by Bodie Thoene & Brock Thoene
Category: Fiction / Historical
357 pages; ISBN: 0842375090
Rating: 10/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Bodie and Brock Thoene
Tyndale, Mar 2004, $22.99, 357 pp.
Mama suspected and when Lily turned twelve knew that her little darling suffered from tsara’at though papa remained in denial. Lily like all lepers is pronounced dead by her family and her villagers. She is forced to leave to live in exile in the Valley of Sorrows where all the lepers reside until they die.
Six years has passed since Lily stumbled into the Valley scared and alone. Now rumors abound that a great healer has been performing miracles. . Cynics are beginning to come around in support of and belief in Jesus, but some of the most powerful question this newcomer who is shaking the establishment. Peniel saw his FIRST LIGHT due to Jesus and vows to lead the oppressed ill to the astonishing teacher. However, Lily is caring for a newborn and refuses to depart until the infant is properly placed even if it means saving her life and returning to her family or worse costing her the love of fellow outcast Cantor.
The second AD Chronicles novel is a terrific biblical historical tale that like its predecessor FIRST LIGHT shines a deep look at the period in which Jesus is just starting to teach and perform miracles. Besides the insight to the era, the story line is exciting because the cast seems so very real though they vary in personality as some are heroic, some are cowardly and at least one is Machiavellian (over fifteen hundred years before). Characters like Lily make the tale so that the audience receives a fabulous tale of Jesus, but from the perspective of those whom he touched.
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