An old man wrapped in black-and-white striped robes sat alone against the court wall, his lips moving. This year, Shimeon Bar-Adonijah had presented the elements of the Passover meal: “The lamb, the unleavened bread, and the bitter herbs of the Passover have as much meaning for us as for our Jewish brothers and sisters. “Without wavering, let us hold tightly to the hope we say we have, for God can be trusted to keep his promise” (Hebrews 10:23). We were not rich and we were not poor. I am taking my family away from this city. “Oh, God . Tertius gripped his sword harder and glared down at the emaciated young girl covering an even smaller girl. Taking the twitching man by his arm, he dragged him to the edge of the siege bank and pushed him over the side. She looked up into the young soldier’s eyes. How does your own faith compare? Hadassah knew he was of the Sanhedrin, his robes symbolizing the desert costume and the tents of the first patriarchs. Her mouth was parched and her heart pounded harder and faster as they approached the gate to the Women’s Court. “My father was a good man, a Benjaminite who loved God and taught me the law of Moses,” he began quietly, looking into the eyes of those who sat about him. He dipped the scoop into the barrel again, pouring corn into the hands of the next in line without taking his eyes from her. Closer. Another door was smashed in. I foresee our den being compared to Lord Grantham’s Library eventually. The first book in the beloved Mark of the Lion series, A Voice in the Wind brings readers back to the first century and introduces them to a character they will never forget—Hadassah. She let out her breath, relieved to see him. When Hadassah is captured by Roman soldiers, her entire family is killed. Preserve me by the strength of your arm.”. Cupping her hands as her turn came, she waited to be shoved aside. Hadassah looked across the room at her younger sister, Leah, lying on a dirty pallet in the corner. Discuss Atretes’ anger and how it affected his decisions. In the upper room, with the gathering of believers, Hadassah had felt safe. While wealthy Roman citizens indulge their every whim, Jews and barbarians are bought and sold as slaves and gladiators in the bloodthirsty arena. Help others learn more about this product by uploading a video! Why couldn’t he have been sensible this one time and waited out the storm? Hadassah tried to shut it out of her mind, but the sound of death was everywhere. This first historical fiction book in the ” Mark of the Lion” series by Francine Rivers is published by Tyndale House Publishers. “Why can I believe at home, Father, but not here?”, “Because the enemy knows where you are most vulnerable.” He had put his hand over hers. The look of horror on the girl’s face made Tertius wonder how long she had been cooped up in that house. A Voice in the Wind. Hadassah pressed her face into the curve of her sister’s neck and moaned. The only sound was that of the soldier’s rasping breathing, mingled with screams from down the street. My father and I spent our time at the temple. Bronze shovels and pots were piled up, as well as basins, censers, and other articles used in temple service. Book 1 in the 3-book historical Christian fiction series by the New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love and The Masterpiece. “We are together in him.”. He had wanted nothing more than to obliterate them from the face of the earth. Her sister’s sweet face was free of fear and suffering. Remember the promise. “Why must you go out again and speak to those people? It was the touch of God’s hand that made him different from others. They had been nothing but trouble to Rome from the beginning—rebellious and proud, unwilling to bend to anything but their one true god. Following the prides and passions of a group of Jews, Romans and Barbaria “The city was silently bloating in the hot sun, rotting like the thousands of bodies that lay where they had fallen in street battles.” They took Gadara, Jotapata, Beersheba, Jericho, Caesarea. “Remember the Lord, Rebekkah,” he had said solemnly. As the captives watched, the legions formed and marched in tightly drilled units before Titus, who was resplendent in his golden armor. Some of the able-bodied captives were taken to dig mass graves. she would live. Hadassah knew Greek. Weak and gaunt, Mark struggled to his feet and stood before the door, praying silently. Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2016. What events caused the change? The first book in the beloved Mark of the Lion series by the New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love, A Voice in the Wind brings readers back to the first century and introduces them to a character they will never forget—Hadassah. A Voice In The Wind Series. “All is vanity,” as Solomon said and I knew that to be true. Her faith sees her through many trials. “Mark, you will remain here with your mother and sisters.”, Grabbing and shaking her mother, Hadassah had pleaded, “You can’t let him go! The first novel of the series was titled ‘A Voice in the Wind’ which was … “You’ve been gone for hours.”. I guess I'll have to find out in the sequel. More grievous were the sick and weak who were denied food because the Romans did not wish to waste corn on those who would not likely survive the coming march to Caesarea. Others became enraged at his story of resurrection, shouting that he was a liar and blasphemer. “My mother said friends were carrying me along the road to my tomb when Jesus passed by. Someone fled down their narrow street. Get this from a library! Tertius knew the little girl was as good as dead already and it would make more sense to leave her. As Atretes sets out to return home with his infant son, only one thing stands in his way: Rizpah, a Christian widow who has cared for the baby since his birth. Gagging, she closed her eyes and turned away. Despite the persecution and danger that had awaited them in Jerusalem, her father had been full of joy and expectation as they entered the gates. He is the perfect Lamb of God who, though without sin himself, has taken the bitterness of our sins upon him. Whatever food was found had to be secreted or someone would attack him for it. What would become of them? Select a favorite scene with Marcus and share insights about his personal character. Prophets were always a diversion. “Leah,” Hadassah said, frightened at the vacant look in her eyes. She always prayed her father wouldn’t stop and speak. In An Echo in the Darkness, Marcus, a wealthy Roman aristocrat touched by Hadassah’s sincere belief, begins to wonder if there’s more to this life. They may reveal her motivations and even challenge you in your own life decisions. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, An Echo in the Darkness: Mark of the Lion Series Book 2 (Christian Historical Fiction Novel Set in…, As Sure as the Dawn: Mark of the Lion Series Book 3 (Christian Historical Fiction Novel Set in 1st…, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. What had changed? In what ways do you identify with Julia? The Jews had turned it and were driving the Romans back. Silence lay upon her like a hot shroud; the pain in her empty belly was almost beyond endurance. It warmed her and made her heart sing. He had heard the story of a woman eating her own child and it had fed his hatred of Jews, gained from ten long years in Judea. Do not weep so.”. She sank down weakly and held her sister limply across her lap. Smoke burned her eyes and throat. Please try again. They crowded the courtyard. Billy West was born on April 16, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as William Richard West. The first book in the beloved Mark of the Lion series, A Voice in the Wind brings readers back to the first century and introduces them to a character they will never forget―Hadassah. Josephus cried out again to his people that God was using the Romans to destroy them, fulfilling the prophecies of the prophets Daniel and Jesus. But gently, Lord, lest you reduce me to nothing. The mighty legions marched in the very footsteps of devout pilgrims who came from every corner of the Jewish nation to worship and celebrate the high holy days of the Feast of the Unleavened Bread—the Passover. If anyone acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will openly acknowledge that person before my Father in heaven. Grieving in the silence, she could still hear her father speaking to her in that firm but gentle voice. And your children, too.”. Men, women, children—it made no difference, all fell to the sword. Life was cheap entertainment for the masses if you were a slave or a prisoner. “Where do we take captives?” Tertius shouted at a soldier separating the dead. Lord, I prayed, don’t let me die. share. Pain swelled and filled her with a despair so deep she couldn’t even cry. Hadassah looked around at her fellows and saw their bitter hatred; having to witness this ceremony poured salt in their open wounds. Through the book, I loved seeing what life might have been like for a survivor of the Roman invasion of Jerusalem - in particular, a Christian Jew.. What the character Hadassah endures, might very well have happened. What good in being spit upon? It was to these people that her father spoke. . Francine Rivers has written a total of 4 novel series’ in her career, one of which is the Mark of the Lion series, which consists of 3 novels published between the years 1993 and 1995. Uttering a curse, he shoved his sword into the scabbard at his side. Once a year, he had returned to Jerusalem with his family to gather with other believers in an upper room. Leah fell silent. “Then it shall be as the Lord wills it.”, Elkanah had agreed and laid his hand on her father’s. The words were Greek, the tone scornful. “A Voice in the Wind” by Francine Rivers: https://amzn.to/35MfD6K Mark of the Lion Series … Thousands of survivors were within the court, some moaning in their misery and others wailing for their dead. This is a well written yarn based in the Roman world of the first century from a Christian perspective. Please! He pointed out several more men in the crowd and they were dragged away to be crucified. Finally, he gave orders that the feasting begin. REDEEMING LOVE MOVIE: VISIT THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE! Only yesterday she had wept bitterly when her mother had uttered thanks to God for the meal Mark had been able to scavenge for them: shield leather from a dead Roman soldier. She tried to think of better times, of happier moments, but those thoughts wouldn’t come. Set in 70 A.D. Jerusalem, the ill-fated romance between a steadfast Christian slave girl, Hadassah, and Marcus, the handsome aristocrat destined to love her, comes alive in this bestselling epic. Distant cries rang out. Then she recognized him, for he touched me and I arose.”. How she missed her father’s counsel in the silent loneliness of this house. “Hush, child. “Compelling…Emotionally charged.” —Booklist (starred), “Francine Rivers doesn’t have a time machine, I am sure, but reading her books one might wonder if she does…An epic tale with plenty of twists and turns.” — Historical Novels Review, “Francine Rivers puts readers right into the history of the moment.” —RT Book Reviews, “Years ago, a bookseller urged me to read the Mark of the Lion trilogy…In a word, Francine redefined Christian fiction—honest, unflinching, powerful, life-changing—demonstrating why storytelling is the most effective way to communicate God’s truth. 'A Voice in the Wind' whispers the presence and power of God in a world of every-other-gods. What were some consequences? Thousands milled around, looking for relatives or friends. He should just kill them and be done with it. The tantalizing aroma of roasting beef drifted to hungry captives across the night air. Rome came on until the sound of destruction echoed across the Valley of Kidron against the walls of Jerusalem itself. Hadassah stroked her mother’s hair again. Someone shoved her hard from behind and cursed her in Aramaic. Stand firm and let him fight your battles. Whatever happens, this is where the Lord wants me.”, Benaiah had grown silent for a long moment and then he nodded slowly. While wealthy Roman citizens indulge their every whim, Jews and barbarians are bought and sold as slaves and gladiators in the bloodthirsty arena. Her stomach was swollen with malnutrition, the bones of her legs and arms clearly outlined beneath a gray overdress. The Roman had seen enough death to become hardened by it. A litany of comforting lies, for the world was crumbling around them. How did you feel when you arose? Lifting her mother’s hand, Hadassah kissed it tenderly. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Surely the Lord would not take him as well. I was especially interested in what the arena games were all about. Mother stayed with friends and prepared for the Passover. A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions. She looked up at the clear night sky. It was clear she was terrified, yet she did not beg for mercy as so many had done. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Rats and carrion birds infested the place, and the stench frequently was carried in hot winds across the city. Book 1 in the 3-book historical Christian fiction series by the New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love and The Masterpiece. The air was so hot Hadassah could hardly breathe. With this opening sentence, A Voice in the Wind transports readers back to Jerusalem during the first Jewish-Roman War, some seventy years after the death of Christ. This heart-stirring tale of a young slave girl, torn between her love for a handsome aristocrat and her faith in God, transcends genres with its awe-inspiring power and emotional intensity. The people inside screamed. “They will not know the difference between believers of the Way and zealots, will they? He tossed her sister’s fragile body carelessly onto the heap. Not even death.”, She had pressed her face against his chest, the rough woven tunic he wore rubbing against her skin. Most were gaunt with starvation, weak, hopeless. He grasped her arm and yanked her to her feet. “I saw Titus,” Mark said dully. Father called it Gehenna. A bloody sword tip protruded from his back, staining the gray tunic red. . She heard men’s voices in the street. As he continues to search for meaning and faith, he is led by a whispering voice from the past that could set him free from the darkness of his soul. Eating their own children! . The first book in the bestselling Mark of the Lion series, A Voice in the Wind brings readers back to the first century and introduces them to a character they will never forget—Hadassah. He’d still be alive, here in this room, comforting them and giving them hope instead of leaving them to fend for themselves. A classic series that has inspired millions of readers worldwide! Synopsis. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Even before the Romans crossed the Valley of Thorns and camped on the Mount of Olives, warring factions within Jerusalem’s city walls had prepared the way for her destruction. But Julia’s brother, Marcus, is a different sort altogether. The ground on the siege work had drunk in so much blood it was as red-brown and hard as brick, but the land itself was beyond anything Hadassah had expected. His eyes glittered through his visor. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Two years ago he had been so badly beaten that two friends had to help carry him back to the small rented house where they always stayed. She pressed further back into the darkening shadows of the small rooms and held Leah. “Please, don’t go. As they walked along the wall of the temple, she could hear a rising, undulating sound of horror coming from within it. Torn by her love for a handsome aristocrat, this young slave girl clings to her faith in the living God for deliverance from the forces of decadent Rome. The research into everyday life, from what their homes looked like to what they ate, made the story come alive. Some of those around her wept, their faces transfixed with wonder and awe. Both she and the child beneath her were still and silent, watching. Other than the great, gruesome forest of crosses, there was not a tree, nor a bush, nor even a blade of grass. She had known Hadassah was right; he might not return, probably wouldn’t. One true god. A Voice in the Wind: This first book in the classic best-selling Mark of the Lion series brings readers back to the first century and introduces them to a character they will never forget --- Hadassah. Hadassah looked across the room at her mother and felt the tears coming again. I am merely her official “photographer and book obtainer”, so I really don’t know anything about what I have ordered and she has read. The older girl looked up at him, her dark eyes full of fear. . She bit her lip and tried to force the thought away. Still alert to any movement the girl made, he glanced around the small room. But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. “You tried, Mark. One by one, they were silenced. Houses full of corn were burned in the chaos. Why was she always the one who questioned and doubted? More screams. But it would not come to pass. 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