Let’s Chat! The Advocate

Welcome, everyone!

I have the pleasure of spotlighting a masterful piece of work by Randy Singer: The Advocate. It fits perfectly on the stage and among the props of our recent Holy Week.

The Advocate

This 2014 novel by Randy Singer centers on Theophilus, a brilliant young assessore (advocate/attorney) in A.D. 33 Jerusalem, who witnesses and unwittingly contributes to the trial that changed the history of the world: Jesus’. This young man is one of Rome’s elite. In addition, he studied under Seneca the Younger alongside Caligula, who was to become one of the most notorious of Roman Caesars.

As a fourteen-year-old student, Theophilus found himself at odds with his friend and fellow student, Caligula. He couldn’t have imagined where his life’s path would take him–all the way to the cross of Christ.

The Trial of Jesus

At Jesus’ trial, Theophilus stands behind Pilate and whispers, “Offer to release Barabbas.” Jesus is obviously innocent. Theophilus figures if given the opportunity, the people will choose the release of the gentle man over a blackhearted criminal. Surely.

But the strategy backfires. And Theophilus witnesses an innocent man suffering as a guilty one and dying by crucifixion. The trial alters the world. And the experience never leaves the advocate. It haunts him.

The Trial of Paul

Three decades later, Theophilus has proven himself in the legal ranks of the Roman Empire. He has survived the insane rule of Caligula and has weathered the cruel tyrant’s quest to control the woman he loves. He has endured the mindless violence of the gladiator games and the backstabbing intrigue of the treason trials.

However, it is the trial of a man named Paul that proves to be the apex of this young man’s life and the defining experience for his troubled soul. Remembering the injustice of the first trial, he sets out to prove Paul’s innocence and thereby change the fate of the empire.

But can the advocate stand before the most notorious Caesar of them all–Nero–and mount an effective defense that will keep another innocent man from execution? 

My Thoughts

I was deeply moved by this story. No wonder it was a 2015 Christy Award finalist and winner of the 2015 ECPA Christian Book Award. As a lover of historical fiction, I was captivated by Singer’s presentation of the advocate’s training at the feet of Seneca. And by the unique weaving into the story line his friendship with Caligula as a boy.

The scene in which the advocate finds himself an unwitting witness to the trial of Christ and spontaneously offers his idea to Pilate is mesmerizing. His haunting memory of the injustice of Jesus’ trial, and his defense of Paul will remain with me always. 

I wholeheartedly recommend this powerful novel. It brings Ben Her to mind. It’s thoroughly researched and masterfully presented. Absorb the eighteenth and nineteenth chapters of John prior to reading this novel. Go back to Acts and reacquaint yourself with Paul’s missionary journeys. Reread his prison epistles: Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon, and I believe you’ll be as captivated as I was. 

Like me, you might experience a goosebump or two. Let me know your reaction. I’d love to chat with you about it.

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Lord, we pray Your blessings on Randy Singer as he writes for You. And let us not fail to tell others the greatest story ever heard.
~ For Jesus’ sake

 

2 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! The Advocate

  1. Debbey

    Love your books!

     
     
    1. Thank you, Debbey!

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Blessings from Caryl McAdoo

Welcome, everyone

Blessings. One of Caryl McAddo’s favorite subjects. This popular Christian historical romance novelist is guest blogging for me this week. Gather ’round for the latest on blessings from Caryl . . . 

P.S. Be sure to check out Caryl’s giveaway below. 

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A Divine Idea Blesses All = God’s Economy

How God works astounds me! Far in advance He knows what’s coming and prepares His children, gets everything in motion so that when the time arrives . . . I LOVE His economy!

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After participating in my first-ever multi-author series, Lockets and Lace with my SILENT HARMONY (https://www.amazon.com/Silent-Harmony-Lockets-Lace-Book-ebook/dp/B078RT4W63) that debuted in January, my Father suggested I create a new multi-author series. Coming up in November—this is all happening in 2018—would be my 5th Annual “Thanksgiving Books & Blessings” Facebook Party.

Hmm, what if those participating authors wrote a special Thanksgiving story?

Thanksgiving Books & Blessings

In February, I invited authors to participate not just in the November Party, but to write a Thanksgiving story! The rest is history—nineteenth century history to be exact—and romancing pioneers settling the wild west. Doesn’t that just sound like too much fun?


Almighty God arranged everything for me—the authors for starters! I have (in alphabetical order) Heather Blanton, P. Creeden, Lena Nelson Dooley, Kristin Holt, George McVey, Kit Morgan, Lynette Sowell, and Suzette Williams joining me this year for the First Annual Thanksgiving Books & Blessings Collection!

Our launches begin Thursday, September 6th with my GONE TO TEXAS, book one in the collection and also book one in my personal new Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga. I suspect it will be nine to twelve novels before that’s finished. For my first saga, the Texas Romance series, I wrote a prelude plus nine stories, but loved those people so much, added SEVEN more ‘Companion’ novels! It’s time to start fresh.

After mine launches, one historical romance set in the 1800s will release each day until Friday, September 14th, from eight more best-selling, award-winning authors! The Lord gave me the idea. He called the authors. I count the Thanksgiving Books & Blessings Collection His work; I’m only His hands and organizer-daughter.

(https://www.amazon.com/Thanksgiving-Books-Blessings-9-Book/dp/B07G5K2PQL

I’m so excited to see what He will do with it, to watch His plans unfold!

With His help, I’ve worked since February on this project to bring Him glory. It’s been such a pleasure getting to know these awesome folks participating and learning so much from them. A large amount of organizing went in to recording all kinds of information. Then in July, revealing our lovely covers at our Facebook Extravaganza party, and now we’ve come to our Launches!

Gone to Texas

Thursday, September 6, GONE TO TEXAS becomes a book! See how blessed I am? I don’t deserve it, but I am blessed and highly favored every day! It’s wild! It’s so amazing! Pre-orders are available now.
 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FPSQGB4/

So please accept my invitation to join our Thanksgiving Books & Blessings Group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ThanksgivingBooksAndBlessings/.  

Then come to the Launch Day Celebration by the same name on September 6! It starts at 10 a.m. and each author will have an hour to debut their title, ending at 7 p.m., but the party will stay open with authors dropping back by for all to have an opportunity to participate. Prizes will be awarded the following morning by 10 a.m. 
https://www.facebook.com/events/272343450221011

I am confident God will bless our readers with hours of wonderful entertainment. I believe the authors have been blessed already through the process but will be even more so as the titles are released into the world! The Lord blessed our graphic designer Evelyne LaBelle at Carpe Librum Book Designer with ten print and ebook and audio covers, including the Collection Cover.

I pray that YOU get blessed, Linda Davis, for inviting me to come and share about our new collection. Thank you so much! I’d enjoy blessing one of your readers with a GIVEAWAY of an eBook copy of GONE TO TEXAS! See? From start to finish, everyone gets blessed—and that’s God’s economy!

**To enter, all you have to do is comment! I’d love to hear what your favorite family tradition is for Thanksgiving Day!**

Before I leave, please let me speak on your Thanksgiving Day Gathering this year. May loved ones surround you, the good food fill you, and God’s precious Holy Spirit be in attendance, bringing His peace, joy, and abundant blessings to all!

13 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Blessings from Caryl McAdoo

  1. Kingsley

    Wow! Awesome!
    My first attraction was your hair ma. It’s beautiful, spotless and angelic. Now I know why the scripture said the glory of the old is their grey hair. Though yours has a glorious white appearance.
    You have really blessed lives with your books. God bless and keep you Ma.

     
     
  2. Jane Quail

    What a wonderful way to meet other authors on Linda’s “Let’s Chat”. The current posting by Caryl McAdoo is so exciting and full of opportunity, that others of us authors out there can be excited about her opportunities and the evidence of God’s Hand in her life. Many blessings and more evidence of our Lord’s moving His gospel message through Christian authors and the inspiration that only He can give each of us.

     
     
    1. Jane Quail

      Addendum: My favorite part of Thanksgiving is the Turkey (an honorable offering) being prepared by Grandma (me), and the mmm’s and ahhh’s of family surrounding the table, and the sweet prayer of gratitude for blessing beyond our imagination!
      God bless all who respond, and you, Caryl, as well as the other authors. May He bless you richly now in the future!

       
       
    2. Welcome, Jane! And thanks for your sweet addition to the conversation. Bless you!

       
       
  3. Rose

    Your books sound awesome. Hope to read them soon. Really enjoyed the party. It is so great to have so many Christian authors.

     
     
    1. Hi, Rose. You’ve blessed us by joining us.

       
       
  4. Teri DiVincenzo

    I’ve been so excited about these books! The covers are gorgeous, and what’s not to love about the 19th century? We always get together with our immediate family, and enjoy the worlds biggest kids table! I also make my brother and sister stand still for an annual selfie!
    Terirose22 (at) hotmail (dot) com

     
     
    1. Hi, Teri! It’s great to have you in our circle this week. You’re entered in the drawing 🙂

       
       
  5. Looking forward to the new series . It is truly rom God this divine pairing of wonderful authors with you also running the show and giving God the glory for your part in getting it together. We usually have a big dinner with my boys and my two grandkids when they are able to join us..they all watch football and we have also p,aged a few games..thanks for a chance to win your book..blessing Caryl

     
     
    1. Welcome, Rory! You’ve blessed us. 🙂

       
       
  6. Thank you so much, Faith! Our family usually has several games going before and after dinner> I love word games best 🙂 Charades is fun, too.

     
     
  7. Faith Creech

    Love your books! Thanks for the chance to win!
    Our favorite tradition is ea In-Game dinner together, and the putting up the Christmas tree!!

     
     
    1. Aren’t family traditions wonderful? Love seeing you here, Faith.

       
       

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