Simon and Simon: Passion and Power

Simon and Simon: Passion and Power

by Steve Copland


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Simon and Simon is the second novel of the 1st century trilogy. It features two men born just a few miles apart whose lives are dramatically different, Simon Peter and Simon Magus.

Simon Peter's life weaves through the story and is contrasted with Magus, the one known as 'Simon the Sorcerer'. The latter travels to Kashmir and studies the Rig Veda in search of individual power. He returns to Israel where he meets Simon Peter. Both end up in Rome: one levitates for Nero, the other is crucified.

Triarius is a Roman soldier married for only a few months and sent to the Northern frontier. His wife is pregnant when he leaves and believed to be carrying a son, if the witch was correct. He sends orders to dispose of the child if the hag is mistaken.

His wife gives birth to a daughter, 'Triaria', and secretly raises the child while her husband is away, not knowing if he will return. He does, and discovers the child's existence, and...well that would be telling the story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781494744007
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/14/2012
Pages: 454
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

Steve Copland is a self-supported missionary from New Zealand, serving The Lord in Ukraine since 2003 and a member of the pastoral team at New Life evangelical church in Kiev.

He is a former lecturer in Systematic Theology and Church History at the Ukraine Evangelical Seminary, and also Biblical Studies, Apologetics and Church History at the International Christian University in Kiev.

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Simon and Simon: Passion and Power 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
ReaderLL1 More than 1 year ago
Awesome book Next time I buy one of Steve Copland's books I'm gonna call in sick for two days. Couldn't put it down!!! This book pulls you into a first century world from the first page and won't let you leave 'till the end. Yeah, it's kinda long, but I didn't want it to end. Speaking of the end, it wasn't what I excepted. So real, so inspiring. Gotta read this one again.
Bookreader33 More than 1 year ago
Even better than the first I loved Mary Magdalene: A Woman who Loved, and had my doubts that any novel could touch my heart as it did. Simon and Simon is written in the same beautiful style, and is every bit as powerful and moving. The way the characters respond to circumstances in their lives is never predictable and truly challenging. I loved catching up with a few of the characters from Mary Magdalene and seeing how their stories end, but this is not a sequel in any sense of the word, it completely stands alone from the first novel. Can't wait for the third book.
Professor-Strang More than 1 year ago
Exceptional. An absolutely absorbing read. I enjoyed Copland's first novel, 'Mary Magdalene: A Woman Who Loved' immensely, and wondered if he could produce something as well written and engaging, but this second novel is even better. The story of little Triaria, a Roman child sold into one of Rome's temples to be trained as a prostitute, her escape and life story is incredibly moving and inspiring. The character of Simon Magus, his egoistic desire for power and ambition, is exactly as one would expect to read about the father of Gnosticism. For those who have never studied Church History, this book will enlighten you about the first great heresy, yet in a way that is both exciting and informative. Simon Magus' conversations with his gurus about the contradictions in the Vedas and Upanishads are very skillfully contrasted with the truth of Scripture as Simon Peter grows in his understanding and love for the Lord he denied three times. The character of Lucius, the Roman soldier who became possessed in the caves of Mithraism in the first novel, finds the truth in this book. His encounter with Christ was one of the most powerful conversion scenes I've ever read. Few books move me to tears, but this scene was nothing short of inspired. Few Christian authors today write with the conviction to be responsible and accurate to the biblical witness. Copland's novels are exactly that. I seldom read Christian novels as the weak theology drives me crazy, but Copland's novels shine with the simple yet profound truth of Scripture and retell it in a way that only those who have experienced Christ can do. This book should be on bookshelves everywhere. It has all the hallmarks of a bestseller. My only complaint is that it came to an end. Although even longer than Mary Magdalene, it is almost impossible to put down. If you are only going to read one novel this year, make it this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful The scope of Simon and Simon is vast to say the least. On the one hand the author has you thinking through issues relating to eastern religion and its' contradictions, while at the same time seeing the amazing life of the Apostle Peter. Those topics in themselves would have made this book well worth the read, but there is so much more. The lives of Triaria, and her parents are extremely engaging and moving, not to mention unpredictable. The way that Copland portrays their reactions to the fate that life throws at them challenges the reader about our own reactions to tragedy or blessings. On top of all that, one gets an upclose insight into the lives of the Roman Emperors, their egoism and cruelty, and Roman life in general. This book has all the hallmarks of a Christian best-seller. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is second in the trilogy, but it can also be read as a stand alone story. I am totally immersed in reading Mr. Copland's books, this one has so many biblical and historical references that you will find yourself wanting to re read it once you've finished it. It has touched my heart and led me to a better understanding of how things were during the time of Jesus. I read the last page and hungered for more! I felt like I was there in the times of Simon and Simon. Thank you for a great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pleasantly surprised I'm not a great fan of historical fiction, but a friend who raves about Mary Magdalene, (his first novel) recommended Copland's books. This was the first book I've read of Copland's and I am very impressed. I thought the historical stuff would be boring, but on the contrary, he weaves it into the story in such a clever way, like familiar road signs reminding you of exactly where you are. I also appreciated the character list at the start, especially since I hadn't read the first novel. One thing that impressed me greatly was the individuality of the characters and the way the author connects them. A work of art and highly recommended.
Abbie-Winters More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended. Never knew anything about gnosticism or vedic religions before reading this, and the letters of Peter in the bible just came alive as well. This book has everything...deep theology, new age arguments, romance, assassins, healing, martyrs and heroes. An awesome read, hard to put down. Now I'm gonna read the first one in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
His books are life changing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BRILLIANT! Hadn't read a novel in quite a while. Most 'christain' novels are so weak and sloppy. This book is nothing short of brilliant. I'm ordering the paperback for my shelf of favorites.
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Loved the story even though it is about the cruelty of humankind it shows live trumpets all
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