, June 13, 2014
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A little girl doesn’t really want to share her precious cup, but the master needs it for his supper with his friends. Years later, Rebekah still treasure’s that cup, from which her Savior drank at his Last Supper. But the world has moved on. Rebekah has married and watched her children grow. Jerusalem is at war, with itself as well as with the Romans. And the dark scenes of history, beautifully researched, are about to pour over her life.
So begins Sylvia Bambola’s novel of the early days of Christianity. It’s a gripping tale, filled with believable characters, flaws and all; imbued with honest faith, failings and all; and beautifully told. Rebekah will learn where her true treasure lies, as fate takes all she loves away from her. Her husband and sons will choose who to serve. And the master who serves them all will answer prayer, just not always the way we want him to.
Faith and history are complex and real in this story. Deep questions arise with no get-out clauses. Life isn’t simple or clean. Treasure isn’t magic or gold. And war is hard. But love is true. Readers are invited to walk at the side of both Rebekah and Ethan as they seek their way through Jerusalem’s fall, and just maybe find The Way. A lovely novel of Christianity’s first years, Rebekah's Treasure is highly recommended.
Disclosure: I was given a free copy by the author and asked for my honest review, which I offer here.