Destitutio Quod Remissio

Destitutio Quod Remissio

by Brett Armstrong


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ISBN-13: 9781490889849
Publisher: Westbow Press
Publication date: 08/21/2015
Pages: 334
Sales rank: 852,775
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Brett Armstrong is a lifelong student of history and writing who is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Creative Writing. He and his new bride enjoy gardening at their home in Saint Albans, West Virginia, where they both let God lead where He wills.

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Destitutio Quod Remissio 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Phyllis_H More than 1 year ago
Destitutio Quod Remissio by Brett Armstrong Destitutio Quod Remissio is such an intense book. The Latin term can be roughly translated “destitution that comes from forgiveness.” Marcus learned about the destitution that came from being persecuted for his faith. The story begins with the devastating fire that consumed his estate and everything he held dear because of the faith that he had kept hidden. Drawn in from the very first sentence, I could feel Marcus’ emotions and fears. I empathized with his great loss and regret – he hadn’t had the courage to share the most important thing in his life with his beloved wife. His faith. If you finish reading this book and don’t feel compelled to share your faith more, then you just might not have been paying attention. Reading about the fearful, yet brave believers who lived every day under the threat of imprisonment simply because of their belief in Jesus, unable to provide food for their families because of that same faith and yet remained stalwart in their faith was moving and inspiring. Written from Marcus’ viewpoint, the language of the book is more scholarly and lofty. Which fits well my picture of the way a Roman Senator would speak. The story appeared to be very well researched as well. This review was originally posted on Get a preview of Destitutio Quod Remissio at I would like to thank Brett Armstrong for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Epic_Book_Quest More than 1 year ago
Roman Senator Marcus Servius is a powerful, wealthy, and admired individual, respected for serving his country both militarily and politically. He spends his days in relative ease and luxury, until one day his whole world is suddenly brought crashing down around him as he is outed for being guilty of a crime Rome detests beyond measure: Marcus is a Christian. After losing his home, possessions, and worst of all his wife, Marcus is forced to go into hiding along with the other members of his church, where he seeks answers from his spiritual mentor and leader of the church, Benjamin Truvias. As Christian persecution becomes more and more severe, Marcus spends his time bringing aid and comfort to his fellow believers. But helping the church has also placed him in a position to learn the identity of the person responsible for his ruin, and as he gets closer to the answers he so desperately seeks, he finds himself faced with a decision that will impact not only himself, but the future of the church within Rome- Will he seek revenge, or will he choose to forgive? Destitutio Quod Remissio is a powerfully hard-hitting story of struggle, grief, and the life-changing impact of forgiveness. In the same vein as Ben Hur, Brett Armstrong’s portrayal of Roman life is vivid, his characters real and feeling, and his overlaying message of faith and forgiveness is both deeply impactful and lasting. This inspiring book will challenge you to become a better follower of Christ through surrendering to His will and embracing His plans for your life. A brilliant work of Christian historical fiction, highly recommended! I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
AprilPulliam More than 1 year ago
Destitutio Quod Remissio, by Brett Armstrong, is the story of Marcus Servius and his losses, his struggle to overcome them, and his intense faith. As a Roman Senator, Marcus had the world at his fingertips. Marcus, a Christian in ancient Rome, survives one battle after another on his way to find Benjamin Truvias, an important figure in the development of Marcus’s ever-strengthening faith. Haunted by the loss of his wife, Cassandra, Marcus defies all logic to cross ancient Rome on a journey fraught with obstacles. During his travels, Marcus reflects upon the secrecy he associated with his faith in God and, what he perceives to be his own role in Cassandra’s death. Destitutio Quod Remissio, a blend of historical fiction and mystery, is set in ancient Rome and written in a style that flows beautifully across the pages. Armstrong’s verbiage is simply stunning at times and offers a fantastic glimpse into a form of writing that is unlike most others in this genre. Rarely have I found myself as caught up in the prose as in the plot of a piece. Armstrong captures his main character’s trauma in a way that pulls the reader directly into the setting. His opening chapter, filled with images of Marcus’s trauma, features some incredibly poetic lines: His dark hairs stood on end involuntarily, as the remainder of his body, in the throes of grief, refused to even acknowledge the storm. Armstrong delivers line after line of amazing literary beauty. I believe Marcus’s encounter with Marea in Chapter VIII is one of the more vividly described meetings in the book. Armstrong describes Marea, in this third person account, as all but a “fiery sprite come to torment” Marcus. The author details Marea down to the very radiance of her hair and her wan countenance. Marea makes for an incredibly striking image. As with Armstrong’s Day Moon, Destitutio Quod Remissio, is based on the Christian faith. Marcus’s trials are not for the weak of heart, but they are testaments to a strong faith in God. Any reader looking for a literary piece to reaffirm his or her faith will benefit from reading this work. Armstrong places his main character before a series of tests with nearly insurmountable odds. At every turn and with each new obstacle, Marcus relies on his beliefs and his God’s graces and mercies for his successes and safety. I give Destitutio Quod Remissio by Brett Armstrong 5 out of 5 stars. Plunging into a book so rich in language and featuring such a striking main character was a true pleasure. The author wastes no time in the first two chapters defining the devastation and crushing horror that surrounds Marcus. I, for one, found myself involved from the riptions of Marcus’s own paralysis as he observes the all-consuming fire. Armstrong leaves no stone unturned when creating imagery, historical accuracies, and engaging conflicts between his characters. Though Christianity permeates the plot and helps to define Marcus ae religious aspects of this story will deter readers. Armstrong has mastered the blend of historical fiction and the mystery genre.
SherriWarner More than 1 year ago
Destitutio Quod Remissio by author Brett Armstrong is one of the most powerfully moving and just flat out interesting historical novels I’ve ever read. I liked it for so many different reasons, first the writing was stellar. The strong word choice and fluid prose makes it a very easy book to sink into and just get lost. There are enough descriptions where you can picture everything perfectly, but not so much that it bogs down the pacing. We really are transported to another time and place…I wish I knew what the characters looked like better though, because some of them I had hard time keeping straight in my mind. I liked that there were things I haven’t seen in other books like this before and it just felt more hauntingly beautiful than others I’ve read in this genre. There were some scenes I thought they could have been tightened (or eliminated) in favor of some heightened tension, but overall it kept me hooked. Some unexpected twists (no spoilers) kept me reading late into the evening, and I could almost see this being a movie or a miniseries. A must read for Christians and although I think it personally has a wider appeal, it does have a pretty specific message and theme that may not appeal to all faiths. A wonderful novel beginning to end.
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
So I finished this book the day before there was a massacre in Oregon where reportedly people who were Christian were executed for stating their faith. So this book really hit home and it is hard to write a review without pointing out the fact that the events in this book from hundreds of years ago might as well be from today. That said, despite the serious undertone and unfortunate timing of events, this novel really knocked my socks off. The writing is very good and natural sounding, and each character really brought something dynamic and instrumental to the table (no cardboard cutouts here!). There were lots of ‘life lessons’ to be gleaned from here and its admirable how faith can get you through even the darkest days. A memorable read, a keeper for sure. Loved the ending… it was absolutely perfect. A must read.
MegKing More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the first few pages of “Destitutio Quod Remissio” by Brett Armstrong and my interest never faded for a moment! I loved the creative and strong characters and plots that continued to build and shock and surprise. Just when you think you know what’s happening, something comes along to throw a wrench in it. Although there are some familiar themes and tropes at play, the author brings a fresh voice and makes it all his own. I’ve read a ton of historical and religious fiction over the years so I’m rarely surprised by anything anymore but I can say that this author managed to do it. I appreciated the brisk pace and the descriptive details that really brought the story to life – world building is absolutely crucial in selling a historical story and it is done quite nicely here. Will be interested in reading more from Mr. Armstrong. Recommend.
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
warning - when starting this book make sure you don’t have anywhere you need to be or anything you need to do because you won’t want to stop reading until you’ve finished it all!! Trust me on this! The book starts off with a gripping, dramatic and unforgettable beginning and just keeps going strong from there. The characters of Marcus, Benjamin, and the others were genuine and believable, and I think what I liked the most about this book was just the overall feel the author managed to create where it felt intimate and personal, like a close friend was telling me this really incredible story that I didn’t want to stop listening to, no matter how tough things got. Loved the powerful, timeless message throughout, and how Marcus is able to connect with his faith even when he is tested. I can see fans of Christian fiction eagerly gobbling this one down. Suitable for adults as there might be some sensitive subject matter for younger readers. Looking forward to reading more from Brett Armstrong soon!
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
"Destitutio Quod Remissio” by Brett Armstrong was terrific! Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing. It pulls you in right from the beginning, and I enjoyed the author’s “voice” and beautiful style of writing. So atmospheric and lovely, even when describing terrible events. I’d consider this more literary historical fiction. The interweaving plotlines were well-crafted and not predictable, And as a non-Christian, the element of the religious persecution and betrayal was a new angle for me, and I feel like it helped open my eyes to things that people actually go though in the name of their faith. It was inspiring and moving, and I won’t soon forget Marcus and the others. The characters were all interesting in their own right, and fully realized, and although there were some minor punctuation errors, it wasn’t anything that really bothered me. But I wasn’t a fan of the italics in the beginning. Nevertheless, a great book that I’d recommend to all fans of literary, historical, and religious fiction. And I’d love to read more from this author in the future!
NicolaF More than 1 year ago
this novel by Brett Armstrong has to be one of the most original and well-written novels I’ve read in a long time! I was completely drawn in from the get-go, and absolutely loved Mr. Armstrong’s use of description of the different scenery and locales, and his attention to historical detail and the character development. The prose and narrative were some of the best I’ve encountered lately – literary and atmospheric and powerful… like the message the whole book imparts. It was an emotional and riveting journey from beginning to end, and Marcus makes for an outstanding lead and we root for him through all his trials and tribulations. Interesting how even though this book is set in Ancient Rome, the idea of Christian persecution is just as relevant today, as evidenced by the recent tragedy in Oregon. Relevant, moving, and ultimately inspirational, “Destitutio Quod Remissio” is a wonderful read that will appeal probably more for the Christian crowd, but has cross-over appeal as well. Highly recommend!
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite In Destitutio Quod Remissio by Brett Armstrong, Marcus's life as he knew it ended the day he returned home to find his entire estate had been set on fire, destroying everything he held dear. In just an instant, he became a fugitive with no one to trust, so he turned to the one place where he knew they would not turn their backs on him - the church. However, the church had already acted on his earlier warning about an impending war by the state against Christianity and they were in hiding, and this put a dent in his survival plan. Marcus was determined to find answers. It would be hard and it would be dangerous, but he needed an explanation as to the source of the tragedy that had befallen him. But with the Emperor's decree against the church now in full force, he was an enemy of the state and survival was not going to be easy. If he was to find the answers he needed, he was going to have to look in some dangerous places. But as a Christian, what would he do if he found the answers he so desperately sought?  Set against the background of ancient Rome, Destitutio Quod Remissio by Brett Armstrong tells a compelling story about a man's loss, suffering, betrayal, faith, self-rediscovery and purpose. The plot is thick with tension, mystery and suspense, delivering a gripping historical novel that had me reading nonstop in a bid to see how it all played out. The language and writing style were very appropriate for this type of novel and the era in which it was set, and the descriptive style, made it very easy for me to vividly imagine the setting and characters that brought this incredible story to life. I truly loved following Marcus on this extraordinary journey and witnessing the different transformations he went through as he adapted to his changing circumstances.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite Destitutio Quod Remissio by Brett Armstrong is a story of the power of redemption. Marcus has lost everything because he is a Christian. In just a few months the world had gone mad. His wife is dead and his home is a pile of smoldering ash. Marcus once was a prominent Senator, speaking convincingly in the Roman forum. Now, he is alone and desolate. Marcus heads for Rome, on a quest to find his betrayer. Marcus enters Rome in disguise, looking like a pauper, a filthy peasant. No Christian is safe from the Emperor’s cruelty. Marcus finds refuge within a small, hidden church. His life was a maze, and his time was running out. Fighting off thoughts of revenge, Marcus is determined to serve Christ completely. He has nothing to lose. “Shattered, repaired and then transformed,” Marcus stands before the Senate. What remains to be seen: who will be moved by his profession of faith? What will tomorrow hold?  Brett Armstrong composes an impressive account of the persecution of Christians during the reign of Diocletian. Destitutio Quod Remissio reveals the power of faith, to stand strong, to resist the grip of fear when facing imprisonment and death. Armstrong weaves scripture within the text, especially the writings of Paul, impacting the story’s relevance. The setting of the story is ancient Rome. Armstrong paints his scenes with brilliant figurative and sensory brush strokes. The reader feels the depravity and the fear of the characters among the multitudes in Rome. This effect is balanced by the depiction of immense wealth and beauty of the affluent. Armstrong illustrates the narrative with strong and insightful metaphors and analogies. The supporting cast of characters shape, mold, and give aid to the dynamic growth of the protagonist. Marcus’ character develops with each turn of the page. The narrative moves steadily, and has a few surprising twists and “aha” moments. The plot action peaks and gradually descends, bringing forth a resolute and promising end.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite Destitutio Quod Remissio by Brett Armstrong is a historical novel, an epic tale of one man’s persecution. Marcus Servius, a Roman Senator, spent years building up his life and his wealth. But it’s all about to come tumbling down as he is exposed for what he is – a Christian. He loses everything; his whole life, his possessions, and the wealth he worked so hard for are taken from him, but the loss of his wife is the worst, too much to bear. A poor and broken man, Marcus prays for deliverance from the hands of his persecutors. He disguises himself and undertakes a dangerous journey to look for a man named Ben Truvias. Ben leads a hidden church and is the man responsible for converting Marcus. He gives Marcus hope and a new direction. But will Marcus discover who outed him as a Christian? Is his life in danger the closer he draws to the truth? And which should he choose – revenge or forgiveness? Destitutio Quod Remissio by Brett Armstrong had a definite wow factor to it. It’s a strong story about a subject that is perhaps a little too close for comfort right now, given world events, but I have to say Mr. Armstrong has done a fine job here. It’s a really well written book, clearly the product of a great deal of work and research and it shows. It was one of those books where you put it down at night wondering what’s going to happen next and where the book is going to take you. Amazing story, excellent writing.