There’s a reason we are drawn to the light. A reason why we fear darkness. It’s important to be terrified and unnerved about certain things. That way we will choose another path. The path that leads us to truth and love.— Ted Dekker
The most thrilling Ted Dekker quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
Where is God? Where can I find him?" we ask.
We don't realize that's like a fish swimming frantically through the ocean in search OF the ocean
Keep your words. This pain is no life." "You only feel pain because you're alive, boy!" the keeper thundered. "This is the mystery of it. Life is lived on the ragged edge of the cliff. Fall off and you might die, but run from it and you are already dead!
The world’s bumper sticker reads: Life sucks, and then you die.
Perhaps Christian bumper stickers should read: Life sucks, but then you find hope and you can’t wait to die.
Adrenaline dulls reason; panic kills it.
It's the sorrow you feel that allows you to crave love.
Without the suffering, there would be no true pleasure. Without tears, no joy. Without deficiency, no longing. This is the secret of the human heart, Rom.
This will wreck you! Today, treat everyone you meet as if they're going to be dead by midnight. extend all the kindness and understanding you can, and do it with no thought of any reward.
What matters is discovering myself under the veneer, under the layers that are wrapped around me. There are two 'yous'; there's 'you', the real you, and then there's the image.
…It’s not that you don’t have the capacity to accept the truth.
You don’t want to accept it, and you hide behind your own logic and intelligence while the truth marches by. Step out and join it, for goodness’’ sake! Shout it out in full step! I believe!
Our lives hang in the balance of unpredictable situations.
One minute you're driving down the road whistling a tune, the next moment the car right in front of you spins out of control and crashes. How you prepare for those unpredictable occurrences determines whether you live or die. Always leave an empty lane to your right or left for escape.
For me, writing is an experience. It's an exercise in which I want to discover myself by taking my characters to the edges of human experience, to the edges of themselves and then, asking certain questions - about love, what does it mean to love? What's beauty? What is true beauty?
Evil was predictable, always painfully expected.
He read reports, examined evidence, and poured more reports up the chain than the Pentagon could read. Nothing short of a human sieve. But in the end he was just one small piece on this game board called war. End of story
My journey is so similar to everyone elses journey, because we all are human.
We all have been defeated by the powers of darkness, and we all find redemption in the light of Christ.
How can you hope to recognize good and evil for what they truly are if you have no belief in a moral authority greater than yourself?
My stories are not Christianized at all.
I don't even have any Christians in my stories. What they are, are stories about ordinary people going through extraordinary circumstances in which I'm exploring truth. How light overcomes darkness in a way that's unmistakable to anyone who has any kind of faith.
When I sit down to write a novel, I am exploring my own relationship with God, with the struggle between good and evil, my own purpose.
You never read Spider-Man? Accepting your true identity means understanding that you are a stranger to this world. A freak, ostracized by the very people you want to help.
I think everything we do, on one level or another, as writers, most of our writing is informed by our world view. It's informed by our own understanding of spirituality; things that matter, things that are important to us. I write about things that matter for me.
Most believers struggle to really believe in the supernatural as a meaningful, deterministic reality except during moments when they are drawn to it, perhaps during a worship service or while reading a novel like 'Adam.' Being drawn to this truth is the first step to living a life in accordance to this truth.
Writing wasn't about making money. I wanted to find fulfillment in writing and telling stories, and that's what's driven me.
A person who finds silence and solitude boring is a person who is himself boring, empty of anything worth consideration.
My writing is a very authentic journey of discovery.
I'm going out there to learn who I am. My readers, consequently, take the same journey as my protagonist.
no one wanted to look at the common evils of society.
Very few were willing to put aside their own pursuit of happiness long enough to consider the effects of greed and jealousy around them. From what she'd seen, humans were essentially troubled. For every one behind bars, another ten deserved to be behind bars, but that would put one in ten Americans behind bars.
If you could find a way to peel back the skin of this world so to speak, would you really see this supernatural reality that is greater? Is it true that we fight not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers? Every young person wants to know.
And he wants you to keep that at the front of your mind? He wants you to stay focused on the darkest seasons of your life? How could that possibly do any good?' . . . He wants you to remember who delivered you from that time. That's the point of holding on to memory: delivery, not darkness.
Knowing you’re worthless doesn’t give you value any more than knowing you are a captive sets you free.
He was as needy as she was. Alvin Finch only wanted to be needed. Loved. And absent of either, he resorted to deflecting his pain by killing. Just like a teenager might resort to deflecting the pain of rejection by cutting. People did a lot of crazy things to be wanted.
The battle over flesh and blood cannot compare to the battle for the heart.
My idea for BoneMan's Daughters came from the loss of my own daughter when she left home to live with a monster at age 18. I wanted to throttle the man, but she was in love, so all I could do was hope, pray and cry.
Grow up? Get herself straightened out? Her mind reeled from the verbal battering. No matter what she did, her father would tell her she was wrong. Worthless. Undeserving.
There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Immanuel's Veins.
And those plunged beneath that watery grave to drink of His blood will never be the same.
It's critical that we use a very dark brush to paint evil.
When you bring the light into that darkness as characterized in John 1, that light is very vivid. When it dispels the darkness, we see the brilliance that's there.
All my books are very spiritual. I started out writing what was most natural to me, many years ago, which is religious, because I grew up in the jungle, the son of missionaries. I want to know, is God real? What's a priest's role?
You should know something, Miriam.... God changed our futures yesterday. There's no other explanation for what happened. And it wasn't the first God. If you ever need hlep, you might want to try the second God.
That’s it?” Jason asked. “You spent an hour talking about how lucky you were to be dying?” No, not dying, Son. Living.
The problem with any philosophical consideration is that once you open a door in your mind, you can never close it. Once you learn something, you can never convince your mind that you didn't learn it. If you learn the world is round, you can never fit in with a world that thinks it's flat.
Who’s to say that it takes something like a drug to mess with your perception of reality? How did Hitler deceive a nation? How can one group of people look at the world and see one thing, and another see something completely different? One sees a town, another sees a desert. One sees beauty, another sees chaos.” The skin of this world,” he said quietly.
And to understand how love unfolds, you must understand how Elyon loves.
But sometimes imperfect tools lead us toward perfect ends.
Sin thrives in the dungeon, but slap it on the table for all to see, and it withers rather quickly.
The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness cannot understand it
There's always risk in life's most rewarding pursuits, isn't there?
She was having some difficulty piecing together exactly why she deserved to be in this place, but she wasn't stupid enough to deny that in the end life was cruel and didn't pay attention to what was fair.
Come hither, my dear. Come hither, that I mightest protectest thou!
Pain or perspective, that's the choice.
' . . . You choose pain - you choose to fight it, deny it, bury it - then yes, the choice is always hard. But you choose perspective - embrace your history, give it credit for the better person it can make you, scars and all - the choice gets easier every time.
I always managed to get in trouble, like every kid.
But I had to learn a lot of hard lessons on my own, without parents who would nurture me and guard me through that part of life, at a very young age.
Turn to the light. Don't fear the shadow it creates.
Born of Black and White, Eaten with worms, I'm a Saint, a Sinner, a Siren of the Word, The Circle knows me, the rest just wanna trip on Grace Juice, Baby Showdown at midnight
God is with me. Jesus is near. The Spirit is greater than my fear.