I bought this solely from the reviews, and was not disappointed. I downloaded all three in the trilogy. Solid writing, great research of the area and times, and was a wonderful listen!
Of all of Christian literature that my family has read, which would include hundreds of books, we have voted this Trilogy by Francine Rivers the top series to be read and gifted to others. This is a must-read. Although it is fiction, it follows scripture in its accuracy not only in time frame and historical happenings, but also in the type of events that might have happened back in those times. It will challenge and deepen your faith.
As always, Francine never fails to deliver. A powerful, historically rich journey through the effects of Christianity on a broken Roman gladiator and a widowed Christian woman.
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I have read this well written book with very few pauses. The book picks up the epic of the growth of Christianity in Europe due in part to the Roman Empire. Rivers narrative describes man's inhumanity to man. In addition, she details the stronghold of the occult throughout the world. This only one of a series of the epic "The Mark of the Lion" The books describes the valiant struggle to bring the message of salvation to mankind through committed people through the work of the Holy and All Powerful God, who loves us.
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Story line, as with all of Francine Rivers, is well thought out and researched. Love the historical look into the time that Christ lived among his followers. Would have given it 5 stars but the narrator was terrible, as with the other books in this trilogy.
This is a clean story, designed to encourage and entertain believers, which it does. The plot is interesting in places but somewhat over dramatized. The reading is pretty good but sometimes the inflections are at odd places. Maybe it's just not the way I would hear it said in my own head. This is only my second Francine Rivers book, but I would consider "Redeeming Love" to be much more interesting.
The third book follows the life of Atretes, the book is amazing but there's a lot more miracles in this book that I know a lot of people have a hard time grasping or accepting.
Francine Rivers does a great job describing spiritual warfare.
I feel like book 3 could have been its own series.