Beth Felker Jones has written an enlightening and encouraging book to focus on what God has to say to us about transformations, love, marriage, and the true meaning of family. Jones hits on some really good points that I missed while reading the Twilight series. It is so easy to get caught up in the glamour of the Cullens and Bella, but it can be dark and really sad. Bella sees herself as “clumsy and awkward” many of us feel this way. It is called being normal. Yet, the glamour for Bella comes in being transformed into a vampire and being with Edward forever.
I’ll admit that after reading Breaking Dawn, I felt a sense of completion to Bella’s life. She suffered a lot, but gained more. In God’s eyes we are beautiful in our flaws because he sent Jesus to save us. It was a free gift. In Twilight, Bella will now and forever be a “monster”, but we don’t have to see it as that. We all desire something and in Twilight, the idea is that all the characters “were governed by attractions they could not control” (Touched by a Vampire, 28). In reality, we are given free will to choose life or choose death. Bella chose to give up her humanity to be with Edward.
Would I recommend this book?
Yes. In two ways I recommend this book. First, if you have not read the Twilight series, it is good to pick this book up first, Beth Felker Jones does an excellent job summarizing the plot of each book in the Saga and offers a book by book discussion guide at the end. Secondly, if you are like me and have already read the whole series, this book will shed new light on Bella and Edward’s romance and will prompt you to make wise reading decisions. All in all its a great guide and I hope Jones continues to write more books addressing popular culture themes.