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Ben-Hur - Lewis Wallace

The tale revolves around two storylines: the story of Jesus and the story of Ben-Hur. The author supposedly was engaging in a discussion with an atheist over the existence of God when he discovered how little he knew about the actual historical setting of the Messianic events. He set to work, and after a season of research, turned up with the book, his primary purpose being to teach.


Callista : a Tale of the Third Century - J.H. Newman

Callista is an arresting picture of Christian commitment under trial in the third century A.D. John Henry Newman's novel follows the moral and spiritual development of three very different characters caught up in the mysterious processes of divine Providence, who all fulfill their destinies through suffering and self-sacrifice. The Greek sculptress Callista, an exile from her native island in the Sea of Marmara, serves the cause of paganism by fashioning images of the gods. Agellius, her suitor, rediscovers his Christian duty and vocation in the terrifying circumstances in which he finds himself, while his brother Juba struggles to overcome his own passions and inner torment.


Quo Vadis? - Henryk Sienkiewicz

Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846-1916) won the 1905 Nobel Prize in Literature. A brilliant Polish writer and patriot, he is possibly best known abroad for his monumental historical epic Quo Vadis that portrays the vibrant and dissonant combination of cruel excesses and decadence of Rome during the reign of the corrupt Emperor Nero and the high faith of the emerging era of early Christianity.


Praying the Psalms with the Early Christians: Ancient Songs for Modern Hearts - Mike Aquilina

Mike Aquilina and Christopher Bailey open a treasure chest of ancient Christian wisdom that will enrich your experience and appreciation of the psalms.  Gathered together in this book are reflections from some of the greatest saints of the early church on the psalms.  Each of the short chapters on selected psalms is designed to help you pray these beautiful and personal Old Testament songs - not just to read or recite them, but to make them part of your lives.  Each chapter features: The complete text of the psalm in the Revised Standard Version translation. A brief introduction that sets the psalm in context "Words to remember" - a few lines to recall throughout the day. Short reflections in modernized language from one or two great early Christian thinkers. Questions to help you apply the words of the psalm and the ideas of the early Christian writers to your life. Also included are brief biographies of the men and women quoted in the book. Mike Aquilina is a noted Catholic Scripture scholar, apologist and author or editor of more than a dozen books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion. 


The Fathers of the Church: An Introduction to the First Christian Teachers - Mike Aquilina

Most Christians have at least a passing acquaintance with St. Augustine, but how many know much about Irenaeus, Cyprian, Origen, Polycarp, or Justin? These are just a few of the famous “Fathers of the Church” whose thoughts and teachings have influenced the entire history of Christianity. Now, in easy-to-read and understand language, Mike Aquilina offers “a first look” at the first Fathers.


Signs and Mysteries: Revealing Ancient Christian Symbols - Mike Aquilina

Imagine the dangerous life of a First Century Christian. You've embraced your newfound faith in Christ but fear the risk of persecution or death at the hands of the pagans living around you. Then a trusted friend tells you about some of Jesus followers who secretly meet. He whispers into your ear, Look for a fish carved into the entranceway to the burialchambers beside the Via Tiburtina. You smile in gratitude.

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