Francine Rivers does an excellent job showing through the characters in her book the characteristics of Christ that only believers possess-meekness, peace in trouble, patience in frustration, beauty from ashes, and above all love, the love of Jesus. Preaching the gospel this historical fiction reminds me that I am held together by the one who created everything, who while without blame, willingly took on my shame and gave me newness of life.
This whole series is well written and inspiring, but this last book is by far the best. Great insight into Roman life and that of the early Christians. The narration is excellent.
As always, this Francine Rivers book not only met but exceeded expectations. Hadassah is the person everyone wants to be like. Marcus, Atretes, Decimus, Claudius, and others are the people we find that we are most like. Julia and Anomia are people you hope you never become but they are also the people in whom you see the depth of God's incredible grace. This is a great story...especially the audio version.
I read the Mark of the Lion series years ago. Listening to it makes it even better. I feel inspired and uplifted.
The Biblical message that no one is beyond God's love is a message that everyone needs to hear. Through this story I felt very close to the characters and their challenges. This story provided inspiration to me to love nonbelievers and to reach out to them by example as well as with sharing the Good News.
Excellent job with the many voices. He helped me to see the characters with my mind's eye.
Through God, all things are possible.
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I have read this book from a hardcopy, and have listened to the story three or four times at least. The narrator does an incredibly great job with this story, his inflections are excellent, his ability to convey a female character as well as a Male is wonderful. Francine Rivers is able to examine characters and develop them in amazing ways. This is set 40 to 50 years after Christ's death, when the apostle John was still living. It follows Atretes, a character from the first book. I highly recommend it, however it would be best to read the very first book in the trilogy. The second and third books can be read out of order.