Book Review: First Light

First Light

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Winner, 2004 Logos Bookstore Award for Fiction.  Go back in time to first-century Jerusalem. It’s a dark time in the world’s holiest and most turbulent city. Walk with Peniel, the blind beggar who longs for rescue from his suffering. Peek into the lives of Susannah and Manaen, two lovers separated by overwhelming odds. And meet an unusual healer, who ignites a spark of controversy in the fire of hatred, deceit, and betrayal that is always burning in this ancient city. This first book in the A.D. Chronicles series will bring you face-to-face with the man called Yeshua.


I kept hearing about the A.D. Chronicles from several different people in different circles I was in.  It seemed like lots of people were raving about them, so I thought I’d give the first book a shot.

Honestly, it took a little while for me to get into this one.  I would read a chapter and put the book down (not a usual occurrence for me).  This went on for about a week or so before I finally got into the book enough to read larger chunks at once.  Once I did, I enjoyed it, it was just a little confusing for me at the beginning switching between characters/stories and keeping up with who was whom. I did enjoy the first century setting and having the book relate to Bible stories I am familiar with.  It’s interesting to see an author’s fictitious take on characters who were mentioned in the Bible and were around during the time of Jesus.


Would I recommend this to my BFF?  Yes.
Would I recommend this to my teen daughter?  Yes.


I did enjoy the book, once I finally got into it, but it is not one that made me feel I must immediately rush out and read the next one.  So, a solid 4 of 5 stars.

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