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April 21st, 2010

The Twilight Gospel by Dave Roberts – Review

by Gwen

About the book: The blockbuster Twilight Saga is being read by teenager and adult alike. These powerful novels are gaining even more popularity as the movies hit theaters. But what should a Christian response be? And is there a helpful way to approach a teenager or young adult captivated with the books without alienating her?
Dave Roberts read The Twilight Saga and while he appreciated the literary qualities, there were also parts that troubled him. As he considered the books as a whole and spoke to teenagers who read them, he saw the need for a resource. In The Twilight Gospel Dave brings to bear a Biblical lens showing that while there are important moral and spiritual lessons to be learned, there is also a promotion of a non-Christian worldview. He addresses such topics as the cult of beauty, the appeal of the self-disciplined vampire Edward, life after death, the use of myths and legends, sexuality, personal spiritual power, and the lure of materialism. Read an excerpt here.

My Take: There are times that I am really glad that I don’t have children. I don’t have to censor everything that comes into the door to see if it follows the values that I would want to portray to them.
The Twilight Gospel was in interesting take on the Christian ideas that can be taken from or were left behind in the Twilight series. My problem with it is and remember, this is my opinion, there wasn’t much to the book and the conclusions were ho hum. To me, it was more a case of trying to capitalize off of the success of Twilight as opposed to an intense study of the religious issues in the books.
Still, this is an important issue to many and it just might be the ticket for you.

About the author: Dave Roberts is a professional journalist, editor and speaker. For more information please visit his website at

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Thank you Litfuse and Dave Roberts for sending me the book and allowing me to be a part of the tour!