Quest for Light Adventure of the Magi by Byron Anderson

quest for light

Synopsis

Quest for Light brings the Magi to life as we join in their harrowing adventure across Persia in search of the one, true God. Appealing to the Magi through His star, God called upon these warrior priests to be among the first people to learn of the Messiah’s birth. Our journey takes us along The Silk Road, the first century’s information super-highway, where we meet the soldiers, merchants, and other travelers whose lives intersect with the Magi and their companions.
By sharing the Magi’s experience, we come to understand why they deserted their families and risked their lives to undertake a long journey in search of a foreign king. Just as we face many obstacles today in coming to know God, we will also learn how the Magi’s faith and determination enabled them to overcome fierce storms, bandit attacks, and encounters with evil spirits. Faithful followers of Zoroaster, the Magi undergo intense soul searching and spiritual turmoil when God intervenes in their lives.

Based on Scripture and historical accounts of the era, Quest for Light provides a fresh and unique perspective on the events and circumstances surrounding Christ’s birth. The significance of God’s star and the role of the Magi are highlighted in the Christmas miracle of God coming to live among men, as baby born to a virgin.

Review by Venture

How fitting it is to write a review on a book right before we celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus. It is of course, a fictional tale, but I was intrigued from the beginning at the title. Plently of books have been written and movies made about the birth of Jesus. The three “wise” men that show up to bring gifts to the baby Jesus. The story tells how they travel from a far land. Is it not amazing that our terms of far land and travel differs so much?

The Magi wise men who studied the stars and find the star that leads them to the Mesiah. Quick and simple. This book brings alive that it was not three men on a camel. It was a caravan of people who fought through bad weather, bandits, and plenty of trials. Over a year of travel. I can’t imagine taking such a trip. Riding on camels, through snow, sand storms, and having to fight to protect themselves not only for over a year to get to Bethlehem. Then have to take the long journey back home. That long of a trip to spend such a short time with Jesus.

Obviously you can tell I was enraptured with the story from the beginning. Almost finishing the book within a single sitting. I would have finished it but sleep and work make people stop. In all my years of hearing the nativity story I never considered the hardships they might have encountered. I never considered the fact that they weren’t Jews who were waiting for the Mesiah. If those thoughts don’t have you considering reading the book. I don’t know what else to say to convince you. My only complaint was the ending seemed just a little abrupt. I would have liked to see them reach home. I give this book 5 books and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

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