kindleChristian readers searching for an inspired choice for a book discussion group or their own Holy Week reading may want to consider a trilogy of critically acclaimed historical novels by author Barry Connolly. The series centers on the trials and triumphs of men and women of faith in the earliest days of Christianity. More information can be found at

‘The Good Thief,’ 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 struggle with his faith and his 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 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. They are only steps ahead of a relentless persecution by the Sanhedrin led by Saul of Tarsus, a zealous soldier-scholar. 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 the shadow of Emperor Claudius’ Rome. Living an idyllic life on her family’s equestrian estate, Serah struggles with a faith she knows only through the stories of her mother and father. When her family’s welfare and her own life are threatened, Serah flees for safety to her mother’s homeland in Judea. It is a journey that will test her faith, challenge her courage, open her heart and change her life.

“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)

‘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 in paperback and e-book versions. They can also be ordered through other online and traditional bookstores. For more information, visit or

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