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5.0 out of 5 starsRead this series!
Reviewed in the United States on April 23, 2016
I initially got these books partly because I wanted them but mostly because I wanted to lend them to a friend who had had surgery. I purchased both the audiobooks and the Kindle version for all three and lent her the audiobooks planning to read them simultaneously with her on my Kindle. I never got around to reading them at that point after all, but afterwards she told me all about just how much they had helped her get through her recovery. Then recently I was going through some stuff and she asked me if I'd ever finished reading those books. I started on them and I think I have to say that it's a God thing that I never read them before now. The words of these books seem to flow right into everything I'm going through. God has used these books to help both of us, and I'm still not finished with the third one. They place the first days of the Christian church in an entirely new and powerful light. You will not be disappointed.
5.0 out of 5 stars... this second book of the Acts of Faith was excellent! It is interesting
Reviewed in the United States on July 6, 2015
I think that this second book of the Acts of Faith was excellent! It is interesting, well written, filled with suspense and accurately portrays many happenings of the early Church as recorded in the Book of Acts. There are many twist and turns in the story that had me both laughing and crying. There is a little romance in it but it is the Godly type of romance. There is nothing that a Christian would be embarrassed by. I am an Apostolic Pentecostal Christian who strongly believes in holiness and the importance of understanding the stories in the Book of Acts. I was not offended by anything in the book. The authors do not fully portray the salvation plan that is recorded in the Book of Acts but they do not discard it either. The reader can fill in the blanks themselves according to their knowledge of the scriptures. I think that this book along with the other two books of the Hidden Flame series are awesome for anyone who likes historical Biblical Christian fiction.
This story line was most interesting to watch unfold. The lives of Alban and Leah continue as well as Jacob and Linex. Abigail also deals with her burned leg yet continues to serve others. This book was suspenseful, historical events were well captured. I can't wait to read the third book to this series. The ending of this book was not a surprise. I would encourage others to read this series. Rated it a five!
5.0 out of 5 starsLovely Story wonderful story-telling
Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2016
An excellent work by an excellent story-teller. I enjoyed their (her) work on the Arcadian's and wasn't aware of the religious streak in her (their) writing.
While the historical fiction is a little dramatic, and the evangelicalism is a bit overly obvious, I've enjoyed all three books, and, in context, they tell a lovely part of the passion story that's often overlooked or minimized - the early Church. This story - the three books - bring to life people who struggled with their world and their faith in a time and place where life was tenuous at best and death sudden at worst - sounds like now.
Second of three part series. If you want to immerse yourself in the time of what it may actually have been like during the time of Jesus, read these books. They really make history come alive. I do not like watching shows or movies that cover biblical accounts, but this is fiction based on that time.
The story grabbed my attention from the beginning. I felt like I was walking the streets of Jerusalem with Abigail. It made the book of Acts come alive. I highly recommend to anyone interested in the early church right after Jesus returned to heaven.
I really enjoyed this first book in this series! I highly recommend to anyone who likes realistic fiction written in New Testament times. Characters & plot catches & keeps you involved. You can't wait to continue into the next book.
5.0 out of 5 starsPerfect. Janette Oke has collaborated with Davis Bunn in ...
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2018
The continuation of the series in a fascinating story written by Janette Oke and Davis Bunn. Fiction based on scripture. Perfect. Janette Oke has collaborated with Davis Bunn in creating a wonderful read. I had to finish this and go right to the next book immediately. . The rest is HIStory in a fabulous way of knitting friendships of early believers along the way. Love the webbing of characters.
5.0 out of 5 starsA great read with brilliant historical and biblical content.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 30, 2018
I read book 1. Enjoyed the style of writing. Thought I would go on to second book. Did a good job bringing detail of what might life have been like to the biblical content. E.g. After Jesus' ascension with the apostles and followers of Jesus. Weaving a storyline with these that we read about. Stephen 's personality, Peter etc. Even though Abigail was the main character, I liked the way everyone came alive in character, even Saul. Disappointed and gutted however that Abigail and Linus did not end up together...! That was a bittersweet ending to the book... Left a really sad ending to a great book.
From the first page, I found "The Hidden Flame" hard to stop reading. Abigail is a follower of "the way" in the early days of the church. Among the early Christians she's found a family and a community - and a home. Her life hasn't been easy, but now she's content. She's happy loving and serving her fellow believers. Her peace is threatened when her hand is sought in marriage by two men - a Jewish merchant and a Roman soldier. Neither of them share her belief in Jesus. She tries to trust God ... and never thinks of Stephen. And there are other concerns tugging at her heart - her leg which refuses to heal, her brother and his future ... and the future of the whole church as things happen which cannot be explained and those who don't understand rally to persecute the believers. Abigail celebrates tremendous joys and tragic sorrows - and, as I read "The Hidden Flame", I laughed and cried with her and the other believers. And at the end of the book, I was disappointed the story had ended, but inspired too. I don't often want to highlight passages of a novel, but "The Hidden Flame" is full of inspiration. Abigail is a lovely, real but inspiring heroine. Her story is beautiful! And scattered throughout her story are descriptions and conversations that made me stop and think, "Wow! I want to be like that or have faith like that ..." I know my faith was challenged and encouraged through this book. "The Hidden Flame" is definitely one of the best Christians novels I've ever read!
5.0 out of 5 starsWonderful. Read all three books of Acts of Faith
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 7, 2017
Wonderful. Read all three books of Acts of Faith, it's the only way to appreciate the completion of the unfolding story of the New Church after Pentecost and the trails and tribulations plus the answered prayer of the early Christians. You will not be the same agian after reading these books, they are beautifully written and align with the Bible in the book of Acts. I would recommend them not only for the biblical facts and historical content but because the characters live and you feel like you know them and recognise their difficulties as well as their blessings.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 4, 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was an excellent follow on book to The Centurion's Wife & I recommend reading that first. It tells about the background to the early followers of The Way as they were known-- the early Christians, some of whom had met the Risen Jesus. . Through reading this book, I feel I have gained a better understanding of not only the daily life of those times, but the opposition they experienced.
After reading the first book in theActs of Faith Series I was hooked. This book draws you in deeper to the very roots of our faith and the abiding presence of theHoly One at the centre of Thant faith. I loved the book and cannot wait to read the next one in the series. A superb writer who lifts her readers to a new exciting place. Lord bless her even more.