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AndiinNampaNampa, IDAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Early Church in RomeFebruary 21, 2020AndiinNampaNampa, IDAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Three biblical author's introduced me to biblical fiction and Tessa Afshar was one of them. Ms. Afshar has the ability to bring both biblical time period and location to life with her writing.
In Daughter of Rome Tessa Afshar brings first century Rome, and the story of Priscilla and Aquila to life in her fiction re-telling of their story in Acts 18.
There isn't much known about Priscilla and Aquila past the ten verses in Acts 18. Using her skill as a story teller with clear historical research Ms. Afshar creates a story around these two biblical characters and first century teachers of the faith.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via the publisher. I wasn't required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The early church in actionFebruary 15, 2020Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Daughter of Rome" is a Christian romance set in Rome and Corinth in the early 50s AD. Not a lot is said about Priscilla and Aquila in the Bible, so she added some informed speculation and pure fiction to fill out the story. She also included working with Paul during his stay in Corinth. In a way, I felt like the story covered too much time (sometimes skipping forward by months) because the author sometimes slipped into telling instead of showing. As in, things were going well, but time passed and now they're not because these new emotions got in the way and needed to be worked through. But it was still an enjoyable story.
The characters acted realistically, were likable, and grew as people. Historical and cultural details were woven into the story. The Christian element was their evangelism efforts and the need for several characters to truly accept forgiveness for past sins. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I recommend this enjoyable novel.
I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
ConnieKentuckyAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Extraordinary Biblical FictionFebruary 8, 2020ConnieKentuckyAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Daughter of Rome is biblical fiction at its best! Author Tessa Ashfar tells the story of Priscilla, believed to be a Gentile, who was converted to Christianity and worked tirelessly to spread God's Word. Priscilla and her Jewish husband Aquila don't receive a lot of mention in the New Testament but their importance cannot be denied. In her end notes Ashfar explains how she determined that Priscilla might have been from a noble Roman family and why she chose to include both historical figures and fictional characters to create this story. Bible scripture confirms that Priscilla and Aquila saved Paul's life, they worked with him to spread the Gospel message, and they set up churches in their homes in three different cities; the fictional characters and events that are included have been added for creative interest.
Priscilla and Aquila are both fascinating biblical figures but it is Priscilla who claimed my heart. Through much of this story, Priscilla doubts that she has truly been forgiven of a past sin that still haunts her. As deeply as she loves Yeshua, as strongly as she believes that He will forgive, she continues to have a "tiny root of guilt". And, then, as she is reassuring another distraught woman that total forgiveness is possible, Priscilla finally feels it for herself. "Her own sin. Her own failure was no match for Yeshua's love. She was washed clean, utterly. Utterly. She felt the root wither. Die."
This is a beautiful story of love between a man and woman and but it is also a story of the overwhelming love that a man and woman share for their God. One a Jew, one a Gentile, but together, they worked to tell others of His goodness.
Daughter of Rome is wonderful biblical fiction filled with faith, forgiveness, and redemption. It is a book that I will read again and I recommend it highly!
I received a copy of this book from the author. There was no obligation to write a favorable review and I am voluntarily sharing my own thoughts.
Martha Artyomenko4 Stars Out Of 5Great biblical fictionFebruary 7, 2020Martha ArtyomenkoQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When you read biblical fiction, there are always spoilers. However, this book since this was a less commonly known character or characters from the bible, it didn't feel that way totally.
I loved the history thinking about a Gentile marrying a Jew because of Christianity. The racial divide was pronounced and as I see this often now, with the rampant racism, this book is so applicable for today.
The message of allowing Christ's forgiveness of your sins spoke to me, as I read about someone that had committed sin, had flaws and struggled to forgive herself. It is well written, a bit gritty at times, and wholly challenging to my faith.
I obtained this book from the publisher. All thoughts contained herein are my own.
BeccaRae5 Stars Out Of 5AMAZING!!!February 4, 2020BeccaRaeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If it is possible to start the year out by finding your favorite read for the whole year, that might have just happened. At the least I can guarantee that it will make my favorites list. I do not even think I have the words to do this story justice. Incredible!
One thing that I felt was very well done in this novel was the shock and leeriness surrounding the sudden freedom for Jews and Gentiles to be brought to the same table of fellowship. Living in the world today, it is hard for us to understand how scandalous it all was at the time. Tessa Afshar did a beautiful job of bringing the reader into the world of the early Church and giving them a glimpse of just how big of a deal it was. It was not just about Jews and Gentiles coming together though, it was the wonder of Jesus and the cost of following him. There is no question that faith in Jesus radically changed lives, but it often came at a steep price. It turned siblings against each other and caused children to be disowned by their parents. It divided spouses and friends. Faith in Jesus was not a comfortable choice but a huge, life-altering decision.
I also cherished the depth of the relationships in this novel. There was encouragement, forgiveness, iron sharpening iron, teaching, admonishing, etc. As a reader you see just how much Jesus changed people and how hungry they were to know more of him. It was refreshing to see such a thirst for spiritual things.
Another thing I loved was that Priscilla was used as an instrument by God just as much as her husband. They complimented each other well through their own unique giftings and talents, and God used that in mighty ways. Priscilla was not silenced because of being a woman yet was still respectful of her role. The dynamic between Priscilla and Aquilla was encouraging to see.
I absolutely LOVED this read. I cannot say enough amazing things about it and I cannot recommend it enough. If you do not have a copy yet go get it. This is not one you want to miss!
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.