Item description for When Heaven Weeps (Repack) by Ted Dekker...
Overview Years after young soldier Jan Jovic reluctantly participates in events that result in the death of a priest who inspired him, he writes of his wartime experiences and unexpectedly falls passionately in love with an unlikely woman.
A thriller unlike any you have ever read. A love strong enough to bring a tremor to your bones. A sacrifice powerful enough to make heaven weep.
At the close of World War II, a shell-shocked solider, Jan Jovic, was forced to inflict a game of life and death on a peaceful Bosnian community. In a few short hours, this young man was confronted by more love--and hate--than most experience in a lifetime.
Years later, Jan has become a world-renown writer with widespread influence in the Unitd States. His past buried deep in his memory. Until at the most inopportune times, the game witnessed by Jan haunts him...and unwittingly leads him to a beautiful but broken women caught in an underworld of crime.
He now must defeat an evil rarely seen. But there is a price. One that even this war-scarred solider can't imagine.
Citations And Professional Reviews When Heaven Weeps (Repack) by Ted Dekker has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Advance - 09/01/2005 page 55
Ingram Advance - 10/01/2005 page 168
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.1" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2005
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Series Martyrs Song
Series Number 2
ISBN 084994516X ISBN13 9780849945168
Availability 0 units.
More About Ted Dekker
Ted Dekker (born October 24, 1962) is a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty novels. He is best known for stories which could be broadly described as suspense thrillers with major twists and unforgettable characters, though he has also made a name for himself among fantasy fans.
Dekker was born to missionaries who lived among the headhunter tribes of Indonesia. Because his parents’ work often included extended periods of time away from their children, Dekker describes his early life in a culture to which he was a stranger as both fascinating and lonely. It is this unique upbringing that forced him to rely on his own imagination to create a world in which he belonged.
After leaving Indonesia, Dekker graduated from a multi-cultural high school and took up permanent residence in the United States to study Philosophy and Religion. Upon earning his Bachelor’s Degree, he entered the corporate world and proceeded to climb the proverbial ladder. But his personal drive left him restless and, after many successful years, he traded corporate life for wide range of entrepreneurial pursuits that included buying and selling businesses, healthcare services, and marketing.
In the early nineties while visiting a friend who had just written a book, Dekker decided to pursue a long held desire to be a novelist. Over the course of two years he wrote two full length novels before starting from scratch and rewriting both. Now fully enamored by the the process and the stories, he realized that storytelling was in his blood and a new obsession to explore truth through story gripped him anew.
He sold his business, moved his family to the mountains of Western Colorado and began writing full-time on his third novel. Two years and three novels later his first novel was published.
Dekker’s novels have sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Two of his novels, Thr3e and House, have been made into movies with more in production. Dekker resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Lee Ann and two of their daughters.
Spanish Bio: Ted Dekker, autor de mas de veinticinco novelas, es un autor de mayor venta del "New York Times". Es reconocido por novelas que combinan historias llenas de adrenalina con increibles confrontaciones entre el bien y el mal. Vive en Texas con su esposa y sus hijos. Twitter @TedDekker, facebook.com/#!/teddekker.
Ted Dekker currently resides in the state of Colorado. Ted Dekker was born in 1962.
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Reviews - What do customers think about When Heaven Weeps (Repack)?
Now I get it! Apr 10, 2006
I graduated from college with a major in Bible.
I have preached in California and done mission work in India and Japan. I have read Hosea and listened to Michael Card sing.
But I have never understood the love of God like I do now after reading this book.
I was so frustrated by Helen's repeated forays back to Glen. Then at some point it hit me. This is what I am doing when I return to my favorite sins. I am putting God though pain, I am rejecting his love. But like the Father of the Prodigal, he welcomes me back. Like Jan welcomes Helen back.
Somehow Ted Dekker has the gift to make Biblical truth plain and relevant to me.
A Great Story Dec 11, 2005
This book is basically a romance with a major lesson. Had I known it was a romantic type book before starting it, I'm sure I would have passed on it as those have no interest for me. That would have been a major mistake. This is an excellent novel with a great message.
The story is primarily set in the United States in the 1960s. It has some flashbacks to Bosnia in WWII. The protagonist, Janjic Jovic, was a Yugoslav partisan during the war with a band that performed some horrific acts. This was mostly due to the pushing of the leader, Karadzic, who was a major bad guy. Jovic was heroic in challenging Karadzic over some of his atrocities. He ended up being imprisoned for his valor.
Two decades later Jovic is a successful author in Atlanta who has written a bestselling account of events during the war including Kardzic's evils such as the martyrdom of a priest and a young girl who refused to renounce Christ. This was a major life altering event for Jovic and many of his readers.
Jovic ends up becoming involved with Helen, who is a drug addict who is the sexual slave of a particularly evil man, Glenn Lutz. The story has elements that seem utterly absurd on the face. Jovic almost instantaneously develops an unconditional love for Helen who continues going back to Lutz for drugs in exchange for sexual favors.
Although few would continue to love and tolerate her in the face of her continual betrayals, Jovic does so with fervor. On the surface, he appears to be the biggest schmuck on the planet. However, Dekker does a masterful job of showing how we are Helen and Jovic represents Christ's love in the story.
To avoid spoiling the storyline, I will refrain from further commentary here. I would highly recommend this book and encourage readers to really focus on the underlying message. It is a great read.
Best of the 3 Dec 6, 2005
I thought When Heaven Weeps was the best book in the Martyr Song series. I couldn't get engaged with Heaven's Wager and I did enjoy Thunder of Heaven but this one was the better. I really like Ted's use of love in his stories. It challenges us to look at how we view Christ's love or Christian love and review it. Are we just going through the motions? It should cause us to ask ourselves, "Would I go to the lengths that the main character does in this story?" The villan(s) created great tension. If you have read Ted's other books before this one you would not know how the outcome would be. Ted has no problem killing good characters and causing you to blink a couple times. This was a great action/love story.
Incredible..Moving...Powerful...Profound... Jun 14, 2005
This is the sequel to "Heaven's Wager" in "The Martyr's Song" Trilogy, and it is one of the most moving books I've ever read. Here we go back in time approximately 35 years to Serbia, and come to meet Janjic Jovic, the protagonist, and the husband of the young Helen who plays such a prominent role in the first book.
"When Heaven Weeps" follows the introduction of Janjic Jovic as he comes into a Serbian village after WW II, together with his commander Karadzic, and we witness the martyrdom of Nadia and Father Micheal. It is incredible writing and it's written from the point of view of Ivena, who is the mother of Nadia, and she is reading from Jovic's novel. This could also be characterized as a modern day telling of the biblical Book of Hosea. Forgiveness, unfaithfulness, and forgiveness again and again.
The characters are so fleshed out that as you read the novel, it's as if you are right there with them. With Ivena..Jan...Karen...Helen...Karadzic...Glenn Lutz...and the myriad of others who populate this moving piece of fiction.
Throughout this novel, it was hard to put it down, and every moment I could gain was to read on and read on. It is one of the best, and Ted Dekker is to be commended for an incredible job. It's an inspiration, and God-breathed, I believe. And you can't go wrong. You should beware that there are scenes of violence in this novel, but it is appropriate for the time period and the story line. It did not detract from the novel at all.
Longing for the laughter of Heaven Feb 23, 2005
Well Done! I sobbed with release and relief at the end of this spectacular book and felt compelled to congratulate the author. Mr. Dekker, you have a true gift! I wish this book to be read by all who find it hard to love the unloveable. I never thought to find such a true accounting of the emotions that experience evokes.
If anyone wants to know what book of Dekker's to read first, this is it. Though 2nd in the Martyr's Song trilogy, I recommend reading When Heavcen Weeps first.
When Heaven Weeps is that rare book that slams into your consciousness, stirs emotions that lie dormant and illustrates that no matter how ugly humanity can be, somewhere still lies a piece of beauty.
Helen is a most unlikely heroine and her supporting cast probably the most interesting people I've read about in eons: a mother whose daughter was killed by the sadistic orders of an insane soldier; and a soldier who witnessed the vile acts and later defied his commanding officer and spent time in prison.
I wasn't prepared for the intense desire that was born inside of me to hear the laughter of heaven - the laughter of a child whose faith defeated evil.