Saturday, August 4, 2012

Letters From a Martyred Christian

Letters From a Martyred Christian, H.L. Hussmann, PBL Publications, Historical Fiction/Allegory, March 1, 2012, 160 pages.

Synopsis: Roman citizen Aulus Aurelius and his family were murdered for their faith in AD 67. Since then, he has observed Earth from Heaven and now writes these letters to modern Christians. Page-turning fiction with practical application.

My thoughts: This is a neat and short read. It doesn't have the power that Randy Alcorn's or John Piper's writing entails, but it is certainly useful. Hussmann overtly states that LFMC is largely speculative, and shouldn't be used as an authoritative source, such as the Biblical parables. That said, I think he did a great job enticing readers with a view of Heaven, and advising them well with applicable lessons.

The setting of A.D. 67 was good, in that it gave perspective on Christianity. Culture details notwithstanding, it was a good choice. However, the whole storyline in LFMC, before and after Aulus' death, wasn't developed enough for the full appreciation a novel like this should have. While there were many stories, from Aulus' life and others', it could have used more to make the advice a bit more personal.

*This book was provided free by the publisher in conjunction with the program. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.*

My rating: 3 stars

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