Ted Dekker

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Ted Dekker
Born (1962-10-24) October 24, 1962 (age 52)[1]
Kanggime, Yahukimo Regency, Netherlands New Guinea
Occupation Novelist
Genre Fantasy, Thriller, Psychological thriller, Horror, Mystery
Notable works Thr3e,
The Bride Collector,
The Priest's Graveyard,
Circle Series

Ted Dekker (born October 24, 1962) is a New York Times best-selling author of Christian mystery, thriller, and fantasy novels including Thr3e, Obsessed, and the Circle Series.


Dekker was born to non-denominational missionaries John Dekker, a Dutch Canadian and Helen Dekker, an American from Montana. They lived among the Dani tribe in Western Papua, Indonesia which is known for its primitive tribes, with habits that are not far removed from cannibalism. Every five years the Dekkers would get a sabbatical for a year which was spent at the mother's home town in Montana. Ted and his brother were able to spend a year with their parents during the full year leave.[2] 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.[3]

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. 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 captivated by the process and the stories, he realized that storytelling was in his blood and a new obsession to explore truth through story gripped him. 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.

He believes that it’s not what you call yourself, but who you follow that defines you. During his journey through life, from the tropic jungles of Indonesia to the paper jungle of corporate America, the disparity between Christianity as a religion and Christianity as a faith in God has plagued Dekker. It was the desire to draw pictures of God’s character as it really is that drove him to write novels. Stories, but not just any stories. Rather stories that draw the reader into a world where God is real and active and where his love is as strong as a vial of exotic perfume.[4] In a 2009 interview with CNN Dekker explained "My stories are not Christianized at all. I don't even have any Christians in my stories," he says. "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."[5]

Dekker’s novels have sold over 10 million copies worldwide. Two of his novels, Thr3e and House, have been made into movies. Dekker resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Lee Ann and one of their daughters.[6]

Dekker's eldest daughter, Rachelle Dekker, released her debut novel in May 2015, entitled The Choosing.[7]


The Books Of History Chronicles[edit]

The Circle Series[edit]

Main article: Circle Series
  1. Black: The Birth of Evil (2004)
  2. Red: The Heroic Rescue (2004)
  3. White: The Great Pursuit (2004)
  4. Green: The Last Stand (2009)

The Paradise Series[edit]

  1. Showdown (2005)
  2. Saint (2006)
  3. Sinner (2008)

The Lost Books Series[edit]

  1. Chosen (2008)
  2. Infidel (2008)
  3. Renegade (2008)
  4. Chaos (2008)
  5. Lunatic (2009) with Kaci Hill
  6. Elyon (2009) with Kaci Hill

The Books Of Mortals Series[edit]

Main article: Book of Mortals
  1. The Keeper (2011) with Tosca Lee
  2. Forbidden (2011) with Tosca Lee
  3. Mortal (2012) with Tosca Lee
  4. Sovereign (2013) with Tosca Lee

Other Books[edit]

  1. House (2006) with Frank Peretti
  2. Skin (2007)
  3. Immanuel's Veins (2010)
  4. The Blood Book (2011) with Kevin Kaiser and Josh Olds


Blink (2003)
Thr3e (2003)
Obsessed (2005)
Blink Of An Eye (2007)
Adam (2008)
Kiss (2009) with Erin Healy
BoneMan's Daughters (2009)
Burn (2010) with Erin Healy
The Bride Collector (2010)
The Priest Graveyard (2011)
The Sanctuary (2012)

The Caleb Series[edit]

  1. Blessed Child (2001) with Bill Bright
  2. A Man Called Blessed (2002) with Bill Bright

Martyr's Song Series[edit]

  1. Heaven's Wager (2000)
  2. When Heaven Weeps (2001)
  3. Thunder Of Heaven (2002)

Outlaw Chronicles[edit]

  1. Outlaw (2013)
  2. Eyes Wide Open (2014)
  3. Water Walker (2014)
  4. Hacker (2014)

Other Titles[edit]

The Promise (2005)
The Drummer Boy (2006)
To Kill With Reason (2010)
Genesis (2011)
A.D. 30 (2014)


The Slumber Of Christianity (2005)
Tea with Hezbollah (2010) with Carl Medearis



  1. ^ "About Ted" Teddekker.com April, 2010
  2. ^ "Ted Dekker". newnetherlandinstitute.org. 
  3. ^ "Ted Dekker Author Profile - Biography And Bibliography - NewReleaseTuesday.com". newreleasetuesday.com. 
  4. ^ http://www.christianbook.com/html/authors/4986.html
  5. ^ "Best-selling author shaped by cannibals, Christianity". cnn.com. 
  6. ^ "About Ted" teddekker.com May 18, 2015
  7. ^ Dekker, Rachelle. "The Choosing". Rachelle Dekker. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "The Reader's Advisor--Christy Award Winners". sachemlibrary.org. 
  9. ^ teddekker.com/2010/04/23/green-wins-retailers-choice-award/
  10. ^ teddekker.com/2010/05/14/bride-collector-wins-best-audiobook-award/
  • Squeezing the Reader’s Heart by Guthrie, Stan. Christianity Today. Oct 2005, Vol. 49 Issue 10, p. 96
  • “Ted Dekker: Black, white and read.” Fowlds, Sean. Publishers Weekly 250.37 Sep 15, 2003
  • “Ted Dekker’s Life.” Joshuadigangisbiggestfan.tripod.com/bio.html. Ted Dekker Fansite, 2009
  • “Gossip, Scandal & Things Of The Odd Best-selling Author Shaped By Cannibals, Christiantiy.” http://www.mynewsletterbuilder.com/. Copyright © 2008-2009 Infinity Books Japan All Rights Reserved. This Newsletter Created Exclusively for Infinity Books Japan by Out Sourcing Pro, n. d. Web.

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