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The Hidden Flame (Acts of Faith #2)

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Abigail loses everything and is left with little promise of a normal life. When she discovers the Messiah and joins his followers, she also discovers new meaning and purpose. Maybe she does have a future after all. But increasing persecution is scattering the burgeoning group "to the ends of the earth." And Abigail may have given her heart to the wrong man. Two suitors des ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Bethany House Publishers
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Where do I start? Every time I read this I expect not to like it as much, but every time I do!! I loved the first in the series, but this one absolutely astounds me. It grips and holds my attention so well. It's so glorious and sad. It makes me feel ashamed seeing how the disciples and followers of Christ openly and without shame proclaimed Christ.

I will say that there is more fiction concerning true events than the first book, especially surrounding Stephen,and Annanias and Sapphria. (view spoi
Jun 06, 2010 Sandra rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
This is one of my favorite books to review! Love it. The Hidden Flame takes you back in time to the early church. You can feel the heat of the day and the cobblestones under your feet as you walk through the streets of Jerusalem with Abagail. She is a quiet, unassuming, gentle lady who has two suitors vying for her hand in marriage. The history of the early church comes alive. You feel Abagail's joy and pain as she experiences celebration and hardships during the growth of the early church and t ...more
Jun 21, 2015 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
The second installment in the Acts of Faith trilogy that takes us to the dawn of Christianity right from the pages of the Bible and spreads open the Acts of the Apostles. This is the story of Abigail, the orphaned young woman who works daily with the fledgling people of "the way" as they struggle to interpret and follow the risen Jesus in first century Jerusalem. Because of her striking beauty, two men vie for her hand, even having no dowry, parents, and working as a common laborer. One is Ezra, ...more
Jul 15, 2013 Sarah rated it it was ok
This book was, to say the least, disappointing. It just wasn't up to snuff, in my opinion. I've read The Centurian's Wife so was totally stoked to find out there was a second book in the Acts of Faith series. This book is about Abigail (who we met in the first book)and I was really excited to get to know her better. It is told from the alternating POVs of Abigail, Linux,(also in the first) and Ezra. These are also two of the men who wish to marry Abigail. But Abigail falls in love with and marri ...more
Stephanie Mccall
Jul 25, 2011 Stephanie Mccall rated it really liked it
Possibly my favorite in the Acts of Faith series. I so identified with Abigail, both as a woman of faith and a woman with a physical disability that, mild though it is, affects my life more than I would like. Let me be the first to assure any fellow Christians out there on Goodreads, staying strong in the faith is by no means easy in that situation. How much more so for Abigail, who faces a future without IDEA, ADA, and disability rights--but she hangs tough, trusts God, and is amply rewarded--n ...more
Jun 28, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
THE HIDDEN FLAME is an unabashedly Christian book. At first I found the novel a little hard to get into because I missed Leah as the heroine and it took awhile for me to warm up to Abigail. However, the events of the book of ACTS woven into the novel made it quite interesting. At a time of my life when my faith needed a little boost, it made for a good read.

Following are a series of quotes from the book.

1. "We seek the risen Lord. Our allegiance is to him alone. All power derives from Jesus and
Jun 09, 2015 Jessica rated it liked it
I was not particularly impressed with The Hidden Flame by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke. While I loved the first book, The Centurion's Wife, this one just wasn't as good. I was unable to really connect with Abigail like I wanted to and there was way too much switching between the three different perspectives (Abigail, Linux, and Ezra). The story was also really hard to get into and the beginning dragged on and on. Actually I felt the whole book dragged on. I mostly kept reading because I wanted to ...more
Apr 20, 2016 Annette rated it it was amazing
This is a story of Abigail, an orphan, who finds home at the followers’ household, where each new follower of Jesus is welcomed. She is given a role of an overseer, distributing food. It is set in AD 33. After the dismissal of Pontius Pilate from Judea, Marcellus takes over governing the province.

Ezra, a Hebrew merchant, learns about the prophet Jesus and his disciples. He offers his assistance to the new religious sect in order to gain knowledge about them.

Linux, a Roman soldier and friend of c
Jun 26, 2012 Monica rated it it was amazing
I would suggest that every Christian read this book (after the first book in the series, of course). The depth of love and devotion and even trust is truly amazing. I have been deeply moved, even ashamed of my life. Truly I am wanting to be carried to the skies 'on flow'ry beds of ease' instead of staunchly standing for the right.

As another reviewer wrote, this book has a soul.
Mia Randria
Jul 12, 2016 Mia Randria rated it liked it
The Hidden Flame follows the journey of Abigail and the followers of The Way after the Pentecost.
The writing style in The Hidden Flame is completely different from the first book of the series. The plot strength is missing here. It is just a "novelization" of the first part of the book of Acts until the death of Stephen, which in itself is not bad. It is just that in the first book, they managed to create real characters who accidentally encounters Christ while they were completing a different m
Jul 17, 2015 Emily rated it it was ok
Way too much romance (and uncomfortable in some cases) compared to the first book. Pretty disappointing.
Shirley Conley
Sep 22, 2015 Shirley Conley rated it liked it
The fictionalization of Acts. This is book two of a trilogy. It is the story of Stephen’s stoning. The story centers around and is told in the voice of Abigail. Who is a beautiful first century follower of the Way. (Christian) She is an orphan and lives in Jerusalem with her brother, Josephs. The story includes the story of Ananias and Sapphira and the fictional brother of Sapphira a Hebrew merchant and a Roman soldier besot by Abigail. But in the end she is able to marry Stephen. The story buil ...more
Feb 17, 2014 Erin rated it it was amazing
"The Hidden Flame" picks up right where we left our characters in book 1. This time the story focuses on the beautiful Abigail, who is a follower of the man called Jesus. The characters, both historical and fictional were well developed and the authors did a great job conveying life back in first century Jerusalem. Can I just say how much I love that biblical Martha is such a central figure in the lives of our characters. I have always loved Martha and felt that she is not interpreted well by b ...more
Feb 14, 2013 Genesis rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put the book down. Excellent storyline.
Abigail, a Follower of the Way, is a rare beauty; inside and out. Seemingly her only fault is her severely injured leg, damaged after boiling water was spilled on her. Despite being a follower of the resurrected Messiah in 30 AD, two unlikely men wish for Abigail to be their wife. One; Linux, a handsome Roman prince-turned-soldier. The other Ezra, a widowed merchant-prince with connections to the Pharisees. Both men face possible ridicule and rejection if they marry this humble but beautiful Chr ...more
Feb 18, 2010 Renee rated it liked it
The first part of this story was a bit boring and I felt a little detached from the main fictional character, Abigail. The only thing that I really learned about her was that she was an orphan with a younger brother, Jacob. Another thing that I did not like (probably because I'm such a hopeless romantic) was that of the two men vying for Abigail's affection throughout the book neither of them got what they wanted. Despite that however I ended up liking the book. The setting, Jerusalem in AD 33, ...more
May 18, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it
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Feb 02, 2010 Sherri rated it it was amazing
This second book in the Acts of Faith series is another winner with me. How to explain all the elements of this I liked...

Sometimes a verse or statement would hit me over the head and I'd think wow that's me or I'd think, yes a thing to remember.

Once again I felt the emotion of this book. The hate, anger, vehemence of certain characters and the patience, calmness, perseverance of others. The conflict within themselves of a few as they struggle with their faith to feel the Spirit within themselve
Feb 05, 2010 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Set in Biblical times, immediately following the death of Jesus and the birth of the "church" The Hidden Flame is a book that will stir your heart. Follow the life of young Abigail and her brother Jacob, Judean orphans under the guardianship of Alban, a Roman centurian, follower of Christ. Abigail works hard in the new Christian community, serving the widows and orphans, a community that is growing by leaps and bounds, as Peter, James and Stephen and other Biblical leaders teach and preach the s ...more
Jul 02, 2011 Elaine rated it really liked it
Title: The Hidden Flame.

Author: Davis Bunn and Janette Oke.

Genre: Christian, Historical Fiction, Biblical, Romance, Sequel.

Plot: In this second installment of the Acts of Faith trilogy, the center of attention shifts to Abigail, the merry hearted but crippled beautiful young woman. Recently reunited with her brother Jacob whom she’d long thought dead, Abigail finds a new chapter in her life opening, beginning with the hurried departure of her dear friends Leah and Alban. An important new task is
Diana Capaz
Jul 04, 2013 Diana Capaz rated it really liked it
This novel is Book II from the Acts of Faith series (after The Centurion’s Wife). The story takes place in first century Judea, shortly after the death of Christ. The main character, Abigail, is a follower of “The Way” who begins to struggle with her faith as the community of believers begin to be persecuted by religious leaders and the roman conquerors. She also finds herself caught between the desires of two suitors, a Hebrew merchant and Roman soldier who both seek her hand in marriage; howev ...more
Mar 08, 2010 Amydeanne rated it really liked it
Wow, two great writers team up to write this amazing story! I was caught right at the start with this one. Davis and Janette weave an amazing story that will require old and new readers to be attentive and follow the story. You should recognize it’s roots in the New Testament, it follows the story after Christ’s death but I think it gives some adventure of the possibilities of the time. Don’t forget that it is only fiction! I didn’t realize this was a series until I finished the book, and think ...more
Apr 30, 2010 Cafelilybookreviews rated it liked it

Follow up book to The Centurion’s Wife, The Hidden Flame transports readers again back to bible times where Abigail finds herself facing many difficult situations.

Having survived the massacre of her entire family, except for her younger brother Jacob, Abigail finds herself surrounded by turmoil once again as Herod seeks the lives of her close friends Leah and Alban. Pursued by two men that she doesn’t love, Abigail faces the hard choice of marriage as she attempts to care for herself as well as
Apr 06, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: biblical-fiction
I was really excited to read "The Hidden Flame", because I knew that Abigail would be a main character, and she was one of my favorite characters from "The Centurion's Wife." This story is about faith, and keeping faith in times of trial. The book starts out with two men who are interested in marrying Abigail, both of which she finds to be unsuitable. When a man named Stephen came into the plot, I knew that he and Abigail would end up together, and they do. Abigail and Stephen's relationship is ...more
Feb 22, 2011 F. rated it it was ok
The cover of The Hidden Flame by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke is beautiful.

The story takes place in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is filled with turmoil because of people of the Way, and this does not make the Romans or other religious leaders happy. The Romans don't want a riot at any cost, where other religious leaders think people of the Way (Christian religion) is not an authentic religion.

Abigail is a young woman who was recently reunited with her brother Jacob, after her parents' tragic death. Altho
Mandy J. Hoffman
I awoke this morning eager to pick-up where I left off on the fourth CD of this 6 CD audio book. Bunn and Oke had me hovering in my kitchen thinking of more tasks that I could do just to stay near the audio drama brought to my ears.

This is the second book of the Acts Of Faith series authored by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke. They have taken Biblical accounts found in the book of Acts and woven them together with the fiction of their imaginations to create a story that brings life into characters of
Dec 28, 2012 Yiya rated it really liked it
Referring to the personal life of the early church in Jerusalen, more specifically the first chapters of the book of Acts, finishing when the persecution of christians begins, this book is the second of a series called "Acts of Faith," and the first I have read, but this does not hinder understanding of the overall story. It is just the opposite, and sometimes I would have liked to read faster than I do, as the story becomes more and more enticing with each page turned, and am just waiting for t ...more
Jun 04, 2012 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA, Adults
Shelves: christian, 2012
This book being the sequel to The Centurion's Wife I was very excited to get into it and it didn't take me long (according to my rate of speed). The Book of Acts continues its story in The Hidden Flame, I have really enjoyed how much this books detail follows the book of Acts; Ananias & Sapphira being struck down by God, Peter and others being jailed and the Angel of the Lord releasing them...

In this story the First Century Church is being "built" and there is much persecution throughout Jer
Wendy Sparkes
Apr 23, 2012 Wendy Sparkes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this audio version of "The Hidden Flame" narrated wonderfully by Aimee Lilley - one of my favourite narrators to listen to. Her voices are varied & consistent for characters.

It's Jerusalem during the time of the early church in "The Acts of the Apostles". Pentecost has happened, & the Followers of the Way are growing. Persecution is looming, & Abigail has 2 suitors for her hand - one a wealthy merchant, the other a Roman centurion, & neither are Followers of the
Bruce Judisch
Jun 21, 2010 Bruce Judisch rated it it was amazing
A great and fitting sequel to The Centurion's Wife. Gripping storyline, quality writing; a story with a soul.

The Hidden Flame picks up the tale in the "Acts of Faith" series with Abigail, the lovely servant girl, struggling to maintain purity in her faith and perspective in her family. She struggles to release her haunting fear for the safety of Jerusalem's fledgling community of Believers to her Lord's care, and to keep in check her brother, Jacob's, wayward desire to become a Roman legionnaire
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Davis Bunn is an internationally-acclaimed author who has sold more than seven million books in twenty languages.

Honored with four Christy Awards for excellence in historical and suspense fiction, Davis was inducted into the Christy Hall of Fame in 2014.

His bestsellers include The Great Divide, Winner Take All, The Meeting Place, The Book of Hours, and The Quilt. A sought-after lecturer in the a
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“I am not afraid of death, Abigail. I am afraid that I might draw back and not be bold in proclaiming the gospel.” He hesitated, then said, “And I am afraid that I might not stand firm. That under the heel of the enemy, in pain, I might deny my Lord.” 3 likes
“You simply need to trust, take each next step by faith. You will know what is right when the time comes.” 3 likes
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