Ted Dekker is a great author and writer of some of my very favorite novels. Among those novels is his new book Immanuel’s Veins. This novel is full of amazing imagery depicting vampires in a new light, with chivalry and fighting enough. The story is largely a love story however, and also largely reflects upon the biblical story in the Song of Solomon also known as Song of Songs. It is this reason why Immanuel’s Veins has been banned from Holland. It is seen as far too sensual of a book for a christian audience and so the publisher refused to print the book. Song of Solomon is a highly sensual book of the Bible and many churches tend to steer away from teaching from it while other churches will use it in marriage courses and such. The question among many is whether or not Song of Solomon is appropriate for many audiences. Does it go too far?
My question is, why are you asking that question of a book of the Bible? The Bible says all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. I understand that Immanuel’s veins is not on the same plane as the Bible of course so I am not equating the two, but the message contained within the book is one of a biblical, sensual love. This kind of love is very beautiful in the eyes of our Creator God and should be viewed with respect. All Immanuel’s Veins did was emulate this same love within the realm of fiction. Does this make it wrong? Is Song of Solomon wrong?
Please comment and let me know what you think! Do you feel the same way or do you think sex should have no part in christian literature? Where is the line drawn for you?
I definitely recommend Immanuel’s Veins to you so please read my review for the book!