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Mark of the Lion Trilogy by Francine Rivers
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Jan 06, 09

Read in December, 2008

These books are a great way to learn about what it was like for early Christians. They're set around 79 AD - sort of the first to second generation after Jesus was alive. Jerusalem has just fallen, Christians are being persecuted. Rome is at the height of decadence. Gladiator contests in the arena reign supreme for entertainment. Paul has just written letters to the churches in several major cities.

Even though they're very fictional accounts, I really appreciated the insight these books gave into the beginnings of Christianity. We take for granted now how easy it is to be Christian. Back then, if people found out you were Christian, you'd likely be fuel for torches or food for lions. But the faith of those people was nothing short of intense.

These books take a little while to get into. Rivers gives a LOT of historical context to really help you understand what's going on and where you are. So it's slow going at first. Once you dig in, though, you see real struggles in the lives of the characters. Their temptations aren't that different from ours. Hot issues aren't much different either. But they find peace in Christ...which is very inspiring.
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