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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?...

Title : A Conspiracy of Breath
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ISBN : 9781945750069
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Number of Pages : 435 Pages
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A Conspiracy of Breath Reviews

  • Cynthia Ruchti
    2019-05-22 16:23

    In A Conspiracy of Breath, author Latayne Scott drew me into a world so exquisitely crafted that I felt goat hair between my fingers and the tentmaker's needle-rawed fingertips. I could smell dried blood and yeast bread, hear the night sounds and the day's cacophony. I flinched in sync with the characters when danger sparked. But if the book had stopped at authenticity and setting, it would not have had the grip on me that this book does. It changed me, deepened my love for The Breath, and swelled my appreciation for those who sacrificed so much to ensure people like me--millenia later--could turn the parchment pages and read Truth for ourselves. I do 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, author of 20 books, including A Fragile Hope and Song of Silence

  • Celeste Green
    2019-06-05 20:45

    This book is Scott's opus. It is exquisitely written, captivating and throat-grabbing; while also tender as it gives unforgettable images of the Spirit in action. The gripping premise piques interest with an astonishing proposal. Controversy aside, beautiful encounters, characters and events dare you to believe that God is exactly who He says He is.

  • Michelle Ule
    2019-05-29 15:38

    I recently savored Latayne Scott’s new novel A Conspiracy of Breath.It provides an interesting slant on the question, “Who wrote the New Testament's Book of Hebrews?”Scott believes it may have been a woman named Priscilla–the wife of a man named Aquila.She makes a compelling argument in a beautifully written work of literary fiction.Whether you accept her reasoning or not, is your own decision, this is a novel.In A Conspiracy of Breath, Prisca, (Priscilla is a nickname), grew up in a wealthy Roman household. She encounters the Apostle Paul and learns about Jesus, killed several years before in Jerusalem.An articulate woman with a keen mind, Prisca wants to learn more and through the course of the story meets and marries Aquila. But once she commits her life to following the Messiah and applies her education to the task, something happens.“The Breath,” seems to speak through her and soon people are writing down what “The Breath,” says.It’s the Holy Spirit providing the words found in the Book of Hebrews.I loved Scott’s depictions of Rome, Corinth and Jerusalem. The difficulties Priscilla and believers found in the early years of the Christian Church crackled with life and immediacy.What I appreciated most about this story was the descriptions of early Christian life—the throbbing sense of danger, persecution and the insight into how people turned against each other, particularly the reaction of the Jews. As I read, I asked myself, “How did people know what writings to trust? What people told the truth? What a complicated time the first century must have been for members of that new group, The Way.I came away with a greater appreciation for the Saints who have gone before and the challenges they faced in following Jesus Christ.Scott is a fabulous writer, her language usage fascinated me–Latinate words, vocabulary sufficed with Greek whispers.A Conspiracy of Breath provides an opportunity to glimpse what life might have been like at the beginning of Christianity.I finished it encouraged, curious and so very grateful I live in the 21st century.It’s a lot easier to live on this side of the cross and history

  • Kathleen Rodgers
    2019-05-28 15:18

    With an ache in my throat and longing in my heart, I finished the final pages of A Conspiracy of Breath, an exquisite novel that can only be described as divinely inspired. Like her female protagonist, Priska, the author serves as a conduit to bring the message of hope to readers through the age-old device of storytelling. The novel is filled with sensual prose, both lyrical and accessible, and will appeal to scholars as well as laypeople, even backsliders or nonbelievers afraid to open a Bible. Reading this novel was a Holy experience. I have a deeper understanding … a deeper appreciation of what it meant to be a follower of The Way when early Christians were persecuted and killed for believing. The moment I finished the last chapter, I yearned to go back and read the opening chapter again and again and again …Kathleen M. Rodgers, author of The Final Salute, Johnnie Come Lately, and Seven Wings to Glory

  • Bonnie Grove
    2019-06-05 16:31

    Intelligent Christian fiction so masterfully written I forgot place and time. Scott is brilliant with prose and poetry. This story aches, it unravels you. Others have posted excellent synopses of the story for you to read, so I will give you a synopsis of what you will experience: The tremendous joy that feels close to relief to have found a novel that looks you straight in the eyes and speaks to all your senses. The feeling of lost in time; Jerusalem dust under your feet. There are times the story dances with you, slowly at first, like a heartbeat then catching you up in a brilliant poetic rhythm that leaves you a little breathless. You feel this book as a living thing. It transports you, fills your nose with desert air, calls your name from centuries past. This is a novel you need to read—I never say that. It's almost never true, but this time it's true—you need to remember what it is like to submerge into a book and forget yourself. You need to cry with Priska. You need to walk with her and feel all she has to offer you. Truly.

  • Meghan Ochoa
    2019-05-28 20:34

    Latayne Scott has bravely weaved a story that speaks to one of the most instrumental paradoxes in the life of a believer; using her words from the introduction, " deal with the great incongruity between the majesty of their message and the mess of their lives." Dr. Scott provides us with an opportunity to journey into the world of those who proclaimed the gospel of Jesus Christ circa 1 AD, break alongside them, breathe in hope found only in the Messiah, and erupt with joy.

  • Cathy Messecar
    2019-05-19 22:39

    Latayne C. Scott's "A Conspiracy of Breath" clutched my heart in the first pages. Adept at entwining divine moments with common tasks, Latayne engaged my attention long past my allotted time for reading at night. Her mastery of words and lyrical descriptions fleshed out the story to perfection. Priska's world--intense with imagery and emotions--caught me holding my breath at times. She revealed thin places. An Awakening to God. A vessel for His use. And she stirred within me a deepening sense of awe for our Maker. Get your hands on a copy of "A Conspiracy of Breath," that left me yearning for God and eager to read more from Latayne C. Scott.

  • Paul Brandt
    2019-06-15 17:24

    Scholars cannot agree on the authorship of Hebrews, but in "A Conspiracy of Breath," Lataynee C. Scott identifies Priscilla, a first century woman, as the person responsible for receiving Hebrews from the Holy Spirit. For those literate in the Bible, you will find stories throughout Acts woven into this creative tale.The Good:The story is engagingBiblically accurateE.g., Priscilla and Aquila travel together with the Apostle Paul. Priscilla and Aquila are tent makers, along with Paul. For over a year, Paul helps Aquila and Pricilla with their tent making business.This book makes me giddy because I'm a nerd, and I enjoy seeing the Biblical connections.Vivid settings"In Corinth, the symmetry of sparkling ribbed columns with their satisfactions of dimensions and ratios and curling acanthus leaves, and the yearning twist of a carved marble torso over an invisible axis seen only in the artist's mind—these brought back more powerful than those of the body: the yearning of the eye and mind." (147)Vivid charactersE.g., When conflict arose, I could sense the negative tension between Priscilla and other charactersOn the other hand, the deep love Priscilla and Aquila had for each other was obvious. This was achieved by more than "She loved him."E.g., the respect Aquila had for Priscilla is how I would imagine an early Christian couple would be, (especially this couple) and is counter-cultural. Well done achieving this aspect. "Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her..." (Ephesians 5:25-33)Peter, described how I imagined him to be from biblical text, had a short, but eerie crucifixion."There's something wrong with the cross there," said Cordelia, her face close to mine, her voice hoarse. Indeed, it seemed constructed wrong, with the crosspiece too low. As we neared, I could make out the body on it, upside down, then looked away quickly." (365)Well writtenVarious genres included for every kind of reader. "A Conspiracy of Breath" has elements of a love story, Biblical history, adventure, and thriller.The Bad:N/AThe Unsure*:In the same theme as found in the Apostle Paul's writing, I could find nothing I disliked except the many long winded sentences. I grew somewhat tired of having to decipher through long, but well written sentences.*My opinion: what I didn't care for or do not prefer. This will not lower a rating unless it overly, and distracts from the story.While the story was great, and it's plausible Priscilla is the author of Hebrews, it's best to remember scholars just do not know for sure. E.g., I would argue there is as much evidence with Apollos, Paul, Barnabas, or Timothy's authorship of Hebrews. Although, if you have a hint of interest in the controversial topic of who wrote Hebrew take a look at the book. Or, you enjoy a well crafted Biblical fiction, with true events interwoven, check out "A Conspiracy of Breath."

  • Sandy
    2019-06-04 14:43

    I was hooked from the first page. The description of Priscilla walking the streets of Rome, gathering the remains of Christian martyrs, beloved friends and unknown saints, to provide a proper burial, is heart-wrenching. Page one was always in my thoughts as I moved closer and closer to the end, dreading the losses I knew were coming. I was wondering all along how chapter 12 of Hebrews would be woven in. That passage is best understood under hard circumstances and I was dreading it while anticipating it. And when I reached that portion, I felt like I was living it. At the end, I wanted more. What happened to Timothy and Baruch? Priscilla? … It is a wonderful book!

  • Kim Francis
    2019-06-03 15:21

    Until I savored Latayne C. Scott’s A Conspiracy of Breath, I believed the apostle Paul to be the most likely candidate for authorship of the epistle to the Hebrews. Not any more. Scott provides a convincing argument through her use of vivid, page-turning imagery that Priscilla, wife of Aquila, could have very well been this enigmatic New Testament book’s inspired author. In the future, I will be reading Hebrews through exquisite new lenses! Kim K. Francis, author of His Banner Over Me Is Pursuing Love

  • Sharon Souza
    2019-06-09 17:22

    I love Latayne's writing, but A Conspiracy of Breath completely surpassed my expectations. Without a doubt, this is one of the best books I have EVER read. The writing is superb, the characters are so real and believable, and the setting is so well defined that you feel you are right there with the characters. The opening chapter is amazing. I can't recommend this book strongly enough. Beautiful. Beautiful.

  • Texie Susan Gregory
    2019-06-07 15:20

    Priska brings the Epistle of Hebrews vibrantly to life. Meticulously researched with mind-searing imagery, Dr. Scott's powerful poetry is tucked in the story like hidden treasures…. The humanity, the glorious joy, the tragedy of the early Christ followers are vivid, poignant, and unforgettable. I treasure … reminders that women did indeed contribute to Holy Scripture, and that the Word is alive.Texie Susan Gregory, author, Slender Reeds; Jochebed's Hope

  • Ruth Hoppin
    2019-06-03 21:17

    Latayne's writing style is clear and vivid, drawing the reader into Priscilla's world...I was drawn into the epoch by her use of language; it was definitely a Roman experience to read the first chapter. - Ruth Hoppin, Author of "Priscilla's Letter: Finding the Author of the Epistle to the Hebrews"

  • Kathleen Popa
    2019-06-03 18:17

    Five Emphatic Stars!This is a haunting, spiritual novel that proves Latayne Scott to be Christian Fiction's most amazing secret. Reading A Conspiracy Of Breath, you'll step into an unimaginable period in church history and come back electrified to a new world. I'm serious - Read this! You will view the Book of Hebrews—perhaps the whole Bible—and certainly yourself and the world around you with new eyes.

  • Sharee
    2019-06-01 18:42

    I first discovered Latayne C. Scott in her book Latter Day Cipher and was excited to delve into her latest, A Conspiracy of Breath.The fictional story of Priscilla has so much interesting history woven within. Ms. Scott does a fabulous job of incorporating important historical facts into everyday life for the characters. I found the richness of the setting and storytelling drawing me into the period after the resurrection of Jesus. A fascinating time no doubt and very dangerous for new believers. I especially loved the way she described Paul. It brought that part of scripture alive for me. Cordelia is by far one of my favorite characters because she is a constant in their ever-changing world. I was fascinated by her illness and her tenacity to hold onto her faith. Priscilla offers many natural responses to the unnatural things happening around her, yet she doesn’t waiver away from her faith.One of the most powerful questions posed is in the introduction. Ms. Scott writes: “What would it have been like, I wondered, to live with the knowledge of He of Life, and imminent death, both at the same time in your mind: cognitive dissonance of the soul.”I also appreciated that it wasn’t Ms. Scott’s goal to convince anyone that a woman wrote the book of Hebrews, rather to show the what if. Women were loved by Jesus and although society made it hard on them to participate, Jesus invited them. A Conspiracy of Breath is a touching story of the hardships of living after the resurrection, believing in Jesus having never known him. And the beautiful story within its pages was delightfully done.

  • Julia Wilson
    2019-05-23 20:23

    A Conspiracy Of Breath by LaTayne C Scott is a Christian historical novel. It is set in the first century and explores life from the point of view of Priscilla. Whilst this is a work of fiction, Priscilla is a real character from the Bible. LaTayne Scott has imagined life from a Christian woman's viewpoint and written the novel in the first person so the reader really gets the flavour of life.Life was dangerous for Christians. It was a time of persecution. Women were seen as second class citizens so to be a Christian woman who was not afraid to speak out, was particularly dangerous.LaTayne Scott has really bought Biblical happenings to life in her novel. Whilst it is all her imagination, the reader 'feels' familiar with the setting and the happenings. Biblical passages exist alongside the main narrative.The novel shows the faithfulness and bravery of believers. "I knew he would not deny the Name." It was an exciting time to become a Christian and to meet people who had known the physical Jesus.The Bible comes to life in this marvellous novel as it is full of familiar Biblical figures.A Conspiracy Of Breath is not meant to be read instead of the Bible but alongside it. It is a comprehensive read which will awaken emotions within the reader. I really enjoyed it.I want to leave you with my favourite quote which really says it all:"It is JesusIt has always been JesusAnd it will always be Jesus."I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.