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Glimpses of Truth

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  135 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
English peasants struggle to preserve the last remaining transcript of Wycliffe's pioneering translation of the New Testament into English in this first book of the Book of Books series.
Paperback, 318 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Zondervan Publishing Company (first published April 1st 1999)
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Dec 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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When I started this book I didn't have high expectations for several reasons. First, I had never heard anything about the book. Second, it was supposed to be the first book in a four book series that was canceled by the publisher after the second book due to poor sales. However, the more I read the more I liked it. A historical fiction book based on the Wycliffe Translation of the Bible into English. The book was filled with danger, romance, and adventure and took you through the sacrifice and c ...more
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another amazing book! I absolutely love the whole idea of this series, reminding us of everything that people had to endure to translate the Bible into English for us. Wow. People died for that. People risked everything for that, stood against their entire country and made the hardest, most bravest decisions just because they knew that this was worth it. Cavanaugh does such a fantastic job showing the awe that people in the 1300’s felt about Scripture; like it had some kind of magical power. How ...more
An excellent, well-written novel portraying the events surrounding John Wycliffe's translation of the English Bible. This is the first of Mr. Cavanaugh's books I've read and I really enjoyed it. It tells the story of young Thomas Torr, whom Wycliffe has chosen to assist him in translating the Latin Vulgate into English. The problem, of course, is that translating Holy Scriptures into the common tongue ("vulgar language") is punishable by death. Thomas' work takes him from rural England to Rome. ...more
Nov 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Jack Cavanaugh did an excellent job of taking me back to 14th century England. Back to the time of John Wycliffe who was one of the first to translate the bible into the "vulgar language" of English. Back when the translation of Scripture was forbidden by the Roman Church.

His story tells of a young man by the name of Thomas Torr who was taken in and cared for by a poor ploughman named Howel. Howel's daughter Felice and Thomas have a romantic relationship that grips your heart throughout the boo
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a testament to the challenges, persecution and death that was endured just for sometimes a single page or sentence of God's written word! I love the author's note at the end where she says, "Our problem is not that we don't have God's Word; our problem is choosing which of the many English versions to read--not to mention deciding about study notes, red-letter editions, hard cover, soft cover, or leather cover; pictures or not pictures; maps; size; gold-leaf edges, and whether to have our n ...more
Jessica Trapp
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
WOW. Fantastic read. One of the best books I've read this year.
Cynthia Sondeno
The review is 3 stars because it could have been more engaging; but the premise of the book gets 5 stars. This is great read on the struggles to provide an English version of the Bible to the laity and the sacrifices to provide the Word to the masses. It makes you truly appreciate the Bible you have at your disposal on a daily basis.
As romance/historical novels goes this one was not too bad. The subject matter was interesting and original, and one that is sadly too little explored for its effects.

I did detect what appeared to be a distinct bias against the aristocratic and upper classes, as well as a number of historical inaccuracies.

It was claimed, for instance that the nobility who had been sympathetic to John Wycliffe during his life turned thier backs on his teachings as soon as he died because they did want to give u
Feb 19, 2012 rated it liked it
The writing wasn't great - the story wasn't gripping - but a good and fast read for anyone. I did like the historical part of the times, and all about the Wycliff translation and why it was so culturally and spiritually important.

There were huge parts left out - like when the main character Thomas goes to Rome to meet with the cardinals - there is no specific timeline of how long it takes to travel to Rome, or how long to get back, or how long he was there - just a vague reference to him being g
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was much better than I expected--well written, interesting characters and subplots, and I learned a lot about the religious and political controversies surrounding the translation of the Bible into English. It's Book One of The Book of Books series, so I'm going to keep my eyes open for more.
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Historical fiction account of the struggle to bring the Holy Scriptures into the "vulgar tongue" and accessible to the common man. Centering on Wycliffe's translation it follows the story of young Thomas Torr and his struggle to translate and bring the Bible to his peasant village and the rest of England.
Tessa Palmeri
I love this author, but this was NOT one of my favorite books of his. Too dry, and slow. I didn't even finish it. Try the series American Family Portrait.
Dec 23, 2009 marked it as to-read
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Recommended by my daughter, Padgy.
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
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The storyline had potential and was interesting, but I found the characters and the relationship irritating.
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Jack Cavanaugh is an award-winning, full-time freelance author with twenty-five published novels to his credit. His nine-volume American Family Portrait series spans the history of a nation from 1630 to the present and is still in print nearly fifteen years following its release.

A student of the novel for more than a quarter of a century, Jack takes his craft seriously, continuing to study and tea
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