The Bronze Bow
Some Jews, like Daniel, hate Romans because they killed his parents. Most Jews are submissive to the Romans. Daniel cannot understand this. He grappels with his hatred and want for vengeance, so he joins in the brutal raids of the outlaws living in the hills. His grandmother’s death forces him to move home and care for his sister, who is possesed of demons. He continues his dangerous life by leading a group of boys in spying and plotting, waiting to force the Romans out of Israel.
Daniel hears of the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth, but turns away again and again, confused by his lack of action towards the Romans. Jesus teaches him that vengeance cannot conquer vengeance, but love can. The loyalty of Daniel’s friend Joel, the love of Joel’s sister, Thacia (Malthace), and the innocent needs of Daniel’s own sister, Leah, helps him realize that a sword for a sword will take not his own life but another’s, but love for vengeance can conquer.
I, personally, loved this book. I actually cried at the end, and when you read this, it feels like meeting Jesus face to face. You feel for Daniel, who’s surge of hatred is so strong, he cannot bear the sight of a Roman, just like he cannot understand Jesus’s parable of the Good Samaritan (Jews and Samaritans hated each other). Daniel is a very well-rounded character with depth and meaning. As protagonist, we not only want to hear his story but feel with him as he struggles to understand love. All the characters have depth and meaning.
The characters vividly real, the story gripping, and plus, it takes place in Jerusalem at the time of Christ.This is a five-star book and needs to be read right now. If you are looking for a book with depth and meaning, this is the perfect book for you.