Imagine Italy of the 1300’s with an odd assortment of characters- an awkward looking priest, a fearless knight of the the Church, an independent wealthy Lady, a speechless freed slave, and a homeless child. What do they have in common? They are the Gifted. I think of them as an early rendition of The “X” Men, only instead of super powers, they have spiritual powers. Wisdom, healing, faith, visions and discernment are just the beginnings of the spiritual gifts they use against one of the creepiest evil villains I have read of in a long time. This is a true battle of good and evil type of book. Their spiritual battles are totally believable and incredibly suspenseful. I fell in love with all the characters and wince every time a sword is drawn or an arrow is shot.
The personal impact this book is having on my faith is by far my favorite part. I am seeing how to use the weapons the Lord has given us to battle evil. It’s almost as if each time they are discouraged, on the verge of defeat and the evil forces are closing in I’m yelling at the characters “Get out! Run! Fight! Do something!!!” And do you know what they do? They fast and pray. Not just a quicky prayer. They pray all night long. I’m thinking “Really?” But then the evil guys back off and can feel the faithful getting stronger. Isn’t that so true. Prayer is powerful. Why do I let my own struggles deter me from going to the one place I can find strength…the Lord Jesus Christ.
This is truly a “Can’t put it down” book…first of the Gifted Trilogy. Good stuff.