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Quest for Light – Adventure of the Magi
Quest for Light brings the Magi to life as we join in their harrowing adventure across Persia in search of the one, true God. Appealing to the Magi through His star, God called upon these warrior priests to be among the first people to learn of the Messiah’s birth. Our journey takes us along The Silk Road, the first century’s information super-highway, where we meet the soldiers, merchants, and other travelers whose lives intersect with the Magi and their companions.
By sharing the Magi’s experience, we come to understand why they deserted their families and risked their lives to undertake a long journey in search of a foreign king. Just as we face many obstacles today in coming to know God, we will also learn how the Magi’s faith and determination enabled them to overcome fierce storms, bandit attacks, and encounters with evil spirits. Faithful followers of Zoroaster, the Magi undergo intense soul searching and spiritual turmoil when God intervenes in their lives.
Based on Scripture and historical accounts of the era, Quest for Light provides a fresh and unique perspective on the events and circumstances surrounding Christ’s birth. The significance of God’s star and the role of the Magi are highlighted in the Christmas miracle of God coming to live among men, as baby born to a virgin.
Grade: B+ (Four Stars)
I don’t usually read a lot of religious books. It’s not that I don’t enjoy them, I’ve just found a majority to be a bit too preachy for my taste, but I enjoyed this story. Growing up with religion, most children know the story of baby Jesus, and the 3 wise men, but having the story told from the wise men’s perspective was actually something I found interesting. We all hear the story, but we don’t really experience what the wise men go through in order to be there. I liked this story, because it really showed that the wise men went through a lot of strife and struggle to witness the miracle. It’s an honest book that mixes fact with religious text, in order to keep everything as truthful as possible, and really give readers a new experience. It’s well written, and just detailed enough that it kept my attention from beginning to end. It’s a great choice for the holiday season, or anytime you’d like to experience something a little different. I really enjoyed this book, and find myself recommending it to friends. Take a chance on this story, it’s got the same ending you already know, but just showing a different struggle we never really thought about before! 🙂
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
About The Author:
I am a lawyer in Washington, D.C. While attending seminary, Byron became interested in first century religion and culture in the Middle East. This interest led to his writing the novel, Quest for Light – Adventure of the Magi which was published by Lighthouse Publishing in August 2010 and is available on Amazon.com. As a former Sunday school teacher of teenage boys, Byron intended for this action-adventure novel to hold the attention of that age group. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.