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Worthy Publishing: Hacker by Ted Dekker #grow4christ #Hacker

on June 10, 2014

About the Book:

“My name is Nyah and I’m a hacker. I know things most people would never believe. Things that shouldn’t exist, but do.”

Seventeen-year-old Nyah Parks is a genius hacker who makes a living by cracking the firewalls of the world’s largest corporations. But when the biggest job of her life goes wrong, she’s plunged into a desperate situation with only one way out: one last hack that will either save her or kill her. So begins Hacker, a modern-day parable that examines the staggering world around us, the seen and the unseen, and reminds us that there’s far more to who we are than meets the eye.


You can purchase your own copy at Worthy Publishing.


About the Author:


Ted Dekker is a New York Times best-selling author of over thirty novels. Heralded as a “master of suspense” by Library Journal, Dekker has sold millions worldwide, establishing himself as one of the most widely recognized author brands. Dekker was born to missionaries and grew up among cannibals of Indonesia, and his peculiar upbringing gives him a unique perspective outside the cultural bubble, allowing him the freedom to share provocative insights in his fiction. He resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and children. You can find him at, Facebook and Twitter.



My Opinion:


This is the third installment of the Outlaw Chronicles and I’d have to say this was a thrilling ride of Christian fiction and suspense and Ted Dekker does a superb job in combining them both and I could say that this would appeal to both Believers and non-believers both.  I’ve had the pleasure to read Eyes Wide Open and Water Walker which are also great books that blend Christianity and suspense as well as kicking off the series to a great start.  I’ll admit that I don’t know binary code, I know what it is, but to write it and read it – not gonna happen.  How to hack someones computer?  Nope.  Understanding all that goes into hacking a computer?  No again.  Understanding all that Austin tells Nyah about hacking into his and her brain?  Again a big NO.  However, whether you know binary code or how to hack, this book will pull you in and have you re-think what we think of as real and gives one another a way of looking at forgiveness (ah, that Christian ideal that none of us seems fully able to embrace).


Ted Dekker once again pulls us into the pages of his story and makes one realize that the Lord doesn’t only work in our way, He has His own ways and He can use means that we may not even think of or comprehend in our humaness to fulfill His Way.  I felt connected to the characters, even though this was a short book, I felt like I ‘knew’ Nyah and her struggles with what she believed such as the loss of her brother and father in a horrific traffic accident and her mom who was there in body but that was it, Nyah wants to save everyone – her mom, Pixel, Austin – everyone but herself who she sees as unlovable, ugly and expendable.  While not everyone who is Christian will see out right Christian themes in the book, non-believers tend to see too much Christianity – so it’s really a matter of your perception when you read it and what your world view is – I’m a Christian and I see so many threads of Christianity even if the words aren’t written in typical Christian speak but I know had I picked up this book 20 years ago I would have found a lot to dislike about it.


I’ve given my daughter the first two books and I’ll gladly be handing this one over to her as well to read – she and I both enjoy the speculative Christian fiction and the sci-fi bend that is in some of them.  To think that there could be a cure from those suffering mental illness, TBI, strokes and such through a type of brain hacking, intrigues me and gets one to thinking – not only the legality of it but also the ethical side of things and if that is what God would want us messing with – if it buys me more years with my brother or could it have bought me even 1 more month with my Grandparents – I’d be all for it.  So delve into Hacker with an open mind and of course look at the book from the view of the Bible, whatever is good and pure and enjoy the read as it makes you think versus telling you what to think.  I will say there is some violence, Nyah hacks into a business with lots to hide, so they are out to get her and there are some details but nothing that would prevent me from letting my 12 year old read this one.



(c) 2014, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws


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