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Overview Paul Farid was once a member of the royal family who openly persecuted any Sudanese who failed to practice Islam. Now he is a Christian who puts his life on the line to aid the persecuted. Col. Ben Alier has fought for 21 years against the government's mandates to control the oil, religion, slavery, and politics of Sudan. Their worlds collide, and as the relational tensions escalate so does the physical danger.
Paul Farid was once a member of the royal family, who openly persecuted any Sudanese who failed to practice Islam. Now he's a Christian, who puts his life on the line to aid the persecuted Sudanese. His wife, Larson, is a doctor committed to giving her life for peace. Colonel Ben Alier has fought for twenty-one years against the government's mandates to control the oil, religion, slavery, and politics of Sudan. He neither trusts nor rests any hope in the newly formed government. Ben's health deteriorates while Larson finds out she is going to have a baby. Their worlds collide, and as the relational tensions escalate so does the physical danger.
From Publishers Weekly Mills, a popular Christian romance writer (When The Lion Roars), travels to the Sudan in this action-packed, if didactic, inspirational novel. At the center of the story are two likeable characters, Larson and Paul Farid, Christians who long ago set [their] course to aid the persecuted Sudanese and spread the gospel. Paul, who converted to Christianity from Islam, has reason to worry that his decidedly anti-Christian family may actually try to kill him and his wife, but nonetheless, he desperately wants to see his relatives and tell them about Jesus. Meanwhile, Larson, a courageous physician, discovers that shes pregnant. Since children were not in her plans, she worries about the impact of a baby on her medical work and marriage. When the Farids friend Ben is diagnosed with cancer, he decides he needs to get his personal house in order. The novel is not without problems; the backstory that connects Ben and the Farids is complex, and Mills could have helped the reader along by explaining it more straightforwardly. In contrast to recent Christian fiction that subtly integrates faith into the story, here the religious message can feel heavy-handed. However, an intriguing sub-theme runs throughout, as characters tend to withhold important information from those closest to them. (Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Award-winning author DiAnn Mills launched her career in 1998 with the publication of her first book. Currently she has fifty books in print and has sold over 1.5 million copies.
DiAnn believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.” She is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels.
Six of her titles have appeared on the CBA Bestseller List. Three of her books have won the distinction of Best Historical of the Year by Heartsong Presents. Five of her books have won placements through American Christian Fiction Writer’s Book of the Year Awards 2003 – 2008. She is the recipient of the Inspirational Reader’s Choice award for 2005 and 2007, a Christy Awards finalist in 2008, finalist for the 2010 Inspirational Reader's Choice, finalist for the 2010 RITA and winner of the Christy Award in 2010.
DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope and Love, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. DiAnn is also the Craftsman Mentor for Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild.
She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. They have four adult sons and are active members of Metropolitan Baptist Church.
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Adventure you want to keep reading - about the Sudan Jun 16, 2009
I won this book from the Author and she wrote in front to expect an adventure. She was right. It is a book you cannot put down. You learn about the war in Sudan in 2005. You learn about the people of Sudan and how little they have and the disease and unclean conditions in the country. Paul Farid is Arab and married Dr. Larson who works with the people. Paul Farid flies supplies and food in for FTW group in states. Both of their lives become in danger. Ben Alier is the leader of the government soldiers. He is in love but Larson but she marries Paul. There is war, fear, danger, and faith. There is lots of faith to be found in this book. I have been battling my battles but in my mind due to so much illness. Yet through this book I found myself encouraged and uplifted and ready to fight on. My battle was different that war in a country and yet we all have battles within we fight. We find Paul questioning his faith and wondering why God does not give him answers. If we would all be honest, we have questioned our faith too. Like Paul we come to a point where we finally submit and continue our fight of faith. Paul changed his name just like Paul in the Bible when he became a Christian. As he was from a powerful family and once persecuted the Sudanese people and then got saved, his life is a lot like Paul's in the Bible. He is in danger by the hands of his own family. Ben gets injured and then finds he has another battle to fight that is not of war but physical and it is harder to handle. The ending left me gasping when I read about who betrayed Paul to his brother and what ensues from there. But when the book is done, you want more. I feel more powerful and ready to fight in my own faith since reading this book and I've been saved 51 years.
A MUST READ! Sep 17, 2008
There are some great reviews on the story so I will just say, YOU HAVE TO READ IT! This is the sequel to "When the Lion Roars" and just as good. It keeps you on the edge of your seat and holding your breath until you can turn the next page. You feel like Paul, Larson and Ben are your personal friends.
Don't miss out on this great book (series). Not only is it a great adventure with love and suspense but it is an eye opener to what goes on in the southern Sudan region. What AWFUL things those precious ones suffer for their faith.
A Story With Take-Away Value Jul 27, 2008
I'm impressed by the character of Larson. Her grit and the way she cares for others. She is a worthy heroine. Paul, who had to give up his family to embrace the love of Christ, also won my heart. I highly recommend this book.
A Compelling Sequel Jul 11, 2008
Paul Farid is a wanted man. His family considers him a traitor and has put a price on his head. Can he ever shake loose from his Muslim heritage? Maybe he should move to the United States where he and his wife Larsen could live in relative peace and security. His desire to keep his family safe only intensifies when he discovers Larsen is pregnant and they adopt an orphan newborn whose young mother has been killed during rising tensions between the North and South Sudan. The fragile peace treaty seems almost a farce. Death tolls from in-fighting continue to rise. Now Paul has been contacted by his brother. Does he really have an interest in Christianity or has he set a trap for Paul? Bad enough his life is at risk, but he must now think of his family's safety. He struggles with the reality he is not strong enough to guarantee their safety. Not in this wild land. Can he learn to surrender this protection to God? Larson wants to be a good wife. Their plans not to have a child are disrupted when she discovers she is pregnant. Then she adopts a motherless child. Now that she is a mother and expecting another child, is she wrong to bring up children in this unstable situation? She sees the strain Paul's worries cause him. Should she give up her commitment to practice medicine in this hostile and primitive region? What does God require of them? Ben Alier struggles with Larson's rejection and marriage to his friend, Paul Farid. When he learns of his life-threatening illness, Ben confronts his past. He has an out of wedlock son. He wonders if he should marry the boy's mother and set his life in order before he dies. He becomes entwined with Paul and Larsen yet again as he helps Paul work through the on-going threats against his family and Paul helps Ben comes to terms with his physical condition. In this compelling sequel to When the Lion Roars, Diann Mills has captivated us once again in the lives of these three strong-willed individuals. This is more than a treatment of man's inhumanity to man in a land that is still suffering from the aftermath of a long and brutal civil war. This is a story of newly wed couple as they struggle to define their place in the land. It is a story of healing as well as a story of a faith that holds in the face of danger and trial.
Captivating Sequel May 7, 2008
This is a book of conflict. Paul and Larson Farid are happily married, but wonder if they should run for their lives or stay in the danger zone where God has placed them.
This is a book of love. Larson finds herself caring for a baby that isn't hers. She can't just let it die.
This is a book of spiritual hunger. Paul's brother may want to convert to Christianity, but Paul doesn't know if this is just a ploy to trick him into getting the torturous death his family has been plotting against him for years.
Again my heart goes out to Colonel Ben Alier. He keeps fighting the stirrings in his heart. His troubles cause permanent changes to his life. Some good changes and some not.
This captivating sequel to DiAnn Mills' When the Lion Roars brings us up to date on the characters' emotional struggles and breaks our hearts for the people of Sudan.