Dear Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti,
House... the book that completely opened my eyes to new ideas and choices, to think before I act. While I read the book, my mind was swept away, like a fast river current, learning while I was shaking out the chills in my bones. As I was reading, it all felt alive to me: the evil, the pain, the supernatural. Before I came across this book, part of House came true in my life. It was the day Randy, from the book, appeared inside me like a ghost, and then was washed away by a flood.
It was summer, a boring day, no one was home to play. My big brother, Brenan, and I decided to go to the "junk yard" (later we found out it was a tree trimming business with really old and illegal cars). We would explore, finding snakes and having all kinds of adventures with the rusty cars. My brother started to smash the doors on the cars with the hammer, which drew him to shatter the mirror with one blow, which drew him to the windshields and windows. I just watched, doing nothing about it. Watching was just as bad as smashing the car. It was because I panicked, was scared, doing the wrong thing just like Randy did by joining the demons: choosing the evil side instead of the good, to paying a visit the police station instead of staying home, and breaking my family's heart. That is where I learned not to search for the good things in all of the wrong places. After I finished the book, everything hit me like a tsunami. All of the teachings the book had hidden in the text like a gecko hiding from its predators. They all, every single one, tied together. When you treat everyday like your last, you are going to think before you acct so that you will not search for the good things in all of the wrong places.
I was like Randy, I would betray others to feel "better" inside, or in Randy's case, to survive, but it never worked for him. But now I am like Jack, a whole complete opposite person. I find other ways around my problems, I still mess up, but I seek forgiveness. That is what saves me the pain and troubles. I have developed a new way of thinking after reading the thrills in House. I will not be a Randy, I have changed, I will not deal with tat horrible crime again in my life. The book has shown me the power of friendship, choices, and the supernatural. You guys had an empowering impact on my life and I look up to you two for it. Now, it's my turn, to show someone how to escape the dark house, If only others can realize that they can seek forgiveness and find it. Thank you Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker, for writing a book together that would impact my life.