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This is the first book I am reading by the author so I had no expectations whatsoever. It turned out to be a heartwarming story set during the time when Jesus Christ walked this earth. The narrative follows Dismas, who steals money and a donkey from his employer and is on the run to Jerusalem in search of his brother. On his way, he meets Leah, the daughter of a poor fisherman who takes him home and he is introduced to a new life. His love for Leah and his determination to protect her puts him in a bad light with a notorious Roman officer who swears to kill Dismas if he sets eyes on him. In the end, Dismis is given a chance to redeem his past and he learns that sometimes freedom comes with pain.
This was a slow burn read until it sucked me right in. I love the way the story is laced with many lessons of love, forgiveness and redemption without being preachy. The historical and biblical setting also made for great reading as it felt very familiar and relatable. The end was a huge surprise and literally upped my rating of this book. I am finding it difficult to review this book without spoilers so I would just conclude by saying that this is a really great book and I highly recommend it to all lovers of Christian and historical fiction.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Published: March 22, 2020
Genre: Historical/Christian Fiction
The Author: Andrew Crown is originally from New Mexico but since settled in North Carolina after making some stops in a few different places. Outside of reading writing, he enjoys watching football and exploring the history and scenery of North Carolina.
Redemption at the Eleventh Hour took over three years for him to write. It was largely inspired by Ben-Hur (mostly the movie and to a lesser extent the book by Lew Wallace) as it follows the story of young man whose path through life ultimately becomes intertwined with that of Jesus. It was his goal to try to present the historical and Biblical setting in a way that is both relatable and inspiring to readers. Hopefully you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
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