by Richard L. Black
"As Maximus immerses himself in the Jewish culture, he must confront the questions that could change his life: Is is possible this carpenter from Nazareth is the Son of God? Is it possible for a man of war to live a life of peace?" -- from the book
An innovative rendering of the story of Christ through the eyes of an outsider, assuming a fake public identity, and pondering whether he can believe in Jesus.
"As Maximus donned his purple-bordered white toga and prepared for the meeting with the Senate, he knew deep inside he no longer subscribed to the idealism of the empire."
"This is a powerful novel on a grand scale with some of the great Biblical epics of the past. Sweeping motivations and grueling battles, both emotional and physical, fill its pages." -- Meridian Magazine
"I am always impressed with people that come from a different background that discover Christ and choose to follow him. I think it almost requires a higher degree of faith and self-reliance as opposed to leaning on the belief of others. Maximus came from a decidedly different background."
Maximus and Androcles were unknowingly part of a new religious movement, breaking through legalism to become a global religion.