LIGHT OF THE CANDLE – 2015 Whitney Awards Finalist
As a young nobleman at the court of Jerusalem, Daniel’s life is one of privilege. His childhood friend, Sarai, is betrothed to him. Sarai’s future also stretches securely before her. She will marry the boy she loves and they will live together in their beloved homeland. But outside the city gates waits Judah’s conqueror, Nebuchadnezzar, prince of Babylon, who demands a heavy price for peace. He takes treasures from the great temple of Jerusalem and hostages from among the promising young scholars, who will serve him in the court at Babylon.
Daniel’s dreams are filled with strange images of things he has never seen. When Daniel’s father ensures that he is one of the young men selected, the dreams become frighteningly real.
The prophet Jeremiah’s dire warnings have come to pass for Daniel, Sarai and for all of Judah–The voice of mirth and gladness are taken; the voice of the bride and bridegroom, and the sound of the millstones and the light of the candle.
Sarai in Jerusalem and Daniel in Babylon will face the same challenge: to keep hope bright as darkness closes in.
Carol Pratt Bradley
. . . Carol Pratt Bradley is a historical novelist with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Her history interests currently include the Ancient Near Eastern world, Reformation England, and 17th century America. She is the author of The Light of the Candle, an imaginative story of the biblical Daniel. She has been married to her wonderful husband Bryan for over three decades. Their three daughters and one son have grown and left their parents to survive on their own. They have a Yorkie named Ozzie, who sleeps beside Carol on the couch while she writes.
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