A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers

A Voice in the Wind

by Francine Rivers

20th Anniversary Edition

Mark of the Lion Series Book 2


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.

My Review:  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥

Rarely have I read a novel that impacted me this much. A Voice in the Wind covers the time period when Jerusalem fell and the early church was persecuted. During this time, we meet Hadessah, a Jewish Christian, as she suffers the loss of her mother and sister to starvation, her father to martyrdom, and her brother to being murdered by Roman Soldiers. Hadessah is sold into slavery to a prominent Roman family. Hadessah struggles to conquer her fear and hold to her faith in a time of uncertainty and danger. Throughout the novel, I felt myself going through the journey with Hadessah. In many ways, she could have been me. By the time I was done with the book, I was overcome with grief for the suffering early Christians went through and a determination to live out my faith with the courage Haddesah had. I highly recommend this book.

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About Tamera Kraft

Tamera Kraft has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She is also a writer and has curriculum published including Kid Konnection 5: Kids Entering the Presence of God published by Pathway Press. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

2 thoughts on “A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers

  1. I read all three books in this Mark of the Lion series. They were so good I could not put them down. These books show us what it was like to be a Christian in a time where others were worshiping idols almost exclusively.

  2. Pingback: Favorite Books I’ve Read in 2012 | Word Sharpeners

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