The Apostle John series of books are fiction based on Biblical and historical research.
These 1st century Christians did not exist in a vacuum.
They were citizens of the Roman occupied Roman Province of Asia Minor.
They were seen as a threat by the Romans, by the pagans, and as heretics by the Jews who hated them.
Although the series is fiction, it is based on Biblical and historical research.
It does not preach, it tells a story of the people involved in this rich tapestry of life in the late 1st century under Roman rule.
In this series, readers can 'walk in the shoes' of the people of the New Testament, and the people whose lives they touch.
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If some of you are already my readers, then we have met in the books.In that case, you might have noticed that the personal struggles of the characters are not so different to the ones we all face.
Problems to be solved
Choices to be made (sometimes difficult ones)
As well as coping with...
Grief, death and mourning
So, I hope that in walking with the characters in the books, you will find recognition -
What has been, will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun
Book 1 In the Apostle John series
Sixty years after the death of Christ, the Apostle John is living and continuing the work his Savior called him to do.
See him in action… in his family and with the brethren.
Travel with him around the churches in Asia Minor.
Meet the brethren and see their challenges.
A man dedicated to God, John fulfills Christ’s commission to pass on the faith once delivered.
Meet Polycarp as a dedicated you man serving his community.
Hear of the cruel death of Antipas in Pergamum,
and discover the cost of the faith for the early Christians.
For some the cost was too great.
Book 2 in the Apostle John series
Discover the high price the Roman centurion, Publius, paid for his contact with Samuel, the oil-seller.
Did Benjamin resolve his crisis of faith over Deborah?
Did she have to marry the false teacher?
In a time when living by faith is a necessity, when adversity comes, do the brethren hold fast or lose heart and turn away?
How do the leaders of the fellowship groups cope?
What happens to the faith of the brethren when the Apostle John is arrested again?
Fall away, or hold fast?
Who are they following… their Savior or the man who follows him?
Book 3 in the Apostle John series
In the 90’s AD, early Christianity is still under threat. Benjamin, great-grandson of the Apostle John, is helping the last living Apostle to finish writing down his memories of Jesus Christ before the Roman authorities clamp down on him again. Will these be finished before the Apostle runs out of time?
But the Christians are not the only ones in danger. In a crisis, Rachel’s mother seeks help from the Apostle John, and Rachel comes into increasing contact with the Christians. As Jews, both women are in danger of being disowned by family and community for talking to heretics. Then Meshua returns with dire consequences for his daughter.
The team who helped bring the books to fruition...
A huge thank you to Lena Wisby of Lena's Lens Images (Facebook page)
Lena is a very talented photographer, and an awesome person. Someone I am very blessed to know.
The image on this page, and the book cover images of the first three books were supplied by her.
John and Mariela Reiss are two more people who deserve a big 'thank you'.
John did the original cover work on all the books, and Mariela updated the text style late last year. Mariela is also the patient and talented editor of the books in the Apostle John series.
Then there is Susan MB Preston, the author. She readily acknowledges the help of Divine inspiration and talented supporters.
You can read about her in her Bio, click the Media page.
Another person involved in producing these books was Geoff.
Perhaps the #1 fan of his wife Susan's writing,
Died in December 2013. Missed by many.
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