Tuesday, April 30, 2013

So Shines the Night - Fiction, Biblical

So Shines the Night
By Tracy L. Higley

Daria is a young beautiful widow struggling to make a living as a tutor.  While her intelligence is not in question, being a female greatly limits her opportunities for teaching.  When a terrible incident drives her from her position in Rhodes, she ends up in Ephesus with a new employer who is much more interested in revenge than academia.  Lucas is a handsome young merchant who is trying to play all sides in his game of vengeance.  He has made friends with the Sorcerers, the Christians, and the craftsmen in his attempt to learn the truth about his wife’s gruesome death.  Daria attempts to save Lucas by infusing her goodness and order into his life, but will it be enough?  Will his desire for retribution lead him only to death, or can he find peace through one of the groups he has befriended?  And can Daria find the security she needs so deeply, both physically and spiritually?

This is a great book set in the time of the early Christian church.  The book shows some of the wonderful things that were happening in the early church at Ephesus, while accurately depicting the culture and spiritual powers against which they struggled.  Though the story is a fictional account, many of the circumstances the author has infused are right out of Acts 18 and 19.  I loved how the author set the point of view for the story from the eyes of unbelievers.  We live in a world that is constantly confronted with what Christianity should look like, but these people had no idea what these Christians were all about. The unbelievers had no idea if they could trust this new sect that was rapidly creating both followers and fierce enemies.  Overall I give this book an A: a great reminder of what our struggles are really against and Who fights on our side.

I received a free ebook of this title from the publisher (through www.booksneeze.com) in exchange for my honest review. 

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