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Straight Talk about "Mark of the Lion"

Updated on August 28, 2009

Mark of the Lion Series

Straight Talk Review of Mark of the Lion Series

Reviews of  Christian Fiction

On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being the worst and 10 being The Lord of the Rings, Gone With the Wind, John Galsworthy’s A Man of Property or Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice-- I give this a 9.5

I finished Gone With the Wind on a Thursday night at the age of 11. In those days, I'm, way beyond those days now, but as a child, I was a voracious reader and that book was almost life-changing. I sobbed well into the night, so distraught that Rhett walked out on Scarlett. I unabashedly admit, I wanted the happy ending. That book left an impression on me that has lasted a life-time.

After college, I began reading non-fiction and for years afterwards, that was primarily what I read until approximately three years ago. Then I took the leap into Christian fiction, and The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers was one of my first attempts to jump back into fiction again.

I use the GTW litmus test for pretty much all fiction, no less historical fiction and this one nearly made the 10 mark. Francine Rivers brought the streets of Rome alive for me in the post crucifixion and resurrection of Christ days. I had the privilege of making a trip to Italy recently and as I walked through the Roman Coliseum, due in part to River’s graphic details, I could almost hear and see what once took place inside the massive walls. She is a master story-teller, one of the best I’ve ever read. In this epic series, she also managed to make each character come to life so vividly, I was close to believing they actually existed.

Another important aspect of this book is the way Rivers wove Biblical principles and lessons throughout not only the plot line, but by the actions, and sometimes inactions, of her characters. We were actually going through a family crisis when I read the first book and because of one character’s resolution of a very difficult moral challenge, I was able to see how I could apply the same Godly principles to my situation.

It is a masterpiece and a work I strongly suggest any Christian take the time to read. I found Mark of the Lion to be an amazing series that taught me so many things and in a very real way, actually helped to strengthen my faith.


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