An Echo In The Darkness by Francine Rivers

This is the second book of the “Mark of the Lion” series, and it is the continuation of the lives of the Valerian family, and of Hadassah. It picks up right where “Voice in the Wind” left off, with Hadassah and an additional cast of characters.  Reading this second book, only brought me deeper into an understanding of what it had to be like for first century Christians. Francine Rivers is an incredible writer, and I can honestly say that because of her, my walk with God is much richer and I think fuller.

I can’t help but think this is one of those, “Let those who have ears, hear” kind of books.  If you don’t know Christ, or are one of those, “Just going through the motions kind of Christians,” then this book may not affect you one way or the other. However, if you are the kind of person who’s greatest desire is to have a heart that pleases God, then this book and this series, “The Mark of the Lion” is just what Rapha ordered!

In this volume, it seems like compassion is the focus, and it’s hard to really talk about it, because I don’t want to give too much away.  Your heart will be touched at the trials and decisions that each character faces as their paths are defined, and the book lacks nothing for the man who crave action and adventure.  There are many teachable moments, as Hadassah and her continuing relationship with the Valerian family, shows us all what real mercy and forgiveness looks like. This book is much more than a fictional work, because after reading it, you will crave the third book, “As Sure As The Dawn” and you will find that the fiction will forge character inside of you.

As I read this book, it was as if I was in the story with them, and I genuinely believe that I have received the value of the lessons learned within.

I know that Francine Rivers is not considered a writer for men, but I gotta be honest, that I think this woman could give Louie Lamour a run for the money.



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