Book Review: The Chiveis Trilogy

August 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Posted in Books and Movies | 2 Comments

Between some vacation time and some fires to put out, I have done little writing or blog reading for the past four weeks.  However, I have had some time for pleasure reading, and have been reading a fascinating series of fiction books known as the Chiveis trilogy by Bryan Litfin.  I have only completed the first two books, so I hope a more thorough review will come later, but I still wanted to let my readers know about this wonderful series.

These books are adventure, romance, science fiction and theology all rolled into one.  The history behind the story line is one I’ve seen before – at least twice in my high-school science fiction class and a few times since – the world as we know it is destroyed by nuclear holocaust and the world which follows is different in many ways, being a few centuries behind us in technology.  What made this story so fascinating, and the reason I picked it up, is because the author tells the story of the rediscovery of the Bible after it had been lost for a couple of centuries.  My studies and interest in the rediscovery of the Bible in the Reformation made this a must read for me.  It has been well worth the time.

The story is exciting adventure as the heroine and hero are constantly in danger from nature and from enemies, and must repeatedly rescue each other from peril.  It was page-turning excitement.  Litfin’s prologue makes the demise of civilization sound possible, but some of the perils of the main characters are less believable.  More believable is that the political authorities in the book, like those in the Reformation era, do everything in their power to keep the Bible an unknown book.  But this story is also a romance.  As the main characters are providentially thrown together and get to know each other, a relationship almost as rocky as the peril they face ensues.  But more importantly, the books are good theology.  Written by Bryan Litfin, a theology professor at Moody Bible Institute, these books teach the reader, sometimes without him knowing it, some fundamental truths of God.  I was emotionally drawn into the story most, not by adventure or romance, but by the thrill of people discovering the Bible for the first time in their lives.  I often cried as Anastasia read the Psalms and fell in love with the God she’d discovered and as Teo, in spite of his independent strength, learned of his great need for God.

I will give a final report after finishing book three, but am far enough along to recommend this trilogy to someone looking for exciting fiction that not only supports a Christian ethic but teaches a Christian world view.  Watch the names of people and places.  I was half-way through the second book before I realized that many of the people’s names have meaning and many of the place names are recognizable.  I’ve even been in some of those places.

The trilogy has a website at www.chiveis.com where you can see interviews with the author and even a trailer for the series, which is amazing since a movie has not yet been made.

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  1. Now that you have completed the series, did you find it to be somewhat unsettling that the Christianity that rose out of the chaos looked a lot like Catholicism? Complete with a “Holy Father” in Rome and nuns?

  2. Sonya, Thanks for reading and I appreciate your question.
    Yes, I did find it somewhat unsettling, but really more surprising since the author is a professor at Moody. However, I realize Catholicism is what formal Christianity looked like for centuries of our history. It is conceivable that the ritual of Catholicism could continue since the Bible, and not the ritual, was the real enemy of the state. Such a situation existed just prior to and during the rediscovery of the Bible in the Reformation, the ritual continued, but the Bible was fought, actually feared by the authorities.
    To reemphasize what I said in the article, the exciting part to me was seeing Anna and Teo discover God’s word for themselves. So, in spite of your unsettled feelings, I still recommend the series and hope to enjoy it again someday.
    Blessings.
    GG


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