The story begins during the Civil War. Confederate soldiers are hunting a deer to quell their starvation. What they don't realize is that Union soldiers have also spotted the deer and the Confederates. The Confederates unknowingly walk into an open field and seal their fate. Soon the Union soldiers are scavenging anything of value off the dead Confederates. The Union leader, Jeremiah Tate, realizes he has shot a young teenage boy and is racked with guilt. Before dying, the boy presses the Union leader to take his Bible. Thereafter, Jeremiah Tate's life will change, but in what manner?
Flash to the future and see Gary Brandon receive a box with what appears to be some very old, valuable objects as a college graduation gift from his drunken uncle. Gary wonders where his uncle got this stuff and if he got it legally. He finds an old Bible in the box, opens it and reads the letters inside. He immediately senses the Bible is not his to keep and begins searching for family of the last known owner. His search uncovers some very interesting characters and history, but can he find the Bible's true home?
This is a very interesting, entertaining and unique story that will hold the reader's interest throughout. The use of flashback to follow the path of the Bible's journey is used effectively. At first, some holders of the Bible believe it to have magic or mystical power, but eventually realize it is not the book itself that has power, but the words inside. The words have the power to change lives, saving lives and giving lives to those who become messengers and share what is inside the Bible. The journey starts with a 14-year-old boy, Elijah Bell, and his willingness to go to war to fight, but his war was fought in the spiritual realm, fighting for the souls of men. To read about the many lives transformed by this one messenger who was willing to obey the call of the Lord was fascinating. How many lives can you change if you're willing to answer the Lord's call?
This book is so good (as are the other books by Robert Cornuke)!! It is one of my all-time favorites and just about everyone would enjoy it! My twelve-year-old sister and teenage brothers read it and liked it as well!! I love the history, the action, and the suspense...the story is so vivid that I found myself swept away with the characters and couldn't put the book down!! I have recommended this book to all my friends because it is well-written and the way the Bible is intertwined in the plot is truly wonderful!!
This is, by far, the best novel i've read. It makes you realize the power of GOD's Word. I'm buying more copies to give to family and friends. I know this will make a beautiful present. I couldn't put the book down and my 12 year old son kept asking me how long it'll take me to finish reading it so he can get his chance too!
I really couldn't put this book down. The author weaved the storylines in a way that kept you wanting more, and seamlessly weaved the story from the past and the present. Little by little, the pieces are revealed and the story of the characters come to life.Definitely reccommend this book.