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Mark of the Lion Series Gift Collection: Complete 3-Book Set (A Voice in the Wind, An Echo in the Darkness, As Sure as the Dawn) Christian Historical Fiction Novels Set in 1st Century Rome Paperback – September 1, 1998
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Francine and her husband, Rick, live in Northern California and enjoy the time spent with their three grown children and every opportunity to spoil their grandchildren.
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I am just in awe of Francine Rivers' ability to bring the Word of God to life through riveting story-telling and complex characters I always end up feeling like I know, love, and miss once I finish! Although this series is fiction, the scripture woven through it creates POWERFUL lessons and inspiration for real-life application. I was absolutely fascinated with the historical backdrop of ancient Rome, as it brought more clarity to my understanding of scripture (from Bible Study, church, 12 years of Catholic schools etc) because she intimately details what a Christian's earthly plight was like after Christ's death and resurrection. Rivers does not shy away from the grim realities of that time: pagan worship, gory violence, oppression, prejudice, promiscuity, horrific torture, callous injustice and all around evil...oddly, also many parallels to our current self-centric society. Yet anyone who reads this series can't help but feel INTENSELY inspired from the powerful message of strength, perseverance, hope, and peace from Christ amongst it all....and I am now going back to each book recording everything I underlined along the way so I don't forget it! Thank you Francine for using the truly unique gift God has given you for all of our benefits! Like so many others, I am forever changed from reading your books.....you are "feeding the sheep"! Please write more historical fiction from that era!
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My only criticism is that it is very expensive and I really PRAY that the author would make it her Christian service to make it cheaper for people to access the message inside it. I have wanted to buy it for a number of people but it is simply too expensive. This would be her best service for this book to reach a wider audience.
This really put the New Testament into new light for me, and from it I have gained valuable insight into the Letters of Paul and the other Apostles. The descriptions of Ephesus are exceptional for understanding some of Paul's Letter to the Ephesians (New Testament, Bible).
I recommend this trilogy to anyone wanting to look into the context of New Testament life.
Update have just re read these books 9 years on. They are a masterpiece,remarkable worth re-reading and sharing with others.I love they are not predictable and keep you gripped.prepare to be up late reading these wonderful books
In a few years time I hope to read them again!
Good quality, with amazing illustrations!