Trio of Christian Novels Ideal Reading for Lent, Easter

Christians searching for an inspiring read may want to consider a trilogy of critically acclaimed historical novels by author Barry Connolly. All three books follow the trials and triumphs of men and women of faith in the earliest days of Christianity.

The series begins with ‘The Good Thief,’ which tells the story of Dismas, the ‘good thief’ crucified with Jesus and pardoned by Him on Good Friday. It is a powerful tale of a young Jewish man’s determination to avenge the unjust deaths of his brother and sister. His quest drives him from Rebekah, the woman he loves, and propels him on a desperate and fateful journey.

In ‘On the Road to Damascus: The Story of Rebekah and Lucius,’ Rebekah and other early followers of Christ are forced to flee Jerusalem steps ahead of a relentless persecution led by Saul of Tarsus. Lucius, a Roman centurion who has come to love Rebekah, races against time to save her.

In ‘Serah: The Daughter of Rebekah and Lucius,’ we meet a young Christian girl coming of age in First Century Rome. Serah struggles with a faith she knows only through the stories of her mother and father. Compelled to flee for safety to her mother’s homeland in Judea, she begins a journey that will challenge her courage, open her heart and change her life.

Reviewers have been generous in their praise for ‘The Good Thief’ series of novels:

‘A skilled storyteller, author Barry Connolly has a positive knack for engaging his reader’s total attention from first page to last.’ — Midwest Book Review

‘…Refreshingly consistent attention to period detail and atmosphere…everywhere aided by Connolly’s gift for quick, evocative description…popular religious fiction done exactly right.’ — Open Letters Monthly, Arts and Literature Review

‘Rebekah and Lucius are warmly-drawn characters…and the thread running through the whole narrative…of Christianity’s beginnings through the desperate courage of its earliest believers, binds everything together understatedly and gracefully.’ — Historical Novel Society

‘The Good Thief’ (ISBN 978-1-4502-3287-6), ‘On the Road to Damascus: The Story of Rebekah and Lucius,’ (ISBN: 978-1-4759-9765-1), and ‘Serah:The Daughter of Rebekah and Lucius,’ (ISBN 978-1-5320-4670-4), are available at and They can also be ordered through other on-line and traditional bookstores. For more information, visit or

(SOURCE: Connolly & Company LLC)

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