This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Gift
Crossway Books (April 30, 2011)
Bryan 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.


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?

If you'd like to read the first chapter of The Gift, go HERE.

Watch the book trailer:

The Gift Trailer from Crossway on Vimeo.

NOTE: I really enjoyed the first book in this series. The book starts out with the world being wiped out by a nuclear blast. There is no technology, no cars or anything that used to resemble the life that they knew. Life is reduced to trying to provide for the basic needs, food, shelter and clothing. Simple but hard to come by. The population is wiped out for the most part and there are few people trying to figure out this new way of life.

There is a dark presence and Teo and Ana are in search for the New Testament. Teo is a follower of Deu and Ana is a new believer desperately desiring to read from the New Testament and bring that knowledge back to her parents.

That all happened in the first book The Sword.   I'm almost done with this book which is a continuation of The Sword. This is a story that is oh so real. We have been on the edge of this happening to our current society.  This book is scary in the face that it's oh, so real and hopeful as the reader is reminded again the power in Gods word - the bread of life--even in dark times!

I'll give you my full review once I finish the book. I'm really enjoying this real- and- powerful book so far!

Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network 


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