I enjoyed this third book of Francine Rivers series. It is encouraging to know the same God that took care of the early Christians is still working to keep us. So glad I read all three books.
I read the printed version, several years ago. At the time of the reading I remember thinking that I really didn't like this book, but when listening to the audio version, I really disagreed with my original appraisal of this book..I really enjoyed the audio version.
To be honest, I am having a very difficult time choosing my favorite character, some I loved and others were very unlikeable. Attreties (name may be spelled wrong) is the only character in all three books, He is a slave who, fights in the circus, wins his freedom and journeys back to his homeland.
Choosing my favorite scene in" As Sure as the Dawn", is a difficult task, As the story winds through the chapters, at the time each of the chapters, has it's favorite and less favorite scenes.
The most memorable character in "Sure as the Dawn" is the wet nurse, hired to feed Attreties's son. She is a fairly new Christian in a very unchristian situation, whose faith is strong and weak at times, God is her strength and her refuse in time of trouble.
This series, Mark of the Lion, books 1,2,and 3 Is one of Francine Rivers' best.
I love all of the detail and history the writer puts in her books. I found myself googling Germania to see where it was in reference to Rome. I have done nothing but read, work and sleep for the past few days. I didn't want to do anything else.
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.