I found The Centurion’s Wife somewhat slow-moving, but that isn’t the case with The Hidden Flame. I’ve grown to deeply appreciate the lack of sensationalistic writing in The Acts of Faith series, making it one of my favorites. I’ve definitely added the series to my list of ‘must-reads’ as additional titles release. The authors are careful to depict Christ-like behavior in the lives of those with transformed hearts and diligently hold true to the historical facts of scripture while adding authentic cultural detail.
The only grumbling I can bring up about this title is the authors’ tendencies to have important conversations taking place behind the scenes ,where we as readers are unable to see it taking place. Many times important revelations are not disclosed or told on the page; we only discover that the characters have learned certain important pieces of information when that knowledge appears in their thoughts or dialogue.
Amongst the supporting characters we’re familiar with from the scriptures we find the practical and faithfully steadfast Martha; the passionate and immovable preacher Peter; and Stephen, the Church’s first martyr with a gift for teaching and ministry. Gamaliel, Ananias, Sapphira, Saul, and others make their way into this story. With both authors featuring a writing history that includes longer-than-your-average-trilogy series, I’m excited to see how far they will follow their series of fictional early Christian women through history.