A Voice in the Wind

A Voice in the Wind

eBook - 2012
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This classic series has already inspired nearly 2 million readers, but both loyal fans and new readers will want this 20th anniversary edition of a Christian classic, which includes a foreword from the publisher, a letter from and Q & A with Francine Rivers, color map, an illustrated glossary, and discussion questions suitable for personal and group use. The first book in the bestselling Mark of the Lion series, A Voice in the Wind brings readers back to the first century and introduces them to a character they will never forget-Hadassah. Torn by her love for a handsome aristocrat, this young slave girl clings to her faith in the living God for deliverance from the forces of decadent Rome.
Publisher: [United States] : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2012
ISBN: 9781414383378
1414383371
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
Call Number: eBook

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Librarian_Deb Jun 20, 2016

Intriguing characters and rich historical detail made this novel set in ancient Rome one that I savored--and that I would love to read over and over again. Hadassah is a young Christian of Jewish background who is taken to Rome after the conquest on Jerusalem in 70 AD. There she is bought by a Roman family and, though she is just a slave, her life becomes intertwined with theirs. She becomes Julia's maid--and Julia is a young woman bent on experiencing all the pleasures that Rome has to offer to her, although her father, Demetrius, would rather see her settled down into the life of a dutiful Roman wife. Hadassah does her best to bring a godly influence into their household, but despite their love for her songs and stories about the Old Testament heroes she witnesses several atrocities that have her heartbroken over the state of her mistresses soul. For abortion, wife abuse, murder, homosexuality, and even the blood baths offered up by gladiators all play a part in this story full of family drama.
As I read this story I felt like I was actually there, experiencing the sights and sounds of the times, and the emotional ups and downs of the characters. The fact that Rivers does not shy away from the seamier side of Roman life made it all the more real, and although some readers may squirm a bit she never goes to an extreme in her descriptions of the violent or sexual escapades her characters indulge in. However, she does realistically portray some of the heart wrenching consequences of those escapades, which adds to the emotional punch of this novel. I have also had the chance to discuss it with a book discussion group and it lead to a very engaging and meaningful discussion as we talked about the characters and their choices, Hadassah's faith, and how much ancient Rome seemed a lot like our modern day U.S. society. Fans of historical fiction, faith based fiction, or just plain good writing should give this book a read!

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cficca
Jun 17, 2016

Beautifully written and such an encouraging story.

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busy4her
May 10, 2015

Now that I've read the next book in this series I understand how all the information in this book leads into the next which is excellent. I'm happy I stuck it out and read A Voice in the Wind.

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AnLouCo
Oct 12, 2014

I enjoyed reading these three Mark of the Lion series books and I will read them again in the future. I could relate to these characters because their stories are written in a way that I can relate to their lives.

lawree Oct 01, 2014

A great read…I loved it, offered it my reluctant daughters, and they loved it! The historical details are remarkable.

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babs19607777
Jun 06, 2014

Amazing example of living a moral life when faced with extreme challenges!

basslady May 11, 2014

This is the BEST Trilogy I've ever read!!!! Actually, I've read it 3 times over the years........just Awesome!!!

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Sclcard
Jan 28, 2014

One of the best series I've ever read- and I'm a voracious reader. Loved it- it had everything - suspense, thriller, romance - but in a such an uplifting and encouraging way. Well written!! Which I find sadly lacking these days. I ditto the prior comments. Hard to stop once you've started. The historical depth was a history lesson in itself - great way to learn history. Would recommend it to anyone. My new favorite author.

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maggiemoo06
Jan 14, 2014

Hands down best book I've read in a long time. It really opened my eyes to see what life was like in that era.

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Nenner
Dec 06, 2013

Okay, so if you are in the middle of exam week and really should be studying, I do NOT recommend starting this series because you will walk in on examination date with minor anxiety issues. Just sayin'. With that said, this is such a good series!!! I absolutely love Hadassah and everything she is because it is what I strive to be as a Christian. I love how the story is set in Biblical Rome and it gives you a real glimpse into the past. I personally have visited the Coliseum and didn't realize the significance what went on until I read such a personal account of one of the audience members. The romance in the series will absolutely melt your heart too, (my head has been in the clouds for days ;) ) and don't stop reading after the first one. I would recommend this series to any young woman (my mom absolutely loves it too) but a warning: it can be a bit hard to read at times, but is well worth it because you get so much more from it in the end.

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banana197
Jul 10, 2012

This book is based on a young jewess who is taken from her home and made into a slave for a young roman girl. the jewess, Hadassah, must constantly go back to her faith and God over and over as she finds herself falling in love with her mistress's brother, Marcus.

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GC07
Aug 27, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The descriptions of the debauchery in ancient Rome are pretty vivid.

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maria_angelina
Jun 28, 2015

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but if you want to hurt someone...way down deep, use words"-Charles Martin : The mountain between us

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