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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (December 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764207423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764207426
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Christina Banks TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Feb. 17 2010
Format: Paperback
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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By Shirley Rempel TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 30 2010
Format: Paperback
I have long been a fan of both of these authors and have read a number of their previous collaborations and was very excited when the opportunity came up to review this newest release from this dynamic duo! I was not disappointed.

This book was a very easy and quick read, and I love that the authors stuck true to historical authenticity. I thought that the way the book was written bought Bible Characters such as Peter, Martha, Stephen and many more to life in a way I would have never expected.

This book was a wonderful way for the reader to have a glimpse of what those from the Early Church would have experienced. From beautifully described wedding celebrations to persecution of faith, this book covers a wide range of plots and emotions, but in a very easy to understand way. This is particularly beneficial to readers with little to no understanding of the history of the Early Church.

Though I have not read the first book in the Acts of the Faith series, The Centurion, I am very willing to, because of my experience of reading The Hidden Flame.

If you have loved previous writings of Davis Bunn and Janette Oke, you will love this book! I highly recommend it and give it a huge thumbs up!
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By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 24 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Hidden Flame is the second installment in Davis Bunn and Janette Oke's co-written New Testament times historical fiction series Acts of Faith. In the first book, The Centurion's Wife, we were brought into the mystery and contention surrounding Christ's death and resurrection as the Roman centurion (the fictionalized Alban) who believed in Jesus for the healing of his servant wed Leah (Pontius Pilate's fictionalized adopted niece).

The Hidden Flame picks up the New Testament seamlessly, and we re-enter the story at the wedding feast of Alban and Leah. Being driven from Jerusalem by the retaliatory intentions of King Herod against Alban, the newly wed pair flees the city and is relegated to the cast of supporting characters.

The focus of this second installment in the series switches to a sweet young believer named Abigail, the sister of Jacob, Alban's young charge. Imbued with a sweet, generous, and giving spirit, Abigail's story leads us through the opening scenes of the explosion of growth the Church experienced following the giving of the Holy Spirit, and the beginning of persecution against those who preached the resurrected Messiah.

In the midst of growing turmoil amongst the ruling powers in Jerusalem, Abigail is vigorously pursued by two men ' both deeply unappealing due to their lack of belief. Ezra is a rich and influential Judean merchant, and Linux, a friend of Alban's and serving Roman soldier. This storyline may seem to thrust The Hidden Flame firmly into the realm of historical romance, but it doesn't.

I deeply appreciate Bunn and Oke's conservative and historically authentic portrayal of Jewish courtship and wedding customs throughout the series.
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