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A Conspiracy of Breath

4.74  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  24 reviews
In a richly-textured, controversial and provocative literary work, award-winning author Latayne C. Scott examines: What would it have been like to be a woman, a Gentile, and someone onto whom the Holy Breath moved - to produce what became the mysterious Epistle to the Hebrews in the Bible?
Paperback, 435 pages
Published September 1st 2017 by TSU Press
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Celeste Green
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is Scott's opus. It is exquisitely written, captivating and throat-grabbing; while also tender as it gives unforgettable images of the Spirit in action. The gripping premise piques interest with an astonishing proposal. Controversy aside, beautiful encounters, characters and events dare you to believe that God is exactly who He says He is. ...more
Cynthia Ruchti
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In A Conspiracy of Breath, author Latayne Scott drew me into a world so exquisitely crafted that I felt goat hair between my fingers and the tentmaker's needle-rawed fingertips. I could smell dried blood and yeast bread, hear the night sounds and the day's cacophony. I flinched in sync with the characters when danger sparked. But if the book had stopped at authenticity and setting, it would not have had the grip on me that this book does. It changed me, deepened my love for The Breath, and swell ...more
Michelle Ule
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I recently savored Latayne Scott’s new novel A Conspiracy of Breath.

It provides an interesting slant on the question, “Who wrote the New Testament's Book of Hebrews?”

Scott believes it may have been a woman named Priscilla–the wife of a man named Aquila.

She makes a compelling argument in a beautifully written work of literary fiction.

Whether you accept her reasoning or not, is your own decision, this is a novel.

In A Conspiracy of Breath, Prisca, (Priscilla is a nickname), grew up in a wealthy Rom
Kathleen Rodgers
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With an ache in my throat and longing in my heart, I finished the final pages of A Conspiracy of Breath, an exquisite novel that can only be described as divinely inspired. Like her female protagonist, Priska, the author serves as a conduit to bring the message of hope to readers through the age-old device of storytelling. The novel is filled with sensual prose, both lyrical and accessible, and will appeal to scholars as well as laypeople, even backsliders or nonbelievers afraid to open a Bible. ...more
Bonnie Grove
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Intelligent Christian fiction so masterfully written I forgot place and time.

Scott is brilliant with prose and poetry. This story aches, it unravels you.

Others have posted excellent synopses of the story for you to read, so I will give you a synopsis of what you will experience:

The tremendous joy that feels close to relief to have found a novel that looks you straight in the eyes and speaks to all your senses.

The feeling of lost in time; Jerusalem dust under your feet. There are times the st
Meghan Ochoa
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Latayne Scott has bravely weaved a story that speaks to one of the most instrumental paradoxes in the life of a believer; using her words from the introduction, " deal with the great incongruity between the majesty of their message and the mess of their lives." Dr. Scott provides us with an opportunity to journey into the world of those who proclaimed the gospel of Jesus Christ circa 1 AD, break alongside them, breathe in hope found only in the Messiah, and erupt with joy. ...more
Cathy Messecar
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Latayne C. Scott's "A Conspiracy of Breath" clutched my heart in the first pages. Adept at entwining divine moments with common tasks, Latayne engaged my attention long past my allotted time for reading at night. Her mastery of words and lyrical descriptions fleshed out the story to perfection. Priska's world--intense with imagery and emotions--caught me holding my breath at times. She revealed thin places. An Awakening to God. A vessel for His use. And she stirred within me a deepening sense of ...more
Paul Brandt
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Scholars cannot agree on the authorship of Hebrews, but in "A Conspiracy of Breath," Lataynee C. Scott identifies Priscilla, a first century woman, as the person responsible for receiving Hebrews from the Holy Spirit. For those literate in the Bible, you will find stories throughout Acts woven into this creative tale.

The Good:
The story is engaging
Biblically accurate
E.g., Priscilla and Aquila travel together with the Apostle Paul. Priscilla and Aquila are tent makers, along with Paul. For over a
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked from the first page. The description of Priscilla walking the streets of Rome, gathering the remains of Christian martyrs, beloved friends and unknown saints, to provide a proper burial, is heart-wrenching. Page one was always in my thoughts as I moved closer and closer to the end, dreading the losses I knew were coming. I was wondering all along how chapter 12 of Hebrews would be woven in. That passage is best understood under hard circumstances and I was dreading it while anticipa ...more
Carrie Anderson
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What if you were a Gentile woman being used to help give birth to the newly forming religion known as Christianity and found yourself in A Conspiracy of Breath?

Church tradition tells us the Apostle Paul wrote the Epistle to the Hebrews. But what if it wasn’t Paul?

Greek scholars consider the writing in the Hebrews Epistle to be more polished and eloquent than any other book of the New Testament. It was written for Jewish Christians, exhorting them to persevere in the face of persecution and revea
Kim Francis
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Until I savored Latayne C. Scott’s A Conspiracy of Breath, I believed the apostle Paul to be the most likely candidate for authorship of the epistle to the Hebrews. Not any more. Scott provides a convincing argument through her use of vivid, page-turning imagery that Priscilla, wife of Aquila, could have very well been this enigmatic New Testament book’s inspired author. In the future, I will be reading Hebrews through exquisite new lenses! Kim K. Francis, author of His Banner Over Me Is Pursuin ...more
Fiction Aficionado
If you enjoy Biblical fiction (or even historical fiction, for that matter), I highly recommend you get your hands on a copy of this novel. It’s intelligently written with elegant, imagery-rich prose, and the story will open your eyes to a whole new understanding of what it was like for Christ’s followers in the apostolic era—not just in terms of the ever-present threat of persecution, but what it would have been like to grapple with understanding the New Covenant in the intellectual and religio ...more
Sharon Souza
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Latayne's writing, but A Conspiracy of Breath completely surpassed my expectations. Without a doubt, this is one of the best books I have EVER read. The writing is superb, the characters are so real and believable, and the setting is so well defined that you feel you are right there with the characters. The opening chapter is amazing. I can't recommend this book strongly enough. Beautiful. Beautiful. ...more
Texie Susan Gregory
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Priska brings the Epistle of Hebrews vibrantly to life. Meticulously researched with mind-searing imagery, Dr. Scott's powerful poetry is tucked in the story like hidden treasures…. The humanity, the glorious joy, the tragedy of the early Christ followers are vivid, poignant, and unforgettable. I treasure … reminders that women did indeed contribute to Holy Scripture, and that the Word is alive.

Texie Susan Gregory, author, Slender Reeds; Jochebed's Hope
Ruth Hoppin
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Latayne's writing style is clear and vivid, drawing the reader into Priscilla's world...I was drawn into the epoch by her use of language; it was definitely a Roman experience to read the first chapter.
- Ruth Hoppin, Author of "Priscilla's Letter: Finding the Author of the Epistle to the Hebrews"
James Hallmark
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This one is historical fiction, based on the premise that a woman wrote the Biblical book “Hebrews.” I found it quite good. “Breath” is a fictional account of the life of Prisca, better known to Bible readers as Priscilla of the couple “Aquila and Priscilla” mentioned multiple times in the Bible. Latayne tells the story of how Priscilla becomes a believer in Christ, meets Aquila, marries, has children, and experiences “the breath”—that is, the Holy Spirit writing the book of Hebrews through her. ...more
Kathleen Popa
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Five Emphatic Stars!

This is a haunting, spiritual novel that proves Latayne Scott to be Christian Fiction's most amazing secret. Reading A Conspiracy Of Breath, you'll step into an unimaginable period in church history and come back electrified to a new world. I'm serious - Read this! You will view the Book of Hebrews—perhaps the whole Bible—and certainly yourself and the world around you with new eyes.
Katie Andraski
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Conspiracy of Breath is a well written book about Priscilla, of Priscilla and Aquilla fame from the New Testament. She is a Roman convert to Christianity who finds herself filled with inspiration, what she calls God's Holy Breath, that drives her to write the book of Hebrews. Latayne Scott thoroughly researched the traditions regarding a woman's authorship of that New Testament book. She imagines what it was like to live just after Jesus' ascension, and what it was like to renounce a comfort ...more
Mark Kellermeyer
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The mystery of the Holy Spirit, even after reading this book, still remains a mystery to me, but the thought of coming to know such a Spirit has become all the more enticing due to its portrayal. I also adored how Priscilla's faith journey felt so imperfect and real. It gave me a lot of hope that the Spirit may move fiercely despite our doubting and come to change and renew us.

The cynic will have to set aside some of their questions in order to believe in and enjoy this book, I think. It is not
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t far into A Conspiracy of Breath when I realized I was in over my head. I surmised the mind behind this story-telling is brilliant. It’s not that this novel is difficult to read; it’s that it is so weighty, so substantive. I realized that not only was I in the presence of a mind far greater than my own, but that I was swimming in deep waters spiritually. Reading A Conspiracy of Breath would be work, but pleasant work; this might not always be comfortable, but it would prove to be exh ...more
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I first discovered Latayne C. Scott in her book Latter Day Cipher and was excited to delve into her latest, A Conspiracy of Breath.
The fictional story of Priscilla has so much interesting history woven within. Ms. Scott does a fabulous job of incorporating important historical facts into everyday life for the characters. I found the richness of the setting and storytelling drawing me into the period after the resurrection of Jesus. A fascinating time no doubt and very dangerous for new believers
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Conspiracy Of Breath by LaTayne C Scott is a Christian historical novel. It is set in the first century and explores life from the point of view of Priscilla. Whilst this is a work of fiction, Priscilla is a real character from the Bible. LaTayne Scott has imagined life from a Christian woman's viewpoint and written the novel in the first person so the reader really gets the flavour of life.
Life was dangerous for Christians. It was a time of persecution. Women were seen as second class citizen
Anne Campbell
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is the fictional story of Priscilla, wife of Aquila, of New Testament multiple mentions. The author has Priscilla (known as Priska to those who know her) as the writer of Hebrews. Conspiracy of Breath is inspirational, and the one objection I have to it is that it has severalwords that I had no idea what they meant until I looked them up----which took me out of the story for a time. Don't get me wrong--I'm a lover of new words---I just don't want them to interrupt my train of thought. ...more
Kristi Duarte
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
The actual writing is good, but the story is slow and the characters boring. This is a book only for the most deeply religious Christians, who believe every single word of the New Testament is true. It's not provocative or controversial at all. ...more
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Author of about two dozen books, most published by major publishers such as Zondervan/Harper Collins, Howard/Simon & Schuster, Moody, Word Kregel and others. Over 150,000 copies sold. Now writing, in a patron-based ministry, books published by TSU Press (Albuquerque, NM): Passion, Power, Proxy, Release; Just You, Me and God; The Heart's Door; The Parables of Jesus; Time, Talents, Things.

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