The Gift was a long awaited sequel for me. I was hooked by Bryan's first book in the series, The Sword and couldn't wait to find out what happened after Ana and Teo's exile.
Bryan has a gift of his own for story telling. He's woven a brilliant story with the perfect balance of faith, adventure and romance. I think the flash forward 500 years into the future to see a post apocalyptic world as a medieval land is genius. His descriptions are so clear, I know exactly where Teo and Ana are, even if the names of the locations are different.
The best part of the story though by far, is the story of faith and trial, the journey that Ana and Teo make both personally and spiritually. It makes me look at the gift we have of scripture in a more appreciative light. I'll admit to taking for granted at times how good we have it, to have all of God's word readily at hand and have the ability to read it in almost any language. To think of how life would be to lose that gift, that is heartbreaking. Of course, the true gift, was discovering Jesus Christ, and learning the both the Suffering Servant and the Promised King were one and the same. Those scenes were very powerful.
This series is masterful, here's a hearty Well Done to the author. I can't wait for book 3.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
After the finding of an Old Testament in book one of the trilogy, The Gift picks up the story of Teo and Ana. Exiled from their homeland and trying to survive in unknown and dangerous lands, they search for any record of the missing Testament.
Their journeys lead them into the region we know as Italy. An elite society welcomes Ana, who finds she must choose between her new life and her dream of returning to Chiveis. Will Teo and Ana’s relationship withstand the circumstances and new enemies pulling them apart? And can Teo keep ahead of a powerful and mysterious force opposing his search for the New Testament?
If you'd like to read the first chapter of The Gift, go HERE.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Today Bryan lives in downtown Wheaton in a Victorian house built in 1887. He and his wife Carolyn are parents to two children. For recreation Bryan enjoys basketball, traveling, and hiking anywhere there are mountains. The Litfins attend College Church in Wheaton, where Bryan has served on the Board of Missions and as a deacon. He also helped start Clapham School, a Christian primary school in Wheaton using the classical model of education.