The Hidden Flame

The Hidden Flame

by Davis Bunn, Janette Oke

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Overview

Abigail loses everything and is left with little promise of a normal life. When she discovers the Messiah and joins his followers, she also discovers new meaning and purpose. Maybe she does have a future after all. But increasing persecution is scattering the burgeoning group "to the ends of the earth." And Abigail may have given her heart to the wrong man.

Two suitors desire the lovely Abigail's hand in marriage. One is a successful Hebrew merchant and widower looking for a mother for his children. On the other side is the Roman soldier Linux, who is captivated by her winsome charm and could offer the sanctuary--maybe even the love--for which she yearns. But her heart has been captured by neither of these. Stephen, one of the leaders of The Way, has a character and a faith that move her deeply, but his outspoken preaching has marked him for assassination. Will her faith and courage withstand a heartbreak beyond comprehension?

And then a glimmer of hope appears, one she never would have foreseen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764207426
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Series: Acts of Faith Series , #2
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 344,969
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Davis Bunn, the author of twenty bestsellers, has received numerous accolades, including three Christy Awards for excellence in fiction. His books have sold more than six million copies in sixteen languages. He and his wife, Isabella, make their home near Oxford, England, where they teach and write. Davis serves as Writer in Residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University, and is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Janette Oke, recipient of the 1992 ECPA President's Award and the 1999 CBA Life Impact Award for her significant contribution to the Christian book industry, has also won both the Gold Medallion Award and the Christy Award for fiction. Janette and her husband, Edward, live in Alberta, Canada.

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The Hidden Flame (Acts of Faith Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
DorianSD More than 1 year ago
Inspired by true accounts of early Christians, the followers of the Way of course being those who recognize Jesus as the Messiah, is a fiction book of events that quite possibly could have occurred during that time. Written both beautifully and demonstrably, Abigail is an impressive and brave woman. Bunn and Oke mix affection and knowledge, bereavement and awakening into a charming and memorable book that you can lose yourself in. I'm a big fan of historical fiction, especially those that are about the early church. I very much enjoy reading plausible stories of what may have happened during those times. Reading about the apostles and other Biblical people through Bunn's & Oke's words, as well as the characters imagined, was a bit like being there myself. In addition, I learned more about the culture at that time in history, adding to the knowledge I already had. Seeing that this is actually the second book in the 'Acts of Faith' series by Bunn & Oke (the first being The Centurion's Wife) I did not find myself confused in the least. This book is able to stand on its own, and seemingly has its own plot - obviously many of the characters are the same, but one is not left disconnected and honestly unless I had known there was another book in the series, would not have guessed there was a previous one penned. The Centurion's Wife is definitely on my to read list know as I found the characters in The Hidden Flame were both thoughtful and animated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great sequal! Loved the first book and this one is just as good...can't wait to read the next book
kanastos More than 1 year ago
After many years of reading secular fiction, I wanted to read something that was better for my faith. I really enjoyed this book. I see my own struggles with my faith in that of the main character. I would highly recommend this book.
Nicole Whitworth More than 1 year ago
I did not want to stop reading this book!
sdslangford More than 1 year ago
The Hidden Flame takes you back in time to the early church. You can feel the heat of the day and the cobblestones under your feet as you walk through the streets of Jerusalem with Abagail. She is a quiet, unassuming, gentle lady who has two suitors vying for her hand in marriage. The history of the early church comes alive. You feel Abagail's joy and pain as she experiences celebration and hardships during the growth of the early church and the beginning of persecution of the followers of The Way. I love the way Bunn & Oke show the traditions and daily lives of the Jews using both fictional and Biblical characters. This narrative explores the lives of the early believers in ways I'd never thought of. Who were the families of Ananias and Sapphira? Were they angry at God and Peter for the death of the couple? What about Stephen's family? Were they proud of his sacrifice or confused by what God had asked of him? As the authors explore these questions in this fictional story, they present many truths and make the characters come alive. The Hidden Flame is the second in the Acts of Faith series. I haven't read the first book The Centurion's Wife but do plan to pick it up soon. However, it is not necessary to read the first in the series to be able to follow the story in this book. It was a book that was hard for me to put down. I'll be looking forward to reading more in this series! *Thank you to Bethany House for providing this book for me to review. All opinions expressed are mine.
Lynngood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Abigail loses everything and is left with little promise of a normal life. When she discovers the Messiah and joins his followers, she also discovers new meaning and purpose. Maybe she does have a future after all. But increasing persecution is scattering the burgeoning group "to the ends of the earth." And Abigail may have given her heart to the wrong man. Two suitors desire the lovely Abigail's hand in marriage. One is a successful Hebrew merchant and widower looking for a mother for his children. On the other side is the Roman soldier Linux, who is captivated by her winsome charm and could offer the sanctuary--maybe even the love--for which she yearns. But her heart has been captured by neither of these. Stephen, one of the leaders of The Way, has a character and a faith that move her deeply, but his outspoken preaching has marked him for assassination. Will her faith and courage withstand a heartbreak beyond comprehension? And then a glimmer of hope appears, one she never would have foreseen.
mrsjason on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As I've stated before, I'm a big fan of biblical fiction because I feel that there is more to the story than just what is written in the Bible. I feel that if the author does sufficient research to make sure what they are writing about is historically and culturally accurate, there is no reason to confine the characters to only what is written in the scriptures. That being said, I was looking forward to reading this second book in the new series from Bunn and Oke. As a huge Janette Oke fan, I'm honestly not sure what parts of the book she contributed to but I am a sucker for anything that has her name on it.While the main focus of the story is on Abigail, it really is a different take on the story of Stephen, the first martyr. If you don't know Stephen's story from the Bible, he was stoned to death for his beliefs and the person holding the coats of the stoners was Saul, who later became Saint Paul. The authors take the framework of this story and wrote a lovely narrative around it focusing on the lives of the early believers and their day to day relationships. Pretty much the story of the first part of the book of Acts comes to life. The main character Abigail is a young woman who is one of the early Christians and helps out Martha (sister of Lazarus). Her story shows her growing in her faith as well as finding love.If there's a flaw in the story, it's that I felt too much time was spent on the suitors that the reader knows Abigail does not want to be with. The men are both likable and there's nothing wrong with them but Abigail does not love either men so it feels like time is wasted on these characters only to have them go their separate ways. I appreciated the romantic tension but I don't really like getting invested in a character if they are not going to be a part of the main focus of the story and ending.Overall this is a good biblical fiction story with a nice mesh of romance and historical fiction blended together. It's the second book in the series and while you probably could read it alone, I would suggest reading the first book to fully understand the characters, setting and culture.
momsword on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book to read because I love to read historical fiction. The only thing I hated that really wasn't in the book but it was historical facts, was when people tried to convert people from other religions. Yes spreading the word but what about what cultures believe? What about their own religions? I never understood that. read the rest on momsword.org
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoying this series of books. It takes you back in history and makes you feel as if you were living there at that time. It confirms and strengthens your Christian belief and faith. Easy to read and well written.
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.....lagged
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Amazing book cant wait to read th third one!
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nite-owlCP More than 1 year ago
I loved this e-book. Go with the followers of Christ in this amazing journey of diciples. The road was paved with much joy, but to be a follower of Christ was not as easy as today, it was a road filled with trials and tribulations. I was sad when I had completed the three books, wish their could have been more books in the series. I will certainly read them again!
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Linda Mcanally More than 1 year ago
It was a good book to read but I would have done a different ending, but Iknow there is another book so it might fit when I start to read it. Overall it is very good series to read and follows the bible very close.
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