Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The Hidden Flame
This brilliantly written book puts you on the streets of first century Jerusalem, giving you a front row seat for many of the events recorded in the book of Acts. From the deaths of Ananias and Sapphira to the stoning of Stephen the reader witnesses first-hand moments that shaped the early church through the eyes of Abigail; a young believer and the focus of this story.
It is the second book in the Acts of Faith series, however the authors have done a great job of filling in the necessary background information to make this book easily readable on its own. I have not read the first book, but had no trouble picking up the story line.
Caught between the Jewish leadership and the Roman rulers, the early church is fighting for their survival – even as their numbers grow daily.
Many of the characters are actual historical characters- the apostles, Martha, Rabbi Gamaliel (the Apostle Paul’s teacher – still known as Saul in this book). All of the characters are rich and deep; you will laugh with them, cry with them, and pray with them.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction.
I must mention that I received a complimentary review copy of this book, however that in no way influenced my opinion of it.