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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Gift

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The people of the 21st century nearly destroyed the earth in a global nuclear holocaust. This is the story of what God did next.

The horrific war followed a viral rampage that began in the year 2042. Together the biological threat and the human conflict reduced the earth's population to a tiny fraction of its former size. The survivors viewed those who lived before the Great War of Destruction as an ancient culture whose ways were now lost. Clawing their way back from brutal chaos, the people of postwar centuries recalled some of their former technologies and learned other skills anew. Thus, in a strange rewinding of history, the society of the 25th century became medieval once again. Men rode on horses and fought with swords; they sailed ships without engines and built civilizations without machines. And what about their religion? That too they rebuilt with little reference to the distant past - until a young soldier and a beautiful farm girl stumble upon an ancient book.

The alpine kingdom of Chiveis had forges a noble society when Captain Teofil of the Royal Guard's Fifth Regiment and Anastasia of Edgeton found themselves swept up in their great adventure., Anastasia was kidnapped by outsiders and relinquished all hope of retuning to her home. Everyone in Chiveis feared she had been lost forever - everyone, that is, except one soldier who believed in action more than fear. Teo set out alone to find Ana in the Beyond, snatching her from the outsiders at her most desperate moment. They galloped away on a single horse into the black forest around the outsiders' village.

Hidden in a cathedral, they discover the Sacred Writing of the one true God. What they come to discover is the truth hidden in the first half of the book. The New Testament pages were dissolved by water. (Pg 13).

Opposed by enemies called the Exterminati who do not wish to see the religion of Deu return to the world, Teo and Ana set out on a journey to discover the last missing piece of the book that they believe will restore the land once more. But will they be willing to die for this new found faith?

In the book, The Gift, by Bryan M Litfin, the reader will find themselves in the future in a world that has lost it's sense of all faith and religions. Instead of going forward, they return once more the dark ages, where shamans and evil men who are masters in secrecy and occult powers.

Yet hidden throughout the land are people who are willing to see the faith restored in Iesus Christ or Deu as some call him. When Teo and Ana go searching for the truth, they find both enemies and allies along the way that will test them in ways they never imagined.

I received this book compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and savored every page. What an great adventure the reader will find themselves on as they battle the powers of good and evil along the way. There are princesses, kingdoms, heroes, pirates and more found in the beautiful action packed adventure. I can't wait to pick up the first book as well as the third coming soon in this Chiveis trilogy. So if you love books like Lord of the Rings or Chronicles of Narnia, then this one book you won't want to miss. This one is a perfect 5 out of 5 stars.

Here's even more great information about this book, the author and where to get a first chapter sneak peek inside:

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Gift
Crossway Books (April 30, 2011)
Bryan Litfin

Bryan earned a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the University of Tennessee as well as a master’s degree in historical theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. From there he went to the University of Virginia, taking a PhD in the field of ancient church history. He is currently professor of theology at Moody Bible Institute in downtown Chicago, where he has been since 2002. He teaches courses in theology, church history, and Western civilization from the ancient and medieval periods. He is the author of Getting to Know the Church Fathers: An Evangelical Introduction (Brazos, 2007), as well as several scholarly articles and essays. Bryan has always enjoyed epic adventure stories as well as historical fiction, but most of his reading these days is taken up by academia.

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.


The Chiveis Trilogy takes readers hundreds of years into the future. War and disease have destroyed civilization as we know it. Much technology has been discarded and history is largely forgotten. Slowly, the few survivors have begun to build new communities, and kingdoms now prosper in a kind of feudal order. But the Word of God has been lost for centuries.

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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