Friday, January 22, 2010

Book Review: As Sure as the Dawn by Francine Rivers

This book is the third in Rivers’ Mark of the Lion series. It follows the gladiator, Atretes, who was first a German warrior, but was captured by the Romans and forced to become a gladiator. He had a child he thought was dead, but was saved by Hadassah (the heroine of the first two books in this series) and given to the apostle John. The book opens with Atretes learning that his child is alive. Atretes is frantic to find the child and goes to John, who tells him he gave the baby to Rizpah, a young widow who had lost her own child. Rizpah, a woman of tremendous faith, wants what is best for the baby she dearly loves and feeling that she should make sure the child is well cared for she convinces Atretes to keep her on as the child’s nursemaid.

I have barely skimmed the surface of this story. Again, layers of feelings and emotions are very much a part of this book. You have Atretes, a driven man who has stayed alive as a gladiator because of his fighting skills. Yes, he has killed, he has loved, and he is bitter. Rizpah is a woman, who has been through tremendous heartache in her short life, yet she dearly loves this little baby. The child brought meaning to her world. The obstacles between Atretes and Rizpah falling in love are huge, yet the reader is compelled to hope that despite the odds things will work out for them.

The ticking bomb in this story is Atretes’ desperate need to return to Germania, his homeland, without being captured once again by the Romans. Does he make it? I’m not going to tell you. And what about the religious aspect of this book? Faith, hope and charity abound through Rizpah. Does she convert Atretes, who seems irredeemable? Again, I’m not going to tell you. Let me just say you will be greatly rewarded as you live this story through these fully-fleshed out characters, see ancient Rome and Germany through their eyes, and have your own faith rekindled by reading this beautiful tale.

As Sure as the Dawn is another masterpiece for Francine Rivers. I hope you read it and enjoy it as much as I did.

(The publisher of this book is Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. I have no vested interest in the success of this book and bought my own copy.)


  1. I've really got to get this series. It's been on my mind for days now.

  2. I think you will enjoy them. They are books you can read over and over. :)



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