Hear ye!! Hear ye!! Add this book to your list of Christian/Faith Based novels now!
If you’re looking for a book to tickle every emotion, this will definitely do the trick. I have read other books by Francine Rivers (The Shofar Blew…ensure you read that too…especially young women in the early stages of marriage to young pastors and even those developing…I’ll probably do a review on that book too 😉 ) and there’s no question that she’s a greatly inspired writer. In A Voice in the Wind, Rivers brings readers back to the first century and introduces them to Hadassah – a character they will never forget…no kidding!
I must confess that at first I thought this was another book about Queen Esther. But not so…well not entirely…Rivers does borrow a couple of Queen Esther’s characteristics, like:
- her Jewish name: Hadassah
- her status: orphaned
- Set in an era of oppression and war
- Secret of her lineage and belief in Christ
- Woman who found favor in the King’s court
And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter. Esther 2:7
So if you thought you knew how to make a grand entrance? Check out Francine’s opening sentence….“The city was silently bloating in the hot sun, rotting like the thousands of bodies that lay where they had fallen in street battles.” A Voice in the Wind. Maybe not so grand..but it sure makes a statement.
With this opening sentence, A Voice in the Wind transports readers back to Jerusalem during the first Jewish-Roman War, some seventy years after the death of Christ. Following the prides and passions of a group of Jews, Romans and Barbarians living at the time of the siege, the narrative is centered on an ill-fated romance between a steadfast slave girl, Hadassah, and Marcus, the brother of her owner and a handsome aristocrat.
After surviving the massacre of her family and the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, Hadassah is captured and sold to a well-to-do merchant’s family. Brought to Rome, she is pressed into service as a personal slave to hedonistic Julia Valerian.
Hadassah struggles to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and to treat her masters in a manner in keeping with His teachings, but she is forced to keep her religious identity a secret in order to survive. Confused and alone, she has only her faith to cling to as she tries to subtly bring God into the lives of her captors.
Reckless, impulsive, and villainous, Julia tries to undermine Hadassah at every turn. But Julia’s brother, Marcus, is a different sort altogether. Is it possible for a love between Hadassah and Marcus to flourish considering not only their differing stations in life, but also the gap between Hadassah’s unrelenting faith and Marcus’ lack of belief in anything? Simultaneously, Atretes, a captured soldier from Germania, is forced to become a gladiator. This is the time of Rome’s decline and the decadence of a civilization on the verge of self-destruction serves as a powerful backdrop to the Barbarian’s struggle for survival in the arena.
What did I tell you?…it’s all drama from start to finish…especially finish. You’ve got to stick around for the finish even if you do nothing else! Don’t expect to be bored. This book will cause you to do some introspection and perhaps bring you to your knees…i was. Read this as if your were in it. Imagine the sounds, visualize the struggle. There’s something for every young lady. Totally relatable. Soak it all up! I promise, you wont regret it!
Favourite Lines & some real words of wisdom
“It is not possible for men to avoid fate, even when they see it beforehand”
“Often, things of great beauty are full of corruption”
“Have faith. Have faith. When you have nothing else, have faith.”
“Suffering brings [brought] endurance in order that one might be strengthened for what lay ahead.”
“Why is it only in darkness that we remember what sustained us even in the light?”
“A young girl with any common sense realizes that character and intelligence far outlast charm and handsome features or build.”
“Freedom without license breeds [bred] destruction.”
“A quick answer would soon be a forgotten promise.”
There are so many other lines and little reminders in this book….The writing really is beautifully crafted..Anyway, get a copy, find a cool place and read, read, read….