"My husband and I decided we did not like the way in which the ‘forbidden love' angle was being used in the plot. We did not want our child to identify with a character that knowingly goes off with a man who, by nature, wants to kill her," Timmers said.

"It is not the vampire aspect of the books we object to," she continued. Rather, "it was the nature of the relationships, and how forbidden love is made out to be the most romantic. From the start the relationship feels very co-dependant, unhealthy."

And that's where Escaping the Vampire departs from just a cultural analysis of the vampire phenomenon and instead draws upon Powers's ministry and biblical truths. 

"[W]e are not taking the story of Twilight and making a book, the book has been written based upon the needs of the girls. We used some stories and some things about Twilight to pull that through to show the girls, that ‘hey, these truths are relevant today," Powers said. 

"The core of the ministry that we do is absolutely based upon knowing the heartbeat of the Father and finding who we are in Christ," she continued. "Believe it or not, that is so woven into what is going on in this phenomenon today, because girls are looking for love. The concepts of what I've learned and the stories that I've heard over many years in this ministry are fully now being able to be shared in light of God's truths." 

Escaping the Vampire offers parents and teens a Christian perspective on the vampire phenomenon as it shares real stories from girls all across the globe. Some of the girls come desperate for the hero that can take them away from what seems to be a loveless life. 

Powers has heard heartbreaking - and heart-healing - stories throughout her conferences. One girl who challenged Powers after a talk struggled to figure out how she could be "God's dream" when she had been thrown away as a child. 

"She said, ‘You don't know my story,'" Powers remembers. "It was one of the most inspirational stories to me. As a baby, she was found in a dumpster. She was rescued and placed with a family, but fourteen years later, she was standing at my conference. And she said, ‘Yeah, I'm here, I'm alive, but I feel like somebody threw me away.'" 

Powers then shared a new perspective with the girl - that her hero had never left her side. 

As they cried together, Powers told her, "‘You know what? He was there with you in that stinky, smelly dumpster.' And she was able to grab a hold of that. She said, ‘I had never thought about that.' But, it says in the Word, ‘God will never leave you or forsake you.' And he has never forsaken you. He is your rescuer, he's your hero. He is the one who that saw you to this place today and he wants you to go on to lead a wonderful life. We have kept in touch with her and now she's in a very prestigious nursing program. She wants to shape the world with her desires to be a nurse who shares Christ."


Ginny McCabe is an author, feature and entertainment writer from Cincinnati, OH. You may email her at gmwriteon@aol.com, or visit http://www.gmwriteon.com/.