The Fire, the Revelation and the Fall (The Epic Order of the Seven) by Jenny L. Cote

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
Overall
4.9 Llamas

Review

I’ve been waiting to type up this review for months. Here it is. The review of my favorite book in the whole world. The Fire, the Revelation, and the Fall! The best book ever! I have read this…. I don’t know how many times. I am a huge church history fan so when I found this book I was bouncing off the walls. I love the story of Paul and Jenny L. Cote really captures it. I have already reviewed the book before this one, (So go read that if you haven’t. It’s called the Wind, the Road, and the Way.) and I told you that this story is a two-parter. This is part two. So, let’s get started.

In this book, Paul is about to go on his third missionary journey. The animals are there to help protect him and the precious letters he is writing for the churches. But Paul has to go through many struggles to get where he wants to go. Rome. Where the power hungry Nero is up to no good.

I adore this book. Love it, love it, love it. It is sad that Christians are being hunted down and Paul has to lose a few things to do God’s will, but the story of the church is one of the most beautiful stories in history. Now, it’s not true that a bunch of animals held their own Olympics during the time of Paul, but I think that adds a fun touch to the tale. If you want a great story with funny animals and a new twist on the background characters that you didn’t know existed in the Bible. This is the story for you. It is absolutely a story for me.

Overall, the best book on planet earth. (Maybe that’s a stretch. The Bible is the best book on planet earth.) I believe this series is a great one to read with the whole family. There is mention of death and persecution of the Followers of the Way, but that’s our history. Not all of the stories in this book are true but the points in this story have made me seen Paul in a completely new light. Plus, there are some bonus stories in this book. Paul isn’t the only person going on an adventure. If you’re a teen, this book is perfect for learning more about history. If you are a parent looking for a story to share with the kids, this could be a great one to put next to Narnia. I can’t wait to read the book again. You should give it a try too. Hope you liked my review.

– The Tiger Reader

Pros

  • Awesome story
  • Great characters
  • Educational
  • Funny

Cons

  • Mention of persecution of Christians (But that’s our history and I believe those people are with their Savior now.)

Paul’s third missionary journey is underway as he heads to Ephesus where he’ll establish a ministry base for Asia, and as Max, Liz and Nigel work behind the scenes to make vital connections, uncover plots and inspire the formation of a New Testament. Little does Paul realize that his letters to the Philippians, Romans, and Corinthians will become the seminal letters of the Christian faith. Reunited with Dr. Luke, Paul uncovers a plot on his life by the Jews yet boldly travels on to Jerusalem where he is arrested and imprisoned in Caesarea for two years. Luke takes advantage of this time to interview Mary, John and other eyewitnesses of Jesus to capture in his journalthe greatest story ever told. All the while murder plots and power struggles abound in Rome with the rise of the infamous Nero as emperor.

When Paul finally appeals to Caesar before Governor Festus, so begins a treacherous voyage to Rome and a surprising encounter with the next generation of the Roman family of Antonius, Julius the Roman
Centurion. After months at sea and a harrowing shipwreck on Malta, Paul arrives in Rome yet must spend two years under house arrest before his trial before Emperor Nero. Julius arranges for his brother
Theophilus to be Paul’s legal counsel in Rome, and Luke writes two letters (Luke and Acts) to help him prepare Paul’s case. Hope abounds when Nero releases Paul and drops the charges of the Jews. He is finally free to continue his mission to spread the good news of Jesus. But the Enemy has other plans, and manifests once more as the evil lion Lucifer to come after the Christians. A wave of persecution sweeps across the
Roman Empire as believers are forced underground and face horrific death through Nero’s cruel whims or in the arena with lions. Peter and Paul are finally arrested and sentenced to death in Rome, but not before they write several last letters to strengthen the church. Nero’s excesses spell his doom, and a new era of emperors is ushered in with the rise of the Flavian Dynasty. With the rise of Domitian comes increased persecution of the church and the exile of John on Patmos. He laments being the last remaining disciple but his hope is restored by the Revelation and release from Patmos.

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