Curious about early Christianity?
To be a Christian in 1st century Ephesus, under Roman rule, is dangerous.
The arena awaits, a background threat… one that candidates for baptism are reminded of. The decision might cost them their lives. All it takes is the refusal to burn a pinch of incense and declare that Emperor Domitian is lord and god, and Roman ire declares they are subversive, rebels.
Jews are exempt from this edict, but not the followers of the Way. Sometimes Jews will denounce these Christians. They have, after all, turned from the traditions of the fathers, to follow the sect established by an untrained country preacher.
Join Benjamin, great-grandson of the Apostle John, as he discovers the faith of his family is not enough. He needs to make the choice for himself.
He faces another choice… After his father is attacked in the market place, should he help in his father’s shop, or keep his commitment to accompany his great-grandfather, the apostle John, as he prepares to set out to walk around the other six fellowships in the Roman province of Asia Minor? Smyrna, Pergamum, Sardis, Thyatira, Philadelphia and Laodicea.
Meet the cunning false brethren as they try to lure people into their Gnostic beliefs.
Walk in the shoes of the first believers, see how they lived, what they battled with, and how they coped with the choices and challenges of daily life.
Early Christianity comes to life in this ‘fiction-based-on-fact’ book.
Most days you will find Susan Preston sitting in front of her computer, in Western Australia, writing or researching, and rechecking facts before they go into her fiction series of life at the dawn of Christianity. Susan's writing talent surfaced in her early school years, then life, raising a family, moving from Scotland to Western Australia, intervened. That talent did not go away, just lay dormant. She ran a weekly church girls club, co-coordinated children's holiday camps, was the co-author of a children's church program, and wrote a help book for children, 'We Are Divorced'. Circumstances led to a change of direction, that of being a registered Trainer and Assessor, and employment as a computer and software trainer. There, her talents spread to writing 'help' books with all steps shown. Then came an 'aha' moment. A detailed Bible study series on the gospel of John, led to Susan 'seeing' the people behind the story. Gigabytes of research later, Susan had a database of life in the 1st century AD. Her goal is to 'put flesh on Biblical characters' but stay true to Biblical teaching. All of this has gone into the Apostle John series of books, of which Hold the Faith is the first. She skillfully weaves Biblical records, history, into an intriguing series of novels. The characters became 'family' to her, and she has been known to cry over what happens to them. Currently she is working on book four, and admits that there may be a book five.