The Sword: A Novel

The Sword: A Novel

by Bryan M. Litfin
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The Sword: A Novel by Bryan M. Litfin

The Sword explores a world where society has no knowledge of Christianity, and a Bible is discovered after being lost for centuries.

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ISBN-13: 9781433533723
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 06/30/2012
Edition description: Redesign
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 1,149,903
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Bryan M. Litfin (PhD, University of Virginia) is professor of theology at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of the Chiveis Trilogy and several other books. Bryan and his wife, Carolyn, have two children.

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Sword 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i couldn't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My housework and projects suffered enjoyed it as i sought to imagine the depth of the characters emotions
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the BEST books i have ever read! This book is filled with adventure and action and you won't be able to put it down.
TBCN More than 1 year ago
"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. Nora St.Laurent ACFW Book Club Coordinator
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this for anyone. I planned on just reading the first couple pages, you know, just to see if I would like to read it 'later'. Ha! I couldn't put my nook down! I'll tell you this: it is not scary in the sense of graphic discription that will give you nightmares. It will make you think 'how would I respond?' It is well written and riviting. Try it. You'll like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 stars. Great story.
joe7don More than 1 year ago
Advertised as free. Charged $11.22. Refunded and returned.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a refreshing change of pace from other fiction books I have read. It kept me coming back for more. I enjoyed it so much that I ordered the next book in the series half way through finishing this one. I recommend this book anyone looking for a story that is unlike any you have read before.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story, I was hooked from the first page!
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I cannot wait to see what he writes next. The Chiveus Trilogy will be hard to beat. Loved this series.
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AL10 More than 1 year ago
The Sword, by Bryan M. Liftin, will keep you reading for hours. A great story of love, evil, bravery, and faith. If you are looking for an adventure in medieval-like times, this is the book to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. There was just something about it, and I couldn't put it down. I loved the characters and especially loved the fact that it was a modern day medieval setting. Litfin did an excellent jab, and I can't wait to read the next one.
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Bandahur More than 1 year ago
I could NOT put this book down once I picked it up. It was an enrapturing tale that wove in elements of romance, action, & fantasy. I will most definitely be purchasing the second book due out on April 30! I highly recommend this book!
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StefanYates More than 1 year ago
While post-apocalyptic themes seem to be all of the rage of late, this new series seems to take a different slant than most that I have seen recently. In this version of the post-apocalyptic future, society has reformed itself into a feudal-type society similar to that of the Middle Ages. All previous religion has been lost and a multiple-god religion with the god of the sky ruling over all has developed. Remnants of the ancient society proceeding the apocalypse can be found in ruins throughout the kingdom and its' surrounding out-lands and, by chance, a church containing a carefully preserved copy of the Christian bible is found. I thought that this was a pretty decent book with a few minor flaws. The plot is well thought out and for the most part implemented skillfully. The storyline moves the reader along at a rapid pace and it is a fairly gripping page-turner that I found difficult too put down as I was eager to find out what was going to happen next. The characters are very likable and mostly believable except for the part that the main hero and heroine are mostly too perfect (the best/most beautiful/most admired in the kingdom.) I also found the premise of introducing Christianity into a society that has absolutely no prior knowledge of it to be very compelling and actually liked the way that Litfin had his characters introduce these new ides. Where I thought that the book was a bit lacking was in the depiction of the current religion of the realm. Not that other religions can't have evil intents or that the power inherent in leading others in religion can't lead to evil motives, but it just seems that the author went a little over the top with the lengths that the priests and priestesses go to. For example, priests of one of the gods carry acid guns that they remorselessly use to disfigure those that defy them. I also thought that the group that was introduced to Christianity was far to quick to turn to it as the one true religion without truly questioning whether or not these new ideas had any possible negative outcomes. All in all, I thought that this was a pretty decent read with some original ideas and I'll most probably follow up with the series when the sequel is released.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
What would happen to the human race if we lost all technology and went back to stone castles, handmade clothes, farming by hand? The people in The Sword show us. There has been a series of tragedies...a disease that wiped out most of the population....a nuclear war....climates gone haywire. A few scattered groups of people survive to rebuild their lives. One of these groups names their land Chiveis. Chiveis is a mostly happy land, surround by wilderness that none dare to enter. But Chiveis has lost the God of the ancients and now worship their own gods in their own way. Then on day everything changes. It starts with a guardsman, a well known tournament champion, discovers a book of the ancients far from the borders of Chiveis. He brings this book back to share with his friends, Anastasia (a farmer's daughter), Maurice (his friend and mentor), and Shaphan (his student). This small group of people decide to bring the ancient's God back to Chiveis no matter what the cost. This leads the group into quite a religious struggle with the High Priestess of the current religion who refuses to see a new religion that could potentially take some of her power from her. The group is attacked from without and faces betrayal from withing as they struggle to make sense of this new God and bring his truth to their world. I loved this book, the plot, the character, the setting...everything. The characters are engaging and interesting. Their lives flow through a world that is well made, beautiful, and at times frightening. The struggles they endure and the choices they move the story forward is way that draws the reader even further in. I can't wait to see what the second book brings. 4.5/5 This book was received from the publisher as part of the librarything early review program in exchange for my review. My review expresses my honest opinion of the book.
JosephMarkey More than 1 year ago
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. 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.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
Similar in theme to the first novel, The Paradise War, in a trilogy by Stephen Lawhead titled The Song of Albion trilogy, The Sword by Bryan M. Litfin was incredibly addictive reading. It has been years since I pushed through a 400+ page novel until I finished because I didn't want to stop reading. Part fantasy, and part medieval setting, The Sword transported me to another realm where it was the future, yet the story read like an Arthurian tale, only better. It felt more like historical fiction than the Planet of the Apes futuristic, because the setting resembled the dark ages with its swords and horses and general mayhem. In this story our modern culture/people were known as the ancients. I found The Sword to be compelling and emotionally gripping. It had non-stop action and intrigue as well. The spiritual richness and analogies in this tale were powerful, too. It reminded me a lot of the first century church where believers had to deny their faith or be tortured and die. And the most amazing thing of all about this debut novel was that it read like it was written by an experienced, multi-published novelist. The plotting was superb, the setting believable, and the romance compelling. There was nothing weak about this novel. It was creative as well as insightful and theologically deep. I highly recommend this book. The Sword the kind of story that really makes you think and it's a terrific beginning to a fantastic series. Novels that I can't get out of my head are the types of books I enjoy most (regardless of their genre), so that is one of the reasons it's making my best fiction of 2010 list. I can't wait to get my hands on the second book in the series when it releases next year.