Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Kingdom by Brian Litfin

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Kingdom
Crossway Books (June 30, 2012)
Brian M. 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.

Book Three in the Chiveis Trilogy

War and disease have destroyed the modern world. Centuries later, feudal societies have arisen across Europe. No one can remember the ancient religion of Christianity—until an army captain and a farmer’s daughter discover the Sacred Writing of the one true God.

As Teo and Ana encounter the forgotten words of the holy book, they realize its message is just what their kingdom needs. Though exiled from their homeland, they join their hearts in a quest to return. But now an ancient pact has united the enemies of the Christian faith into a dark alliance that threatens to consume the known world. Racing to stay one step ahead of their enemies, Teo and Ana must battle heinous villains, stormy seas, and the powers of the underworld itself. As armies begin to mass for a final battle, the odds favor the forces of evil. Can Teo and Ana bring divine truth to Chiveis—or will the Word of God fade from the earth forever?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Kingdom, go HERE.

My review:

This series was a different style than I normally read, but I really enjoyed it, and was sorry to see it end.

The setting is in the future where modern civilization has been wiped out and life resembles medieval times. No modern conveniences, and God has been wiped off the face of the earth, until a young couple finds part of the Bible.

All three books have a lot of action packed into them, but this third and final book has even more than the previous two. I had to keep reading until the very end, and loved how the author brought everything together. His main characters shine and have their best moments in this exciting conclusion to the trilogy.

Although the series is fictional and entertaining, it is also a sobering reminder that in our real world, there are people and forces who would like to stamp out anything Christian. Even here in America.

If you haven't done so, check out the video for the books in this blog post. It is very well done.


Diane Estrella said...

This book sounds interesting. Thanks for your thoughts and the review. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! :O)