GROW IN GRACE, by Susan M.B. Preston is a book that immerses the reader in first century Christian culture. I imagined just what it must have been like for early Christians as I read this book. Things were just so unsettled and dangerous. Susan takes her readers on a journey not only to another place and time, but another culture—one with similarities to our Christian culture, but with aspects of Judaism mixed in since the original believers were Jewish.
The threat from the Romans increased in this book. It was tense in spots. The growth of the characters was evident in contrast to the first book of The Apostle John Series, Hold the Faith.
A little about GROW IN GRACE:
- good insight into challenges of the early church
- Feast of Tabernacles explained
- gave me a better understanding of the conditions and struggles of the Roman soldiers
- taught a bit of church history in an interesting, natural way
- revealed the fears that plagued early Christians
- expressed the animosity toward the Christ followers by the Jews
- revealed how the early church followed the Holy Days, feasts, and the Sabbaths
- showed the conflict involved in choosing Christ over family
- explained how many things were done at the time
- built up a desire to read the next book in the series
- shared wisdom for this mother of older children
- lots of details make story seem realistic although it is fictional
Well done Susan Preston!
I encourage you to read Hold the Faith first before you read Grow in Grace.
Read my review of Hold the Faith.
From the Author:
Thank you Susan Preston for this review copy.
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