As some of you know, I have written and published two eBooks, They are self-published because Christian, historical fiction is a very narrow genre.
Hold the Faith is the first book in the Apostle John series of books. It was inspired by an excellent Bible Study series on the Apostle John. (I credited the pastor in the book).
I found out a great deal about faith and commitment when studying and researching this era, and ‘meeting’ the people.
The goal of the series of which Hold the Faith is book 1, is to help readers see the early Christian families as people, and to provide an overview of the times they lived in.
It is my prayer that after reading this book the you will have an understanding of how the early church faced the challenges of ‘holding fast the faith’.
The series is fiction, laced with facts from the Bible and information research turned up. It was, and still is, an awesome journey.
Please let me introduce you to…
Hold the Faith
Come, walk in the shoes of those first century Christians.
It was not easy though. They were hated by the Jews, accused of blasphemy for following a ‘Man’ not God. Pagans hated them too because they ruined their trade in idols. The greatest danger though came from the Roman overlords. All they wanted was for peace and obedience in the Empire. But these Christians refused the order to burn a pinch of incense and declare that Domitian was ‘lord and god’.
In the eyes of the Romans these Christians were subversives plotting to bring down Rome. They even looked for the return of a crucified man to rule the world.
Join the apostle John and his family. Travel around some of the churches in the Roman Province of Asia Minor. Hear about the martyrdom of Antipas in Pergamum and the difficulty brethren found in Thyatira because of the guilds.
Above all… see how God confirmed ‘…if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it.’ (Acts 5:39)
See the reviews…
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagine! Experience! Live! Early Christian Life trials and tribulations.April 4, 2014
“Hold the Faith” is an interesting story of Christian life as it may have been in biblical times. Although the characters are fictional, they are vividly described in detail and the reader can easily imagine the experiences of their lives: the joys, the hatred and cruelty of others towards Christians.
The descriptive scenes of this era are depicted as though they were realistic to what I would have imagined that it may have been like to live in those tumultuous times. The story draws you in to want to know more.
Readers of all ages may find this interesting for book group discussions and religion class projects as well.
Due to Mrs. Preston’s take on the story, I can see this book turned into a movie because of the story line and it’s take on Christianity and religion. Its uniqueness has added more to the story than what we’ve previously have been taught and it has created curiosity for me wonder what surprises a sequel will hold.
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a Bible study come to life! July 5, 2013
Have you ever wondered what life was like in the early years of the Christian Church, when believers lived under Roman rule and faced tests on every side? This fast- moving tale brings that time to life as we follow the story of Benjamin, the great-grandson of the apostle John, the last living apostle of Christ. As a young man living in Ephesus, raised in the Christian life, he faces tests of his faith at home and on his travels with the apostle John around the various church groups in Asia Minor. And just as his great-grandfather begins writing his account of Christ’s life, Benjamin faces his greatest trial.
This book is historically researched but never overwhelms with detail. it is easy to read and really made me think of how i would act in similar circumstances. This is the first book in the series, so I look forward to reading more about Benjamin, John and their fellow- believers. A wonderful, inspiring story.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Look Into The Life Of A Loving Early Christian Family.. May 25, 2013
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This is a book I could not stop reading, I loved every page, its like being there and enduring their trials,sadness, love and happiness as an early Christian family. It is very family friendly I read it to my grand daughter who got involved each evening as we went back in time an felt as though we were with them. Susan has researched and has brought these people to life. I loved it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Walking in the Footsteps of the Apostles May 14, 2013
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This book by Susan Preston is a touching story that makes you think about what it would have been like to be a believer in the era of the 1st century church. Walk with the apostle John and his great-grandson as their faith is tempered in the events which followed the death and resurrection of Jesus.For the past several weeks I have been reading this story during our evening family reading time. What an impression this made on our children. The story, as seen through the eyes of the young hero, gave them a new perspective on those events. Each night it was they who asked for me to continue with the story.I believe this story offers a wonderful perspective on the events which shaped the direction of the early church. With anticipation we wait for the next book in this series.