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Table of Co n t en t s Acknowledgments Preface Introduction Part I Illusion Shattered Allure of Darkness Charmed in the Garden Poison in the Bite In Need of a Hero Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Part II Soul Redeemed Desperate for Forgiveness Rescued by Love Flirting with Shadows Illuminated Within Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Part III Mystery Embraced Living Brave and Beautiful Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Undying Love Chapter 11 Your Place in the Story A Letter to Moms .

Because of your faithfulness. preserve my life. For the glory of your name. for I give myself to you. for I am your servant. Rescue me from my enemies. LORD. Show me where to walk. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing. for I am trusting you. Teach me to do your will. I run to you to hide me. In your unfailing love. 143:8–12 NLT) . (Ps. O LORD. for you are my God.Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning. bring me out of this distress. silence all my enemies and destroy all my foes.

She’s desperate for help. 13 . a place to hide? Is there anyone out there who can save me? Fear and panic consume her as the whispering thoughts dance around her mind. heart beating.Prefac e Alone tonight. Where will I find refuge.’ declares the LORD” (Jer. 1:19 NIV). and make you strong—wouldn’t you want him to desperately search for and rescue you? “‘They will fight against you but will not overcome you. for I am with you and will rescue you. She tears through the woods as fast as she can. trying desperately to escape the enemy. Christ boldly says that He stands with you and pursues you as your rescuer. lead you forward. Questions fill her thoughts. Running for her life. hold you close. for rescue … for escape. protect your life. s If you knew that there was a true hero who could offer you a lasting escape from whatever it is that you’re running from—a hero who would walk with you.

so empowered by His strength and overwhelmed by His loyalty and love for you! Throughout the process of writing I have often prayed for you. hear their stories. And even though we can’t be together in person right now. I speak to hundreds of teen girls at conferences. I have no doubt God has specifically written words for you here. I’ve tried to add little moments called “Just Breathe …” throughout the book where you and I can connect with each other and with God. Sometimes there will be questions to think about. encouragement.14 Escaping thE vampire My prayer is that through the pages of this book you will hear the story of the true rescuer. Words of rescue. excitement. and adventure—all the things we are desperate to find. hope. and pray with them. sometimes I might ask you just to take a breath. So please add me on Facebook—search for Escaping the Vampire to find me—and send me a message! I believe strongly that God wants to do much inside your life as you read this book. It is this hero who offers you belonging. love. May you hear His heart for you and be richly encouraged. During the year. love … I’m excited to take this journey with you. And I do want to hear what the Hero is doing in your life. and I have the opportunity to share life with them. mystery. or smile or take a moment with God. So let these conversations between you and me lead you closer to knowing the heart of your true Immortal Hero— Jesus Christ! Kimberly .

(Ps. LORD. Show me where to walk.paRt i Illusion Sha ttered Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning. Rescue me from my enemies. 143:8–9 NLT) . for I give myself to you. I run to you to hide me. for I am trusting you.

and frantically write in the dark is not something I suggest. sweep the heroine. Bella. off her feet. But I had to jot down all the thoughts flying through my head about this film that had captured so many hearts. because you will have the light that leads to life. Instead I watched Edward. 17 . you won’t have to walk in darkness. I waited tensely for a devious.chapt ER 1 Allure of Da r k n es s Jesus spoke to the people once more and said. But he never showed up—at least. As I watched the movie. What could possibly be so appealing about a vampire story? I needed to find out what so many teens were raving about. “I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12 NLT) s I dug through my purse for my little notebook. sip Coke. dark villain to appear. squinting in the dim theater light. Desperate to love and be loved. Charming. a prince with a bit of modern dark knight. not in the way I expected. Edward was Bella’s dashing prince. A noble character. an intriguingly handsome character. Attempting to eat popcorn. and yet … he was still a vampire. If you follow me.

and dangerous. scary. alienation. They wanted more. These include death (and all of its psychological ramifications). sexual power and surrender. and a fascination with the mysterious. I found myself intrigued.—The Vampire Book1 Borders and saw a long table piled with books on clearance. Near the top was a 919-page. An evil-looking fanged vampire stared at me from the front cover. When and how did this frenzy begin? And what is fueling the excitement over this material? To be honest. As the credits rolled. My connection to them before that day was the impression I’d gotten as a five-year-old at Halloween: They were fake. violence. my experience with vampires up to this point was limited. begging me not to pick it up. As a result. As I glanced around at shelf after shelf of books. immortality. intimacy. Bella’s devotion to Edward deepened. Vampire lit is hot. forbidden sexuality. I never dreamed I would pick up a book like . I noticed many titles with the word vampire in them. Needless to say. rebellion. I gathered my things and dusted popcorn crumbs off my scribbled notes. I’ve steered clear of the fanged creatures my entire life. By the movie’s end. That’s when I noticed dozens of girls still seated. staring at the screen. since the vampire embodies many aspects related to the human condition. hugely scary-looking paperback titled The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead. I walked into What is behind this tremendous fascination with vampires? It is likely that there is no simple answer to this question. IN THE bEGINNING Several weeks ago.18 Escaping thE vampire Does Bella understand that he could kill her at any moment? Or does she even care? In scene after scene.

Eventually.”3 Wow. highlighted. So for one entire day I read. and learned more about vampires than I ever wished to know. The same applies to vampires. and Blade. movies. “There is nothing new under the sun” (Eccl. TV shows. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. . I think Solomon said it best when he wrote. Hebrews. the myth of vampires became ingrained into cultural belief systems in Eastern Europe. to name just a few. “Throughout history. I read further.alluRE of DaRknEss 19 The Vampire Book. Ancient Greeks. From the sixteenth century onward. But I was in the middle of researching to write this and thought it would be a good resource.”2 Clearly. 1:9 NIV). too. The Morganville Vampires Series. this is not a new phenomenon. Story after story spread to cultures around the world. That’s not a pretty picture! But it certainly matched the image in my head. True Blood. Ancient cultures including the “Mesopotamians. magazines. and Romans had tales of demons and spirits which are considered precursors to modern vampires. and websites—Vampire Academy. the idea of vampires “came to the attention of both the scholarly community and the public in the West because of such creatures in Eastern Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.”4 The twenty-first century surged with interest in vampire books. THE bACk STory What I learned is that vampire mythology has existed for millennia. vampires have been known … to be dead humans who returned from the grave and attacked and sucked the blood of the living as a means of sustaining themselves.

Stoker drew heavily upon the accounts of mythical vampires in Transylvania and Romania. has sold more than 42 million copies with translations into thirty-seven different languages around the globe. and. Washington. a short story by John Polidori called “The Vampyre” was published in New Monthly magazine. a scholar of vampire literature. Many readers and moviegoers have become even more intrigued Just breathe … So what do think about this “new image” of vampires? Does it change the way you see them in your head? I felt like I had a basic understanding of vampire mythology’s roots and its rise in popular culture. . Stephenie Meyer’s breakout series about a family of morally upright vampires living in Forks. These upright vampires are a part of the most recent portrayal of “good-guy vampires” established in fiction literature and media over the last fifty years. I had to know more. Literature Grows Fangs In April 1819. I still didn’t understand why it was such a hot trend today. the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker ushered in the popular era of vampire fiction that continues to this day. as a whole. conform their moral perspective to a human ethical perspective. The problem was. And what exactly is a good-guy vampire? Margaret L. It is considered the foundation of modern vampire fiction.”5 by this new image. Toward the end of the nineteenth century.20 Escaping thE vampire And then came Twilight. defines them as “vampires who act morally when dealing with mortals. Carter. Since 2005.

org7 A CloSEr look In 2008. the four Twilight books were the top four novels on USA TODAY’s best-selling books list. It’s Romeo and Juliet (plus fangs) all over again. the female leads love their fanged paramours for their essentially decent personalities—along with their badboy allure—and are able to get beyond the whole lust-for-blood thing. Well-known actors and actresses rose to fame in vampire-themed TV shows and movies: Alex O’Loughlin in Moonlight. I recently received an email from a . public interest in vampires exploded. good girls attracted to bad boys is an old story. The promise of excitement and the allure of danger is an appealing combination. After all. After all. Kiefer Sutherland in The Lost Boys.7 million watched the second season premiere). the most prominent of which was Universal Pictures’ Dracula (1979). Most recently. made sense to me. Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in Interview with a Vampire. Sarah Michelle Gellar in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. particularly if there is a chance for redemption.”6 This. finally. I got my answer from an article quoting Ken Gelder. The continuing popularity of the vampire theme has been ascribed to a combination of two factors: the representation of sexuality and the perennial dread of mortality.alluRE of DaRknEss 21 Vampire films gained popularity in the twentieth century. It also explained how something so obviously evil as a vampire could become the hero of a love story. author of Reading the Vampire: “‘America has taken the vampire story and tied it to teen romance.’ Rather than being attracted to the darkness of the vampire. the HBO drama series True Blood has captivated millions of viewers (3. In the 1990s. what could be more impossible—or irresistible—than a devastatingly handsome.—Wikipedia. reformed vampire? Right there is the formula for a captivating love story.

I think you’ll see. Boy is drawn to her by his instinct (her blood/his thirst). Boy struggles against his natural instincts with such intensity he has to flee. twice. but to him. infamous. an avid fan of the Twilight series. I asked to share her words with you in this book. The feelings that I have for these characters are unexplainable.22 Escaping thE vampire conference attendee named Trina. To: kimberly from: trina Subject: twilight series Hi Kimberly. and talented. how her examination of the books reveals the longing heart that beats inside each of us for a hero and a protector. as I did. Boy is also drawn because of curiosity. Bella is . The draw. Twilight. The story. not friendly. No one knows the obsession I have over these books. I was spellbound with this series…. Edward falls in love with this average girl. There’s the average girl. I’ve read the entire series and the first book. It would cause them problems. beautiful. Bella: popular. He resists his nature because of the love he has for his family. Edward: extremely handsome. There’s a beautiful and perfect boy. Boy and girl see each other. Her analysis of the characters and story was so honest and eye-opening to me. talented. but intimidating. She is “different”—he can’t read her thoughts. and he knew he would be a disappointment to them. And also as he gets to know Bella he starts to value her life more than his own selfish desires. Girl is drawn to him by his looks. Edward is a NOBLE character. smart.

he learns to control that lust and puts her best interest before his own. a vampire. Edward knows that allowing Bella near him is extremely dangerous. He loves her that much. with lots of talking and asking questions. He is hoping all the while that it will be too frightening and bizarre for her. If she leaves. Sex doesn’t seem to be an issue because his natural instincts are not the same as other boys’. Their friendship/relationship begins. She loves him so much that she wants to spend eternity with him—meaning she would have to become what he is. He becomes VULNERABLE. He PROTECTS her at all costs. It’s just not done much anymore. He does indeed see her physical beauty when she can’t. Edward refuses. but he knows it will be for the best and he will not pursue her. Edward’s lust is for blood. He becomes SELFLESS. Bella makes her choice to stay.alluRE of DaRknEss 23 extraordinary. This is a SACRIFICIAL type of love. He finds the feelings confusing and dangerous and exciting. he starts to trust her and reveals his secret. life threatening. He is amazed at his own feelings for her. He will settle for a short time with her until her . Bella’s in particular. Edward sees her as the most beautiful girl in the world. TRUST becomes a huge issue for both of them. even at the price of revealing his secret. He has never been so enthralled by someone. it will break his heart. I think this is appealing to many girls. He feels that her very existence is more vital than his desires. He sees her soul and loves it. He opens up completely. So he lets her in on all the details of what a vampire is…. and it’s a big risk to his whole family. Through hours of talking. He lets her make the CHOICE. But as he discovers more of who she is. They discover one another in the way it should be.

Choice. Through her email. I came to better + understand Twilight. just to be able to be with her.24 Escaping thE vampire natural death. The love story between Bella and Edward is captivating. He is still flawed because he battles with right versus wrong and temptation and guilt and lust. I say these things because by the time you reach the end of these books and she finally is changed into a vampire (in order to save her life) you find yourself thinking. Sacrifice. now they can be happy and have their happily ever after. Wow. I saw the “The feelings that I have books and film from her perspective and started to think about a few things myself. finally. Selflessness. Who doesn’t want this in a boyfriend? The perfect guy with incredible looks and talent to boot! Perfection (except for the vampire part).” —Trina Perhaps it comes down to two main reasons: 1. No one knows the obsession I have over these books. I loved Trina’s honesty. 2. We desire our own epic love story in real time. So why do we devour these books whole and memorize quotes from the films? for these characters are unexplainable. There is the SACRIFICE again. + Just breathe … What do you think it was about Bella and Edward’s story that drew so many to the books and film? What do you love about it? . Vulnerability. Protection. Look again at these qualities: Trust. Love.

Protected. Choice. “What is it about a vampire hero that is so irresistible + So why do we devour these books whole and memorize quotes from the films? beloved great distances in his arms like a groom forever crossing the + . Loved and fought for. Vulnerability. Protection. handsome. It’s obvious in his continual attentiveness to her every thought. carrying his honeymoon threshold.alluRE of DaRknEss 25 Let’s take a close look at Edward.”8 We are enthralled by the idea of our very own Edward. I have to admit. he seems like the full package: charming. With Edward. Let’s look at those qualities again: Trust. We are drawn to him because of the many awesome qualities he possesses. his desire to understand who she is. The fact that he is a vampire makes things exciting. attentive. and mysterious. Bella is desired. He wants to figure her out. An article in Vanity Fair characterizes Edward this way: “Everything a girl could want in one dreamy envelope. Selflessness. If we’re being honest. fiercely protective. To receive this kind of attention from a mystifying. He even watches over her as she sleeps! And his desire to really know her is flattering. Edward is the answer to a princess’s prayers—doting. intelligent guy—and to have that guy so interested in every detail of what she considers an otherwise boring life—would be enough to enrapture any vulnerable heart. Sacrifice. Is this fascination because he is a vampire? No. talented. how carefully he protects her. noble. A popular blog recently posed the question. Love. it’s the connection we all long for. His devotion is evident in the way he talks to Bella. But there’s more to it than just connection.

” writes Beth Felker Jones. But lots of girls have told me that they admire many qualities of Edward’s character. don’t we? And then there’s Bella. the girl next door. She’s clumsy and selfmocking. But Edward calls himself a killer and a monster. We girls love that.”9 In other words. an assistant professor of theology at Wheaton College. “Her clumsiness and willingness to erase herself form an apt portrayal of the self-understanding of many young women today. “forbidden territory” vampire self is attractive. Ken Gelder has said that “there is that sense that because Edward is such a self-restraining vampire. but he can control what he does and doesn’t allow himself to do. but his self-control. He is from a family of “good” vampires who control their thirst for human blood. I think we can all relate to her in one way or another. maybe Edward can’t help who he is. is an answer to desire and selfloathing that draws on the worst cultural assumptions about what it means to be female. a love that erases the awkward heroine.26 Escaping thE vampire and sexy?” One reader left this revealing comment: “It’s got to be that irresistible combination of Alpha-ness and possessiveness … of course all mixed in with a huge dose of deep internal torture.” Edward’s untouchable. He is chaste and selfrestrained. He knows his tendencies and attraction to Bella are dangerous. It is not the vampire’s passion that is sexy. He continually holds himself back from getting too physically close to Bella. “It doesn’t surprise me that girls identify with Bella. but not wildly popular either. Not totally insecure. a character that cannot imagine she is lovable.”10 . It’s an admirable example of self-restraint. Dark romance. he’s not really a vampire.

I see one thing very clearly. vampires were still “bad boys”—but it was cool to like them. You don’t always know who the villain is when he enters the room. And vampires? Hey.) Do you ever find yourself relating with her at all? If so. Maybe you’ll agree with what Diane Robina. clumsy.” —Diane Robina sidered altogether bad. or could it be just another blurred line between good and evil? It does seem that we’re having a harder time telling right from wrong. the vampire’s persona became a “gray area. we’re almost irresistibly + . brave. president of the cable horror channel FEARnet said: “Vampires are the new rock stars. they might even be the heroes. Is it just an example of literary creativity.” By that. I mean he was no longer con- + “Vampires are the new rock stars. truth from lies these days. They are the bad boys your parents don’t want you to date. Despite the fact—or maybe because of the fact—that Edward is mysterious and dangerous. how? SomETHING morE Looking back on the notes I took while researching vampires. They are the bad boys your parents don’t want you to date.alluRE of DaRknEss 27 Just breathe … How would you describe Bella? (For instance. normal. At some point in the late twentieth century. Oh.”11 It’s a truly interesting transformation. So what do we do with all of this? It’s clear that we are so drawn to this story and others like it.

I kept thinking. or the way you can make someone smile … or maybe something unique that makes you. One of them told me that she couldn’t stop thinking about the movie. most of the time. you. Soon the whole .” s “He’s into what is best for her … well. and we’re back in our own reality.” Just breathe … God thinks that your reality is way more interesting than Edward and Bella’s. Recently. Here are some of the comments I’ve heard from girls who love Twilight: s “I cried. She began sharing quote after quote. But then the credits roll or the last page is turned.28 Escaping thE vampire swept up in the adventurous romance. is this guy for real? He’s not like other guys. There are no good vampires—or even vampires of any kind—and Edward remains that character in our head. To her. a deeper reason that we’re all so attracted to and drawn into this story. We so desperately want to experience such a story ourselves. Have you felt this way? Like you wished you could really live in Bella and Edward’s world and leave your own behind? It makes me start to wonder if there’s actually something more going on here.” s “Edward is way hot … sooo cute!” s “I liked the romance … I wish a guy could be that way with me. oh my gosh. I was talking with a group of girls after a conference. Our lives are just the same as they’ve always been. Twilight was an obsession. Think of at least three things about your own life that you are proud of … maybe it’s people in your life.” s “Maybe what I liked was the fact that they’re not supposed to be together but they are. Their faces lit up when I mentioned Twilight.

they didn’t have an answer. Imagine having that type of relationship connection in your life. who is incredibly Jennie Yabroff of Newsweek writes. Someone always present in our lives that experiences life with us. You could hear it in their voices and see it in the excitement on their faces. the Savior of the world. protection. Who was their true hero? Who offered them the love. bad-boy hero Edward could be outdone so easily by an eternally loving. and unending relationship filled with hope and life they were desperate for? That totally stumped them. fiercely protective Savior. This fascination with Edward and the draw he has with so many is just a shadow of the true epic love story offered by our true Immortal Hero. So why do our hearts keep longing so hard after something we can never find—something that simply does not exist? Unless it does. “These vampires are not so much scary as noble. Unless this longing is a hunger for what our souls were created for. No one offers love without a price. Pretty cool thought. A few may come close … but no one offers perfection. hunky. this may be a radical thought to wrap your mind around—but imagine that this iconic.”13 attentive to our every need and who will treat us better than we could ever imagine. fighting against their inherent natures for the sake of love. What if our hearts were created to long for this love because it is actually out there longing for us? What if our souls were shaped for Someone? Someone amazing. Jesus Christ! . Then I asked them about their lives. So then we talked about how no mortal can unconditionally fulfill these things. For some.alluRE of DaRknEss 29 group joined in—how many lines could they remember? I could see that they were reliving the adventure together. You can see the charm of Edward and all he is for Bella.

” “I don’t have the strength to stay away from you anymore.” “So the lion fell in love with the lamb.” “He looks at you like you’re something to eat.” “I dream about being with you forever.” “Then don’t.30 Escaping thE vampire “What if I’m not the hero? What if I’m the bad guy?” “If you were smart.” “Everything about me invites you in. you are my life now. I’d say you’d stay away from me.” “Is it long enough just to have a long and happy life with me?” .” “Bella.

Think about that one. 18:16–19 NLT) To be respected and intensely loved is to have someone who is forever loyal and unselfishly true to your heart. but the LORD supported me. he drew me out of deep waters. Kristen Stewart. He reached down from heaven and rescued me. When you experience this type of undying love … nothing else compares. from those who hated me and were too strong for me. (Ps. He rescued me from my powerful enemies. he rescued me because he delights in me. the actress who plays Bella.alluRE of DaRknEss 31 He offered His life to provide life forever with Him. describes the movie like this: “It’s about what drives you to love. I hope you know the amazing love of your true hero! How does having this kind of love change your life? Not sure? Stay with me … . They attacked me at a moment when I was in distress.”12 Just breathe … Oh. He led me to a place of safety. In Teen Vogue.

feel protected. etc. your true Immortal hero: Gives unending peace. What others can you think of? . etc. What others can you think of? Offers excitement.Relationship with a guy like Edward Relationship with Christ. offers true eternal love. is intriguing. fulfilling and gives a sense of purpose.

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