The Returning

It’s been 20 years since Remko and Carrington had to leave the daughter behind in Authority City. She’s grown up, and they have another daughter, but Carrington still suffers from guilt about not being there for her older daughter. Meanwhile, Elise has been fed lies about being unwanted, and believes she is worthless.

Rachelle Dekker’s The Returning is more than just a story about the fight between right and wrong. The characters face the same challenges in their faith that we do. Doubt, questioning if they are doing the right thing, all the what ifs, feeling like they have no value, we struggle with the same problems. Seeing this, even in a fictional setting lets us take a look at where we are and where we need to let go and trust God.

I really enjoyed reading The Returning, the story built nicely on what happened in the previous books and flowed well. With different characters in different areas, there was a need to jump back and forth between them, but this was handled well and the story was easy to understand. The plot moved at a nice pace so that you could follow the events without it dragging.

I fully recommend The Returning (and the other books in the series, The Choosing and The Calling) to readers who like dystopian books that are great to read and leave you with hope.

I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for this honest review.

Author Q&A

Set the scene for The Returning. What has happened since The Calling ended?
Well, it’s been nearly 20 years, and the world has changed. I don’t want to give too much away for those who haven’t read the first two, so I’ll just say the world is very different and much more dangerous than it once was. But something is brewing under the surface. Change is coming, and people know it.
What themes are explored in this book?
Identity is something I am always exploring, so that’s no different in The Returning. But in this
novel I took a really hard look at forgiveness and how that relates to our journey of discovering who we really are.
You talk about the power of belief in the book. What is the purpose of faith,
and what makes faith so powerful in people’s lives?
Belief and faith are everything. We form our own realities. We make judgments
based on the past and what we think the future will bring; then we shape our idea of what we are capable of around those beliefs. Imagine if we truly believed we were infinite sons and daughters of the creator. How different would the world look then? When we believe and have faith in who the Father calls us, then the world looks pretty different.

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