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Mark of the Lion : A Voice in the Wind, An Echo in the Darkness, As Sure As the Dawn (Vol 1-3) Paperback – September 1, 1998
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Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market, and her books were highly acclaimed by readers and reviewers. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, a mother of three, and an established romance novelist.
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 actually felt like I learned more about Christ by reading these books. The prayers from the characters felt so real, that I began praying them. I cried in places of this book. The main theme throughout the series for me was "Seek and ye shall find" and "Don't put limits on God".
I strongly encourage anyone to read this series.
I promise you will walk away a changed person.
There were some really gory scenes, especially when depicting the gladiator events. But it showed how gruesome life was for those not born Roman. I normally won't read anything like that, but this was captivating.
While I find this exceptional reading thus far, I wouldn't suggest it for younger Christian crowds, perhaps those still sheltered from some of society's grosser sins. She has included allusions to particular sins as tactfully as possible, but it is something to consider before turning your 12 year old lose on these novels.
Other than that cautionary statement, I've found nothing to dislike. I really appreciate Christian authors who can write a combination of fiction, romance and adventure while STILL maintaining their primary focus on a dedicated walk with the Lord. SO MUCH BETTER than unsubstantial romances with a few Bible studies and haphazard prayers thrown in for good measure.
Slow start, for me, but I understood the author was establishing the culture and period.. and of course all the characters. Once it got going with Hadassah's story I had to stop my life for a while just to finish reading. This series is a page turner. You'll fall in love with some characters and really hate others. I found myself laughing out loud and crying over certain passages that I had to stop reading just to blow my nose and dry my eyes. I even found myself talking back to certain characters (just like you do when you watch a movie and you talk to the screen).
The author really made me feel like I was walking in the 1st century Roman Empire. I was also studying the book of Acts at this time and this trilogy made the book of Acts come to life for me. Some may not care for the (historical and cultural) details but it was the details that made the story even more real to me.
If you enjoy historical fiction weaved with mystery, romance and adventure than you will enjoy this trilogy. All three books had twists and turns. Unexpected plot twists keep you antcipating what might be next. You'll keep turning the page to see around the corner. I've loaned my books out several times and each time my friends seem to tell me the same thing, "I just can't put this book down."