As Benjamin discovers, it is not easy to be the great-grandson of the last living apostle.
Every mistake is noticed.
When he is offered the opportunity to accompany his great-grandfather around the fellowships of the region he is overjoyed.
It is two years and many experiences later when they return to Ephesus.
Everything has changed, including him. More mature, he wants to marry Deborah, who has grown up while he has been gone. He has the bride price, can support a wife with his work as a scribe, and he has prayed for favor.
But his plans go dramatically wrong. Her father has other plans for Deborah.
Despairing, angry with God, and questioning his faith Benjamin signs on as a grape-picker and leaves Ephesus.
Will his flight help him decide on his future?
Or will it take him further from God?
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About the Author
The fact I am alive today is a miracle. The surgery for aneurysms resulted in most of my aorta having a very long graft. Three surgeons had called me called a walking time bomb.
But here I am. Well and busy.
I was born in Peebles, a town in the Scottish borders, but moved to Australia in 1975. I live in Perth, Western Australia.
I have worked as a shop assistant, double loom weaver, trained as a Psychiatric nurse and worked as an After-care Nursing Sister in an outpatient clinic and in the community.
My last job (before being bitten by the writing bug) was as a certified computer trainer. (Certificate IV in Training and Assessing). The holder of a Microsoft Master qualification in Office 2007, I enjoyed my work in a Registered Training Centre. I also had some private students and wrote manuals for them re-interpreting the jargon filled, missing steps manuals that left beginners wanting to quit. I loved the 'aha' moment when it clicked for a student, especially mature aged learners.
So far two books in this series have been published. Hold the Faith, and book 2, Grow in Grace.
After the death of my husband, I was unable to concentrate for long, so spent my writing time completing 'Geoff's Last Journeyings', a record for friends and family my husband's last year in the battle with Pulmonary Fibrosing. I have also kept up my blogs... Hold the Faith.
Now, it is time to start work on the existing first draft of book three in the Apostle John series
Christian history fascinates me and a Bible Study on the Apostle John inspired me to set this history down.
I am a practising Christian, a Sabbath keeper and member of a very supportive church.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite Hold the Faith: Early Christianity Comes to Life, The Apostle John series by Susan MB Preston tells the story of John. John is the author of what many people consider the definitive gospel on the life of Christ. I read and studied this gospel and most of the Bible as a boy growing up in Alabama. I often found myself wishing I knew more about the lives of the people mentioned. I realized that these people lived with rules very different from ours and I wished I knew more about that life. Bible verses are terse and usually give the bare minimum of description, mostly just concentrating on telling the reader what occurred. Susan MB Preston has invested a lot of time in historical research to tell the story of John and his family so that we can relate to them as people like us with a family similar to ours. In my opinion, the author has succeeded admirably. The writing in Hold the Faith is top rate. The details of life in 92 AD are descriptive and bring the past to life. Susan MB Preston shows us the stress between the followers of Jesus and the Orthodox Jews. We see the pain and politics of the Roman occupation of Israel, but just as importantly we see the daily life of ordinary people. John is old by 92 AD and we see most of this story through the eyes of his great-grandson Benjamin, and other young people. The characters are portrayed very well, bringing a new perspective to an old story. Susan MB Preston has done a great service for Christians everywhere by bringing this story to life.
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.