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Posted May 24, 2010
Haunting, Inspiring Adventure
"Twenty-four-hundredth year after Jesus Christ, a strange situation had emerged. The world of cars and guns and computers had become, once more, a world of horses and swords and scrolls. History had been rewound and was playing itself out all over again.
In this ancient-future world, one particular people united themselves under a king and called their realm Chivels. The Chieisis also had their own religion: they worshiped four main gods under the guidance of a high priestess."
Bryan M. Litfin creates a world four hundred years after a virus and nuclear war destroy it. It's a fascinating look at a "what if" scenario - what if life as we've come to know it ends? Bryan's characters gripped my heart and definitely made me think about God's word in a whole new way. I was quickly drawn into this suspenseful narrative filled with action, adventure and a compelling storyline that kept me engaged and caring for the characters and their situation until the end.
Teo and Ana find a treasure, called the Sacred Writings. Teo has heard of these ancient writings and knows how to translate them into his tongue. These writings become a light that shines into the hearts and minds of the people he reads them to. God starts His work where two or more are gathered in His name. This is powerful stuff. God (who they call Deu) becomes more real to them than any of the four God's they've grown up with. It's amazing and scary to them.
"Maurice Teo's mentor says, 'Deu is the all-creator. He's not a God to be manipulated by rituals and good deeds and token offerings. He makes the plans; your place is to heed them.Teo, I think you have to let Deu be the God He is, not the God you want Him to be.'"
Bryan shows the dark side of the high priestess, religion and how people get caught in the powers of darkness. The Sword is the first in a trilogy. Bryan concludes his book with you wanting to learn more about this colorful cast of characters and wondering about their next adventure. The sequel is scheduled to be released April 2011.
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Posted April 25, 2010
Fascinating story of a society discovering the long lost word of God
The Sword is a novel by Bryan Litfin that seeks to explore what would happen if the Bible were introduced into a society with no knowledge of God or the Bible. The book follows the main characters as they progress from living in this society to the life changing experience of finding a copy of God's word in an old church.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The premise of the story is very interesting but I found the setup to be rather simplistic and unbelievable. Once you get past the two introductory chapters the story that follows is very compelling. The characters were interesting and most of the situations they found themselves in were believable. The false religions presented in the book are ridiculous but it see they are very similar in that respect to those presented in the Bible.
The good characters have their flaws and realize that the only way to accomplish anything is to believe that God is able to deliver them. They don't always do the right thing but find that God will forgive even the worst sinners. They learn that God doesn't always work out situations the way they would like but that they need to have faith that he is working.
The writing is not exceptional but didn't distract from the story most of the time. I think it's a good job for a first novel from the author. I would recommend this book to any that are intrigued by the premise of introducing the Bible to a society completely without Christianity. I look forward to reading the second volume in the series.
I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program.
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