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Interesting story but the writing was off It told rather than showed. i read this book when i was in my 10th grade when my english teacher lend this book to me.i don t actually read christian fictional books coz it makes me bored but i get to enjoy this one it s a fictioanl exploration about the life of an early christian faith from a very personal point of view. @Download Book ô Junia ô As The Beautiful Daughter Of A Roman Senator, Junia Enjoyed The Best That Life Had To Offer In First Century Rome She Was Grateful And Anxious To Please Her Family, A Dutiful And Obedient Young Woman Of Privilege That Is, Until A Chance Friendship And Its Abrupt End Sparks An Interest In A New Religion That Will Lead To A Destiny She Never Imagined Junia Is A Fictional Exploration Of Life At The Very Beginning Of Christianity From A Very Personal Point Of View It Shows How The Attractions Of The New Religion Were Accompanied By Social Struggle, Family Division, And The Risk Of A Disgraceful Death To Those Courageous Enough To Embrace It The Author Is A Priest Of The Prelature Of Opus Dei In St Louis I read this book a couple of years ago but I forgot it all so I reread it I love this book because it s so inspiring I wish this book was an English class assignment and I was the teacher I would have the author expand on certain parts of the book The ending was abrupt While it was an easy book to read, there were glaring holes in the plot and places in the plot line that I really wish the author would have developed better All in all, a good read for those of us who enjoy historical fiction. I just reread this I ve read it maybe 4 or 5 times Its a short, but powerful story of a young Roman girl finding Christ and being martyred for it Highly recommend. Beautiful and simple fictional story of a young Roman girl s journey into Christianity soon after Christ s death Highly recommend for mature middle school students. A great, easy read with depth and purpose I want to own it so it s on the shelves for my kids to pick up someday I recently finished one of Father Giesler s non fiction books, You See Me, You Hear Me, it was so amazing, I circled back to this one and bumped it way up on my reading list I am so glad I did, this book is an amazing read But I found out it is part of trilogy It is hard to find the books by Father Giesler, for they are published under many different variations on his names For example, this book on the cover has the name Michael E Giesler, book 2 Marcus has the name Michael Edward Giesler, and book 3 Grain Of Wheat does not even have a name on the cover From what I have found his books are published under the following names Michael E Giesler, Rev Michael Giesler, Father Michael Giesler, Michael Edward Giesler and just Michael Giesler Based on how wonderful this book was I have already picked up his three historical fiction novels and look forward to reading them One other strange thing about this series before I get to the review, Books 1 and 3 have eBook, kindle and print editions, where book 2 only has a print edition But back to this specific book.My first reaction after reading this book was WOW I could barely put this book down I read it on my commute to work, and it took all my discipline to put it down and start work when I should But I ended up reading both my coffee breaks, and through my whole lunch That is how addictive this book is And I am very thankful I have books 2 and 3 ready to go Yes, this book is a fictional story But it is based in on a lot of history There are stories of numerous saints from this time that this story mirrors Saint Philomena among others This story revolves around Junia, a roman citizen, and daughter of a senator who is about to become consul to the emperor She is beautiful, intelligent, and loved by most But in first century Rome, not all things are as they appear After the death of her closest friend in the colosseum for being a Christian, she is drawn to the Christian faith And soon one of her rivals in Roman society sets out to destroy her She is given a choice of worship the emperor and renounce Christ or die From the beginning readers know where this story is heading But how father Giesler gets us there is masterfully done As a first work if fiction the writing in this book is incredible The characters are fully fleshed out The pacing is excellent The plot based on historical facts will transport you back in time And based on the political culture today maybe a reminder of what may yet come to pass As mentioned this book is a page turner, once you start reading you will not want to put it down And the story continues a few weeks after the events of this book in Marcus I read a lot of books, I average over 100 a year and this is an incredible piece of Christian fiction A great read that I give a solid 5 5 Stars Read the review on my blog Book Reviews and More and reviews of other books by Father Michael E Giesler Note This book is part of a series of reviews 2018 Catholic Reading Plan I found this little book quite by accident and was delighted with it It ticked the boxes for me of being about the people of ancient Rome and also about early Christianity I had never heard of the author Father Giesler before and was surprised to see that it was written as recently as 2002.The story focuses on the life of Junia, the daughter of a wealthy Roman senator Junia lives in luxury and has an easy life with servants slaves and the freedom to choose from a group of eligible men chosen by her father There is a lot of gossip about the strange practices of the new religion called Christianity and Junia becomes aware of the different behaviour of one of her friends and wonders what has caused the change It takes some time for Junia to become involved in the new beliefs of the Christians, she has to face the fact that her family will be brought into disrepute if it is discovered that one of the household is a Christian Worst of all are the dreadful penalties to be paid if the Roman authorities find out that a person is a Christian.The story is set one hundred years after the death of Jesus and the persecution of Christians is still vicious To think of becoming a Christian is a potential death sentence and those found to be practicing the faith are vilified by the people of Rome.I found the story to be an interesting glimpse of life at the time, a touching story of courage and strength of faith, in fact a very faith affirming read.The writing was simple and there were excellent footnotes to explain some of the religious and ancient Roman terms I found the style reminiscent of Gertrud von le Fort and Thomas Costain.