Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live during the days of Paul? What was Paul like? How did the people respond to him? Was he really in all of the danger that the Bible describes in detail? Which city would you most want to travel to with him? How about the city of Ephesus?
Tracy Higley takes you on an in-depth, whirlwind adventure to the city of Ephesus with Paul and his followers of the Way. While you are there, you will make some new friends along the way and learn first hand what it really was like to live during that dark and fascinating time in history.
Join the amazing journey of her latest book So Shines the Night, and get a glimpse of the anointed disciple Paul. Listen to his life-changing story and be enraptured by the love and generosity of the early Christians. Don't just take my word for it. Jump into the story itself and start reading So Shines the Night.
If you would like, you can read my review of this truly amazing book. It was one wild and unforgettable ride!
Find out more about the story and this amazing author
What inspired the theme of So Shines the Night?
The idea of community is dear to my heart, and the struggle we all have to not live in isolation. I wanted to take a look at two people struggling to do the right thing, but going about it the wrong way because they were isolated both from other people and from God, and to see what would happen when they brushed up against a community like the first century church.
When you visited Ephesus, what was it like to be in the same city that Paul ministered in centuries ago?
It was thrilling, to be succinct. There is a sense of “this is real – this really happened” that sweeps over you and pulls you back in time and into the world of the Scripture in a new and fresh way. I loved it.
Where do you get the inspiration for your stories?
The setting is usually what inspires me first. Many writers start with fascinating characters or a compelling plot, but I usually start with a place and say “ooh – what would it have been like to live there, in that time?” After that, it’s often the real history of the place that begins to inspire the story itself.
What touched you the most on your travels for this book?
I think it was the sense of “realness” that being in the same city where Paul ministered brought to me. There’s a connection to faith and Scripture that happens, and it’s very powerful.
What do you hope people will take away from this story?
There are a number of themes I explored here, so it will vary from person to person, depending on where they are on their journey. I hope people will get a sense of the reality of the first century church, of Paul as a man. I want people to see that the love God has for us makes us secure, and that from that foundation we can risk to love others. I want readers to long for a sense of community that is found in the church of Ephesus.
Video of Tracy on-site in the ancient city of Ephesus
You can view the video that Tracy recorded of her time on-site in the ancient city of Ephesus. It is definitely something you will not want to miss.
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