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So Shines the Night is a masterful interweaving of a beautiful s
This story really brought this time of history alive before my eyes, and I cherished every minute of it. I felt that I myself was walking down the very roads of Ephesus, and I so longed to see the beauty of it with the unforgettable and touching characters of this story. I was immersed in the lavishness of that culture, and it swept me off my feet.
There was something so pure and long ago lost from the followers of the Way. How Christians of today could learn from their love, their enthusiasm, and their hospitality. We have sadly seen the fervency of their love, their unwavering devotion, and their single-minded purpose get garbled, watered down, and twisted into the “religiosity” that we see so prevalent today. No wonder people are turned off by the Christianity that see around them. The purity of how it started out is not what is broadcasted to them, and this is to our great detriment as much as to theirs. How we need to go back to our first and only true love! Only then will the kingdom of God become what she was always meant to be.
This story focused on two broken people fighting for the same thing, a second chance at a life of happiness, security, and fulfillment. Daria and Lucas’s chance meeting proved to be a turning point for both of them that started a rebuilding of their lives individually and as a couple. While they both desperately searched for the truth they needed, they each took very different paths in this journey. While Lucas’s path proved to be the deadlier of the two, Daria’s path revealed God’s strength through her that helped her and Lucas both find the freedom, truth, and love that they so desperately longed for.
This was my first foray into the genre of Biblical fiction, and I was far from disappointed. All of the elements that I have come to enjoy in a good story – the mystery, the suspense, the longing for truth and learning, and the sharpening of my mind - was all very much present in So Shines the Night. I am eager now to continue my journey into this genre to see what other treasures are out there to enjoy and learn from.
Tracy Higley is an author that stands out as one who is meticulous, thoughtful, and a force to be reckoned with. Her touch throughout this story is one of tenderness, humility, and awe at the marvelous works of our magnificent God and Father. His ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts. She wraps the mystery, the love, and the grace of our God throughout this story so much so that it feels as if you are enveloped in His arms as are you reading it.
While this story brought an immense amount of hope to my heart, I am saddened by the continued parallels that are drawn to our own time today. Some things have not changed and others have morphed into various forms to try and hide what they truly are. The shroud of deception has been gradually and gladly by some pulled over the eyes of those around us, and that makes our job that much harder and dangerous. Let us cling to the one true God, and through us He will work His wonders.
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Posted March 12, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed the last Tracy Higley novel I read and revi
I thoroughly enjoyed the last Tracy Higley novel I read and reviewed ("Isle of Shadows"). While "So Shines the Night" is a good read, I was a bit let down in comparison ultimately because the book probably could have been shorter and some of the details or discussions eliminated or trimmed down to avoid slowing down the story progression.
The story, which begins in Rhodes and moves to Ephesus, centers on Daria and Lucas, two people trying to come to terms with their past, confused about what they believe as they deal with sorcerers, worship of the Greek goddess Artemis, and the early Christian church. I especially liked the author's discussion and treatment of Paul and Timothy's work in Ephesus.
In a sea of Amish fiction or often-generic romance novels, this author's books stand out and are worth the time.
Note: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson.
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Posted September 28, 2013
"So Shines the Night" was not all I had expected it to
"So Shines the Night" was not all I had expected it to be, but it was surprisingly good! While reading their were some very dark parts that made me think that I might not be able to finish the novel! However, I was able too and came to see that the evil in life is not something we can run from like Daria tried to do in the beginning. Their is a dark and fierce battle going on around us like Ephesians 6:12 says (this also was one of the main themes in this novel):"For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places."
Lucas's inner battle was another dark part of the story that had me a little hesitant on reading the novel. He had a strong struggle concerning the ways of sorcery as well as his thoughts involving his trips to the place where the sorcerers did their "experiments." Again, I do realize that this is real stuff that does occur in our world today. Some of the parts concerning these sorcerers where Daria is around them and says that she would get chills because of their darkness, I could feel too! Despite that I could feel their darkness, I felt God's power too and realized that if we don't have the armor of God we truly are defenseless!
My reason for giving this book a four star is because I was disappointed that Daria didn't become a Christian like Lucas did! I am not sure if she really surrendered herself to God's will because she doesn't give a declaration (like Lucas did), but yet in the end Paul said she would teach the other young Christians. I know as new Christians we do have questions, but I would have liked a confirmation if Daria really did get saved because it left me feeling unsure of her teaching others!
I do have to mention that Tracy did bring Acts 19 to life and it was exciting to read about the Christians hardships as well as joy during that time! I did not realize how deep Ephesians were into sorcery and rituals/sacrifices to the goddess that these early Christians were a target to many people who HIGHLY disagreed with their views (and would do anything to get rid of them almost)!
Overall, this was a deep read with a well-written insight to the true battle that is raging all around us, whether we are Christian or not.
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Posted April 16, 2013
Posted March 21, 2013
It feels like you're walking the streets with her. I am a big f
It feels like you're walking the streets with her.
I am a big fan of Tracy Higley because she makes history come alive. I can feel the elbows and shoulders pressing into me as she fights the crowds. I can imagine the tall columns of the temple, the smell of people and animals . . . She describes everything in a very powerful way.
The characters are complex and interesting. I like watching them grow and learn -- the evolution of their beliefs and motivations. I can relate to them as well. Lucas - driven by his desire to assuage his own guilt and exact revenge for the death of his wife and child. Daria trying to make a secure place for herself, to understand and control the world around her, and to know whether the darkness in Lucas is something she can save him from. They both struggle with their ideas about faith and the groups vying for control over the people.
This was a great story that will stay in my memory for a long time. I want to thank Thomas Nelson for providing my copy in exchange for this honest review.
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Posted December 11, 2013
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