Today’s Book of the Day is a Historical Fiction novel by Charles Gibson and it’s 67% off for a limited time. Taking the Cross has a 4.7 star rating and is on sale for only 99 cents – save $2!
“Taking the Cross is a fascinating and gripping read. Gibson’s vivid descriptions give you the sense of experiencing the Crusades era right with the characters.” Julie – Amazon Reviewer
Taking the Cross
by Charles Gibson
Rating: 4.7 Stars
Genre: Historical Fiction
Price: $0.99 save $2
In the Middle Ages not all crusades were fought in the Holy Land. A two-pronged threat to the Catholic Church was growing within Christendom itself and Pope Innocent III called for the crusade against heresy to eliminate both the Albigenses and Valdenses, two movements that did not adhere to Church orthodoxy.
Andreas, a knight who longs to go on crusade to the Holy Land, finds himself fighting against one in his French homeland. While Andreas wages war for the lives and religious freedom of his people, a battle rages within his soul.
Eva, a young woman of a new religious order, discovers a secret message within a letter about the death of the father in the Holy Land. As she learns more of her father, she is forced to confront a profound and perilous spiritual inheritance for which she must fight.
Filled with battles of the flesh and the spirit, Taking the Cross reveals a passionate aspect of Medieval times where some fought ardently for the freedom of others.
Here’s what the reviewers have to say:
Taking the Cross is a powerful story that personalizes the historical events of the Albigensian Crusade, one of only two Crusades to take place in Europe, with Christians fighting other Christians. Charles Gibson develops and brings to life the events through engaging characters and vivid description that instantly transports the casual observer to a participant in the story.
Taking the Cross is a compelling story with strong, in-depth characters. I love the way the author alternates chapters between the two main characters, Andreas and Eva. The story takes you not only into the physical battles of war but also the complicated struggle and disillusionment that can take place in a person’s heart and soul. I am anticipating the next book!
You don’t have to read very far into the book to discover that the author has a significant understanding of this time period and location. It is clear that the author spent a great deal of effort studying this era. This is a well thought out and researched piece of work. The vivid imagery and character development throughout the book is excellent and makes you feel like you know the main characters and are in the midst of everything that takes place from chapter to chapter.
I would say this has been the most interesting book I have read this year and I give it five stars. The talented author has created a true page turning story that educates the reader on the story of this tumultuous time in history and Christ’s message.
This was one of those page-turners that you just can’t put down! I thoroughly enjoyed getting the author’s take on this historical era of which I knew very little. His writing style was easily accessible and invited this reader into the characters’ lives. The battle scenes were in particular quite vivid. Very much looking forward to the next entry into this world!
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About The Author
Charles first started reading about history and geography when he was seven. He wrote his first short story at the age of nine. He continues to read and write whenever he can. It is not uncommon to find him pulling off the road into a park or parking lot to record some sublime thought (or try to write down his to-do list) before it slips into oblivion.
Charles has spent many years researching the Middle Ages and the Crusades, and has traveled to the Languedoc region in France.
He has combined the passions of history and geography and prose to finish his first novel, Taking the Cross. It takes place during the summer of 1209 in France.
Charles Gibson has previously written for the inspirational book series God Allows U-Turns as well as for a Twin Cities newspaper. In his spare time (i.e. his day job), he works as a project manager for a medical device company. He also loves travel writing, and would like to start his own magazine some day about travel (as opposed to tourism) as a part of the journey through life.
The pervasive theme of his writing is freedom. “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.”
He lives in Minnesota with his wife and sons.
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