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The Robe

The Robe

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by Lloyd C. Douglas

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A Roman soldier, Marcellus, wins Christ's robe as a gambling prize. He then sets forth on a quest to find the truth about the Nazarene's robe-a quest that reaches to the very roots and heart of Christianity and is set against the vividly limned background of ancient Rome. Here is a timeless story of adventure, faith, and romance, a tale of spiritual longing and


A Roman soldier, Marcellus, wins Christ's robe as a gambling prize. He then sets forth on a quest to find the truth about the Nazarene's robe-a quest that reaches to the very roots and heart of Christianity and is set against the vividly limned background of ancient Rome. Here is a timeless story of adventure, faith, and romance, a tale of spiritual longing and ultimate redemption.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.21(d)

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Lloyd Cassel Douglas (1877-1951) began his writing career in midlife, after working for many years as a minister. He gained international fame with his novels Magnificent Obsession 91929) and The Robe (1942).

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The Robe 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie years ago and remember feeling deeply touched by the story, and now that I have been reading the book, again I have this same feeling. Yes, its a work of fiction, but it very well could have happened, and most likely did in some form. This is one of the best works of religious fiction (or any fiction) I have ever read, an enduring classic, no doubt as moving today as it was when it was first published in 1942.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was extremely touched when I read this book. It did give me a better understanding of Jesus Christ and what he was trying to teach. It made me feel stronger about being a Christian. I never realized how hard it was to spread the faith of Christianity to the world when people were torchered just by speaking Christ's name. Ever since I picked it up I haven't been able to put it down until I had read the whole thing. It was absolutely inspiring to a point I can't describe. You will never read a better book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This may be the most profound book I've ever read. It weaves fictional characters in with the historical companions of Christ and brings the New Testament alive. You will walk the streets of Rome with Tribunes and Senators; explore Galillee with soldiers, slaves and Jews. You will converse with Tiberius Caesar. You will shed tears at the crucifixion of Christ. You will meet Peter, Paul and Stephen. You will be swept into the very life and times of Jesus Christ and His early Church. The theology of this book is its true genious. Like no other book I have ever read it describes in slow and tranquil detail the process of salvation that transforms the life of an unbeliever into a disciple of Christ. All the theology one will ever need is contained in the pages of this wonderful, priceless book. ' When you are done you will have felt as if you were there, and you will not be the same.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the best I have ever read. I am so glad that it is back in print since I believe that every Christian or Non-Christian should read it. As you read this book you are easily swept into the story and experience everything as if you were there. I think that this should be a must read for English in school because it is a classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is amazing to read and feel as if you are transformed into another time and place. This book is for believers as well as non-believers. We all struggle with understanding and faith at times, and this book shows how the power of Jesus can transform one person's life, even without knowing it. Through his experiences with 'The Robe' Marcellus has an encounter he was never would have dreamed of! This is a thought provoking and it issuses a challenge to us all. I recommend this book to believers of all ages, I even recommended it to a student of mine last year, and it touched his life as much as it had mine!
ilovetartan1960 More than 1 year ago
I love this movie (Richard Burton and Jean Simmons were awesome!) quite a bit, and so went looking extensively for the book! All of the ones I found were very pricy... Thank you, Barnes and Noble and Read Books Ltd. for releasing a version that I can finally enjoy! I can't wait to read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went to great lengths to find this book, and my efforts were greatly rewarded. Unable to put it down I spent every minute of my free time reading this book. Never before have I read a novel with such compelling characters and thought provoking theological ideas. I found myself thinking of the characters throughout the day as if they were real enough for me to actually care about them. This is a magnificent portrayal of what Christianity at its best should be. Buy, read it and pass it on!
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I have not finished the book yet, I have about 50 more pages to read, but I absolutely love this book! I am a devoted Christian, and I checked this book out from the library only because it was at a grade level that i could read for my assighned reading for that six weeks at school. I only had to read 300 pages of it to get credit. But I couldn't stop right there! I had to find out about how Marcellus and Demetrius would end up! This book is the best book I have ever read and I encourage all my friends to read it, if they are up to the 500+ page challenge!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite its age and 2000-year-old timeline, The Robe is a relevant, non-preachy epic which is easy to read, yet rich in atmosphere and character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoying this book immensely. An especially good read during Lent and right around Easter-time. I know that it is fiction based on fact but still fascinating. It gives a good account of Rome and Romans during a very early period. I have the digital edition and there are many spelling errors. I don't know if this happens with other digital edition things or just this one. I am just overlooking the errors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book and, as always, far better than the film (as much as I love Richard Burton, Jean Simmons and, of course, Jay Robinson's over-the-top Caligula.) The character of Marcellus was much more complex in the original telling of the story, and it offers an interesting insight into the nature of Gentile conversion during the earliest days of the Church. What would redemption mean to a ('fallen') Roman tribune who has no background in Judaism, prophecy, or Messianic expectation? Before I forget..........if you love "The Robe", you MUST also read "The Spear", by Louis de Wohl, which tells the story of Longinus and his quest for salvation. AWESOME!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had read this book when I was fifteen, and now, years later, I've been scouring bookstores to find a copy to purchase. It all started with the movie of the same name and a younger me felt compelled to read the book. An old library copy was I could come by. I remembered that I couldn't put it down and it greatly encouraged me in my own faith. That I've remembered it close to fifteen years later has to say something for this unforgettable tale. I'm pleased to see it in print and quite eager to begin my second perusal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is more than i thought it would be. i couldn't put it down! i picked it out for my first quarter book to do a report on, it was excellant! i read it in almost every class i have, giving me a chance to explain a little to my fellow students who were wondering what i was reading. i'm a strong Christian in the public school, and i believe that The Robe let other people know i was. i'm now reading another of his books, The Big Fisherman, this one you gotta read too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember seeing the movie decades ago but I had never read the book untill recently. Obviously the book is a fictional account of the life of the Roman officer in charge of the crucifiction of Jesus but the writer of The Robe has brought in many real people of the times as well as unknown folks and his approach brings a different look at many stories in the Bible I found it to be incredible reading from begining to end. Thanks for keeping it available.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story did kind of lag at parts but the rest made up for it. Towards the end especially i could not put the book down. What struck me is that marcellus struggles with the same questions people have today. Lord, Liar, or Lunatic? His scepticism at first to the miracles and stories associated with Jesus only serve to show that our Faith is a rational one. Anyone with a head on his shoulders can find the true Religion if he searches carefully and honestly for it. Marcellus goes from crucifying Our Lord to *SPOILER ALERT* joyfully going to die for him, accurately portraying the incredible faith of the early Christians. I would reccomend this book to anyone, whether they beleive or not. - a Catholic teenager
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This beautiful classic is badly published. Numerous typos and misused punctuation make reading it a chore, not a joy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so intrigued by this book I could not put it down. Even knowing the story of the Crucifixion I was still drawn to it, saddened by it and inspired by it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My all-time favorite book!! I could not find it as a "Nook Book" a couple of years ago so I bought it as a paperback (used) for my reading at Easter. I just happened to check again this morning and I was delighted that I now could get it in my Nook library. Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An atheist myself this book is still a great read due to the attention paid to historical detail. The best quote was one by centurion Paulus the masters buying out the big ones and getting the little ones tossed into the bargain. Our wall street bankers and corporate mafia still folllow this game plan that is as old as the hills
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although it has 500 plus pages, it is worth the reading. I really enjoyed the character of Marcellus & watching him change after his possesion of Christ's robe. And also his interaction with people of his status & others of lesser status. Especially his slave, Demetrius. Hopefully, if someone reads this & is not a Christian,I would hope it puts them on a path toward the truth as it did Marcellus. He held fast to his conviction to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a classic piece of historical fiction.
justreadit More than 1 year ago
Buy it. Now. 'Nuff said.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must read no matter your faith. The writing is smart and thought-provoking.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Wonderful!!! I have read this book since I was a child. I always revisit at Easter & enjoy the journey with Marcellus as he learns about Jesus. Well worth reading!!