Monday, April 28, 2014

Review: The Advocate

The Advocate
The Advocate by Randy Singer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Theophilus wanted to be a great Advocate. Due to an enemy he made in his youth, he is sent to assist Pontius Pilate in order to prove himself. While there, he witnesses the trial of Christ and begins his own personal struggle with what he saw. He was the person who suggested the Barabbas switch, and after a murderer is released and an innocent man is executed, Theophilus begins to doubt his advocate skills. Over the course of the next 30 years, Theophilus has finally proven himself during a rocky time in Rome’s history. When he is asked to defend Paul in front of Nero, he discovers that there was more to the life of Christ then he had known earlier.

The Advocate is an historical Christian fiction story that brings life into the person of Theophilus. Historians don’t really know who Theophilus was. Luke addresses him in the books of Luke and Acts, but Singer is able to take events that are known and weave a tale that will make the reader want to explore this time in history and these biblical books in more depth. I found myself wishing a friend was also reading this book too so that I would have someone to discuss it with. This would make a great book group read and would also work well to create a flame where a person is beginning to have a spark of interest. I have already started talking this book up.

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