A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers
A historical novel set after the the death of Jesus Christ and most of the book is based in Rome. A graphic book with the details of the Gladiators, brutal treatments of the Christian people and also of the Jewish. Rome is the ruler at this time period. The reader is taken into the lives of the people.
An interesting book to read. The research of the time period is very complete. Some historical characters but most are fictional. The details of the Christians, the Romans, the Coliseum, people, dress, food and even the cemeteries are good. For one that has studied Roman history and knows a lot of the customs, it helps the reader.
Hadassah, the main character, is a Jewish slave that has become a Christian. She is the slave of Julia, sister of Marcus who falls in love with Hadassah. The parents of Marcus and Julia is Phoebe and Decimus Valerian. She is very devout to God. Sometimes, I think I wished she could bend a little. A faithful slave and such an understanding of people.
This is the first book of the Mark of the Lion Series by Francine Rivers. Francine Rivers is a New York Times Best Seller Author.
I would not recommend this book for younger readers, I suggest at least High School. Good for a Christian book club. There is a discussion Guide on page 521. There is a color Roman Empire Map- C. 117 AD. The book is 524 pages including the guide.
Forward by Mark D. Taylor ix
Part l: Jerusalem page 1
Part ll: Germania page 23
Part lll: Rome page 41
Part lV: Ephesus page 349
Francine Rivers has dedicated this book to her mother, Frieda King.
I look forward to reading the other two books of this series, Echo in the Darkness and As Sure of the Dawn
I give A Voice in the Wind a 5 star.
The author may be reached at www.francinerivers.com
I wish to thank Tyndale Publishers and Francine Rivers for the opportunity to read and review this book.