Apparently The Calling is the second book in Rachelle Dekker’s “The Seers” series. I had not read the first one. I didn’t find that it mattered much. I’m sure having read the previous book would have helped give a deeper understanding of a few things in the story and helped fill in the backstory, obviously, but it didn’t seem to matter too much. The Calling worked pretty well on its own.

Like many popular recent series, like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner, The Calling takes place in a dystopian American society in the future. Little is said (at least in this book) about what has gotten society to this point, but it clearly has gone way off course. The Calling takes place within (and just without the borders of) a large city–more of a city-state it seems. Little is said about the rest of the nation or world, but in this city, things have clearly gone wrong. The government is controlled by the one person who has risen to power (it seems by overthrowing the previous leader), though there seem to be strings being pulled by someone sinister in the background. Anyone who goes against the government is made example of through a public execution that all are forced to watch.

A small group has escaped the city in search of freedom–both civically and spiritually. Most have surrendered their own agendas and seek the good through the leadership of a mysterious prophet-like leader named Aaron.

The Calling has plenty of suspense and action that draws the reader in; it also provides a background for though and discussion on freedom, surrender, and fighting for what matters.

Here are some thoughts from the author Rachelle Dekker:

In the book you talk a lot about surrendering to fear. What does this look like and how does this help us to not be afraid?

I think sometimes the natural reaction to fear is to hide from it, or try and push it away. It’s the idea that if we can’t see it then it must not be there, but we all know that unless dealt with the unseen things often come back to bite us. The only way to face fear is to walk through it; surrendering to Father God and letting Him reminder us of our true identity. Only then do we really see that the light within us is always greater than the fear we face.
Do you relate to any of the characters in The Calling in terms of how you’ve faced and handled fear in your life? How so?
Of course, every character I write ends up having some reflections of things I’ve faced
personally. You can only write what you know, as they say. I, very much like Remko, have the tendency to be in “my head” too much when faced with fear, and I struggle to let go of the need for control and simply surrender. That’s one of the main reasons I decided to write this story.

What do you hope readers will take away from the story?

I hope they take a moment to see themselves as children of the Father. I hope they see that true freedom and fearlessness rest in surrendering, and that when they stand with the Father than nothing can stand against them. There is incredible peace in that truth, and I hope, like I am beginning the experience, that readers feel that same peace.