Sara was in her hiding place contemplating when two Roman soldiers came into view. As she watched them suddenly everything went black.
Antonius could not believe it when a human scream came after he shot his arrow at what he believed was a deer. They brought the young Jew to the village to her family. She survived.
A few weeks later Sara and her family were being taken away. Her brother had gambled and they came to collect. Antonius came at that moment and bought everything. Sending her brother Dathan to the galleys and taking her as a slave. She became a friend for his ill sister, Diana.
A story of two young Christians in a pagan household making a difference. By loving Diana and doing her best to serve God, even while under the status of a slave, Sara lives an example.
Three stories from early AD.
Edge of Destiny:
Decimus had been a slave in Antonius's home. Diana was like a sister to him. Being a Christian, he was attracted to Sara when she came. Out of jealousy Antonius freed him and sent him away with a pouch of money to keep him away from Sara. Five years later brings us to where Decimus is still trying to find a way out of Rome since the persecution of Christians has increased. He still had much of the money given him but he dressed poorly to avoid being robbed. He stopped to watch a slave auction and the young girl looked at him with pleading eyes. She reminded him of Sara and he also seen the men bidding on her would lead her to a bad life. At the last moment he bought her.
Sara had been sold by her step-brother after her mother died. She was a Christian and glad to find herself among others of the faith. A Roman soldier was going to take them to Brittania where Christians could live safer and Galla and Decimus had once had family.
A long journey and many sad happenings later they arrive. They find Nero has died. He had tried to conquer these Druid areas and could not but the message of Christ has been brought by the many Christians fleeing Rome. In God's time and His ways.
My Enemy, My Love:
Barak is a Jew among Jews. He has come to the temple to sacrifice his lamb for passover. He is disgusted how the non-Jews can also use their temple for pagan sacrifices. He notices a girl across the street but as soon as he sees her eyes he is disgusted, a Samaritan.
Anna feels something toward the handsome Jew immediately but she sees the moment he realizes what she is, disdain and hatred fill his eyes.
She saves a child from a wild chariot and Barak saves her. As much as he tries to dislike her she stays in his mind.
Anna's father wants to betroth her to Amman the Arab but she knows he only wants her fathers money. And he scares her. Barak's uncle is trying to betroth him to his best friends daughter. Miriam is very forward for a Jewish girl. Barak knows his best friend loves her and he keeps putting off a betrothal.
Through many incidences Barak helps Anna. He not only saved her from the chariot but he overheard Amman's plan to kidnap her to get money from her father. Even though it is passover Barak ends up taking Anna to the hated land of Samaria. Anna knows she needs to tell Barak of the Christ knowing the Jews hate Christians as much as Samaritans, perhaps more.
This story is told while the Apostle Paul still walks the earth teaching, where men have seen Jesus heal and rise from the dead.
It is told in such a unique way that you feel you are walking through the Holy Land with the characters. Darlene even has it that the woman at the well in Samaria was Anna's aunt.
Where Barak knew he could not love a Samaritan or Christian, Anna knew she could never marry a non-believer either. Great story.
This was one the first Christian novels I read, and I LOVED it!
The three stories are very well documented, very interesting, entertaining and keep you reading until the end. It was like living with the characters in the time of the First Church, with the apostles, the persecutions, the trials, and the living Faith. It's also an easy and fun read.
I recommend this book to everyone of any age. Really an inspirational book!
I was expecting a copule of good, easy reads with this book, but when I turned the first page, I was hooked. Darlene Mindrup took me for a fantastic ride and helped me realize even clearer the love God has for me. I'm closer to Him than before I read this book, and I know that was the author's intent.