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Hidden Flame, The [Paperback]

Janette Oke , Davis Bunn
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Jan. 1 2010 Acts of Faith (Book 2)
Abigail loses everything and is left with little promise of a normal life. When she discovers the Messiah and joins his followers, she also discovers new meaning and purpose. Maybe she does have a future after all. But increasing persecution is scattering the burgeoning group "to the ends of the earth." And Abigail may have given her heart to the wrong man.

Two suitors desire the lovely Abigail's hand in marriage. One is a successful Hebrew merchant and widower looking for a mother for his children. On the other side is the Roman soldier Linux, who is captivated by her winsome charm and could offer the sanctuary--maybe even the love--for which she yearns. But her heart has been captured by neither of these. Stephen, one of the leaders of The Way, has a character and a faith that move her deeply, but his outspoken preaching has marked him for assassination. Will her faith and courage withstand a heartbreak beyond comprehension?

And then a glimmer of hope appears, one she never would have foreseen.

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Abigail twisted a corner of her shawl and lifted it to wipe the tears running down her cheeks. Fear nearly compressed her chest, and she wondered when--if--she would ever see Alban and Leah again.
She felt eyes observing her and realized that the soldier, Linux, was not watching his friend depart. He was looking at her.
A chill ran through Abigail. She had noticed the handsome Roman officer before, as well as his boldness. She tightened the shawl about her face, covering all but her eyes, and turned away to watch the fast-fleeing mount and its two riders disappear around the corner.
As the sound of their racing gallop over the cobblestones faded away, Abigail moved her head to see the entire community of believers standing in stunned silence. No longer the wedding music. No longer the laughter and camaraderie, the dancing and feasting. Once more their world had abruptly changed with this vivid reminder of who they were, where they were. Aliens in their own land. Judeans, certainly, yet viewed as enemies by their own religious leaders as well as the Roman conquerors.
Out of the silence came a confident voice. Though little more than a whisper, it resonated through the stillness of the courtyard, a prayer that came from the heart and soul of the former fisherman of Galilee. "Go with God," breathed Peter, his arm outstretched toward the alley through which the couple had fled.
"Go with God," echoed throughout the group, as though the entire gathering took a fresh breath. Yes. God was with the two now escaping for their lives, as he was with those left to face the hunters. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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In first-century Judea, the followers of the Way have burgeoned into a vibrant, growing community that cannot be ignored. Jerusalem is in turmoil as its religious leaders on one side, and their Roman rulers on the other, conspire to stamp out the fledgling Church. And Abigail, who thought she had finally found home and safety, is caught between the opposing forces.

Two suitors desire the lovely Abigail's hand in marriage. One, a successful Hebrew merchant and widower with important connections among the Sanhedrin, is looking for a mother for his children. The Roman soldier Linux is fascinated by her winsome charm and possibly could offer the sanctuary--maybe even the love--or which she yearns. But her heart has been captured by neither of these. Will her faith and courage survive a heartbreak beyond comprehension as the followers face a gathering storm of persecution they never could have foreseen?

A glimmer of hope beckons Abigail forward....

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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! Oct. 17 2012
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The Hidden Flame was the first book I read in the series and loved it! I am now waiting to receive my order for book 1 and 3. In the meantime, I'm reading another book...although I'm enjoying it as it's a book of one of my other fave authors, all I want to do is finish it so that once I receive the order I can read book 1 and 3.

Do yourself a favour, buy all three books now, you'll want to read all of them!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fictionalized look at the early church Feb. 17 2010
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Abigail and her brother Jacob are left with the group of believers in Jerusalem when their guardians have to flee for their lives. There is growing unrest in the city. Religious leaders want to get rid of the followers of The Way. The Romans wish to quench the attacks of the Zealots, and the church continues to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Even with the power of the Holy Spirit moving and alive within them, Abigail finds herself an object of desire for two men. Both are unacceptable. Neither have trusted in the Risen Lord. Can she trust God with her future? Each day brings the early Church closer to persecution. Will they be ready? Who will throw the first stone?

The Hidden Flame is the second book in the Acts of Faith series. I have not had the opportunity to read the first book in this series The Centurion's Wife. I think it would be helpful to have read that novel before reading The Hidden Flame.

I found the story a little hard to follow at first, but attributed that to having missed the first book in the series. It was interesting to see how Bunn and Oke brought to life some very well known Biblical stories. I enjoyed meeting Peter, Stephen, Ananias and Sapphira as well as Saul of Tarsus. I think that the authors did a great job showing us the Jewish customs of courtship and marriage as well as the struggle that the early church went through in Jerusalem.

I would recommend this book to lovers of Biblical fiction.

(I received a copy of this book for the purpose of review.)
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3.0 out of 5 stars typical Christian fiction Feb. 13 2010
I enjoyed The Hidden Flame. I think Abigail is my favourite character in the series thus far. I also found the setting fascinating. I will say this is a very typical Christian fiction book... the 'good guys' always just seem a little TOO good to be true. But I did find the story engaging so would certainly recommend it to the Christian fiction lovers out there.
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