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Overview In 1339, at the height of the Inquisition, as prophesied by St. Paul in a letter that has been hidden by the Church, the Gifted, a group of men and women, possessing mysterious spiritual gifts, prepares to gather, racing against time to find the rest of the Gifted ones and to decipher the ancient prophecy of their coming, before their enemies can destroy them. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Publishers Description At the height of the Inquisition, a secret half a millennium old is about to be exposed-a lost letter said to have been written by Paul and part of what was to become the foundation of the Christian canon. It speaks of men and women-the Gifted-with mysterious spiritual gifts that struck fear in the heart of the Church. Now the letter has surfaced. The Gifted ones are coming together. Their prophecy is coming true.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.16" Width: 5.6" Height: 1.04" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Penguin Group USA
Series Number 1
ISBN 0425215601 ISBN13 9780425215609
Availability 0 units.
More About Lisa T. Bergren
Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling author of more than thirty books, including Deep Harbor, The Busy Mom's Devotional, and the God Gave Us children's book series. She and her husband, Tim, live in Colorado with their two children. Visit her website at LisaTawnBergren.com
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Reviewed by Wendy Runyon Jan 26, 2007
The Begotten is the first novel in a trilogy by author Lisa T. Bergren. It is the story of an ordinary group of people who discover that they have exceptional God-given gifts that are both miraculous and great in nature. The Gifted, as they are known, are called to come together for a divine purpose outlined in a centuries' old letter from Paul, which has remained hidden and relatively unnoticed.
The book opens in eighth century Constantinople, as a priest, in his final act before being carried off to the pyre, asks his apprentice to take a letter from a holy manuscript and travel to Roma, where both will be safe. The Church's hold on the people tightens, as the desire for power becomes more important than faith, and some in the Church seek to become more important than God.
The story picks up again six centuries later as Captain Gianni de Capezzana leads twenty-four knights of the Church into the catacombs in Roma where they discover just how powerful and diabolical their enemy can be. Gianni is determined to hunt down the evil Sorcerer wherever it may lead him. It is on that pursuit for the evildoer that his path crosses with a band of travelers on their way to Siena: the independent and strong-willed Lady Daria d'Angelo, who is gifted with the ability to heal; her faithful servant, the freed slave Hasani, who seems to have a talent for knowing what is to come; and a wise Dominican priest, Father Piero, who possesses a portion of the prophecy, believed to be written by Paul.
In the novel, which gets off to a slow start as the author builds the foundation for what will become a suspenseful, fast paced and intriguing story, the Gifted begin the difficult task of not only fortifying their stronghold, the home of noblewoman Lady Daria d'Angelo whose business and political clout are being threatened by outside forces, and finding worthy supporters to their cause. The chosen ones recognize immediately that their enemies will not only attack them physically, but also on a spiritual level. With the guidance of the priest Father Piero, the group find themselves questioning some of their long held beliefs and religious practices, as they reinforce their spiritual strength.
Furthermore, their enemies are vast. Not only does a confrontation with the evil Sorcerer seem imminent, but the Gifted know a threat lies with the Church as well who will not easily tolerate a challenge to what they perceive as their religious power over the people.
Lisa T. Bergren has created the beginning of a tale that will resonant with many Christian readers, and perhaps some non-Christians as well. The author is well researched in her knowledge and interpretation of the scriptures. She has created characters who are easy to identify and empathize with. The Begotten is the promising start of what will be an entertaining trilogy.
Middle Ages Version of X-Men Dec 12, 2006
A lot of times we like to play the what if question. This can lead to long drawn out debates on what could have happen if something had taken place. Sometimes we worry that things would have been radically different if things had changed. Other times times we speculate on the possibilities that could have taken place if only such and such had taken place. That is the premise of The Begotten. Paul had written many letters to churches. What if there had been another letter sent to a special group of people called The Gifted?
Set during the time of the Inquisition, the secret of Paul's extra letter is trying to be kept hidden by the holy leaders. They are against females holding high authority and wish to keep any knowledge about it in secret. Years later however, individuals with secret powers find each other as they strive to help out those in need. They are Christians, strong in their faith, battling those who have turned to the dark side.
This book was a wonderful engrossing read. I love books about medieval times with knights and lords and ladies. The whole story was fascinating when you imagine a group such as the Gifted existing in today's world or even the world back then. Daria was a very strong female character especially for that time period. She was highly respected by the people around her. The men are eager to protect her yet they do not see her as just a weak female or try to woo her. They are quick to defend her and risk their lives for not only her but anyone in their company. I felt this book in a genre like The Da Vinci Code, although far superior. Myth and legend are always interesting especially when you can incorporate scriptural truth with it. In my opinion, I felt the characters were like a middle ages version of X-Men or Heroes. Group of people with special powers that feel unwanted by the rest of the world.
I highly recommend this book for those who are fans of this genre, and for anyone who enjoys a really good story. If you have a good imagination, this book definitely makes good use of it.
Fabulous fantasy fiction! Nov 27, 2006
To me, everything about The Begotten was so rich and fantastic that I was literally carried into another time and place. The author's vivid description and setting surround you and carry the story to the end with power and conviction. I was there and experienced the terrors of the Middle Ages and the corruption of the times. I felt the pain of Daria, the healer, as she longed to make people whole, yet could only do what the Lord had appointed for her to do. There was always a reason, but it was not always known.
Everything about this story made me ponder the Lord's ways, and I marveled at the power of His written word demonstrated in action. I was caught up in the beautiful prose and awestruck as the magnitude of good and evil were revealed when the two camps waged war. The intrigue and pacing was perfectly done and the action was so riveting that I couldn't stop reading. The intensity of the evil portrayed seemed as realistic as the righteousness found in the Lord's own, "The Gifted". To me, the spiritual messages interwoven throughout the story were healing and emotionally moving.
The next book in Bergren's series is called The Betrayed. I can only imagine the conflict that will lead into the sequel because the author leaves you satisfied at the conclusion of The Begotten, yet hanging just enough to make you want to buy the next book. Well done, and highly recommended!
compelling, captivating, a must read Oct 20, 2006
Reviewed by Rebecka Vigus for Reader Views (10/06)
Compelling. Captivating. A must read! Lisa T. Bergren has sculpted a masterpiece. `The Begotten' is a sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat novel. It takes place in 1339 and takes you to the prejudices of the Church at that time. Daria d'Angelo is such a compassionate person that you feel as though you know her.
She finds herself in a convent after the severing of her handfast (engagement) of two years. There she tends to the herb garden while tending to her battered heart. It is there that she meets Father Piero and learns of a part of a letter he carries.
The letter tells of a group referred to as the `Gifted." a healer, a wise man, a discerner, one of great faith and at least two more who will join the party to spread the word of God's love. Daria finds herself called on at the convent to save the life of one of the sisters.
As the group grows, so do Daria's mysterious healings. Daria questions her healing abilities when she cannot save the life of her dearest friend. Then another healer moves into the area. His healings are, however, not the work of God. He is a Sorcerer and seeks to capture Daria and her company.
The book ends with Daria's company trying to escape the town of Siena. It takes courage and the help of the Lord to fashion an escape. Can they make it? Will they find what they are seeking?
Ms. Bergren has written `The Begotten' as the first part of a trilogy. The reader can hardly wait for the next one. If ever I had a test of faith, I do not know if I could stand up to it the way her characters have. I do not know if my own faith is deep enough. It really makes you think about what you believe. I was so wrapped up in what was happening that I did not want this book to end. I hope the next book is scheduled for early in 2007 so that I will not have to wait long.
This Book Will Surprise You Oct 15, 2006
I don't know about you, but I've really had enough of Templar knights, Papal conspiracies, and secret documents that threaten the foundations of the church.
So although I've been a fan of Lisa Tawn Bergren's work in the past, when I read a summary of The Begotten, I wasn't the least bit interested in reading any further.
Then I received a sample chapter of the book through the Chapter-A-Week Yahoo group. And I was stunned. Captivated. Rendered speechless by the power of Bergren's prose.
I went out and got the book immediately. Not because the plot interested me even then, but because the writing in that sample chapter was so breathtaking I couldn't resist.
I read the entire story cover to cover in one night--staying up until 5:30 in the morning to do so--because the tale would not let me rest.
This is a story of valiant people, with abilities they don't ask for or know how to manage, trying to be faithful to their beliefs and make a difference, during a perilous time in a dangerous world.
If you think that sounds a lot like you and me, you're right. And this is just one key to this book's appeal. Another is its honest examination of God and His will. Healing, miracles, Divine interventions, are they real? Why do they occur for some and not for others? Bergren offers no platitudes or canned answers to these questions, but her exploration of them is fantastic. In addition, and I cannot say this enough, Begren's skill as a writer has SKYROCKETED since she took a break from writing in 2002. Her past books were interesting and flowed well, but this? This borders on brilliant.
In movie form, The Begotten is a cross between The DaVinci Code, Luther, The Fantastic Four, and Lord of the Rings.
In book form, it combines the historical detail and noble characters of a Linda Chaikin novel, the darkness and suspense of Comes a Horseman by Robert Liparulo, the spiritual warfare of Frank Peretti's This Present Darkness, and the miracles of the book of Acts.
I should clarify that The Begotten is not a Dan Brown re-play, a knock-off version of The Last Templar, or a mimic of anything else you've ever read, including the books I just listed. This is a novel that defies all classification and transcends all genre boundaries, and does so with such flair I can only hope Bergren will repeat the process in her upcoming sequel.