This unforgettable story of the discovery of the True Cross will thrill readers with its adventure, and with its vivid portrait of one of Christian history’s most important women.
Davis Bunn is an excellent author who writes all types of novels and never disappoints. However, I wasn't so sure of this book when it came in the mail. It isn't a very long book, coming in at only 176 pages, and it is a very unassuming book in appearance. Armed with the knowledge that Bunn is a great author, I started reading it. And I couldn't put it down.
I either had forgotten Helena was a real person, or never learned about her. Regardless, as I read it, I wondered if she was a real person. I Googled "Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine", and sure enough. Just as the book said, she had led her famous son to Christ, and she had also taken a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and legend says she found the cross Jesus was crucified on. With that knowledge, the book became even more interesting to me.
It is historical fiction, so many of the events and characters in the book come from the author's imagination, but he takes the reader on a fascinating journey from Ceaserea to Jerusalem. The journey is filled with all sorts of interesting and miraculous events, and after finishing the book, it seemed to me the book was longer than just 176 pages. He packs a lot into those few pages.
It is an interesting and entertaining read, but there is also a great message in the book. That there is always forgiveness, even we turn our backs on Jesus and do things that seem beyond forgiveness. Although the people in the book that repented were fictional, it is not beyond the realm of possibilities that there were real life Christians who turned their back on their faith to avoid torture and death for them and their families.
I would highly recommend this book. Davis Bunn can put this short but packed novel up against the best historical fiction there is and be proud of this latest work. It does not disappoint. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
About the author:
Davis Bunn is an internationally-acclaimed author who has sold more than seven million books in twenty languages.
Honored with four Christy Awards for excellence in historical and suspense fiction, Davis was inducted into the Christy Hall of Fame in 2014.
His bestsellers include The Great Divide, Winner Take All, The Meeting Place, The Book of Hours, and The Quilt. A sought-after lecturer in the art of writing, Bunn was serves as Writer in Residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University.
Davis Bunn also writes under the names Thomas Locke (for his epic fantasy and techno-thriller novels) and T. Davis Bunn (for books published prior to 2002).
The Pilgrim is available from Fransiscan Media.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Franciscan Media in exchange for my honest review.
Read the first 3 chapters here.