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The Damascus Way, (Acts of Faith) [Kindle Edition]

Janette Oke , Davis Bunn
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Julia has everything money can buy...except for acceptance by either the Gentiles or the Jews. Her Greek father already has a wife and family, leaving Julia and her Hebrew mother second-class citizens. But when they are introduced to followers of the Way, they become part of that community of believers.

Abigail's brother, Jacob, now a young man, is attempting to discover his own place as a Christian. He is concerned that being more serious about his faith means trading away the exhilaration of his current profession as a caravan guard. Hired by Julia's father to protect the wealthy merchant's caravans on the secretive "Frankincense Trail"--undercover transport of this highly valuable commodity--Jacob also passes letters and messages between various communities of believers. He is alarmed to find out that Julia, hardly more than a girl, is also a messenger. Can their immediate mistrust be put aside to finally bring their hearts together?

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Davis Bunn, the author of twenty bestsellers, has received numerous accolades, including three Christy Awards. He and his wife, Isabella, make their home near Oxford, England. Janette Oke has more than thirty million copies of her books in print. She has also won both the Gold Medallion Award and the Christy Award for fiction. Janette and her husband, Edward, live in Alberta, Canada.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 652 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 435 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0764208667
  • Verlag: Bethany House Publishers (1. Januar 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004D39MXG
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #274.097 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hervoragender Lesestoff 21. Dezember 2012
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Für jede Christin ein muss zum Lesen - hier wird uns die Zeit kurz nach der Wiederaufstehung Jesus beschrieben, wie die Menschen lebten und ihren Glauben lebten. Ich kann diese Buch aus vollem Herzen empfehlen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Conclusion to the Acts of Faith Series 9. Januar 2011
Von LadyPenelope - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Having read and enjoyed "The Centurion's Wife" and "The Hidden Flame", I was eager to read "The Damascus Way". I wasn't sure what to expect, since the last book in a series can be a little bit ... so-so. Although Davis Bunn and Janette Oke took the story of the early Christians in a different direction to that I expected in "The Damascus Way", my high hopes for the conclusion of the "Acts of Faith" story were more than met. The book is fascinating - and inspiring. The story is intriguing and the world of the early church is vividly brought to life - not just the historical facts, but the emotions of the early Christians and the power of their faith. Oh - and he faith of the early Christians ... ? It's tough, beautiful and ... yes ... inspirational. My one complaint ... ? I really, really, REALLY wish the "Acts of Faith" story was to be continued in more books!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen The best of the trilogy 24. Dezember 2010
Von Michele - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
The Damascus Way, the final installment in Davis Bunn and Janette Oke's "Acts of Faith" trilogy, is a well-written ending to this series. In spite of the book's weaknesses (which I cite below), I found it to be slightly better than the second book (which was slightly better than the first book). Although this book is not outstanding, it is the best of this trilogy.

First, the book's strengths. Unlike book 2, this one is much more of a stand-alone book. Although there are some references to incidents from previous books, and some carryover of characters, readers who haven't read either of the first two books should have no problem with this one. The Damascus Way starts out strong -- takes off right out of the gate, as it were -- with the introduction of Julia; her story line hooked me from the very beginning.

In The Damascus Way, the authors have a cast of four main characters, each with their own crisis. They move between each of the various characters smoothly, gradually weaving their storylines together. The authors also seamlessly work in several characters and scenes from the Bible: the Samaritan woman at the well; Cornelius; Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch (this baptism scene was especially well-done); and Saul's conversion on the road to Damascus. In fact, Saul is a presence felt all throughout The Damascus Way, since it is set in AD 40 when persecution of the church was ramping up. Although his actual appearances in the narrative are few and brief, he was the primary source of the Christians' fear, and what drove them to scatter from Jerusalem in search of places where they could live and practice their faith in greater safety. It was a backdrop that resonated with me, as the isolation that the early church felt, surrounded as they were by hatred and persecution, feels like the isolation I increasingly feel living in a society that is drifting further and further from Biblical values.

However, I did have issues with a few things in The Damascus Way. The first, and perhaps the least important, was the constant drinking of tea (almost to the exclusion of anything else). As I stated in my reviews of the prior two books in this series, to my knowledge tea was unknown at this time outside of the Far East. What people in Judea would have drank in AD 40 was water, fruit juices and wine (and various combinations of these three). To have them constantly drinking tea was a distracting anachronism, and I frankly don't know why the authors made that choice.

The second issue I had was with Jacob's attitude toward Jesus' healing of him as a younger lad. If you read the first book in this series, The Centurion's Wife, then you know that Jacob was the centurion's servant healed by Jesus. In that first book, Jacob's attitude (and that of his centurion master, as well) toward Jesus and the healing is ambivalent, an event almost forgotten. That was a problem for me with that book, and I go into greater detail about it in my review. In The Damascus Way Jacob is now a grown man who has become a fervent follower and believer in Jesus. And yet, a scene near the end of the book reveals that he still regards his own healing as a non-event. He is thinking back on all of the miracles he has seen God do in his lifetime, and specifically names them, and his own healing is not even mentioned. In fact, he counts his sister's healing as a great miracle, but doesn't even think about his own?! I really think the authors missed the mark in this aspect of Jacob's character and, again, I don't know why they made that choice.

While these first two issues may be relatively minor, this third and last one is major (at least for me). In fact, this book was sailing towards a strong 4 stars until I got to the end and read how they wrapped up everyone's storyline. I know this is strictly a matter of taste, but I prefer books that have bittersweet endings to those that end with everyone living happily ever after and riding off into the sunset. This is precisely what Bunn and Oke did in The Damascus Way. Maybe because it was the last in the series they felt they had to wrap everything up nicely and neatly, I don't know. All I know is that everyone became a believer in Jesus, and everyone found true love. But they stretched it worst of all in the way they ended Julia's storyline. I will be very careful so as not to spoil it for anyone, but having Julia and Helena and Florina all end up as BFFs holding hands (yes, literally!) was just too, too much for me. I know that when we become Christians God changes our old natures and works on developing a new nature in us, but even so this syrupy-sweet conclusion to Julia's story stretched the bounds of credibility and caused me to disconnect from the characters. "And they ALL lived happily ever after" endings often weaken books, and in this case I don't think it's an accurate reflection of how things were, either. Although people were being converted and God was adding to his church daily, not every family member of believers became believers themselves, any more than they do today.

However, aside from the fairy tale ending Bunn and Oke did a good job of depicting first-century Christians in The Damascus Way. They manage to make them seem like real people authentic to that time period, not 21st century evangelicals dressed up in Bible costumes. Overall the writing in The Damascus Way was the strongest and most consistent of the trilogy; I am sorry to see it end since it seems likely that further books would get even better.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Biblical Fiction At it's Best! 29. Januar 2011
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The Damascus Way by authors Davis Bunn & Janette Oke, is the third book in the Acts of Faith Series. It does not disappoint.

This series takes part after the resurrection of Christ, in the early days and each book has kept me entertained for hours. In this book, we are introduced to Julia, who has everything that money can buy because of her merchant father. But, she discovers a secret about her family that threatens to destroy her relationship with her father and she is devastated.

We also touch base once again with Jacob, Alban and Abigail as their stories soon become entwined with Julia's. I love that they have also added the Samaritan Woman at the well. This was a nice bit of history thrown in and it added to the story. Mix into this, a new threat to the Christian Community know as The Way - Saul of Tarsus - and you get a lot of drama. Will Jacob, Alban, Linux and Abigail escape his clutches? I'm not telling. Will Linux and Abigail finally get together? I'm not telling that either!

If you haven't read any of the other books in this series, do yourself a favour and start at book one. While you could read this as a stand alone, I wouldn't recommend it because the other books are so rich in history and in fleshing out the characters that you will miss out on something special.

Kudos to the authors for another thoroughly researched and engaging book.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen No surprises in this one 23. September 2011
Von Vivienne Walsh - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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By the time you read the final book in this trilogy, and taking the title into consideration, if you are at all familiar with the Acts of the Apostles, you have a good idea of the Biblical events which will be woven into this story.

As I had been left somewhat disappointed in both 'The Centurion's Wife' and 'The Hidden Flame' I did not have high expectations for this book. As a result I was able to enjoy this book more than I had expected to. However, "burning breasts" is a rather Protestant concept, as is that of Philip inviting "those gathered to pray, to accept the risen Lord as their Messiah and Saviour" - in the book of Acts people were to turn from their sins and be baptised. Later Jamal is told that he will "move into God's kingdom when (he) acknowledge(s) him as Saviour." Again, a modern and Protestant interpretation of the early teachings of the church.

Finally, the acceptance of each other between Florina, Helena and Julia is too unbelievably quick and easy; and the marriage of Abigail and Linux is an equally too neat tying up of loose ends at the end of the trilogy.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Rich and Satisfying 29. April 2011
Von Jennifer Bogart - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Julia has always deeply loved her merchant father. Though he rarely spends time with his family and is often traveling for business, she is a devoted daughter and the apple of her father's eye. She can't understand why the citizens of Damascus shun her and her mother and when the truth is revealed Julia struggles with bitterness even as she is drawn towards a new and radical faith.

Meanwhile, Abigail (book 2) flees from Jerusalem as persecution increases in intensity while her younger brother Jacob finds himself drawn into a mysterious and dangerous web of intrigue on two disparate fronts. How is God going to connect these believers together in their journeys to serve Him, and what monumental events will they witness along the road to Damascus?

The Damascus Way is the closing installment in the Acts of Faith series - a collaboration between well-known authors Davis Bunn and Janette Oke. Both a rich and satisfying conclusion to this series of biblical fiction, this novel takes readers alongside the lives of first-century Christians who are witnesses of some of the watershed events of the churches early years.

The only `off note' that I found was some odd references to a burning in the breast of some of the characters. Having come from a Mormon background I felt a bit odd reading this and I'm not sure why it was included. I don't know if either of the authors are LDS, and maybe I'm being oversensitive, but it did strike me as odd and unnecessary.

Like the other books in the series, characters that readers have become acquainted with in past books resurface in this one to play minor supporting roles in the story's weave. However, it is still possible to read this work as a stand-alone novel. I found for myself that being familiar with the faith stories of Abigail and Alban (from the second and first books respectively) added to the depth and richness of this novel.

It is here that I glimpsed the fullness of the vision that Bunn and Oke have created with this series. Though it moves more slowly than much of the fiction that I read I could more clearly see the webs of community, the closely woven bonds of companionship and love amongst the believers depicted in the pages of these books. That full, rich, emotive writing is truly delightful and makes this book well worth the read.
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