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Junia - The Fictional Life And Death Of An Early Christian

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Fr. Michael Giesler

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 beginning of the storyline which continues in the books Marcus (2004) and Grain of Wheat (2006).

The author is a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei in St. Louis.

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This item received 5 stars overall. The riveting tale of a young Roman's journey to Christianity

Junia is a fantastic book about, as the subtitle says, the life and death of an early Christian girl. The book is set in the early years of Christianity, when the faith was still outlawed in Rome and the penalty, if one was discovered to be a Christian, was death. The title character, Junia, is a young Roman from a privileged family, whose father is trying to become consul of Rome. She is one of the most beautiful girls in Rome, and also one of the most intelligent - making her very sought-after by eligible men, and the envy of many girls her age. Her life seems set out before her, and it looks to be a comfortable, happy, and satisfied life - as good a life as anyone could want. But then one day, she gets tragic news which ends up throwing all her plans off-track, and changes her life drastically.

The end is obviously not a surprise, given the title of the novel - although it ends on a more hopeful note than one might expect - but the events that lead to that end ar Full Review...

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