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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (820 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Janette Oke, T. Davis Bunn Narrator: Susan Lyons Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Acts of Faith Series Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781449814762
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Three-time Christy Award winner T. Davis Bunn collaborates with the beloved Janette Oke to evoke the spirit of the original followers of the Way.

Abigail has lost everything and is left with little promise of a normal life. Then, when she discovers the Messiah and joins his followers, she finds new meaning and purpose. Maybe she has a future after all. But increasing persecution is scattering the burgeoning group “to the ends of the earth,” and Abigail learns that she may have given her heart to the wrong man.

Two suitors desire the lovely Abigail’s hand in marriage. One is a successful Hebrew merchant and widower looking for a mother for his children. On the other side is the Roman soldier Linux, who is captivated by her winsome charm and could offer the sanctuary—maybe even the love—for which she yearns. But her heart has been captured by neither of these. Stephen, one of the leaders of the Way, has a character and a faith that move her deeply, but his outspoken preaching has marked him for assassination. Will Abigail’s faith and courage withstand a heartbreak beyond comprehension?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Oke and Bunn bring a wonderful combination of creativity and masterful prose in the second installment in the Acts of Faith series. The vivid scenes and the gripping emotion, set against the backdrop of first-century Christian persecution, will have readers contemplating the strength of their own faith in traumatic times.”

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  • “More than a simple love story, given miracles, martyrdom, and men on a mission, this is the perfect tale for readers who enjoy such biblical epics as Henryk Sienkiewicz’s Quo Vadis, Lew Wallace’s Ben Hur, and Lloyd C. Douglas’ The Robe.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allen L. | 2/14/2014

    " it was very moving at times...some Godly statements that resound in my noggin. Well written. Twist st the end-priceless "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 2/3/2014

    " I wasn't sure about this series when I started it, but I really like it. They're fictional accounts of people in the early church, some of them real and some imaginary. They keep getting more and more interesting, I think. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jodi | 1/25/2014

    " Usually I like historical fiction but I had a hard time getting into this book. The characters just didn't seem very well developed and things jumped forward quickly and therefore just couldn't get into the book. I wont' be reading the others in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 1/24/2014

    " This is the second book in the Acts of Faith series. I'm not usually a huge fan of religious fiction, but I read the first one, The Centurion's Wife, for a book club and enjoyed it so much, I wanted to check out the second installment. I think the thing I find so compelling about this series is that it's not just a statement of faith, it focuses a lot on the Judean and Roman cultures during the first century. Plus, it deals with the historical factors as well. It strikes me as being a well researched, intelligent and faith promoting project. This one wasn't quite as good as the first one, but I still enjoyed it very much and am looking forward to finding out what happens with the purely fictional characters, as well as seeing how the authors present certain events for the religious and historical figures. I give this one four stars and recommend it for anyone open to a good, clean, uplifting read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Skybirdsmom | 1/4/2014

    " I had read the previous book in this series, The Centurion's Wife. I found it to be very good. This one started out exciting and interesting enough. But now into it 50 pages, it seemed to be dragging and just not that interesting. The story line has not even started according to the description on the outside of the book. A little disappointing as this is usually a very good writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Genesis | 1/1/2014

    " I couldn't put the book down. Excellent storyline. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trine | 10/28/2013

    " It is a nice christian book, but perhaps too nice. The idea of setting a story among the first christians in Jerusalem is fascinating, but unfortunately there are too few characthers in my opinion. I would have liked to hear more about Peter and Martha, and about Stephen's work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 10/9/2013

    " Another great book about the beginngs of the church. Follows the apostles & believers in Jerusalem & the challenges they faced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Davina Sinclair | 6/29/2013

    " Good story and insight into fictional lives of the "followers of the way". Based around the time of Acts of the apostles in the new testament. 2nd book in a 3 part series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/18/2013

    " I didn't feel like this was quite as spiritually uplifting as the first in the series. But it is fun to read a dramatization of many of the events of the early Christian Church, particularly the first few chapters of the Book of Acts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 2/6/2013

    " I really like how the character of Martha was portrayed. The conversion and/or lack of conversion stories I found ponderous. The ending was a little predictable and unsatisfying - but this may be fixed by a reading of the third book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 10/3/2012

    " i loved reading this book. that is scripture based and has a biblical story through it. it is full of adventure and some drama. and a love story <3 if you love Jesus, you will love this book! :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Lusher | 9/13/2012

    " Good fictional read about the early church. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 6/26/2012

    " 1.5 stars really, almost 2. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie Smith | 6/3/2012

    " The first book in this series was better in my opinion. This book was slow and didn't have a lot of emotion. Couldn't get into it and was hard to finish. The overall story was good though about the martyr Stephen's fictional wife. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia | 4/30/2012

    " What an enjoyable book! Being taken back to biblical times, noting the cultural details of the time, "fellowshipping" with godly believers who love the Lord and really live it--what a breath of fresh air and encouragement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Clark | 4/4/2012

    " This book moves a bit slow but once I got to the end I could not put it down!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth K | 7/13/2011

    " After reading the first book, I had to run out and buy the second one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia Mills | 6/12/2011

    " This is the second in the series by Janette Oke and Davis Bunn about the time following the crucifixion of Christ and its impact on the Judean and Roman worlds and how they began to intertwine. I would absolutely recommend this book. You will fly through the pages! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia | 4/21/2011

    " This is the second in the series by Janette Oke and Davis Bunn about the time following the crucifixion of Christ and its impact on the Judean and Roman worlds and how they began to intertwine. I would absolutely recommend this book. You will fly through the pages! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/16/2011

    " After reading the first book, I had to run out and buy the second one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Endor | 1/11/2011

    " The first one was better, I thought. Of course, this one was more sad, but that was to be expected. It did have a happy ending. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jodi | 12/5/2010

    " Usually I like historical fiction but I had a hard time getting into this book. The characters just didn't seem very well developed and things jumped forward quickly and therefore just couldn't get into the book. I wont' be reading the others in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trine | 10/31/2010

    " It is a nice christian book, but perhaps too nice. The idea of setting a story among the first christians in Jerusalem is fascinating, but unfortunately there are too few characthers in my opinion. I would have liked to hear more about Peter and Martha, and about Stephen's work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 6/9/2010

    " A; A good follow up to the first. I like that the story picked up right where the first one left off and just focused on other characters. I'm anxious to check out the next in the series as I'm not sure what characters will be involved.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dimmy-jimmy | 6/5/2010

    " Ilove this era,good book with great charaecters,great endingtoo. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hulah | 5/31/2010

    " What an awesome read! David Bunn and Janette Oake are awesome. I felt like I was living inside the story. Wonderful reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 5/9/2010

    " Sequel to The Centurion's Wife...outstanding historical fiction based upon the Acts of the Apostles. "

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About the Author
Author Janette Oke

Janette Oke, recipient of the 1992 ECPA President’s Award for her significant contribution to the CBA industry and to Christian fiction, has also been awarded the coveted Gold Medallion Award for fiction. Oke and her husband live in Alberta, Canada.

About the Narrator

Susan Lyons has appeared on numerous television shows, including A Country Practice, Police Rescue, Something in the Air, and All Saints. Among her film credits are Winds of Jarrah and In a Savage Land. She is married to Tony Award–winning actor Jefferson Mays.