The fledgling church is being scattered by persecution. It is spearheaded by a fanatical young Pharisee who does not realize he is unwittingly aiding a divine mandate to spread the truth “unto the ends of the earth …”Young Julia has everything money can buy —except for acceptance by either Gentiles or Judeans in Tiberias. When she discovers the secret her beloved Greek father has kept all these years, she is devastated. Julia and her Hebrew mother are indeed less than second-class citizens. Her future is dark with clouds of uncertainty. Jacob, Abigail’s brother, is now a young man attempting to find his own place among the community of believers. Does it mean trading away the exhilaration and adventure of his current profession as a caravan guard? Hired by Julia’s father to protect a wealthy merchant’s caravans on the secretive “Frankincense Trail,” Jacob also reluctantly takes on the perilous responsibility of passing letters and messages between communities of believers now dispersed across the land. He is alarmed to discover that Julia, hardly more than a girl, is also a courier. Can their initial mistrust be put aside to accomplish their mission? An earthshaking encounter on the way to Damascus has repercussions far beyond the lives of Julia and Jacob.
©2011 Davis Bunn and Janette Oke (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
I inadvertently to this book "out of sequence". I listened to it after number 1. Even though several years had passed between books 1 and 3, I did not know I had skipped number 2 until I had finished the book. It is so well written that even though it is part of a series, you do not realized it is part of a series. Even though I know the story of the Damascus Road, I found myself thrilled as the events unfolded. I hope the series will continue. This series is certainly a balm for the soul in troubled times. The prayers spoken often reflected my feelings more eloquently than I ever could.
I really liked her at first but by the 3rd book she gets a little to sweet sounding if that makes any since.
I was moved by the faith that the people had!
This story had a historical feel and kept you wondering what was coming next.
The blinding of Saul and the events that followed. It must have happened that way
although the biblical account is devoid of the surrounding events.
Greater depth of interpetation.
Yes, this is an interesting view into what it may have been like in the early church.
retired litigation lawyer; I read history; historical fiction; literary fiction. Narrator ++ important. Story equally so
I bought this because I read the first two in the series. Big disappointment.Susan Lyons, like too many narrators of religious fiction, seems to think she has to convey solemnity with every...single..sentence...just because the characters happen to be speaking about God or Jesus, This gets very tiresome. But tolerable if the story is good. This story is poor. Endless travel to and fro in caravans, with no discernable plot or character development. And often ridiculous dialogue, " Good to see you my fine daughter" kind of dialogue, from everyone - people do not talk like now, and did not then.
I gritted my teeth to finish. Had it been longer I would have bailed after 6 hours
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