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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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.