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  1. The Advocate
    The Advocate
    Randy Singer
    Tyndale House / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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    5 Stars Out Of 5 14 Reviews
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  1. Norfolk, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Perservance for the sake of the Gospel
    December 30, 2014
    Shai
    Norfolk, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Advocate is an intense historical story that takes fictional liberty with a little known Biblical person. Mr. Singer does an excellent job of setting the stage of what could have been with the back story of Theophilus and what he might have experienced during his lifetime.

    The story opens with 14 year old Theophilus and carries through as he matures. Along the way, Theophilus encounters Christos and the followers of the Way. All the characters and plots are well incorporated. As a reader, its easy to cheer for the underdogs (Theophilus and Flavia). The story is not an easy read and the material is hard to stomach at times. The horrific tortures Nero encouraged are beyond comprehension. I found myself becoming enraged by the treatment that followers of the Way experienced. However, it was a good reminder that even in todays world the followers of the Way are persecuted.

    The story is engaging and it was easy to put myself in Theophilus shoes as I read and I could feel myself becoming invested in the story. I have read and enjoyed other books by Mr. Singer and this one also held my interest as he kept with his lawyer type of writing style. I would recommend this book to any current Randy Singer fans as well as those interested in legal and historical fiction. It is also a great book for those interested in biblical history. With a powerful story, Mr. Singer makes the truth of history come alive with a creative encounter. The Advocate is a powerful, intense story that will leave the reader with a sense of sorrow for the past but gratitude for the perseverance of the brothers and sisters in Christ who continue to carry the gospel regardless of the consequences.

    I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

  2. Minnesota
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent read
    December 12, 2014
    Mary
    Minnesota
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "The Advocate" by Randy Singer is a work of historical fiction, (based on historical facts), yet it is so very real! I love how Singer has taken a little known biblical character and created an entire world for him. "The Advocate" starts out with the childhood of Theophilus and continues through his adult years.

    As a young man Theophilus was involved in the trial of Jesus, which he carried many mixed feelings and regrets about. As we follow Theophilus over the years we watch his career take off, and then be damaged as he stands up for the underdogs of society. Then, comes the trial of a simple man named Paul! I was fascinated by all the information, so scripturaly accurate, about the life and trials of Paul.

    While I occasionally found "The Advocate" to be a bit long and drawn out (almost 500 pages), I also found it to be quite informative and interesting. The book definitely contains some violence (crucifixions, gladiators fighting to the death, etc.), but that was only a small part of the story. If you like historical fiction based on facts, this is a great book for you!

    I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
  3. Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Book!
    December 11, 2014
    maciemollysdad
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As a big fan of Randy Singer's legal thrillers I found this particular book to be very different from his usual work. I always like it when an author takes a break from what they usually do & this book wasn't an exception.
  4. Appomattox,VA
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Three Biblical mentions turned into a Historical thriller!
    November 19, 2014
    Nicki Olsen
    Appomattox,VA
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    *Book Description*

    Theophilus is a Roman Aristocrat...the very same man that, three decades ago, stood behind Pontious Pilate and offered a suggestion...to release Barabbas. Unfortunately that plan backfired and, equally unfortunate, that is what has left Theophilus aching for justice after witnessing the cruel death of Jesus of Nazareth...an innocent man. When the case of Paul of Tarsus is brought up, he can't help but think this is his chance to redeem his decision that he feels ultimately led Jesus to the cross. Though his head knows the truth, his heart can't shake the feeling he could have stopped it. When given the choice, Theophilus defends Paul in front of Rome's cruelest tyrant. In the end, will the Apostle show Theophilus the truth or will Theophilus witness the death of another innocent man...or his own death?

    *What I liked*

    Whoa. I believe that is the exact word I used when I first read even the description...when I opened the book to the first few pages. Oh.My. Randy Singer has got to be the best Christian non-fiction writer ever. He magically brought Theophilus, a man mentioned only three times in the Bible, and turned him into a vital part of the story of Paul...and Jesus. He offers an eye opening account of both stories as well as a look into how Paul's case affected his family.

    *What I didn't like*

    This book is really, really good. Which is why I will say this. Stick with it. This book, though good, is really, really hard to get into. Incredibly hard in fact to get into because of all the Roman History involved. While some may love that and dig into like a huge piece of chocolate cake...to use my analogy to the fullest...others may prefer vanilla or to be daring, red velvet. ;)

    *My Rating*

    I give The Advocate...

    5 stars!

    *Why my rating is what it is*

    My rating is five stars because this book, while hard to get into for me, really offers an in-depth look on not just Theophilus' life but also on Paul's. Randy does an expert job on creating a real experience in their lives and Roman History. He does all of this with just 3 mentions in the Bible! Fantastic!

    * I recieved this book from Tyndale and Bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own and I was not compensated in any other way.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Advocate
    November 13, 2014
    Terri
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What an extraordinarily, amazing book! I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion and was hardly able to put it down from the very first word. Randy Singer did an exceptional job of blending fictional and historical characters in the story. I especially loved the character of Theophilus and watching him change over the years. It is awesome that he is a actual historical figure and is even mentioned in the Bible. The corruption of the Roman emperors and the spinelessness of the Senate are almost more than you can bear to read. The intrigue and suspense will have you holding your breath and the ending is absolutely overwhelming! I cannot say enough good things about this book. You MUST read it for yourself. I know you won't be disappointed!
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