Trailer í As Sure as the Dawn (Mark of the Lion, #3) PDF by á Francine Rivers The Third Installment In The Mark Of The Lion Trilogy Following A Voice In The Wind And An Echo In The Darkness, As Sure As The Dawn Continues The Chronicles Of Hadassah, A Christian Slave Woman Living During The Height Of The Roman Empire She Has Saved The Life Of The Scorned Child Of A Disreputable Roman Woman And The Germanic Gladiator, Atretes For Her Faith, Hadassah Now Languishes In Condemnation, Awaiting Death In A Dungeon Beneath The Arena Atretes, Who Holds Fast To His Dreams Of Revenge For The Slaughter Of His People, Wants His Son Back So He Seeks Out John The Baptist, Who Is The Key To Finding The Custodian Of His Son, And Brings His War Weary Soul Closer To Redemption It was awful a 300 page, pressure cookery romance novel This book also had the most problematic theology of the trilogy, and an unsatisfying ending.
Let me just pick one big problem with this book It s about a Christian woman falling in love with a very unsaved man as are the previous two books in the series Outside fiction, this is known as dating evangelism and it is madness Apart from anything else, how can a woman respect a man who she s leading spiritually I mean no disrespect to Mrs Rivers as I know some of her books have been useful to some of my friends I hear good things about Redeeming Love , for instance But this one was a bit of a dud and I will not be reading anyof her books while I m a spinster.
There are books that are good, even great, books that you will remember and offer glowing recommendations to all you meet And then there are books like As Sure as the Dawn, which, days later, will still leave you in awe and wonder There s power behind this story, that transformative, tremor inducing power that makes you forget this is a work of fiction and not something that raised itself out of the ground This is considered Christian fiction, which by definition already holes itself to certain prejudices Francine Rivers, however, is a tremendous story teller who appeals to Christians and non Christians without compromising the crux of her message The characters are flawed, weak, and remarkably human, and not the perfect, holier than thou robots one might expect to find in this genre Needless to say, I loved everything about this final installment in this trilogy and would highly recommend.
This book was a big disappointment for me, because I simply adored the first 2 books from the Mark Of The Lion, in fact, I don t remember crying as much while reading a book as I cried during A Voice in The Wind and especially An Echo in The Darkness I adored Hadassah and Marcus and despite knowing that their story ended with Book II I sill wanted to read Book III and discover what happened to Atretes For the first time while reading these Christian books, the constant preaching and christianization bothered me deeply I found all the characters very weak compared to those from the other books Rizpah was in my opinion a poor copy of Hadassah and I even missed Julia that crazy, conniving bitch I also did not felt a personal, strong connection with the love story between Atretes and Rizpah As for the plot, I expected farfrom Francine Rivers On a positive note let me say that I do not regret reading this, by all means, Francine Rivers is a great writer, her books are still among my all time favorites, I just felt this book to be very different from the other two, it should have been a separate book and not the ending of the trilogy or at least some loose pieces should have been addressed here, for instance, Atretes knowing that Hadassah survived the arena, Hadassah knowing that Atretes found his son and ultimately discovered the lord among others.
Izvrsno zaokru ena trilogija, svaka ast This book really spoke to me until they reached the Chatti Then it became sort of weird I definitely found the power of Satan stronger in this book I ve got some great lessons from it, almostso than the first two I could identify with Rizpah and her struggles as a born again Christian I was hesitant to read it in the beginning but I am so glad I did.
I m not sure how to begin this review Despite the one star review I gave it, I did enjoy itso towards the ending and there was a lot of spiritual wisdom and entertainment speckled throughout it.
buutttt there were just some things I didn t like about this book And since I got to start somewhere, I might as well get my problems with the book out of the way So brace yourself peeps.
In this Mark of the Lion series, I noticed a discomforting trend The romantic relationships between the main characters Hadassah and Marcus in the first two books, and then Atretes and Rizpah and the third all began on tumultuous and dangerous grounds I m talking about abuse here, people emotional, physical, and spiritual You can argue that it is to be somewhat expected in the first two books due to Hadassah being a slave and Marcus her owner and although that doesn t make it right, I appreciate how Francine shows the darker nature of that time and slavery and the effects of living in it But in As Sure As Dawn, it was very unsettling as I continued to read Rizpah and Atretes love story unfold As Sure As Dawn picks up with Atretes seeking out his son only to discover that the child, though still a babe, is not willing to depart from his mother so easily to be weaned by another and Rizpah is as unwilling to yield her son back to his father who abandoned him Thus begins their rocky relationship Though Atretes is cruel to her in speech and in his handling with her, and also regards her Christian faith mockingly, somehow Rizpah realizes that she has fallen head over heels in love with him Uh come again Let s rewind and push pause.
Problem 1 This literally happened out of nowhere and in such a short time frame from their meet There was no build or possible sustenance to her love He hadn t showed any amount of kindness to her, practically threw her out of his house when they first met, threatened to kill her, and exerted physical and emotional pain on her, and she constantly found herself brought to her worst when ever she was around him This leads me to believe that ultimately, Rizpah fell in love with the handsome face and build of Atretes which isakin to lust than I dare say would be called romantic love, so can we just call it that I admit it is easy to fall into this trap, I mean so many of real life relationship abuse stories start off on rocky ground, so I appreciate Mrs Rivers bringing this to light, however, the abuse Rizpah endured from Atretes seemed to be glazed over and unconfronted as if it s something to be expected from such a manly man Pfft It might as well been an issue that stayed in the dark if it was only going to encourage women who are in such situations to stay and endure, and that things will eventually get better Atretes had all the warning signs of being abusive So are we really surprise when we find out that he is I m glad Francine didn t hide this even after Atretes sees the light However, at the same time, I felt like Francine may have undermined the effects of abuse It was never challenged, or flagged as wrong but daily introduced as normal.
Problem 2 As soon as Atretes meets Rizpah, he begins to lust after her when he notices how beautiful she is and somehow that is translated into love Um no I seriously did not see where his lust ended in his love began Throughout the book, he makes it a goal to break down Ripzah walls to take pleasure in her as if she s a conquest He orders her around like a slave and she is in no way in bondage to him and treats her like one as well Multiple times he takes advantage of her by forcing himself upon his embrace and kissing her harshly when she definitively says no and despite her pushing away Sidebar If you are in a relationship that is showing early signs of abuse possessiveness, jealousy, domineering behavior, etc , whether through words or actions, don t stick around That s a relationship that you don t need to be in Seek guidance and help And please don t marry them thinking it will make things better I appreciate books that bring the trauma of relationship abuse to the forefront but to make it okay or to dance it over it Uh NO You have a choice and a voice in a relationship and women especially should see that walking away from this type of behavior early on is perhaps the best route to take I have no problem at all with Christian books bringing some of these problems to light in their books because these are real issues and life just isn t peaches and rainbows But I just felt that the issues were hardly addressed as being negative, were glazed over, and to an extent encourages women readers that this type of behavior is okay and to stick it out You shouldn t have to subject yourself to that type of treatment Justifying staying in a bad relationship, or even encouraging someone to pursue or entertain someone in order to be a light in their life is not honorable or admirable It s plain dumb, and I mean that in the most encouraging way Seriously, don t be dumb Alright, I know I must sound like a broken record, but I just had to say it because it didn t seem like Mrs Rivers ever would My problems with the novel made it such a challenge for me to enjoy anything else that was going on in the story, and it wasn t until I got three fourths of the way that my interest start to resurface, and a huge portion of this was due to the fact that it was slow pace and that s a common trait I have found while reading Francine Rivers books But even though it does get better towards the end, it was all just a little too late for me One last thing Abuse comes in many shapes and forms and if you re lucky you will see the early warning signs No one deserves to be abused It is NOT an act of love If you are being abused, please get help.
Dude, the first half of this book romance novel Straight up, with less nakedness and with the word Jesus muttered as something other than a curse or expression of sexual fulfillment.
The middle part summarization of Bible stories through one character s pages and pages of talking As if the people of the projected audience don t freakin know And as if anybody who appreciates good writing wants to see pages of info dump via dialogue.
Second half of book I don t even know But, the actual ire I experienced was directed at the characters and managed to, at times, distract me from the frustration I had with the writer behind it all, that I bumped this up from 1.
5 to 2.
0 stars Good thing, too, since we don t have half stars around here.
Immediate reaction upon finishing I tossed it onto the table and blew a raspberry at it.
While I adore the 2nd book of the series, I think this was my favorite Atretes is frustrating and intense, and while I wanted very much to come through the pages of the book and strangle him, I loved reading his journey I think his struggle with anger and what was done to him is so similar to many people today, that stubborn pride that just won t let you loose to experience God even when He makes himself obvious And then there s Rizpah, my favorite character in the entire series I can relate to her so much, especially with the why did I say that aspect Her journey with Atretes, Theophilus I love that Rivers pulls a real life person into the story and her baby Caleb is beautiful reading about her son growing up through all of this was very gut wrenching at times and at others brought a smile to my face One of the things that I really appreciate about this book is the miracles I am naturally very suspicious of anything called a miracle I know that God performed many miracles in the Old Testament and Jesus performed many in the New Testament, but they just don t happen today In this book the purpose of miracles became very obvious to me they aren t for the Wow factor They happen because there is no other way to reach the person In As Sure as the Dawn there was no other way to reach Atretes and the Chatti people So I finished this book feeling a little sad that the series was over I would have loved to continue reading about Haddassah and Marcus and Rizpah and Atretes.
This book started out strong and with great potential to be a blessing like the first two it in the last third of the book it got too weird for me I know that God can do anything so the events in the book are possible it was just a little ridiculous There were lost of amazing miracles that flowed with the book and didn t seem over the top but then there was a reserection, and all of sudden two characters are amazed at there ability to suddenly speak German.
I did get a couple great things from the book though They are talking about being a poor witness, and the answer is God takes the poor, foolish things of this world to bring glory to his name Jesus wasn t born in the exhalted halls of kings, but in a stable You know who the enemy is Satan is a powerful adversary who know you almost as intimately as the Lord does He attacks through the mind and flesh, trying to seperate you from Christ That doesn t fill me with confidence Who am I to fight Satan You don t THe Lord is with you and goes before you into battle You only have to stand firm in your faith I felt like this was sooo packed full of good stuff first the part with her questioning her ability to be used by God, I worry about that sometimes, what if they ask a question I don t have an answer to or what if I don t make sense or blah, blah, blah This was a good reminder that if I m willing and in tune with God s word he ll take it and use it to his glory If I just plant the seed He ll provide the rain and the sunshine Then it was a scary reminder that Satan knows us and knows just what to do to pull us down we have to be on constant gaurd Finally I liked the part about us not having to fight satan We just have to stand firm in our faith, and God will take care of him The next great section is talking about Gods great gift of salvation and they have the thought that Salvation is a gift not something we can earn or appreciate fully Jesus left his heavenly throne, his glory and honor, took the form of a humble man He suffered and died for me And what do I do More often then not, I take my salvation for granted I fill my mind with unimportant things.
Oh, that God would put it in my head and hear what he has done for me every morning as I awaken That last sentence WOW That is my prayer as well I m going to start asking for that to be the first thought in my head in the morning each morning What a blessing that would be to have my first thought of the day be about my Saviour