Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Gift by Bryan Litfin

Hi There,

Well, having just gotten power back this afternoon, and Internet about 2 hours ago, I am so glad I can post this review! I also feel like I was with these characters more in their adventure than normal because I have been dealing with several issues this past week! Whew!

The Gift is a wonderful, very very well written read. Teo and Ana are on the adventure of several centuries. The world as we know it has been demolished, and a new civilization has developed. Anyone with any imperfections is an outcast, a Defective. But the Defectives have a hidden secret growing among them. The All-God Creator, Deus. His Old Testament has survived, but oh how they long to find the New Testament and to learn more about the Pierced-One, and to find out what role he played in the Promised King, or was he one who died to help the coming King?

Teo and Ana have vowed to find out, to find the New Testment. Meanwhile, they have lives they are living. Lives that will pull them away from Deus and His word if they don't take care. The Gift is full of adventure. Good and evil are clearly shown, as well as those who are mislead. There is so much I can say about this book, but so little time to write today!

I want to read the first one that came before it, and I want to read the next one. I want to know how Bryan Litfin is going to finish this story that moves hearts, minds, and souls towards the one true God.


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Gift
Crossway Books (April 30, 2011)
Bryan Litfin

Bryan earned a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the University of Tennessee as well as a master’s degree in historical theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. From there he went to the University of Virginia, taking a PhD in the field of ancient church history. He is currently professor of theology at Moody Bible Institute in downtown Chicago, where he has been since 2002. He teaches courses in theology, church history, and Western civilization from the ancient and medieval periods. He is the author of Getting to Know the Church Fathers: An Evangelical Introduction (Brazos, 2007), as well as several scholarly articles and essays. Bryan has always enjoyed epic adventure stories as well as historical fiction, but most of his reading these days is taken up by academia.
Today Bryan lives in downtown Wheaton in a Victorian house built in 1887. He and his wife Carolyn are parents to two children. For recreation Bryan enjoys basketball, traveling, and hiking anywhere there are mountains. The Litfins attend College Church in Wheaton, where Bryan has served on the Board of Missions and as a deacon. He also helped start Clapham School, a Christian primary school in Wheaton using the classical model of education.
The Chiveis Trilogy takes readers hundreds of years into the future. War and disease have destroyed civilization as we know it. Much technology has been discarded and history is largely forgotten. Slowly, the few survivors have begun to build new communities, and kingdoms now prosper in a kind of feudal order. But the Word of God has been lost for centuries.

After the finding of an Old Testament in book one of the trilogy, The Gift picks up the story of Teo and Ana. Exiled from their homeland and trying to survive in unknown and dangerous lands, they search for any record of the missing Testament.
Their journeys lead them into the region we know as Italy. An elite society welcomes Ana, who finds she must choose between her new life and her dream of returning to Chiveis. Will Teo and Ana’s relationship withstand the circumstances and new enemies pulling them apart? And can Teo keep ahead of a powerful and mysterious force opposing his search for the New Testament?

If you'd like to read the first chapter of The Gift, go HERE.

Watch the book trailer:

The Gift Trailer from Crossway on Vimeo.

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