Title: Perpetua: A Martyr’s Story
Author: Amy Rachel Peterson
Page count: 448
She loves the Christian life she chose, but is her faith worth death? Rich, privileged Perpetua, a young woman just coming of age in Carthage, discovers Jesus at a time when Christians are being thrown to the beasts in amphitheaters for sport. Rejecting her father’s pleas and the gods of the ancient Roman Empire, she embraces a relationship with Christ and falls in love with a man who shares her faith. Together they navigate the treacherous, bloodthirsty culture and attempt to evade the suspicions of her high society circle. But in the class-conscious third century, can any new believer withstand this depraved world and the temptations of betrayal and freedom? Joy and life bloom for Perpetua, but every victory seems to take her closer to the ultimate sacrifice. Can she choose to leave behind all she ever loved? In a story based on her original diary, discover Perpetua’s transformation from a pagan aristocrat into a defiant disciple of Jesus Christ who has inspired centuries of believers with her story of faith and sacrifice.
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