- Series: Chiveis (Book 2)
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Crossway; 1 edition (2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 143352516X
- ISBN-13: 978-1433525162
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 68 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #700,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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―Dr. Thomas Cornman, Academic Vice President, Cedarville University
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―Michelle Sutton, author, Letting Go and It's Not About Me
“A captivating narrative that journeys into the discovery of a living religion that seems lost and unrecoverable, this tale imagines how a sovereign God might reveal its mysteries anew. Any lover of theology and Western history would enjoy watching believers uncover lost symbols and writings, piecing together the greatest paradoxes of the faith in the drama of a fictional narrative. Action, conspiracy, romance, and faith combine in a tale depicting how the treasured beliefs of Christianity might first appear to a generation that had never seen its wonders.”
―W. Brian Shelton, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Toccoa Falls College
“Litfin writes with a warmth reminiscent of Lewis, both of whom can tell drama and battles, and even tragedy, while still making the reader feel alive. His fascinating research and knowledge of Christian theology makes The Gift an enlightening read.”
―David Ulrich, college student, Orange County, California
“I finished this book within twenty-four hours of receiving it! Thrilling action, sound theology, a damsel in distress―what more could you ask from a novel? The Gift caused me to feel deeper love for my wife, more gratitude for my children, and a renewed sense of God’s mercy in the gift of Christ. Enjoy!”
―James M. Hamilton Jr., Professor of Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment
“The Gift ushers readers back into the land of Chiveis, a medieval future-world brimming with adventure and intrigue. It continues the story of Teo and Ana, exiles from their homeland, on a quest to learn more of Deu, the Creator God. While entertaining to read, The Gift is much more than mere entertainment. It is a call to know and love the one true God through his Son, Jesus Christ, the Pierced King.”
―Matt Tully, Pastoral Assistant, Cedar Heights Baptist Church, Cedar Falls, IA
“Litfin draws readers into an evocative post-apocalyptic world, where the true faith is emerging from the ashes of the past―a faith the enemy is intent on destroying. A suspenseful story, skillfully woven with characters who risk their lives for loyalty, honor, and truth.”
―C. S. Lakin, author, Someone to Blame and The Wolf of Tebron
“The second installment of the Chiveis Trilogy steps into a futuristic but believable world where evil is powerful. This story elicits widened eyes, shed tears, and gasps of surprise as the author reflects on the reality of our fallen world and the grace God gives us through Jesus. As Teo and Ana piece together the truth of God’s perfect narrative and search for the God they have yet to fully know, I rediscovered the beauty of the gospel and saw the Savior in a whole new way.”
―Rachel Estes, college student, Denville, New Jersey
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―Gary Corcoran, college student, Newport Beach, California
About the Author
Bryan M. Litfin (PhD, University of Virginia) is the author of the Chiveis Trilogy and several other books, including Getting to Know the Church Fathers. Bryan and his wife, Carolyn, have two children.
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As other readers have pointed out, the plot is at times overly simplistic. There are no real twists and turns, no vast orchestration of events, no clever "so that's what he was doing back there!" moments. However, it is a fun story and a great idea (world reduced to medieval time). I don't find Teo and Ana's relationship to be very believable at times. One minute they are obviously in love and the next they are both thinking "oh, we're just friends".
This book did have some interesting characters and I enjoyed the evil nature of the kingdoms they visited and the lack of curtailing of lust that I would expect in a world without morals. There were some good things to be sure.
Mostly however I really dislike the Roman Catholic undertones the book seems to be taking. Everything from crucifixes to the Pope and flagellation appears to be happening. My only hope is that in the third book that the darkness will be dispelled.
It is also unfortunate that the New Testament has been missing for so long. It doesn't seem that God would have left the people of the world without a witness for so long. Possibly this is not true in other parts of this created world but here it really is in darkness.
I still recommend this series, but I have to honestly state that some things are becoming quite unbelievable, for example, the tension between Ana and Teo. It's obvious they love each other and Ana's parents are willing to give her into marriage. However, they live in a world where maintaining chastity is not necessarily important and the author does not do a good job justifying why they are remaining chaste. This is a Christian-based novel, so I understand from that perspective, but the author needs to do a better job justifying why they are not together. Something as simple as, her parents believes that the "free love" of city folk just is not for them would be plausible and acceptable.
One thing I did like is the location of the New Testament by the end of the book. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but this book is worth reading just to see how Deu gets Teo and Ana the New Testament. As of the writing of this review, the third book is out, but I have not purchased it yet.
I would say this book has some content that might be too much for anyone fourteen and under, but nothing is explicit.I don't know if I could readily compare it with another work, because Litfin has created a very unique world. He brings messages of faith and hope, and anyone who is looking for some great Christian fiction will enjoy his work. I have no complaints about the Chiveis Trilogy. The writing style, the wording, and editing was all well-done. If you enjoy a mix of history and speculative fiction, I highly recommend this.
It was good to see my old friends again, like coming back from summer break. It was hard to say goodbye again but knowing that they would return was exciting.