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A Conspiracy of Breath Paperback – September 1, 2017
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A Conspiracy of Breath changed me, deepened my love for The Breath, and swelled my appreciation for those who sacrificed so much to ensure people like me--millennia later--could turn the parchment pages and read Truth for ourselves. I did not want to leave this story and fear Latayne has spoiled me as a reader. That's how thoroughly it captivated my heart and rearranged my definition of elegant and life-altering storytelling.--Cynthia Ruchti, Golden-Scroll winning author of 20 books, including A Fragile Hope and Song of Silence
Inspired by the New Testament's Epistle to the Hebrews, whose authorship is rooted in mystery, this biblical novel revolves around Priscilla, a gentile who witnesses the rise and fall of Yeshua of Nazareth's ministry and slowly converts from worshipping the Roman gods to becoming a Christian. Scott (coauthor, Discovering the City of Sodom) vividly depicts life under Roman rule, capturing the terror of a time when Christians were subject to severe persecution. Drawing on contemporary detail is impeccable. Her absorbing prose style and skill in managing the many nuances of everyday life in the ancient world bring the historical events to life. --Library Journal, September 2017
Wonderful writing, characterizations that are precise and vivid, excellent historical detail, fabulous prose marked by fresh metaphors and great rhythm, and the description of romantic feelings--so hard to write--rock my world. Beautiful, lyrical.--Rosslyn Elliot, 2012 double Carol Award-winning author
Scott writes with a literary sensibility. Those who wonder who wrote the book of Hebrews (it's on my Questions to Ask God When I Get to Heaven list), and those intrigued by the person of Priscilla, will be fascinated with this well-researched, sophisticated read.--Tracy Groot, award-winning author of Madman and The Sentinels of Andersonville
If I've ever read more exquisite writing than A Conspiracy of Breath I don't know what it would be. Latayne's amazing novel inserts the reader into the ancient world of Rome and Corinth and Jerusalem and lets her feel what it would have been like to live at the time of Paul and Timothy, Aquila and Priscilla, and Latayne's unforgettable character, Cordelia--as an outlaw believer in the Name. The revelation of the book of Hebrews as received by Priscilla is
About the Author
Dr. Latayne C. Scott (Distinguished Christian Service Award, Pepperdine University) is the author of hundreds of articles and 20 published books, including The Mormon Mirage (Zondervan); Latter-day Cipher (Moody), Discovering the City of Sodom (Howard/Simon & Schuster, 2011, with Dr. Steven Collins); and multiple volumes in TSU Press's Doorway Documents series.
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Priscilla is usually identified by her proper name in this book, which is Priska in the Latin. Her more common name, Priscilla, is the Latin form of the name with a suffix that infers a diminutive or endearing state, more little Little Priska. It's use is much like the "ie" or "y" ending as in Susie or Billy in English. It could have referred to the fact that she was small, or the fact that she was much loved. The story starts when she is a young woman, before she meets Paul and Aquilla, and before she accepts Jesus. As time goes on, she finds that she is taken over by something she refers to as "Breath," meaning the power of the Holy Spirit, and she speaks of the meaning of the Jewish temple as it relates to Christ. Other people memorize and record what she says, which is a very good thing, as she becomes discourage and destroys the writings at one point. Other people help her to reconstruct what Breath has revealed to her, and she is able to put it together into a letter to be sent to other Christians.
The characters are interesting, and enough possible background is given for each to help them fit into the story smoothly. The conversations are well written and tell about the thoughts and feelings of the characters very well. The book includes the persecution of early believers, Nero's fire, the death of Paul. It is well put together with characters and experiences becoming very real in the readers' minds.
The best part of the book in my opinion is the depth of research that went into it. I have read about the idea of Priska's authorship of Hebrews for some time, I am familiar with the Greek, Roman and Jewish life at the time this book is set. Not only were those facts included, but several things that I had to investigate, and found to be supported by the sources I found.
"A Conspiracy of Breath" was a delightful read, the result of good historical facts and a good imagination. I hope that others who read it who may not be aware of the possibility of a woman writing part of Scripture will be intrigued by the idea. If Priscilla did not write Hebrews, it doesn't really matter, as it is still part of the Bible and therefore inspired, but to me, it would be so like God to have the last laugh this way.