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Today’s topic is: Favorite Co-Op Writing Between Two Authors
Hmmm..this is an interesting topic because it’s been awhile since I’ve read a book collaborated by two authors. There are many of these books that on my to-be-read list, but for some reason these aren’t the ones I typically pick up.
The only book that I vaguely remember reading with two different authors would be House by Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti. I read this in high school when a friend recommended it to me. I’m not typically into horror so I was skeptical at first. Since it was written by Christians, I ended up giving it a chance. I ended up loving it even though I had to read it during daytime because it would give me nightmares at night. It was creepy, but not too creepy that it was too much for me to handle.
I mean, it’s about several characters who find themselves as pawns in a deadly killer’s game in which the only way to win is to lose. Oh and the only way out is in. It is a supernatural theme and the only rules they have are written on a tin can. One game. Seven players. Three rules. Game ends at dawn. Sounds confusing, I know. There’s a purpose to this and it’s not what you expect. That’s all I honestly remember of the book because I’ve read it so long ago. I need to reread it again, but it won’t be anytime soon because I don’t plan to reread it just write to a review.
I’ve read many books by both authors since. Looking back, both authors have unique writing styles but blended beautifully in this tale. Even though it was scary, it had Christian messages that made you stop and think.
So at the moment, House would probably be my favorite. That’ll probably change once I finally some of the contemporary romances that some of my favorite authors have put together.
I’m including the author bios here so you can learn a little more about them.
About Ted Dekker
Ted Dekker is an multiple award-winning, New York Times and international bestselling author of over 40 novels.
His work has reached tens of millions worldwide and has been translated into numerous languages and adapted into major feature films (Thr3e and House). In 2013 NPR readers nationwide named him as one of the top suspense writers of all time.
Ted’s passion is simple: to explore truth through mind-bending stories that invite readers to see the world through a different lens. Story is the shortest distance between the human heart and truth, and to this he has devoted his life.
About Frank Peretti
With more than 12 million novels in print, Frank Peretti is nothing short of a publishing phenomenon and has been called “America’s hottest Christian novelist.”
Peretti is a natural storyteller who, as a youngster in Seattle, regularly gathered the neighborhood children for animated storytelling sessions. After graduating from high school, he began playing banjo with a local bluegrass group. He and his wife were married in 1972, and Peretti soon moved from touring with a pop band to launching a modest Christian music ministry. Peretti later spent time studying English, screen writing and film at UCLA and then assisted his father in pastoring a small Assembly of God church. In 1983, he gave up his pastoring position and began taking construction jobs to make ends meet. While working at a local ski factory, he began writing This Present Darkness, the book that would catapult him into the public eye. After numerous rejections from publishers and a slow start in sales, word-of-mouth enthusiasm finally lifted This Present Darkness onto a tidal wave of interest in spiritual warfare. The book appeared on Bookstore Journal’s bestseller list every month for more than eight years. Peretti’s two spiritual warfare novels, This Present Darkness (1998) and Piercing the Darkness (1989), captivated readers, together selling more than 3.5 million copies. The Oath was awarded the 1996 Gold Medallion Award for best fiction.
For kids, Peretti wrote The Cooper Kids Adventure Series (Crossways and Tommy Nelson), which remains a best-selling series for children with sales exceeding 1 million copies. In August 2000, Peretti released the hilarious children’s audiocassette series titled Wild and Wacky Totally True Bible Stories, reprising his role as Mr. Henry, the offbeat substitute Sunday School teacher found in two Visual Bible for Kids videos.
Peretti released his first-ever non-fiction book, The Wounded Spirit in 2000, which quickly became a best-seller. The book addresses the pain of “wounded spirits” and was writted as a result of painful childhood experiences.
Frank Peretti and his wife, Barbara Jean, live in the Western U.S. In spite of sudden fame and notoriety, Frank still lives a simple, well-rounded life that includes carpentry, banjo making, sculpturing, bicycling and hiking. He is also an avid pilot.