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EXAMINING TWILIGHT THROUGH A BIBLICAL LENSPeople around the world are asking the same question, enraptured with Edward and Bella’s forbidden romance in the Twilight Saga, a four-book serial phenomenon written by Stephenie Meyer. The bestsellers tell the story of a regular girl’s relationship with a vampire who has chosen to follow his “good” side. But the Saga isn’t just aEXAMINING TWILIGHT THROUGH A BIBLICAL LENSPeople around the world are asking the same question, enraptured with Edward and Bella’s forbidden romance in the Twilight Saga, a four-book serial phenomenon written by Stephenie Meyer. The bestsellers tell the story of a regular girl’s relationship with a vampire who has chosen to follow his “good” side. But the Saga isn’t just another fantasy–it’s teaching girls about love, sex, and purpose. With 48 million copies in print and a succession of upcoming blockbuster films, now is the time to ask the important question: Can vampires teach us about God’s plan for love?Touched by a Vampire is the first book to investigate the themes of the Twilight Saga from a Biblical perspective. Some Christian readers have praised moral principles illustrated in the story, such as premarital sexual abstinence, which align with Meyer’s Mormon beliefs. But ultimately, Beth Felker Jones examines whether the story’s redemptive qualities outshine its darkness.Cautionary, thoughtful, and challenging, Touched by a Vampire is written for Twilight fans, parents, teachers, and pop culture enthusiasts. It includes an overview of the series for those unfamiliar with the storyline and a discussion guide for small groups....

Title : Touched by a Vampire: Discovering the Hidden Messages in the Twilight Saga
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Touched by a Vampire: Discovering the Hidden Messages in the Twilight Saga Reviews

  • Kim (magicsandwiches) Lawyer
    2019-01-26 11:00

    I won this item from Goodreads and promised to review so here goes:Boy, is this book being marketed to the wrong crowd! The back of the book reads: "...The bestsellers [Twilight books:] tell the story of a regular girl’s relationship with a vampire who has chosen to follow his “good” side. But the Saga isn’t just another fantasy–it’s teaching girls about love, sex, and purpose. With 48 million copies in print and a succession of upcoming blockbuster films, now is the time to ask the important question: Can vampires teach us about God’s plan for love?"To me, that sounds like a gushing attempt to turn the Twilight saga into some kind of morality tale, which even Stephenie Meyer said was not the intent. After reading the synopsis, I was very curious how the author was going to pull it off. She asks the question "Can vampires teach us about God's plan for love?" and then, instead of gushing about how awesome Twilight is, she answers her own question with a resounding no. From the start she says Twilight is a fun and exciting read, but not everything that compels us is good for us. She then proceeds to tear Twilight thoroughly apart piece by piece.There are some great points brought up: Twilight isn't real; it's just a story, an all-consuming love isn't healthy, obsessive love can be abusive. Unfortunately, these and other points are discussed in such a heavy-handed manner that Twilight fanatics will most likely be turned off and not take the book seriously. Honestly, I can't see any teen sitting through this book. I could barely get through it and I've never thought of Twilight as a particularly moral story. I have no problem picking out the flaws, but good heavens, lighten up! Some people really do need to take a step back and give some of the issues in Twilight some thought, but I can't see this book helping them to do that.In addition to the extreme negativity, the author has completely misinterpreted parts of the Twilight books and uses some quotes out of context in order to make her point. Also, I strongly disagree with some of her biblical interpretations and found them to be quite disturbing.The bottom line? There are some great things in this book, but they are weighed down by ham-fisted preaching. If you're a big Twilight fan and want some deeper insights on the saga, this book is probably not what you're looking for. If you're reading it out of curiosity, just know that it takes a very negative approach. If you're a parent, youth worker, or friend looking for some help with Twilight mania, I would not just up and give this book to someone. Read it first, take a few notes, and present your own version; a kinder, gentler version which may actually have some impact.

  • Laurie Kingery
    2019-02-18 11:53

    I've always liked vampire books, so when I got the opportunity to review this books for Waterbrook/Multnomah, I jumped at the chance to see how a Christian author would handle this subject.TOUCHED BY A VAMPIRE, by Beth Felker Jones, is for every parent who's wondered if their teenaged daughter's obsession with the TWILIGHT series is a good thing, and every reader who wants to examine the phenomen more deeply in light of Christian truth. I was particularly interested because of a granddaughter who's been reading these books and watching the movie. The author examines whether the good themes in this book, such as the fact that true love waits for marriage, outshines the more troubling aspects of the series, such as the heroine's utter obsession with the hero before she has ever become her own person. The book contains an overview for anyone who has not read the TWILIGHT series but still wants to understand them.I was glad that the book examined the series without insisting on a premise that no true Christian should read these books or allow her children to do so. It's thoughtful and thorough without being arbitrary. It's also not an anti-Mormon treatise (the author of the TWILIGHT series is a Mormon), though it examines the series in light of Mormon themes; for example, the emphasis on family as represented by the Cullen clan.Ultimately, I've come away from reading TOUCHED BY A VAMPIRE thinking that while a temporary obsession with the TWILIGHT series won't hurt the teen who has parents who have taught her not only that true love waits, but true love does not drown individualism either, and that the love of a mythic creature such as a vampire with superpowers cannot compare with the love of God. I'm proud to say my granddaughter has such parents, so I'm not worried about her being warped by reading TWILIGHT. But perhaps the teen who has not developed her own sense of identity, and more importantly, does not understand that the One who loves her most is God, may come out of reading the TWILIGHT series looking for a magical Edward Cullen equivalent who does not exist, and come away disappointed.The book can be ordered by linking to: book was provided for review by the Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group.Blessings, Laurie

  • Steph
    2019-01-28 12:17

    NOTE: I won this book in a Goodread's First Reads Giveaway. Due to my move from one country to another, this book and my review of it got a bit lost in the shuffle.REVIEW: I should've read the description better before entering for the ARC. This just wasn't my cup-a. That being said, I can certainly see why strong religious believers would examine the market's response of the popular vampire series and how it relates to parents and their children that read them (or are kept from doing so).Initial reaction to further reading about the book (before receiving it):Hmmm, let's see, "EXAMINING TWILIGHT THROUGH A BIBLICAL LENS" ... Yowza! Sounds kinda heavy to me. I guess I should've done more than just read the title, b/c the description would'a made me pass on the "Enter To Win" button. But, as a winner, I promise that when my freebie arrives in the mail, I will browse through it and see what insights it holds for all of us fiends. " is the time to ask the important question: Can vampires teach us about God’s plan for love?" Now, I may not be a religious girl, but I can tell you that my belief would be that "God's plan for love" is truly "love others as you wish to be loved", no matter who, how or what they love. And, I do love me some yummy, yummy vamps! >;)

  • Marsha Stokes
    2019-01-25 12:00

    A friend of mine was given this book and got a kick out of it, so she gave it to me... not as a serious read, but just as something fun/funny. I too got a kick out of it, but I must say that you might need to be careful if you read it because it could come across very differently.In this book, Beth Felker Jones takes what she considers some of the main themes in Twilight (family, sex, love, romance) and talks about how they are handled in the Twilight Universe, and then contrasts that with how they should be handled in real life through the lens of the Christian faith.What I liked:I did think it was interesting to discuss topics from the Twilight series that could be potentially dangerous to teenagers and other impressionable ages. I read the series as an adult, so I simply enjoyed them for the fun escape they are meant to be. However, I can see how a teenage girl could come away from these books with possibly an unhealthy attitude about danger, suicidal behavior, and unrealistic expectations for love, romance and soul-mates.What I disliked:This author is a preachers wife, and she was... well... very preachy! Hallelujah! Amen! She also does not believe that Mormon's are Christian and attacks the Mormon religion in several places because the author of the Twilight Series is LDS. I also felt like this lady could be too over the top at times. I mean, it's just a story! Vampires aren't real! Holy cow! (but that over the top-ness is what made the book funny in places.)So, I don't know if I could recommend this book or not. I suppose it depends on what you wanted to get out of it. If you want some good talking points to bring up with an impressionable youth that might be reading the series, then I would say this is a good book for that, but you don't need to use all of the examples, reasons and justifications that this lady uses. Just get the basic questions and then hold your own discussion about what you believe is right and true.If you want to read it because you are a Twilight fan and you like to read anything that has to do with Twilight... well, go into it with a light-hearted attitude, or you might end up coming away very offended by how this lady RIPS APART Stephenie Meyer's fun and exciting universe.Oh! And it's a short read, of only about 170 pages.

  • Ellen Maze
    2019-01-22 16:51

    BOOK REVIEW by author of vampire fiction, Ellen C Maze Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider I have just finished reading TOUCHED BY A VAMPIRE by Beth Felker Jones, a book that promises to examine the major themes of the TWILIGHT SAGA through a biblical lens. I must say that on the whole, the author has succeeded in this endeavor.I read some reviews before I bought this book, pro and con, and had no idea which way I would go when I finally got to read it myself. It turns out that this was an easy read and I got a lot out of it. I feel like I need to tell you a secret though...what I liked best about this book is that Felker Jones succinctly and superbly provided detailed synopses of all four books in the TWILIGHT SAGA. This is a very special bonus for anyone who has not or cannot read the whole series. I mean, wow, thanks Beth!Felker Jones also provides plenty of biblical insight into the themes of family, love, marriage, sex, children, and relationship with God that parallel those in the Saga. In my humble opinion, I do not think that the author slams TWILIGHT at all, so if you avoid these kinds of study books because you think they might insult your favorite vampire series, don't worry. Felker Jones gives credit where credit is due and seems to be simply asking questions...asking you to consider if this certain theme goes with this certain biblical position. There are helpful summary questions at the end of each chapter that I think kids would enjoy answering if this book were read in a group study. I know I would!TOUCHED BY A VAMPIRE is a 5-star book looking to speak to the lovers of TWILIGHT without pointing the finger of judgment anywhere but at ourselves when necessary. TWILIGHT fans rest easy - you can enjoy this book, study from it, learn from it AND be entertained by Edward and Bella. And I hope you will. This book makes TWILIGHT even better.Ellen C Maze, author Rabbit: Chasing Beth RiderVampire fiction like none otheralso on Kindle

  • Christy Lockstein
    2019-01-31 19:02

    Touched by a Vampire by Beth Felker Jones is an indepth look at the messages in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. From marriage and children to self-worth and faith, there are plenty of messages to be found in the series of books, and Jones looks at them all through the light of Christianity. My daughter and I are both big fans of the Twilight series so I was intrigued by the idea of digging deeper into what Meyer has to say about the big issues of life, especially in view of her Mormon faith, and Jones covers every issue thoroughly. Looking at the Cullen family as a metaphor for the Mormon ideal was eye-opening. Some readers may be angered by Jones occasional criticism of the way Meyer portrays a loving relationship through Bella and Edward, but she makes some excellent points about how Bella's complete lack of self-worth and Edward's protectiveness make an romantic fairy tale, in real life they could lead to a destructive, abusive relationship. This book is definitely NOT for those who have not read the series. In deconstructing the books, Jones gives lots of spoilers that would ruin it for those who haven't read it yet. For those who have read them, it's important to keep an open mind and try not to get angry with Jones for exposing flaws within the psychology of the books. Her points are valid and thought-provoking and will give readers a completely different point of view regarding the series and may even inspire a re-read!

  • Rose
    2019-02-10 17:14

    I won this book from Goodreads and I thought I was in for a scholarly experience. Unfortunately, this was not the case. While I have no doubt that Ms. Felker Jones has a good grasp of her Christian Subject matter, I think she missed the mark on discovering hidden messages. Instead of discovering anything new or insightful, Ms. Felker Jones really prepared a reading and discussion guide to Christian reading groups concerning the Twilight Saga. She pulls from Old Testament, New Testament, and her own Christian background to provide support for her ideas. Sometimes all of this pulling seemed so random to me, it was hard to keep up with her and her direction. Overall I believe this is simply a reading and discussion guide for Christian groups. I would like to suggest that the tag line be changed to more accurately reflect that this is a reading guide. I believe "Discovering Hidden Messages..." does not accurately reflect this book - it needs to be to something more appropriate like "A Christian Reading and Discussion Guide for the Twilight Saga."

  • Margaret Chind
    2019-01-28 17:13

    Frankly I hate it. I was looking forward to this book in finding both good and bad values from the opinions of a Biblical perspective of author Beth Felker Jones. Yet what I found was that with every opinion that she put out there I felt was twisted and incorrect. Her views of fate and true love, as well as jealousy were just the beginning of my irritation and extreme differences of opinion. Continuing on with taking things that are good in comparison to most fiction readily available to our teens today and making it appear to be masked evil is just annoying. I'm frustrated with this book because I was expecting something so much better. But then I'm just one opinion and look for the light within the darkness and not the darkness within the gray areas.

  • Robin
    2019-02-19 16:56

    For a teacher of homeschoolers, many of whom study from a Christian based curricululm, this book provides wonderful fodder for discussion. It offers a structure from which all can discuss universal issues of sex, desire, romance and family. Providing bibilical refernces and study questions, it allows users to form their own opinions. Thought provoking without being preachy, it is an easy-to-read resource.

  • Elle
    2019-01-26 15:12

    It was an interesting approach to Christianity through the Twilight Saga. I think I need this review to input my own opinion on the Twilight Saga, hear on out to be referred to as the Saga. The author has decided to take the themes of the Saga and measure them up to the Christian ideals and Jesus as the perfect love. I have to agree with this author wholeheartedly. I love tragedies. You learn so much from the mistakes. There is nothing like Romeo and Juliet because it all goes so deliciously wrong and you are left... bereft and as the reader or the watcher, we are loving every minute of it. When things come up rosy, that's fine and dandy but when things come up horribly, I think we as humans have opportunity to really learn. The Saga has the potential to be incredible. Then it doesn't. There is the war that never happens and the death that never was, the love that never happened. It just wraps up so lovely. But that is not how life is and at the end of it, we as women and as readers are spoiled because Edward does not exist... but Jesus does and He has died for love. Bram Stoker meant the novel, Dracula to be a metaphor of the evil in the world. Vampirism was introduced as a cautionary tale. Now several hundred years later, we are falling in love with monsters. The Devil is a cunning liar. There is Edward, the vampire, he is handsome and "vegetarian" but he is still a predator and he is still the embodiment of evil. Even with all the reasons that Bella should stay away from him, she does, she falls in love with the lion, a small ordinary lamb. He is NOT human. He lives forever. Our Edward takes us away from what is natural, he takes us away from God. Then there is Jacob. He is a were wolf. But not in the usual sense that we know of. He has become a wolf as a form of evolution. His clan has evolved into wolves as a form of adaptation. He offers heat instead of cold. He is a viable option. He is the one that Bella loves but not too much. I have been told not to love too passionately for fear that it overtakes who you are. Jacob, the one with the biblical name, the one who loves her, as a native american the literally more natural choice for her. Bella still in the ends chooses the one who is dead and will always remain dead. Not only is he dead, she wants to be dead like him. Too me it is all a metaphor of this life. We have a viable, brilliant option in Christ who has died for us and who loves us unconditionally and we still choose to be "loved" by what is dead but beautiful in this world. Something to think about. As for the book, I would recommend it. It gives women and especially teen girls another look at what they inadvertently learn from the Saga.

  • Alexis Neal
    2019-02-16 11:06

    This is going to sound weird, but I was kind of disappointed that this book wasn't worse. I mean, with a title like Touched by a Vampire: Discovering the Hidden Messages in the Twilight Saga, I expected it to be atrocious. Deliciously bad. But apparently the title is the worst part. The rest of the book isn't nearly as bad as you'd expect. Jones claims in her introduction that she's not out to make your decisions for you, and she seems to stick to that claim. She compares reading to food--there's healthy food, junk food (which isn't bad for you but shouldn't be the only thing you eat), and poisonous food. She maintains that it's up to the reader to determine which category the Twilight Saga falls into, and whether he or she wants to read it. For the most part, she keeps a pretty even hand in discussing Twilight and its themes. (For one thing, it appears that she's actually read the books, which is refreshing--people are often more than willing to share opinions about books they've never read.)Some of her expectations seem a little unrealistic--for example, she notes that salvation in the Twilight Saga is works-based, rather than grace-based, as in the gospel. But this is not a book about the gospel, nor is it intended to be an allegory for the gospel. And while I agree with Jones that fallen man is powerless to resist sin in his life apart from the grace of God, a book where everyone just sits around being terrible until God comes along and saves them . . . well, I don't know that it would make for much of a read. Still, Jones seems to be willing to acknowledge good where she finds it. And even when she criticizes, it is less an indictment of the books as evil and more an encouragement for parents to discuss with their children how Christian theology differs from the worldview presented in Twilight. Which is completely valid, and a great idea. Her writing and insights aren't brilliant, and there are themes she misses, but if you want to think about the Twilight Saga and its underlying themes (especially if you have kids who read the books), then it's probably well worth your time to read this little book.

  • Anne
    2019-01-27 18:54

    I would have to start my review of this book with saying I had no idea that amount of different views the Twlight saga brought about between different religons. I had read the books before the movie was ever released and loved them. After reading this book I was given a different inside look of how the book was taken. The Touched by a Vampire book was very detailed in its dicussions of different events that occured. The book is able to give people a coverstation start about the events in the book when comparing them to the bible. The book is a good selection I think for a younger group of people who go to youth groups because it will be easy for a younger group of people to relate to it. I however had a harder time reading this book because I have a different viewpoint of religion especially when it is compared to a novel that I feel came about from someone who didn't know the impact it would have on us as a people. I am very pleased I was able to read it because it did allow me to understand why certain religious groups were in such a uproar. I am however giving the book to a person I know who runs youth discussion groups at a local church as I feel it will benefit them and their classes.

  • Jill Williamson
    2019-01-30 11:18

    As half the world has read the Twilight Saga, including myself, I was very excited to find a book that talks about some of the stuff that makes Twilight so appealing and why. If you love God and the Twilight Saga, I encourage you to pick up this book. Read it yourself. Do a little book club with your friends. Ask your youth pastor to do a group at church. Or ask your mom to read it with you. When something becomes as popular as Twilight, it’s a good idea to step back and ask yourself why. You want to be able to think for yourself and know what you like or dislike about it and not just follow mob mentality on the issues.Beth Felker Jones explains in this book why Twilight hooks girls so desperately. She talks about love, sex, marriage, purpose, family, and desire in relationship to Twilight and the Bible in a way that gets you thinking about what God has to say on these subjects. Many Christians have applauded this series for the premarital abstinence between Bella and Edward. But does Twilight’s redemptive qualities outshine it’s darkness? This book is written for fans, parents, teachers, and youth workers. Take a closer look inside Twilight and see what you find.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-16 16:21

    This book definitely raises questions to some of the major themes in the Twilight Saga. I personally love the saga but I remember while reading it that some of the aspects of Edward & Bella's relationship would have worried me in real life. The controlling aspect would be a big no no in today's society, but in the book it somehow makes him even more desirable. I think Mrs. Jones did a great job of raising the awareness that although the books are wonderful and very popular, to make sure you realize it is a work of fiction, and that a real relationship like Edward & Bella's would not neccasarily be healthy. This being said I think Mrs. Jones could have been more positive about the series, even given its faults it does have valid good characteristics that shine through. If she had covered that it would have made the book longer, which would've been a good thing, I feel like it somewhat covered the concerns of the Twilight Saga, but no appreciation.

  • Kyla
    2019-02-17 10:58

    I only gave this book two stars because I was expecting more from it, it seemed to me that it touched on the issues that any Christian would have with the series and I didn't learn any new Hidden Messages. I think that the title is a little misleading. Currently, I am not the books target audience but will be holding on to my copy for when I someday have a daughter. Because while I love the Twilight series for what they are, I have been concerned about the ideas that they are teaching to very young girls. I do not think that Bellas is a good role model and Jones does a great job of bring that to light in a Christian Perspective. In conclusion this is the perfect book for a parent to read with their daughter in order to bring up discussion of the themes in the Twilight Series. But if you are wanting to learn something new about the series, I would pass on reading this book.

  • Tina
    2019-02-08 19:05

    My suggestion....If you are a true Twilight Saga fanatic this book may not be the one for you.The main topic in this book is about religious values in the Christian community and uses excerpts from the wonderful Twilight stories as examples of what not to do in life. No hidden Twilight messages were found in this book. However, if you are looking for religious guidance this is a good book for you with touches and undertones of the Twilight stories.You do not need to read the Twilight series to read this book.Touched by a Vampire Discovering the Hidden Messages in the Twilight Saga

  • Dann
    2019-02-18 15:56

    Despite the title, Touched By a Vampire: Discovering the Hidden Messages in the Twilight Saga is a thinly veiled discussion of Christian philosophy and how it is actually in contradiction with Twilight. Author Beth Felker Jones goes through the themes of the Twilight Saga and points out how, if taken literally, the messages can be destructive and are in contradiction to a Christ focused life. While she makes some interesting observations, the idea of applying that kind of scrutiny to a fantasy series is foolhardy, and Jones doesn’t come across as an honest critic. Unfortunately, Touched By a Vampire only uses the Twilight Saga as a façade to discuss Christian principles on relationships, family, and human nature.

  • Amanda
    2019-01-26 16:57

    it did not take long to finish this book. i was thinking it would give new information bit all it did was spread its Christian views...and not in a good way. why is it so hard for die hard Christians to simply state that a book is well written. why must it always be dissected in a negative light so much that you figure out that what they are mainly saying is their usual "no good Christian would read those books" give it up already when will some learn it is not what books you read or movies you watch that make people good Christians but their actions. if a person is truly strong in their religion no book or movie is going to sway them.

  • Heather
    2019-01-30 11:57

    While Ms. Jones makes some decent, if mostly obvious, points in her analysis of the Twilight books, it reads like a young English major's attempt to secure her degree from a fundamentalist divinity school with a real chip on their shoulder against the Mormon church. I think even most sunday school teachers and youth group leaders will find this text too superficial and pointlessly verbose to be useful.

  • Trisha
    2019-02-16 18:14

    this was interesting. Although I LOVED everyhing Twilight- I can understand why Jones dissected this series to its core. I'm not quite sure, however that Jones did her homework completely. It seems that the only information gathered for research was solely on the Twilight series...where was the digging in fan based websites? or better yet, on Stephenie Meyer's webpage itself! Quick read when you get to it, but slightly disappointing.

  • Michele Minor
    2019-02-03 17:59

    This book is a good way to introduce someone to Bibilical concepts using the Twilight series. It is good for church book clubs that may want to see the biblicial message in Twilight and for parents who want to know more about the Twilight craze.

  • April
    2019-01-31 11:11

    I started this with high hopes.. not sure why. I didn't make it past Chapter Two. While the author has good intentions, I was totally turned off by her misuse of certain passages so as to support her ideas. I have no time for that. Most likely will not pick this up again to finish it.

  • Joanne
    2019-02-15 11:09

    I should of known : (

  • Heather
    2019-01-28 18:00

    Looking forward to borrowing a copy of this book... as I'm reading through the series, to see if appropriate for & what our children are so excited about.

  • Deb
    2019-02-13 13:04

    An interesting perspective. I don’t necessarily agree with the author’s take on the “messages” in the Twilight Saga but I respect her point of view.

  • Angie
    2019-01-30 15:20

    I really could not get into this book.