I was first introduced to Ted Dekker’s books in 2013 when I read Black, the first book in the Circle trilogy. I prefer fantasy books like Throne of Glass, so this was a good starting point for me in Christian fiction. But shortly, I found myself staring at a sea of books and wondering how to read all of the Ted Dekker books in order.
If you find yourself similarly perplexed, I’m here to help you wade through Ted Dekker’s impressive backlist.
Before we dive into the list of Ted Dekker books in order, though, it’s helpful to learn a little bit more about the man himself.
Who is Ted Dekker?
Ted Dekker is a Christian fiction author who grew up in Indonesia as the son of missionaries living among the headhunter tribes.
He spent long periods of time away from his parents due to the nature of their work and had to depend upon his own creativity to keep himself entertained.
While he’s most known for his thrillers, Dekker has also written a number of fantasy novels and blended the two genres in his most iconic work: the Circle series.
Are there any Ted Dekker movie adaptations?
With so many fantastic books, have any of Ted Dekker’s novels been adapted to the big screen? There are two currently released, with reports that a third was in production back in 2015, but it looks like that must have fallen through.
I’ve watched Thr3e and it is a fantastic movie with a twist ending unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Of course, the book will have the same twist, so if watching lower budget films isn’t your thing, read the book.
Ted Dekker Books in Order
Ted Dekker has authored more than 50 books in a variety of different series as well as standalone novels and non-fiction books.
Below, we’ll list out all the Ted Dekker books in order, first listing out the series, and then highlighting his standalone novels.
Ted Dekker Series in Order
I’ve listed out the Ted Dekker books below according to the popularity of the series.
Circle Graphic Novels
Beyond the Circle Books
- Chosen (2007)
- Infidel (2007)
- Renegade (2008)
- Chaos (2008)
- Lunatic (w/ Kaci Hill) (2009)
- Elyon (w/ Kaci Hill) (2009)
Lost Graphic Novels
Books of History Chronicles
These books, while standalones, have tie-ins to the various series above, which are all loosely tied together in what is known as the Dekkerverse.
The Books of Mortals w/ Tosca Lee
Danny Hansen Books
Martyr’s Song Series
Ted Dekker Books in Order – Standalones
- Blink of an Eye (2002)
- Thr3e (2003)
- Obsessed (2005)
- Adam (2008)
- Kiss (w/ Erin Healy) (2009)
- BoneMan’s Daughters (2009)
- The Bride Collector (2009)
- Burn (w/ Erin Healy) (2010)
- The Girl Behind the Red Rope (w/ Rachelle Dekker) (2019)
- Play Dead (2021)
Ted Dekker Books in Order – Children’s Books
Dream Traveler’s Quest Series
- Into the Book of Light (2018)
- The Curse of Shadowman (2018)
- The Garden and the Serpent (2018)
- The Final Judgment (2018)
And They Found Dragons Series (w/ Rachelle Dekker)
- The Boy Who Fell From the Stars (2021)
- Journey to the Silver Towers (2021)
- Rise of the Light Bringer (2021)
Millie Maven Series (w/ Rachelle Dekker)
- Millie Maven and the Bronze Medallion (2020)
- Millie Maven and the Golden Vial (2020)
- Millie Maven and the White Sword (2020)
Other Children’s Books
- The Slumber of Christianity (2005)
- Tea with Hezbollah (w/ Carl Medearis) (2010)
- Waking Up: How I Found My Faith By Losing It (2015)
- The Forgotten Way Meditations (2015)
- The Way of Love, Book 1 (2018)
- The Way of Love, Book 2 (2018)
Summary of Ted Dekker Books in Order
Now that we’ve listed out all the Ted Dekker books in order, let’s take a closer look at Ted Dekker’s Circle series, as well as his popular standalone novels.
Thomas Hunter narrowly escapes mysterious assailants only to encounter a silent bullet that clips his head . . . and his world goes black. He awakens in an alternate reality and soon finds himself pulled between two worlds. In one, Thomas is an average guy working in a coffeehouse. In the other, he’s a battle-scarred general leading a band of warriors known as the Circle.
Every time Thomas falls asleep in one reality, he wakes in the other—and both worlds are facing catastrophic disaster. In one world, he must race to outwit sadistic terrorists intent on creating a global pandemic by releasing an unstoppable virus. In the other, far into the future, a forbidden love could forever destroy the Circle’s ragtag resistance.
Thomas can bridge both worlds, but he quickly realizes that he may not be able to save either. In this mind-bending adventure, the fate of both worlds now rests on his ability to shift realities through his dreams—and somehow find a way to change history.
The mind-bending pace of Black accelerates in Red, book two of the Circle Series. Less than a month ago, Thomas Hunter was a failed writer selling coffee at the Java Hut in Denver. Now he finds himself in a desperate quest to rescue two worlds from collapse. In one world, he’s a battle-scarred general commanding an army of primitive warriors. In the other, he’s racing to outwit sadistic terrorists intent on creating global chaos through an unstoppable virus.
Two worlds on the brink of destruction. One unthinkable solution.
Enter an adrenaline-laced epic where dreams and reality collide. Nothing is as it seems, as Black turns to Red.
In one world, a lethal virus threatens to destroy all life as scientists and governments scramble to find an antidote. In the other, a forbidden love could forever destroy the ragtag resistance known as The Circle.
Thomas can bridge both worlds, but he is quickly realizing that he may not be able to save either.
In this mind-bending adventure, Thomas must find a way to rewrite history as he navigates a whirlwind of emotions and events surrounding a pending apocalypse.
The fate of two worlds comes down to one man’s choice–and it is a most unlikely choice indeed. Life. Death. Love. Nothing is as it seems. Yet all will forever be transformed by the decisions of one man in the final hours of the Great Pursuit.
As foretold by ancient prophets, an apocalypse destroyed Earth during the twenty-first century. But two thousand years later Elyon set upon the earth a new Adam. This time, however, he gave humanity an advantage. What was once unseen became seen. It was good and it was called…Green.
But the evil Teeleh bided his time in a Black Forest. Then, when least expected, a twenty-four year old named Thomas Hunter fell asleep in our world and woke up in that future Black Forest. A gateway was opened for Teeleh to ravage the land. Devastated by the ruin, Thomas Hunter and his Circle swore to fight the dark scourge until their dying death.
That was then. Now the Circle has lost all hope. And Samuel, Thomas Hunter’s cherished son, has turned his back on his father and is aligning dark forces to wage the final war. Thomas is crushed–but determined to rescue the Circle and his son even if he has to cross two worlds to do so.
Blink of an Eye
A romantic thriller where the future changes in the blink of an eye . . . or does it?
Miriam is a Saudi princess promised to another, a pawn in a political struggle that could shift the balance of power in the Middle East.
Seth is a certified genius with a head full of numbers, a life full of baggage, and an attitude born on the waves of the Pacific.
Cultures collide when they find themselves thrown together as fugitives in a high-stakes chase across Southern California. A growing attraction and a search for answers fuel their fight to survive . . . but with no sleep and a massive manhunt steadily closing in, their chances of surviving any future are razor thin.
Enter a world where nothing is what it seems. Where your closest friend could be your greatest enemy.
Kevin Parson is alone in his car when his cell phone rings. A man calling himself Slater offers a deadly ultimatum: You have exactly three minutes to confess your sin to the world. Refuse, and the car you’re driving will blow sky high. Then the phone goes dead.
Kevin panics. Who would make such a demand? What sin? Yet not sure what else to do, Kevin swerves into a parking lot and runs from his car. Just in case.
Precisely three minutes later, a massive explosion sets his world on a collision course with madness. And that’s only the first move in this deadly game.
Stephen Friedman is making a good living in good times. He’s just an ordinary guy. Or so he thinks.
But one day an extraordinary piece of information tells him differently. It’s a clue from the grave of a Holocaust survivor. A clue that makes him heir to an incredible fortune . . . a clue that only he and one other man can possibly understand.
That man is Roth Braun, a serial killer who has been waiting for Stephen for thirty years. Roth was stopped once before. This time nothing will get in his way.
Enter a world of death and near-death that blurs the lines between fiction and reality in a way that will leave you stunned.
It takes an obsessive mind to know one. And Daniel Clark knows the elusive killer he’s been stalking. He’s devoted every waking minute as a profiler to find the serial killer known only as Eve. He’s pored over the crime scenes of sixteen young women who died mysterious deaths, all in underground basements or caverns. He’s delved into the killer’s head and puzzled over the twisted religious overtones of the killings.
What Daniel can’t possibly know is that he will be Eve’s next victim. He will be the killer’s first Adam. After sixteen hopeless months, the case takes a drastic turn on a very dark night when Daniel is shot and left for dead.
Resuscitated after twenty minutes of clinical death, Daniel finds himself haunted by the experience. He knows he’s seen the killer’s face, but the trauma of dying has obscured the memory and left him with crushing panic attacks. Nothing—not even desperate, dangerous attempts to reexperience his own death–seems to bring him closer to finding the killer.
Then Eve strikes again, much closer to home. And Daniel’s obsession explodes into a battle for his life . . . his sanity . . . his very soul.
Let me tell you all I know for sure. My name: Shauna.
I woke up in a hospital bed missing six months of my memory. In the room was my loving boyfriend—how could I have forgotten him?—my uncle and my abusive stepmother. Everyone blames me for the tragic car accident that left me near death and my dear brother brain damaged. But what they say can’t be true—can it?
I believe the medicine is doing strange things to my memory. I’m unsure who I can trust and who I should run from. And I’m starting to remember things I’ve never known. Things not about me. I think I’m going crazy.
And even worse, I think they want to kill me.
But who? And for what? Is dying for the truth really better than living with a lie?
They call him BoneMan, a serial killer who’s abducted six young women. He’s the perfect father looking for the perfect daughter, and when his victims fail to meet his lofty expectations, he kills them by breaking their bones and leaving them to die.
Intelligence officer Ryan Evans, on the other hand, has lost all hope of ever being the perfect father. His daughter and wife have written him out of their lives.
Everything changes when BoneMan takes Ryan’s estranged daughter, Bethany, as his seventh victim. Ryan goes after BoneMan on his own.
But the FBI sees it differently. New evidence points to the suspicion that Ryan is BoneMan. Now the hunter is the hunted, and in the end, only one father will stand.
The Bride Collector
FBI Special agent Brad Raines is facing his toughest case yet. A Denver serial killer has killed four beautiful young women, leaving a bridal veil at each crime scene, and he’s picking up his pace. Unable to crack the case, Raines appeals for help from a most unusual source: residents of the Center for Wellness and Intelligence, a private psychiatric institution for mentally ill individuals whose are extraordinarily gifted.
It’s there that he meets Paradise, a young woman who witnessed her father murder her family and barely escaped his hand. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Paradise may also have an extrasensory gift: the ability to experience the final moments of a person’s life when she touches the dead body.
In a desperate attempt to find the killer, Raines enlists Paradise’s help. In an effort to win her trust, he befriends this strange young woman and begins to see in her qualities that most ‘sane people’ sorely lack. Gradually, he starts to question whether sanity resides outside the hospital walls . . . or inside.
She escaped the fire–but not the effects of the burn.
Janeal has long felt trapped in her father’s Gypsy culture. Then one night a powerful man named Salazar Sanso promises her the life she longs for–if she will help recover a vast sum of money tied to her father.
When the plan implodes, Sanso and his men attack the gypsy settlement and burn it to the ground. During the blaze, Janeal is faced with a staggering choice.
The impact of that moment changes her forever.
As her past rises from the ashes, Janeal faces a new life-or-death choice. And this time, escape is not an option.
The Girl Behind the Red Rope
Ten years ago, Grace saw something that would forever change the course of history. When evil in its purest form is unleashed on the world, she and others from their religious community are already hidden deep in the hills of Tennessee, abiding by every rule that will keep them safe, pure–and alive. As long as they stay there, behind the red perimeter.
Her older brother’s questions and the arrival of the first outsiders she’s seen in a decade set in motion events that will question everything Grace has built her life on. Enemies rise on all sides–but who is the real enemy? And what will it cost her to uncover the truth?
Would you play the ultimate game of life? The discovery of two teenagers ritualistically murdered in a secluded Austin park outrages a nation already on the brink of tearing itself apart. The victims are the latest in an epidemic of deaths linked to a mysterious virtual game known only as PLAY DEAD.
The evidence points to Jamie Hamilton, a brilliant young man on the autism spectrum. But Angie Channing, a world-renown true crime writer, isn’t convinced he’s a killer.
Her obsession with the truth drives her into the world of Play Dead. But what she uncovers is a truth far too dangerous to be exposed. A truth those in power protect at all costs. How far will she go to bring the truth to light?
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