Abigail had lost everything - home and family - and left with little promise of a normal life. When she discovers the Messiah and joins his followers, she also discovers new meaning and purpose. Maybe she does have a future after all. But increasing persecution is scattering the burgeoning group "to the ends of the earth." And Abigail may have given her heart to the wrong man. Abigail, an orphan, has found the young brother she had thought was dead. Along the way she also has found a second family - those brave followers of the Jewish prophet Jesus. Under attack from several groups who hate them for their growing influence, these new Christians are spreading out from Jerusalem, taking their life-changing message with them. This further enrages the religious elite, and they engage whomever they can to stamp out this powerful new sect called "The Way." Two suitors desire the lovely Abigail's hand in marriage. One is a successful Hebrew merchant and widower, looking for a mother for his children. On the other side is the Roman soldier Linux, who is captivated by her winsome charm and could offer the sanctuary q maybe even the love - for which she yearns. But her heart has been captured by neither of these. Stephen, one of the leaders of "The Way," has a character and a faith that move her deeply, but his outspoken preaching has marked him for assassination. Will her faith and courage withstand heartbreak beyond comprehension? And then a glimmer of hope appears one she never would have foreseen. Abridged. 6 CDs. 7 hrs. Read by Aimee Lilly.
In first-century Judea, the followers of the Way have burgeoned into a vibrant, growing community that cannot be ignored. Jerusalem is in turmoil as its religious leaders on one side, and its Roman rulers on the other, conspire to stamp out the fledgling Church. And Abigail, who thought she had finally found home and safety, is caught between the opposing forces. Two suitors desire the lovely Abigail’s hand in marriage. Ezra, a successful Hebrew merchant and widower with important connections among the Sanhedrin, is looking for a mother for his children. The Roman soldier Linux is fascinated by her winsome charm and possibly could offer the sanctuary—maybe even the love—for which she yearns. But her heart has been captured by neither of these men. Will her faith and courage survive a heartbreak beyond comprehension as the followers face a gathering storm of persecution they never could have foreseen? A glimmer of hope beckons Abigail forward....
Davis Bunn, a professional novelist for twenty years, has bestseller sales in excess of six million copies in sixteen languages. He is known for the diversity of his writing talent, from gentle stories like The Quilt to high-powered thrillers such as Gold of Kings. He has enjoyed great success in his collaborations with Janette Oke, with whom he has co-authored a series of groundbreaking historical novels. Janette Oke was born on the Canadian prairie in Champion, Alberta. She is a graduate of Mountain View Bible College in Alberta, where she met her husband, Edward. After pastoring churches in Canada and Indiana, the Okes returned to the Calgary area. Janette has authored over 70 books, and her sales total nearly thirty million copies.