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“Amora by Grant Hallstrom is an immensely moving story about love and forgiveness. Where does peace come from when your world is ripped apart? This is a remarkable peek into attempts of living a Christian life under the Roman Catholic Empire, and also one of the most touching stories of forgiveness I have ever read.

The introduction where Hallstrom talks about the loss of his brother touched my heart. I am positive that Calvin will be proud of this book which is dedicated to him. This book is inspired by a real event, the sending of a letter from Justin Martyr to petition Emperor Marcus Aurelius and the Roman Senate, and recorded as the first Christian defender. From this letter, Hallstrom created the story behind the noblewoman mentioned. This is Amora’s story, starting from the day she marries Leo. Who would know that from such a happy beginning, such sorrow would follow? Elegantly portrayed, the world of Greco-Roman is brought to life. Enthused with real people and all their intricacies this book will stand timeless. Death, loss, betrayal, greed, murder, all of these things are as painfully real today as they have been for thousands of years. And so is love, mercy, and forgiveness. I cried so much during the second half of this book, not only because of the tragedies that fall upon this family but also because of the incredible forgiveness that is learned along the way. This is without a doubt, the most emotional Historical Christian story I have ever read. It is a tale to treasure and pass on to others.

I found the story to be well told. It demonstrated the power of forgiveness in such a profound and substantial way. The literature was described so that you could imagine yourself in that time era. The elements of faith were appreciated and were not preachy.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction and stories about the Christian Faith and give it a 3 out of 4 rating because it is one of the books that at the beginning will make you wonder if you truly want to continue reading, but once you finish it, you will not regret it.”

3 out of 4 stars
by Yokasta Bonilla

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