As Rome rules ruthlessly, the people of Jerusalem wonder if Messiah will ever come. Susanna and Manaen wish to marry, but Herod Antipas has forbidden they be together. While Susanna resists being married to a wicked man, Manaen searches for a way he and Susanna can be together. There are two other stories in this novel, that of centurion Marcus and Peniel, the blind beggar boy.First Light was an intriguing look at life during the time of Jesus. Yeshua of Nazareth was even a minor character in this book. I liked how the authors intertwined all three stories into one, though Marcus story felt a bit incomplete. Perhaps his story continues in one of the next books in the series? Jerusalemor Yerushalayim, as the Jewish characters pronounced itwas fascinating. I really admired the research the Thoenes must have done to write such a gripping and accurate storyworld. I highly recommend this book for readers looking for a story of love, trust, and history all rolled into one.
The whole series of AD Chronicles is absolutely wonderful!! It makes the Bible come to life. It is like playing a video as you read the series! My husband and I read them together and would highly recommend them to couples for together time!
Absolutely loved the character of Peniel. I keep thinking about the love of God that Peniel had for Torah and truth. Very inspiring book that will make you cheer inwardly and see your trial as minor in comparison to Peniel's plight.