him both on Earth and in Other Earth.  If you are like me, however, and have not yet read “The Circle Series”, you can certainly still enjoy Ted Dekker’s two newest releases.The two books that comprise the “Beyond the Circle” series are two of the most powerful stories I have ever read, and I encourage you to step into the world of “The 49th Mystic” and join the band of truth-seekers for the “Rise of the Mystics.”  They will sweep you away in an epic tale that could only have been written because the author first heard the story from God.“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”
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  • Kelsie
    January 1, 1970
    I waited what felt like AGES for this book...and the wait was entirely worth it. Rise of the Mystics had me on the edge of my seat as Dekker pulled me into the worlds, both of Other Earth and "real Earth." There were so many instances where the written words tugged at my soul and left me thinking. Not only about the book itself but about life as a whole. Dekker has always had a way of presenting biblical principles and concepts in manners I have never previously considered, and he did so again w I waited what felt like AGES for this book...and the wait was entirely worth it. Rise of the Mystics had me on the edge of my seat as Dekker pulled me into the worlds, both of Other Earth and "real Earth." There were so many instances where the written words tugged at my soul and left me thinking. Not only about the book itself but about life as a whole. Dekker has always had a way of presenting biblical principles and concepts in manners I have never previously considered, and he did so again with Rise of the Mystics. I have no complaints and very little negative criticism to offer. I knew opening the cover that it would be similar to The 49th Mystic in regard to its plot and presentation, but Dekker still threw curve balls at me that required me to read paragraphs two or three times to ensure I understood them correctly. I know many might not like that aspect, but personally, I like to be challenged when I read. I like to have to use my brain and THINK; with Rise of the Mystics, I had to do just that. One thing I will say, though, is I fully recommend taking your time with this novel. Don't speed through it like I did upon first reading. If you do so, you won't fully experience how much of a masterpiece Rise of the Mystics truly is. Enjoy it. Savor it like a hundred-dollar steak. If you read it from cover to cover in one sitting, I bet you'll miss something. I know I did, which is why I'm planning to read it again...and again...and again. Because I know that each time I do so, I will notice something new. It's not just a novel. It will never be "just" a novel. In my opinion, The 49th Mystic and Rise of the Mystics are in a league all their own. Embrace this book for all it's worth, my friends. You won't regret it!
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