As Sure as the DawnBook - 1995
When gladiator Atretes locates his missing son, his plans to return to Germania are upset by Rizpah, the young widow who adopted his abandoned baby and who will fight to keep the child she loves
A classic series that has inspired millions of readers worldwide!
From the New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love and A Voice in the Wind comes the thrilling conclusion to the Mark of the Lion series.
With Hadassah confined to the cells below the arena, facing death once again, and his sister Julia dying of a strange new illness and longing for a forgiveness beyond her reach, Marcus goes in search of God. Meanwhile, Atretes, the Germanic warrior, vows to move heaven and earth to find his son—the baby he thought was dead and whose life Hadassah saved—and take him back to Germania. Only one thing stands in his way: Rizpah, a Christian widow who has cared for the baby since his birth. Atretes did not count on Rizpah’s fiery resistance to having “her son” taken away, nor is he prepared for the woman’s strength and beauty. From their first meeting, the two are caught in a stormy battle of wills.
This edition includes a foreword from the publisher, a preface from Francine Rivers, and discussion questions suitable for personal and group use.
“Once more, Rivers transcends the genre.” Booklist, starred review
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Coarse Language: One or two uses of damned. One character swears "under his breath" quite a bit, but no words are actually used.
Violence: Arguments with pushing and shoving. Several murders with descriptions of snapping necks, stabbing, blood, etc. A few references to one character being forced to fight in the arena for years. Some barbarian religious rites mentioned, including sacrifices (both animal and human), blood-letting, and dancing naked over the emblems of a pagan god. Drowning in a bog is referenced multiple times.
Sexual Content: Several instances of nudity, but mostly in a nonsexual way. Some talk of prostitution, sex, desire, adultery, lust, and rape. One character confesses to having sold her body for money. Another character remembers all the times he slept with other women. There are intense feelings of lust. One scene where a married couple has sex, but it is not described in any way.
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The final book, this one follows Atretes. As he finds the son he thought he lost, he finds he cannot shake off the babe's adopted mother. As he travels with the baby, his adopted mother Rizpah, and Rizpah's friend, a roman centurian, to his homeland, he bonds with Rizpah. When they arrive at his home, atretes (SPOILER ALERT) must lead his people to Christ with his new found faith, and his new wife, Rizpah.
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