am 21. November 1999
Francine Rivers has an amazing gift from God to tell a believable story from completely foreign time and place and make the reader feel like they know the characters personally. The linkages between today's culture and that of the Roman Empire are astounding - This book helped me fully appreciate the unchanging nature of God throughout history . Thank you for writing this series Francine, I can't wait to read more of your books!
am 5. Oktober 1998
A friend recommended Francine Rivers' "Mark of the Lion" series to me, and I am so grateful!! I love to read, but it is not often that my life is enriched by a work of fiction. From the very first book I found myself not only engaged, but challenged. Rivers begins by challenging her readers to a life committed to sharing the gospel and living Christ's love, through her main character, Hadassah. The second book takes an honest and powerful look at forgiveness, as God would have us forgive and love those who have hurt us most deeply. Finally, "As Sure As the Dawn" takes us into the heart and mind of an unbeliever who is chained by his anger. As I read of God's work in this man's life, I felt I was seeing an eye-opening perspective of my own life. Each book became so personal to me. The writing and research into each book is absolutely incredible. As a person with degree in English literature, it is so nice to read a book that I don't find myself editing as I read it!! I am certainly a new fan of Francine Rivers, and look forward to reading the rest of her work!
am 24. März 2000
I just wanted to say that this series is the best! I have learned so much from the people in these books. Francine Rivers is my favorite author,and this I believe is her best! My spiritual life has changed so much since reading these! I would just like to say,that the Lord has blessed her with the oppurtunity to touch so many people, and I don't think I've known anyone who resisted the change in themselves that they get from her books. Francine, thank you SO much for everything you've done for me and many of my friends! You have truly inspired many!
am 9. Januar 2014
Ich liebe diese Bücher, weil sie mich nach zig-Mal lesen immer noch fesseln und immer wieder neu anspornen mein Leben, meine Überzeugungen, Werte und besonders meinen Glauben klarer und deutlicher zu leben - und das, obwohl die Charaktere fiktiv sind!
Man leidet und fiebert mit den Charakteren, freut sich mit ihnen über ihre Erfolge, taucht ein in eine ganz andere Zeitepoche und Kultur. Es ist fast wie ein Abenteuerurlaub in die Vergangenheit, ohne einmal von der Couch aufstehen zu müssen!
am 7. Februar 2000
I have always wanted to read a novel,but i couldn't find one with christian fiction.I always had to keep reminding myself whenever i got into a bookstore that this was or wasn't good for my spiritual life.Then one day as I hospitalised from a car accident,a friend promised to bring me a novel,of course, it had to be christian.The next day "As sure as the Dawn" was in my hands. I began reading page after page and I couldn't get myself to stop.On many occasions I'd forget to eat.It inspired me to visualise the characters like I was in a movie theater.The two characters Rizpah and Aretes,being the centre of the novel creat a clear picture of what our human weaknesses are and how we need to call on God at all times.On that bed,I began to have hope that just like Rizpah,who had to endure the violent Aretes.I have also great admiration for the use of scripture that Rizpah applies in the most trying times.I think this novel applies to our daily lives ,more especially human relationships. All the characters in the novel are well developed,one can't fail to visualise this story.though it is quite a volume to read, I could not wait to get to the next scene.This led me to "A Voice in the Wind",another thrilling novel. Again here the characters like Hadassah and Julie leave an impact on one's life.There are so many virtues portrayed, of these I admire the confidence(boldness)Hadassah portrays despite the fact that she is a slave.She defies the laws of her masters and yet remains loyal to the point that she risks her life.Nothing compares to it.
am 4. Oktober 1999
I had never heard of Francine Rivers before, but I've also been in the mission field here in the Amazon Basin for 5 years too! I was blown away by her content, accuracy and character development, and I'm an amateur history buff. It was so well done, that although I'm just a fledging internet surfer from here in Santarém, that I ordered them via the internet from Amazon.com. I also ordered some of her other books, since these were so well done. I have always loved the name Hadassah & it's meaning, and was VERY favorably impressed by her character, dignity, integrity and humility as she never saw herself as "doing it", but only JESUS. Excellent, excellent books. I highly recommend them to any adult as having depth & quality, and genuine tear raising scenes as well. Speaks so well to the genuine heart and spirit level changes that the Lord can do in ANYONE, if they are only willing to know the truth. I am definitely a Francine Rivers fan as of now. It's not that easy to get good books in English here in the middle of the Amazon Basin, let alone Christian ones. And I was a little concerned that they might not arrive well or in good shape, or even completely. To my pleased surprise, even though the box was open, not a book was missing. I also heartily recommend her other books: the Sin Eater and Redeeming Love (with Redeeming Love getting 10 stars in my mind). Wow. I really enjoyed these books incredibly. And as a missionary nurse here in the Amazon, I am NOT that easy to impress!
The Lord is definitely held up as the focus of the books, and the transforming work He can and will do in our lives. If we will just invite and let him do so. May his name be praised and may he receive all the honor and glory for these writings!!
I just wish books weren't so hard to get here or so expensive!
am 28. Juni 2000
At first glimpse, the Mark of the Lion Trilogy seems somewhat intimidating and quite possibly loaded with needless padding. It is, however, amongst those rare breeds of literature that seize one by the shoulders and pull you into it's drama and intrique from the first few pages. When I began the first installment one Saturday morning two years ago, I found myself unable to leave my room for lunch, then dinner. Before I knew it, nearly the whole day had passed. I could not believe that I had spent so much time on a book. When I finished the last page around 7:00 pm, any self-chastisement for "wasting my day" vanished. I could not wait to dive into the next book in the series. Not only has Ms. Rivers succeeded in bringing to life such real and endearing characters, but she also paints a very vivid picture of 1st century, A.D. life. She has clearly done much research for the writing of the series. Although the third book in the series, "As Sure as the Dawn", is slightly paled in comparison to the first two, the radiance that beams from every page of "A Voice in the Wind" and "An Echo in the Darkness" causes the most dull portions of the third installment to glow with literary brilliance as well. The series is so beautifully written that it can be enjoyed by all ages regardless of sex and literary preferences. It is truly one of the finest pieces of literature on the contemporary market today!
am 23. Juni 2000
I wish I could have chosen 3 1/2 stars. This series is not a 3 but it is not quite a 4 or a 5. I have read the first 2 books and I enjoyed them. However, I personally feel that Mrs. Rivers could have left some of the detail out. While what she said was true, is it necessary to fill our minds with such wickedness? I think that the Roman's behavior at the time was gross, but I wish Mrs. Rivers had explained it in less detail. I first heard of Mrs. Rivers when a friend recommended Redeeming Love to me. I could not finish reading it because all of her details made me uncomfortable. I personally believe that the details included in Hosea is all that God meant for us to know.
I was very challenged by Hadassah's servant's spirit, forgiving spirit, and she is a wonderful example of an energy giver. What a stark picture of how the choices we make now will effect is later in life. In a day where promiscuity is rampant I think the emptiness we see in Julia's life is a good "eye opener." If you like this type of Historical fiction I would greatly recomend you read The Robe by Lloyd Alexander. This series reminds me very much of that book.
am 6. Juli 2000
I've read various authors, Danielle Steele, Sidney Sheldon, Taylor Caldwell, Janette Oke but no author has the gift that Francine Rivers has. I have just finished the first book in the Mark of the Lion series and am astonished. Before I read it, I had no interest at all in the Roman Empire. It was too "foreign." But all has changed now. No matter who you are, what you do, what you have done, where you've been or where you're going, do NOT miss this series! This is profound, riveting reading. You will be thinking about the characters long after the book is finished. You will see the terrorizing parellels of ancient Rome to modern America. It is absolutely terrifying. In one review, someone wrote that it is too graphic. It has to be. This is humankind at its absolute worst and serves as a wake-up call to all of us. The bible also tells the Truth and graphically does so. In the midst of all the mess, there is Hadassah, whose heart is pure and is able to love with an unconditional love. I would be interested to hear from anyone who reads the series and does not like it or is not changed by it.
am 14. Juli 1999
Francine Rivers writes in such an amazingly clear and accurate way. You will be enthralled with the characters and the story that she lets unfold. The first book does take about 100 pages to really get into, but DON'T STOP!! Keep reading. It is well worth it. By the end of #1 you will be on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens in #2. Let me tell you. It only gets better!!! What really captured my heart in these books is that they set out to tell a story, while giving the reader accurate information about the Jews, Rome and what it was like right after Jesus died. I really felt like I was transported back to that time period. The ultimate comment I can give is that these books have made me understand the Bible better. That is an AWESOME thing!!!!! Buy these books and find a nice comfy place to sit so you can read for hours!!!!! You won't be disappointed and you will be recommending them to all of your friends. Many of the ladies that I work with are now hooked!!! <><