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DOWNLOAD Ô A Voice in the Wind ë The city was silently bloating in the hot sun, rotting like the thousands of bodies that lay where they had fallen in street battles 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 This story follows Hadassah, a Judean Christian brought to Rome after the fall of Jerusalem, Marcus and Julia, two young Roman citizens, and Atretes, a German warrior and chieftain defeated in battle and brought to Rome as a gladiator.The good This book was head and shoulders above any other Christian fiction I ve read, in terms of willingness to write about the seamier things as well as simple writing talent In general, I was pleased with how the author portrayed Rome She didn t shy away fro This story follows Hadassah, a Judean Christian brought to Rome after the fall of Jerusalem, Marcus and Julia, two young Roman citizens, and Atretes, a German warrior and chieftain defeated in battle and brought to Rome as a gladiator.The good This book was head and shoulders above any other Christian fiction I ve read, in terms of willingness to write about the seamier things as well as simple writing talent In general, I was pleased with how the author portrayed Rome She didn t shy away from the seedier aspects, including the immense of amounts of sex all kinds of sex that the Romans enjoyed Too frequently Christian authors get squeamish and try to sanitize history for the sake of their little Christian book, but she really went for it And not just with the sex, but with the violence of the arena as well And in general, her history was good, she had a pretty good understanding of how Romans thought, why they disliked Jews as well as Christians, and why they thought both sects were dangerous, crazy, and worthy of being despised and scorned.The bad Oh, Hadassah You little stereotypical Christian heroine Mary Sue She drove me nuts She was so damn perfect In fact, her one flaw, as portrayed in the book, was that she DIDN T go around proclaiming for love for Jesus to everyone she met Frankly, I did not find this a flaw I found this her one redeeming feature to her otherwise sickeningly sweet personality Ugh, Hadassah, so uselessly twee Julia had the opposite problem she too was rather flat though in the other direction You can tell the author tried to give her a character arc, but it doesn t quite scan.she seems to jump from personality to personality without much motivation or exploration.The Ugly Ok, first and foremostwell, there wasn t much of a plot Things just kind of happened, and then other things happened, and then, look More things They happened But none of it never seemed to lead anywhere Maybe this is because it s part of a trilogy, but each book needs to feel somewhat complete within itself A book should not be 500 pages and yet have no plot Second, the author got a couple of historical facts really really wrong First, Romans did not have a sense of heterosexuality and homosexuality like we do There were only 2 roles pitchers and catchers Roman male citizens were always pitchers, women and slaves were always catchers While a Roman male would be scorned for being buggered BY another male, as long as he was the one doing the schtupping, it didn t matter whether it was a male or female Romans viewed it the same Second, she got her history on abortion all mixed up First, there actually WERE laws against abortion she has a character say there s not one but it was not homicide it was viewedas theft against the father or master, if the pregnant woman was a slave because he lost a potential investment Second, the Romans never questioned whether fetuses were babies or not, they took the Greek view of thinking of fetuses asplant like until they drew breath Also, Hadassah s reactions about all these things were ridiculous Anyone who grew up in that era would have been inured to these things, whether they agreed with them or notwhy is she acting like all this stuff is brand new information No.Considering this was written pre internet, I m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt of not being able to readily find this rather obscure information, but I still resent her shoe horning a modern issue onto a plot device that made NO SENSE historically I still haven t decided whether I m going to read 2 and 3 They focuson Marcus and Atretes, both of whom I liked WAYthan Hadassah Still, I m afraid we haven t seen the last of her, and I don t want to read 1000pages of no plot Nothing less than 5 Stars for this beauty This is such a breathtaking story so honest and hopeful and humbling A Voice in The Wind is a Christian Fiction with religious themes that are heavily pronounced There s no way around them Religious beliefs, customs, biblical analysis, and Christian theories saturate this story from top to bottom and every crevice in between If that s not your idea of fun, than this one may not work for you This story is long, over 500 pages, and is slowly paced E Nothing less than 5 Stars for this beauty This is such a breathtaking story so honest and hopeful and humbling A Voice in The Wind is a Christian Fiction with religious themes that are heavily pronounced There s no way around them Religious beliefs, customs, biblical analysis, and Christian theories saturate this story from top to bottom and every crevice in between If that s not your idea of fun, than this one may not work for you This story is long, over 500 pages, and is slowly paced Each character represents very specific elements of Christian faith stemming from its humbled servants, to the self righteous, to the non believers, to the down right evil The setting is historical, taking place after Jesus death, right before the rise of Christianity The plot narrows in on the lives of four characters who will eventually connect There are brutal moments slavery, abuse, fight to the death gladiator battles and there are tender, peaceful moments that are every bit as powerful Maybe evenso The writing is beautiful and aids this story to life There s truly so much depth and meaning to dive into, I couldn t help becoming inspired There is a romance, a very powerful one, but its progression is quite slow In fact, every bit of this story moves at a believable speed When people change and or recognize the error of their ways, it s a slow process It s never an instant turnaround and I loved how this author remains true to that If you d like to read ain depth recount of this story, check out Amy Foxy s beautiful review She really does this story justice Thanks of much for reading this with me, Foxy Girl Our discussions were just as epic as the read itself Book Stats Genre Category Christian Fiction Romance Steam Caliber Fairly clean Romance Powerful, but slowly paced Characters Expertly drawn out and life like Plot Centers heavily on religion Historical setting After Jesus, before the rise of Christianity Writing Breathtaking and polished POV Third Person Alternates focus Cliffhanger YESS You will want to move forward Next Installment A continuing story HEA view spoiler Not yet hide spoiler Pre review view spoiler Buddy read with Foxy who got me to read Redeeming Love 3 years ago which became a top favorite , and here we are now finally getting to our 2nd Francine Rivers book What took so long So excited hide spoiler This was my first foray into Christian Fiction and I had very low expectations, anticipating a preachy text with so so writing and the occasional miracle thrown in And at times, this book can be all those things But Rivers trump card is her characters, and before I knew it I was in love, really in love, with these people I was shocked at how much I cared, and how quickly I ve enjoyed better writing, and not all of Rivers points hit the mark for me, but I ve come across few characters that This was my first foray into Christian Fiction and I had very low expectations, anticipating a preachy text with so so writing and the occasional miracle thrown in And at times, this book can be all those things But Rivers trump card is her characters, and before I knew it I was in love, really in love, with these people I was shocked at how much I cared, and how quickly I ve enjoyed better writing, and not all of Rivers points hit the mark for me, but I ve come across few characters that I ve loved as much as Hadassah I had to put the down the book at least a dozen times because she made me want to cry not out of sadness or pity at her incredibly difficult situation, but because she wasso good I am not easily moved, but she could not have won me overcompletely She is the kind of character that impresses, influences and inspires the reader long after the book has been put down I found myself looking at my life and wanting to make changes in that way I handle adversity, the way I express love and the way I view sacrifice For that alone, I have to give this book four stars LOVED THIS EPIC BOOKA popular question that gets asked when someone reads a book by a Christian author is is this book religiousA simple one word answer would be, Yes It s written by a Christian writer about a biblical time period It has biblical principles throughout the story The story takes place 40 years after Jesus was persecuted Being a Christian was a scary thing during that time period because if you were found out that meant you would be fed to the lions as entertainment for t LOVED THIS EPIC BOOKA popular question that gets asked when someone reads a book by a Christian author is is this book religiousA simple one word answer would be, Yes It s written by a Christian writer about a biblical time period It has biblical principles throughout the story The story takes place 40 years after Jesus was persecuted Being a Christian was a scary thing during that time period because if you were found out that meant you would be fed to the lions as entertainment for the Romans To understand A VOICE IN THE WIND it is important to know a little bit about the four major characters in the story.Hadassah her family is killed and she s taken from her home and put into slavery She was born a Jew being a Jew is both a Nationality and religion and no one suspects that she is a Christian She s seen as a non threat because of her plain looks but it s her inner beauty that draws people to her She s also Julia s faithful, humble, and obedient servant Marcus Valarian is a wealthy man in his early 20 s In our modern world we would consider him a manwhore because he has a different woman all the time He is very handsome and has an air of confidence about himself Julia Valerian Marcus s teenage sister She s spoiled, selfish, and vain Her outer beauty is the envy of many women and catches the eyes of many men Atretas a warrior in his country he is taken and made into a gladiator He s treated like an animal caged and forced to fight and kill to stay alive All this is done for the entertainment of the Romans He s fueled by his hatred of Romans and what they ve done by taking him from his homeland.The beginning of this story is not what will draw you to it It s like reading the Old Testament where you are learning about the history of what is happening Once you get past that part the story takes off So, if you start the book and feel like maybe this isn t for you because it drags a little just know once you are about a fifth of the way into the book you ll have a hard time putting it down My all time favorite book is Redeeming Love which happens to be by this author I was asked if this book surpasses Redeeming Love as my favorite Here s the thing, RL is pure romanceabout one couple While AVITW is about several people and it s filled with so much scandal that my jaded self loved it But I can t pick which one I lovebecause it feels like picking a favorite kid and who does thatBut don t let the words Christian fiction hold you back from giving this book a try This book has manwhores, backstabbers, murderers, gladiators, schemers, aborters, forbidden romance, and the list goes on SERIES A continuing story