Chasing the Lion Kindle Edition
|Length: 369 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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About the Author
- File size : 3339 KB
- Publication date : April 24, 2014
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 369 pages
- Publisher : Nancy Kimball (April 24, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- ASIN : B00JXBSGIK
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Best Sellers Rank: #942,777 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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That said, I devoured this book in a little over a day. I first came across it a couple of weeks ago on one of the ebook sale websites I follow. I never spend more than 99 cents on an ebook I’ve never heard of before. I just have too many to read right now. This one was $3.99. Normally, I would have passed it up, but when I saw it involved gladiators, I just couldn’t. (I have quite an interest in gladiators since that became part of Jace’s backstory in Ilyon Chronicles.) I am SO glad I bought it. Chasing the Lion has a very Joseph-like storyline in the beginning, though Jonathan is not quite Joseph in character. He spends a good portion of the book driven by hatred and desire for revenge, yet, was so noble. I completely fell in love with his character. He was so easy to relate to, and my heart just ached with all his hardship. I don’t remember the last character who pulled at my emotions like he did. My heart would just be pounding sometimes as I was reading.
The book sucked me right in. The writing was so good that I completely forgot I was reading. I was just right there in the story. And it wasn’t only Jonathan who made the book. It had a very diverse cast of interesting individuals and points-of-view. Though historical, it had just enough description to lay out the setting, but not so much as to draw you out of the story itself. A perfect balance, in my opinion.
But I think what set this book apart from most was the spiritual aspect of it. Most fiction is just entertainment and relaxation for me. For more, I read non-fiction. It has to be a special book to touch me spiritually, and this one did. I feel like God brought it into my life at just the right time. Reading about how the believers in the book endured their trials and clung to their faith encouraged me to do the same in the trials I’m facing. The theme of forgiveness was also very powerful.
I can’t say enough good things about this book, and I can hardly wait to read more by Nancy Kimball. This is the first time I’ve wanted to start reading a book again immediately after I finished it. I even went and bought the paperback right away just so I could grab it off my shelf and easily flip to my favorite parts.
"Suffering is a pile of stones. You can carry them, let them lay upon the ground, throw them at others, or you can build an altar. Build an altar, my son. Always." (pg 358)
Chasing the Lion starts out like a retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph. Twelve-year-old Jonathan has always been subject to bullying because he doesn't have a father, but his life is about to change. It turns out his father not only lives but is a high-standing Roman official who very much wants to be part of Jonathan's life. Unfortunately, his older half-brother doesn't share the sentiment. Sold into slavery by the men hired to kill him, Jonathan eventually ends up in a gladiatorial ludus where gentle slave girl saves his life. From there, his story departs from that of Joseph's and becomes one of a wrongfully treated young man fighting for his life, for the life of one he loves, and for the dignity routinely striped from him.
I've read few books that go from bad to worse to even more worse as consistently as this one. Just when you think things can't get worse for Jonathan, they do. Again. Yet he perseveres. Despite turning his back on his mother's God at a young age, Jonathan retains his honor and integrity throughout the book. This is not the story of a "bad boy" won back to grace by a "good girl." Instead it's the story of a boy who turns his back on faith because of difficult circumstances, not realizing that faith is his best way through the hardship. Jonathan clings to the dignity left to him, trying to protect others while holding to the conviction that God turned away from him--failed him. Will he eventually learn that God's hand has preserved him all along?
This book kept me up till 2AM two nights in a row. That's as good a recommendation as any in my book (unless you're neck-deep in finals or something)!
NOTE: In keeping with the "Joseph" theme at the beginning of this book, Jonathan's mistress attempts to seduce him early on the book. He's periodically humiliated by being forced to strip. Later on the book, a couple preparation to consummate their marriage is described. Definitely at least a PG-13 rating.
Things that strike me about this book...
1. It's written by a woman, but reads like it could easily have been written by a man. Though I wouldn't classify it as a romance, it does have a desired romantic element that romance-readers will enjoy.
2. The characters tell such a story! You will root for Jonathan from page one, and then for Jonathan and Nessa's happily-ever-after to the last page!
3. The middle of this book may be my favorite part. Some books start out like a bottle rocket and fizzle away somewhere in the middle, but this book really packs a punch in the middle that lasts to the end.
4. Words I would use to describe this book: gritty, raw, redeeming, researched, powerful, tender. Worth the read!
5. I would definitely consider this "edgy" Christian fiction. It is rather violent, though not for the sake of violence alone.
6. I love Christian historical romances. This is not my typical favored era (think, "Gladiator" meets "Ben-Hur"), but the story and characters are so strong, it didn't matter that the story took place on the "blood-soaked sand of the Roman arena."
7. Love the title and cover, and chapter titles (a rarity these days).
Looking forward to what this versatile author has in her back pocket for future books.