Teo and Ana journey into new lands in search of the New Testament. In the midst of dangerous terrain, elite societies, and new enemies, will they be successful in their mission? Second in the Chiveis Trilogy.
This second book in the Chiveis Trilogy continues the search for the New Testament in a world where the Bible has been lost.
The Chiveis Trilogy takes readers hundreds of years into the future. War and disease have destroyed civilization as we know it. Much technology has been discarded and history is largely forgotten. Slowly, the few survivors have begun to build new communities, and kingdoms now prosper in a kind of feudal order. But the Word of God has been lost for centuries.
After the finding of an Old Testament in book one of the trilogy, The Gift picks up the story of Teo and Ana. Exiled from their homeland and trying to survive in unknown and dangerous lands, they search for any record of the missing Testament. Their journeys lead them into the region we know as Italy. An elite society welcomes Ana, who finds she must choose between her new life and her dream of returning to Chiveis. Will Teo and Ana’s relationship withstand the circumstances and new enemies pulling them apart? And can Teo keep ahead of a powerful and mysterious force opposing his search for the New Testament?
Litfin’s imagination and fast-paced narrative style will capture the hearts and minds of all fiction readers.
BRYAN M. LITFIN is the author of The Sword, book one of the Chiveis Trilogy, as well as Getting To Know the Church Fathers. He is associate professor of theology at Moody Bible Institute. He and his wife, Carolyn, have two children.
“Litfin has woven another fascinating narrative in his imaginative future world of epic adventure. Using his keen understanding of theology and history, he has skillfully infused this novel with the grand themes of grace and redemption at every turn. There's a lesson for readers here as Teofil and Anastasia face their own brokenness and find who has the power to give strength and courage in their weakness.”
—Dr. Thomas Cornman, Academic Vice President, Cedarville University
“The Gift is a powerfully written story about forgiveness and a desire to know the truth, no matter the cost. It's impossible to read this book and not develop a greater appreciation for the Scriptures and a deeper understanding of the Christian faith. Few authors touch my heart so deeply that all of their books make my favorites list, but Bryan Litfin has done it with this series.”
—Michelle Sutton, author, Letting Go and It's Not About Me
“A captivating narrative that journeys into the discovery of a living religion that seems lost and unrecoverable, this tale imagines how a sovereign God might reveal its mysteries anew. Any lover of theology and Western history would enjoy watching believers uncover lost symbols and writings, piecing together the greatest paradoxes of the faith in the drama of a fictional narrative. Action, conspiracy, romance, and faith combine in a tale depicting how the treasured beliefs of Christianity might first appear to a generation that had never seen its wonders.”
—W. Brian Shelton, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Toccoa Falls College
“Litfin writes with a warmth reminiscent of Lewis, both of whom can tell drama and battles, and even tragedy, while still making the reader feel alive. His fascinating research and knowledge of Christian theology makes The Gift an enlightening read.”
—David Ulrich, college student, Orange County, California
“I finished this book within twenty-four hours of receiving it! Thrilling action, sound theology, a damsel in distress—what more could you ask from a novel? The Gift caused me to feel deeper love for my wife, more gratitude for my children, and a renewed sense of God’s mercy in the gift of Christ. Enjoy!”
—James M. Hamilton, Jr., Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, God's Indwelling Presence
“The Gift ushers readers back into the land of Chiveis, a medieval future-world brimming with adventure and intrigue. It continues the story of Teo and Ana, exiles from their homeland, on a quest to learn more of Deu, the Creator God. While entertaining to read, The Gift is much more than mere entertainment. It is a call to know and love the one true God through his Son, Jesus Christ, the Pierced King.”
—Matt Tully, Pastoral Assistant, Cedar Heights Baptist Church, Cedar Falls, IA
“Litfin draws readers into an evocative post-apocalyptic world, where the true faith is emerging from the ashes of the past—a faith the enemy is intent on destroying. A suspenseful story, skillfully woven with characters who risk their lives for loyalty, honor, and truth.”
—C. S. Lakin, author, Someone to Blame and The Wolf of Tebron
“The second installment of the Chiveis Trilogy steps into a futuristic but believable world where evil is powerful. This story elicits widened eyes, shed tears, and gasps of surprise as the author reflects on the reality of our fallen world and the grace God gives us through Jesus. As Teo and Ana piece together the truth of God’s perfect narrative and search for the God they have yet to fully know, I rediscovered the beauty of the gospel and saw the Savior in a whole new way.”
—Rachel Estes, college student, Denville, New Jersey
“So, you’re looking for some adventure are you? I’m afraid you’ll have to stop reading this review and open up the book if you’re looking for that. Behind this introductory section lies the enchanting world of Ulmbartia, Likuria and Roma. The story that awaits you is sure to be foreign to anything you’ve ever experienced before. I invite you to set sail on the oceans of Dr. Litfin’s imagination. Following a brave professor turned mercenary and a beautiful maiden turned aristocrat, you have no need to fear the treacherous road that lies in the pages ahead. The time has come for you to decide, dear reader: Will you take the fateful dive and flip the page? You have nothing to lose and a whole new world to gain.”
—Gary Corcoran, college student, Newport Beach, California
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