In his latest historical epic, worldwide bestselling author Davis Bunn takes readers on a journey through an ancient landscape. Travel with Empress Helena from Caesarea to Judea. Abandoned by her husband, in danger because of her faith, but with an implacable will to do what God calls her to, she takes a perilous pilgrimage. Along the way she meets those who would help her (the wizened and wise bishop Macarius; the rough-edged but kind-hearted sergeant Cratus; the young soldier Anthony, a man who has lost everything, including his faith) and those who would harm her (the menacing and murderous Roman assassin Severus). Miracles seem to follow this humble but determined woman as she wins many over to the faith, and changes lives forever—including her own.
This unforgettable story of the discovery of the True Cross will thrill readers with its adventure, and with its vivid portrait of one of Christian history’s most important women.
His work has been published in twenty languages, and critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction and his 2014 induction into the Christy Hall of Fame.
Davis divides his time between Florida and England, where he serves as Writer In Residence at Regent’s Park College at The University of Oxford. Visit Davis at http://www.davisbunn.com.
Prolific writer Davis Bunn has turned his talent to write an historical novel featuring Helena, the mother of Constantine. Armed with little fact and a lot of myth, Bunn manages to create a story that is believable and touching in its message of a dedicated faith. If you like historical fiction, especially that from the early years of the church, then be sure to check out The Pilgrim.
Helena, a character shrouded in legend, was certainly a devout Christian who influenced her famous son Constantine in discovering his own faith in Christ. In The Pilgrim she is an unflinching follower of Christ who seeks only to obey in the face of danger and deprivation. Characters in the book include “soldiers without posts, a priest without a church and an Empress without a throne”. Miracles, signs and wonders abound, but most often they take the form of changed hearts and lives. Bunn’s impeccable research brings the Middle East of 300 AD to life with its political intrigue, its untamed and dangerous landscape and its small, but faithful Christian remnant. A faith message is explored throughout — forgiveness, humility and service are strong themes. A story that brings to light ancient events, The Pilgrim challenges the reader to examine her faith in light of modern struggles.
Audience: older teens to adults.
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(Thanks to the author for an ebook for review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)