Witness - Book One of The Seeds of Christianity Series

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Young shepherd girl, Rivkah, accompanied her father to a Bethlehem stable. The events she witnessed there changed history. Experience Roman Judea, people burdened by Caesar's armies and Herod's cruelty. Rome tore them apart, but slavery and rebellions couldn't destroy the love between Rivkah and Shemu'el, the man she believed God destined for her. Witness it through the eyes of one who lived it. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781452400846
About EG Lewis

E. G. Lewis lived, worked, and traveled the back roads of Kentucky's Appalachian hill country for many years. Memories of this wonderfully wild place of mountains and hollows, creeks and rivers, with its hardscrabble life and whitboard churches became the inspiration for his novel Promises.

A former newspaper editor and publisher, his articles have appeared in many national and regional magazines. He is the author of five novels and lives with his wife, also a writer, on the Southern Oregon Coast.

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A world in turmoil. The Roman army on the march...Herod rules Israel...false Messiahs rise and fall...a Savior is born in Bethlehem. Young Shepherdess, Rivkah, saw it all. Now you can Witness it through the eyes of one who lived it.

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Review by: Gail Lewis on March 31, 2012 :
I have a hard copy of all four books in the series, The Seeds of Christianity by E.G. Lewis.I decided to reread WITNESS on my new Kindle as an eBook. It's worth reading more than once!

I agree with the other reviewers that this novel is excellent and I've learned much about First Century life in an entertaining way. As each book in the series was released, I got a copy and read it. They just get better and better. Highly recommend all four of them, WITNESS, DISCIPLE, APOSTLE and MARTYR. Follow the lives of a family you will grow to love as they experience the blossoming of Christianity.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Adam Collings on Jan. 22, 2012 :
Rivkah and Shemu'el are young shepherds. This story opens by giving us a glimpse into their life in first century Israel. One night they are visited by angels that tell them of the birth of a child. Their experience that night, meeting the baby promised to be Messiah impacts them in a way that will influence their entire lives.

This is not a re-telling of the life of Jesus, it is a story of ordinary people who witnessed some of the key events of the gospels, and how it affected their lives. Jesus, Mary and Joseph make occasional "cameo appearances" in the story, but ultimately it is about Rivkah and Shemu'el.

This book kept me on the edge, as events conspire to shatter the lives of the protagonists. We follow their struggles, their fears and their hopes. We read through the story, anxiously waiting to see if hope and joy can be restored.

Witness is very thoroughly researched. You really get the sense of stepping into a real world - a taste of what life was like in those days. E.G. Lewis draws not only on Biblical sources but much history of the day including the Jewish historian Josephus.

I thorougly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next installment of the character's lives.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Adam Collings on Jan. 22, 2012 :
Rivkah and Shemu'el are young shepherds. This story opens by giving us a glimpse into their life in first century Israel. One night they are visited by angels that tell them of the birth of a child. Their experience that night, meeting the baby promised to be Messiah impacts them in a way that will influence their entire lives.

This is not a re-telling of the life of Jesus, it is a story of ordinary people who witnessed some of the key events of the gospels, and how it affected their lives. Jesus, Mary and Joseph make occasional "cameo appearances" in the story, but ultimately it is about Rivkah and Shemu'el.

This book kept me on the edge, as events conspire to shatter the lives of the protagonists. We follow their struggles, their fears and their hopes. We read through the story, anxiously waiting to see if hope and joy can be restored.

Witness is very thoroughly researched. You really get the sense of stepping into a real world - a taste of what life was like in those days. E.G. Lewis draws not only on Biblical sources but much history of the day including the Jewish historian Josephus.

I thorougly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next installment of the character's lives.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sheila Deeth on Jan. 12, 2011 :
Witness, book one of the Seeds of Christianity series, starts with a masterful scene. Delightful details set stage and character, time and temperament; young Rivkah tends her flock and tries to obey the dictates of Yahweh and her Abba while village boys throw insults and lion roars.

There’s a beautiful innocence to Rivkah and her thoughts, and the author has a gentle way with words, explaining with just enough detail to intrigue, leading with just enough hints to entice. The story unfolds from wondrous choirs of angels to the storm-clouds of despair, and follows the fractured love between shepherd girl and talented young man, just as the soldiers of Rome are putting down yet another insurrection. Divided by fate, united by love, the two young people grow to separate adulthood, each with their dreams and desires unfulfilled, while the world of Rome and conquest moves inexorably on.

Favorite movies and novels of my youth include The Robe, Demetrius and the Gladiators, Ben Hur, The Great Fisherman, Dear and Glorious Physician… If only I had a paperback copy of Witness I’d add to my collection, but the version I read was on kindle. Author E.G. Lewis has paid the same careful attention to detail and research as these classic writers did, taking a carefully studied historical background and sketching a consistent view of the unknown with masterly pen. The worlds of shepherd and slave, Judea and Antioch, Roman and Jew all come to life. Their concerns become real, the longing palpable, the hope, the joy, the sorrow, and the seeds of faith referred to in the title.

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it highly to anyone wondering how those early days might have felt when the Seeds of Christianity were first sown.

Disclosure: I got this ebook using a coupon from the author after failing to win a copy of the paperback.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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