Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Damascus Way: A Book Review

About The Book:

The fledgling church is being scattered by persecution.•
It is spearheaded by a fanatical young Pharisee who does not realize he is unwittingly aiding a divine mandate to spread the truth "unto the ends of the earth..."

Young Julia has everything money can buy—except for acceptance by either Gentiles or Judeans in Tiberias. When she discovers the secret her beloved Greek father has kept all these years, she is devastated. Julia and her Hebrew mother are indeed less than second-class citizens. Her future is dark with clouds of uncertainty.

Jacob, Abigail's brother, is now a young man attempting to find his own place among the community of believers. Does it mean trading away the exhilaration and adventure of his current profession as a caravan guard? Hired by Julia's father to protect a wealthy merchant's caravans on the secretive "Frankincense Trail," Jacob also reluctantly takes on the perilous responsibility of passing letters and messages between communities of believers now dispersed across the land. He is alarmed to discover that Julia, hardly more than a girl, is also a courier. Can their initial mistrust be put aside to accomplish their mission?

An earthshaking encounter on the way to Damascus has repercussions far beyond the lives of Julia and Jacob

About The Authors:
Davis Bunn is an award-winning novelist whose audience spans reading genres from high drama and action thrillers to heartwarming relationship stories, in both contemporary and historical settings. He and his wife, Isabella, make their home in Florida for some of each year, and spend the rest near Oxford, England, where they each teach and write. Visit Davis' Web site
Janette Oke (pronounced "oak") pioneered inspirational fiction and is the leading author in the category today. Love Comes Softly, her first novel, has sold over one million copies. Janette is now the bestselling author of over 70 books, 32 of which have been translated into fourteen languages. Her books have sold over 22 million copies.

Janette receives fan mail from all over the world and answers each letter personally. She received the 1992 President's Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for her significant contribution to Christian fiction, the 1999 CBA Life Impact Award and has been awarded the Gold Medallion Award for fiction. Janette and her husband, Edward, have four grown children and enjoy their many grandchildren. They make their home in Canada.

My Review:

The world of the Early Church brought to life is how I would describe the Acts Of Faith series from Bunn and Oke. The Damascus Way is the final installment in this series and I have to say it was incredible. The descriptive nature of the writing style of Bunn and Oke makes you feel like you were right there living the novel. I absolutely loved the way that the authors included Biblical Characters like Phillip, The Samaritan Woman at the Well, and Saul's conversion. The intertwining of fictional characters and Biblical stories was done flawlessly and really brought the Bible to life. The book is very easy to read and it is very evident that a ton of research went into the preparation of writing this book, and series, in order to make it as authentic as possible.

By far, The Damascus Way was my favorite of the series, and I would love to see the series made into a movie (or several movies) one day!

If you are both a Davis Bunn and Janette Oke fan, or a fan of Historical Christian Fiction, you will love The Damascus Way, and the rest of the Acts Of Faith Series.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: The Damascus Way is available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of  Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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