Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Debauchery, love of self, total indulgence to every desire . . . that was what ancient Rome was all about . . . abortion, homosexuality, promiscuity, gladiators, divorce, gods of every sort, and a lust for money like no other time in history . . . and all of the disease that comes with it . . . physical, mental and most of all spiritual . . . a year after Marcus believes that Hadassah has been killed by the lions, he is still angry, eaten up by grief and estranged from his sister, Julia, who ordered the murder of her slave, Hadassah . . . but he is also changed . . . mad at this God whom his beloved worshiped, he vows to track God down and make Him explain himself . . . so he goes to Jerusalem, in search of this Jesus . . . nothing is as he expected . . . and Marcus is faced with the love of those who should have hated him, a Roman citizen . . . Hadassah, alive and finally healed, though terribly scarred from the lion's attack, has found new purpose in healing others . . . this second in the series is powerful, and just as honest and telling as the first . . . it will leave believers feeling that they are woefully falling short of the kind of Christ-like love that lives in Hadassah . . . and will shine a light to unbelievers that their is true hope in Jesus Christ . . .
I love the author's writing style. It draws you in and holds you there every moment. The story portrays our greatest fears and deepest longings, while challenging our faith and the depths of our love and forgiveness. Beautifully written, Mrs. Rivers!!!
I thought the first was great, but this was ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! I found myself crying & crying at the end of the story! Not only because Francine weaved this tale so beautifully, but because of the reminder of God's transformational power & love. I am His beloved, and so are you. No matter the sins of the past or scars we have He heals, renews, restores. He is good!
The theme of God's forgiveness permeates.
My husband could not make it through this series, but for us ladies ... Well, the characters are not realistic, but they are lovely. The author serves us well, because she creates characters that inspire.
Very professional reader
the continued Christian message that faith in Jesus can overcome all obstacles.
The Character of Hadassa is my favorite
Wish the author woud quit using the word "SARDONIC" ...way overused.
There are several twists and turns that kept this story interesting.
I loved Richard Ferrone's reading.
Marcus was the most interesting character. This entire book and it's characters are interesting because of its history and the similarity it has with our culture today.
I can't wait to read (hear) the last book of the series. Francine Rivers is an excellent writter.
The story is well written. I love the whole trilogy, and will frequently re-read them. The narrator often mid-pronounces words, especially Hebrew names and place names. I found that particularly irritating. His performance is good but he should have researched proper pronunciations before recording this. I will read the paper copy next time instead of listening to the audible version.
One of the best things as a Christian is to feel conviction. There are areas in our life that we need to improve. This book helps you to see the areas in your life that needs mending. I wish to have a Hadassah faithful heart, a Phoebe servant attitude, a Julia light, and a Marcus drive.