Book Spotlight: A Conspiracy of Breath, by Latayne C. Scott
Today we are featuring A Conspiracy of Breath, written by Latayne C. Scott, one of our monthly columnists.
The International Book Awards judges just announced the finalist's award for her book in the Religious Fiction category.
We want to congratulate Latayne and are excited to spotlight her book today.
About the Book
In a richly-textured, controversial and provocative literary work, award-winning author Latayne C. Scott examines: What would it have been like to be a woman, a Gentile, and someone onto whom the Holy Breath moved - to produce what became the mysterious Epistle to the Hebrews in the Bible?
A Conspiracy of Breath changed me, deepened my love for The Breath, and swelled my appreciation for those who sacrificed so much to ensure people like me--millennia later--could turn the parchment pages and read Truth for ourselves. I did not want to leave this story and fear Latayne has spoiled me as a reader. That's how thoroughly it captivated my heart and rearranged my definition of elegant and life-altering storytelling.
--Cynthia Ruchti, Golden-Scroll winning author of 20 books, including A Fragile Hope and Song of Silence.
Inspired by the New Testament's Epistle to the Hebrews, whose authorship is rooted in mystery, this biblical novel revolves around Priscilla, a gentile who witnesses the rise and fall of Yeshua of Nazareth's ministry and slowly converts from worshipping the Roman gods to becoming a Christian. Scott (coauthor, Discovering the City of Sodom) vividly depicts life under Roman rule, capturing the terror of a time when Christians were subject to severe persecution. Drawing on contemporary detail is impeccable. Her absorbing prose style and skill in managing the many nuances of everyday life in the ancient world bring the historical events to life.
--Library Journal, September 2017
Wonderful writing, characterizations that are precise and vivid, excellent historical detail, fabulous prose marked by fresh metaphors and great rhythm, and the description of romantic feelings--so hard to write--rock my world. Beautiful, lyrical.
--Rosslyn Elliot, 2012 double Carol Award-winning author
Scott writes with a literary sensibility. Those who wonder who wrote the book of Hebrews (it's on my Questions to Ask God When I Get to Heaven list), and those intrigued by the person of Priscilla, will be fascinated with this well-researched, sophisticated read.
--Tracy Groot, award-winning author of Madman and The Sentinels of Andersonville
About the Author
Latayne C. Scott is the author of over 2 dozen published books and hundreds of magazine articles. Her latest books are A Conspiracy of Breath (TSU Press, 2017), The Parables of Jesus (TSU Press, 2017), and as a contributor to Leaving Mormonism: Why Four Scholars Changed Their Minds (Kregel, 2017.)
You can read Latayne's monthly column on the 4th Friday each month here at Pandora's Box Gazette.