the healer’s apprentice by melanie dickerson

It’s not every day that you find a new favorite author, but today is that kind of day for me. I just finished the first book written (second I’ve read) by Melanie Dickerson and I have to tell you, it doesn’t get much better than this.

You have to know that I love fairy tales and I love to read re-tellings. My favorite author of all time is Robin McKinley, and many of her books are fairy tales retold. Mercedes Lackey has also retwisted some fairy tales, although her adaptations are more quirky and fun. The great thing about Melanie’s are that they are fairy tales set in historical times, this one is in the Middle Ages, and interwoven with some brilliant theology.

Theology: True Love is Unselfish

There’s some great things going on in this book. My favorite is the place of true love and God. How many books have you read with the “all is fair in love and war” mentality? People rationalizing that anything goes because love conquers all. But that’s not LOVE, that’s a selfish, willful parody of what love really is.

The Healer’s Apprentice shows us what real love should look like– selfless, looking out for others, considering the overall big picture, and trusting in God to remove obstacles. That’s what love is all about and this book has it in spades.

There’s also some great examples of asking for conformation when you believe God is trying to tell you something. Not that it will always work out like what is portrayed in the book, but that we can sometimes mistake happenstance as a message from God, but God will give us conformation if we ask, at least I think so.

And there’s some whopping demonology in here too. Praying in Jesus’ name, that’s the key. Read and see. 🙂

Rating: G

I would totally be OK with my 8 year old daughter reading this, and she totally wants to because she’s seen the gorgeous cover. We’ll have to talk about the demon issues, but that’s OK with me. Spiritual warfare is real and our young ones need to know they can invoke the might name of Jesus.

Social issues:

True love– what does it look like? what is permissible when you think you’re in love? How can you tell a person’s heart?


I am so glad that Melanie Dickerson’s next book is coming out in December 2012. I can’t wait!!!!

Have you read this book? What did you think? Any other author’s doing fairy tale re-tellings? Which fairy tale is your favorite?




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