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Little is known about the couple's early days, but the book suggests a provocative reason for Priscilla's conversion. Here, she's the daughter of a Roman general and has long been shunned by her brother. An affair and a miscarriage left her grief-stricken. Later transformed by her belief, Priscilla extends kindness to the needy. Aquila, a disinherited Jewish leather worker, is touched by her actions.
During their early interactions, both Priscilla and Aquila delicately negotiate their emotions. They begin with hesitant humor that morphs into respect and desire, and their love story is engrossing. Further, it's rooted in the community of believers who guide them. Invigorating scenes build a cross-section of Rome, where people of all stripes find God.
Amid heartening depictions of Christian house churches, the invented characters humanize the biblical ones. Marcus, an eight-year-old runaway whom Priscilla and Aquila shelter, heals Priscilla's longing for motherhood. The painful reason for his destitution reveals the impact of other people's sins. An arc on finding justice for Marcus underscores the lengths that Priscilla will go to mirror the love she's received from God. Antonia, a haughty patrician, enlivens the plot with dark schemes that invite an opening for spiritual grace.
Paul is portrayed with a renegade air that's steeped in wisdom. Celebrated though he is, he's integrated with ease, and his characterization is down-to-earth. In this and other ways, Tessa Afshar inhabits the world of early Christians with refreshing clarity. From life under the threat of persecution to domestic details and her characters' innermost thoughts, she makes early Christianity spark.--Foreword Reviews
Afshar (In the Field of Grace) dramatizes the romance of the biblical characters Aquila and Priscilla in this exciting inspirational. Both Aquila and Priscilla have been betrayed by family members and are seeking to rebuild their lives independently. Each has a stalwart ally: Priscilla has her slave Lollia, while Aquila has his uncle Benyamin. Despite early inclinations to avoid each other, they begin to experience a deep attraction predicated on compassion, sacrifice, and strong faith. After repeated, and mysterious, attempts on Priscilla's life, Aquila's protectiveness of Priscilla becomes a desire to permanently guard her, and the two get married. But Priscilla has a secret that changes Aquila's feelings toward her once he discovers it. Afshar does not end the story with their wedding, but continues with a creative spin on their early ministry, including involvement with an orphaned boy and an order of exile from Claudius. Afshar brings in a thoughtful consideration of whether or not there are behaviors that cannot ever be forgiven, and her intricate biblical setting will engross readers. This is Afshar's strongest, most complex scripture-based story yet.--Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Tessa Afshar was voted New Author of the Year by the Family Fiction sponsored Readers Choice Award 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. She was born in Iran, lived there for the first fourteen years of her life, and attended an English boarding school for girls before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University where she served as cochair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last twelve years in full- and part-time Christian work.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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- Print Length : 378 pages
- Publisher : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (4 February 2020)
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- ASIN : B07T32RZMF
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When they first meet, both Priscilla and Aquila know what it is to feel unwanted and to feel the weight of shame, albeit for different reasons. Their romance unfolds alongside their growing understanding of what the work of Christ on the cross means for both Jew and Gentile, and although the story isn’t able to cover this topic to its fullest extent, it was good to be reminded what a period of confusion and adjustment this would have been, particularly for Jews who believed that Yeshua was the prophesied Messiah.
Priscilla and Aquila’s personal experiences with grace, forgiveness, and compassion stand them in good stead as they are eventually forced to leave Rome and start over, constantly needing to set aside their own wills and desires and submit to God’s will for their present circumstances—which involves sheltering both runaways and enemies in the course of their ministry in Corinth. I was particularly taken by the plight of the young boy, Marcus, who comes into their care, and another broken young woman who I won’t name for spoiler purposes.
Priscilla and Aquila’s story is one that will resonate with a powerful reminder of what God can work both in and through us when we yield our lives to His mercy and grace.
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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Absolutely brilliant and so enjoyable!
Priscilla is one of the most selfless and kind characters I’ve ever read. She is a role model for today’s women. If we had 1/10th of Priscilla’s selflessness as described in this book, our world would be a much better place. Throughout the novel, Priscilla is constantly squirreling away food. She only ever eats half of her meals, and she does this so she can save up food to give away to people less fortunate than her. In addition to being selfless, she is also incredibly wise. One day, gathered in a small group to discuss the Scriptures and Yeshua, Priscilla states, “The more we study, the more I realize it’s not so much about understanding or knowledge. Faith is trust. Trusting our future and our past into Yeshua’s keeping. Learning that the Christ is the beginning and end of all our needs.” What beautiful truth! Too many times our relationship with Christ is defined by how much we’ve memorized from the Bible. But how is the condition of our hearts? If we lost everyone and everything today would we cling to God in faith or raise our fist at Him in anger and fear?
Faith — real, genuine faith — means trusting Jesus with our entire lives. It means putting our lives, our loved ones’ lives, our finances, and our futures into God’s capable hands and saying, “Alright, Lord. I’m yours. Your will, not mine, be done.” It was such a blessing to me to watch Priscilla live out her beautiful faith in Daughter of Rome. It was quite inspirational, really. I long to live strong and sure in my faith. I know I have a lot of work to do in my life to get there, but Jesus is worth making the changes and putting in the hard work to be less of me and more of Him. Jesus is worth me losing what I don’t need so I’ll rely on Him more. He is worth pain, suffering, and weeping. He is worth my joy, love, and happiness. He is worth my everything!
Daughter of Rome is a 2020 must-read! It’s a story that will stick with me long after the final page has been read. I absolutely adore this story and cannot recommend it enough. Purchase a copy today. It will leave you with so much love for Jesus you won’t be able to keep from overflowing in His joy and thanksgiving.
I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the author via her publisher, Tyndale House, through NetGalley. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Priscilla challenged me as a person and as a Christian. Her earnest sincere love for God and her desire to serve him even when she felt unworthy and her generosity to everyone that came her way even those who treated her as less than human and her forgiving spirit. She wasn't perfect but she was real. She acknowledged her faults but still tried to handle every situation with grace.
Aquila too was a wonderful character he had his flaws and a lot of issues and prejudice he had to learn to get rid of. I love that he was willing to take corrections and think over his actions especially when they were unintentionally hurtful.
The romance between Priscilla and Aquila was just beautiful. They fit together so beautifully and I love how they worked well together.
I also enjoyed Paul's part in the story. It was fun to read more about the early church and the challenges that came with serving God then but how they stood firm and bolded told others about Christ.
This book will definitely go on my shelves as one of my favourite reads for the year because the lessons therein are going to be with me for a long time.