On an island teetering at the brink of anarchy, Daria finds hope among people of The Way. She escaped a past of danger and found respite in beautiful Ephesus, a trading center on the Aegean coast, serving as tutor to Lucas, the wealthy merchant who rescued her. But the darkness she fled has caught up with her.
The high priests of Artemis once controlled the city, but a group of sorcerers are gaining power. And a strange group of people who call themselves followers of The Way further threatens the equilibrium. As Daria investigates Lucas’ exploits into the darker side of the city, her life is endangered and she takes refuge in the strange group of believers. She’s drawn to Paul and his friends, even as she wrestles with their teachings.
When authorities imprison Lucas for a brutal crime, Daria wonders if even Paul’s God can save him. Then she uncovers a shocking secret that could change everything - Lucas’s fate, her position in his household, and the outcome of the tension between pagans and Christians. But only if she survives long enough to divulge what she knows.
©2013 Thomas Nelson (P)2013 Oasis Audio
"So Shines the Night will stir your imagination and touch your soul. Highly recommended!" (Marlo Schalesky, author of Christy Award-winning Beyond the Night)
I was in hopes it would be a good bibical historical book but it was not.
Yes, the author brings a perspective of what life might have looked like for Believers in Ephesus.
Daria, not only is she the central character but her character can be found in any one of us.
She does a good job in creating a unique voice for each character.
No extreme reaction, but another good story that takes place in historical times (57 AD) and specifically during times in the early church with the first Believers.
Unfortunately, the author misunderstands how the first Christians lived in her characterization of the "church." The author takes the current, predominant view of "church" created by man (e.g., congregation, meeting on Sundays, house church) and places them into a historical time (i.e., Ephesus). If the author had taken time to research how Christ's Church looked and functioned historically instead of only researching Paul and Ephesus, the few characterizations and descriptions she used for the "church" could also be historically accurate along with the remainder of the story.
Loved the Bible history and integration of Bible characters, but the dark evil tone made the story almost depressing and I found it difficult to listen through to the end.
The story was good but a bit drawn out. Listening to the main character, Daria, analyze her every tortured thought became tiresome.
However it was interesting to see the competing interests of commercialism, paganism, humanism and Christianity vie for the hearts of the characters at the crossroads of life in the first century. The fact that Ms. Higley used a murder mystery to weave them together is noteworthy.
The Gospel message finally came through after almost getting lost in the valiant effort to be historically accurate regarding the Temple of Artemis and the hold its associated cult worship had on the ancient city of Ephesus.
Despite, in my opinion, these shortcomings I would recommend this book in, deference to its author and I have no doubt I will read her again.
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