In So Shines the Night from author Tracy L. Higley, Daria has escaped a past of danger and found respite in beautiful Ephesus, a trading center on the Aegean coast, serving as tutor to Lucas, the wealthy merchant who rescued her. But the darkness she fled has caught up with ... Read More
The high priests of Artemis once controlled the city, but a group of sorcerers are gaining power. And a strange group who call themselves followers of The Way further threaten the equilibrium. As Daria investigates Lucas’s exploits into the darker side of the city, her life is endangered, and she takes refuge in the strange group of believers. She’s drawn to Paul and his friends, even as she wrestles with their teachings.
When authorities imprison Lucas for a brutal crime, Daria wonders if even Paul’s God can save him. Then she uncovers a shocking secret that could change everything - Lucas’s fate, her position in his household and the outcome of the tension between pagans and Christians. But first she has to survive long enough to divulge what she knows.
Page Count: 416
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Mar 2, 2013
- UPC: 9781401686826
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 416
- Publish Date: Mar 11, 2013
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 1401686826
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- Christian Shelf-Esteem's review of So Shines the Night by Amanda on 1/23/2015
If this book were a movie you would be on the edge of your seat! I was instantly engrossed in the characters and the storyline. Once the author introduced the Apostle Paul and his helper Timothy into the story I just couldn’t stop reading. Tracy Higley ingeniously weaves the events of Acts 19:23-Acts 20:1 into this fictional storyline. Titillating her readers with rich imagery, historical tidbits, and intriguing characters. While there is much written about the power and practices of the sorcerers in the story, which could be unsettling to some, the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it. I give this book 5 stars for it’s entertaining storyline and message of God’s power over darkness.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12
Biblical truths shared in the book:
God works through us (Phil 2:13, Rom 6:13)
God will avenge (Rom 12:19)
We fight a spiritual battle (Eph 6:12)
We are saved through faith (Eph 2:8)
The power of the Holy Spirit
and many more
- Excellent book by dgottreu on 4/10/2013
So Shines the Night by Tracy Higley is her latest novel in the Seven Wonders of the World series and deals with the Temple of Artemis. The main theme for the story is based on Biblical scripture found in the nineteenth chapter of Acts. Tracy has a unique gift for writing historical, Biblical novels and that is plainly seen in this novel that takes place in Ephesus around the year 57 AD. Daria, a widow, is a very unusual woman in that she is very well educated in several languages, philosophy, history, and other subjects. After meeting Lucas, a wealthy merchant, in Rhodes in an unusual and somewhat funny situation, he invites her to come to Ephesus with him to be his personal tutor so that she can teach him the Persian language. Daria has discovered secrets in Rhodes that endanger her life so she eagerly accepts the offer from Lucas. Daria and Lucas are both searching for a second chance at happiness and love and at the same time searching for truth and freedom, but they go about it in entirely different ways. Lucas changes when they reach Ephesus and begins to sink into the world of the evil sorcerers. The danger escalates when Lucas is thrown in prison and Daria is afraid for his life and sanity and puts herself in danger to try to help him.
Daria and Lucas encounter Paul and his Christian followers and are drawn to the people of The Way but they seem to be unable to accept the fact that there is only One God and that He forgives everyone of all their sins. In their search for God, Daria and Lucas are helped by Paul, Timothy, Aquilla, Priscilla, and other members of the Christian group known as The Way. Daria is given a place to live with Aquilla and Priscilla and their loving ways help her to accept God’s love and forgiveness.
There was a lot of spiritual darkness in the book but this was typical of this period of time in Ephesus. One of the most frightening scenes was the struggle between the Christians and the sorcerers in front of the Temple of Artemis. Also, the description of the shop owned by the leader of the sorcerers where unsuspecting women were given mind altering potions gave me goosebumps but even that did not seem quite as frightful as the prison where Lucas was being held. There was a good deal of suspense throughout the story but especially near the end during the trial of Lucas and the events following the trial as he was on his way to be executed.
As in all her other books, Tracy did an excellent job with the plot, characters, dialogue, and the description of all the scenes. The story became so real to me that I felt as if I were traveling the roads in Ephesus and meeting with Paul and the early Christians and being a part of all the action. I found the message of the book to be quite inspiriting and it inspired me to want to do better in my Christian walk with God. I was definitely entertained by the book even though at times I was shaking in my shoes due to all the horrible things that were taking place. The ending is so gripping that I was sitting on the edge of my seat and found myself holding my breath at times. Tracey certainly has a gift for writing suspense into a story. In spite of all the suspense and danger taking place, there was still enough romance in the story to keep the relationship between Daria and Lucas interesting.
I highly recommend this book, especially to those who like historical, Biblical novels that deal with faith and the power of God interwoven in a great story and also based on historical facts. This is the third novel that I have read by Tracy Higley and I think it is the best of the three. In fact I will go so far as to say that this is the best Biblical novel I have read by any author.
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.