BRUECKE TO HEAVEN: a gripping story of faith and persecution

Posted: July 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

My Christian faith has led me to many awesome stories over the years. Real-life examples like those of Mitsuo Fuchida, the Japanese pilot who ordered the attack on Pearl Harbor and later embraced Christianity, and Richard Wurmbrand, who stood as a pillar of Christ in an era of rabid persecution against Christians, were nuggets of authentic inspiration to me.

A little while ago, I heard about the Waldensians, a community of Christians spread throughout the Alps, who copied and memorized the word of God during the Middle Ages, when the authority of the Catholic Church was considered absolute.
I had the blessing of coming across a series of novels about the Waldensians, written by one of their descendants, Mr. Timothy W. Tron.

The first book in the series, called BRUECKE TO HEAVEN, is one of the most gripping Christian novels that I have ever been blessed to come across.

Set in the Vaudois region that gives the Waldensians their name, in the 11th century, it tells the story of an epic struggle between worldly power and the Power of God in a truly memorable manner. I loved every page of it and felt deeply for every character, from young Jakob, who we see in the opening of the book struggling to memorize Scripture, to wise old Arktos, with his unwavering faith. Even the villains are compellingly fleshed out, from the power-hungry Pope Lucias to his loyal general, Lucier, who is struggling deeply with his conscience.

What I love the most about this book is the fact that although it is Christian fiction, it pulls no punches in regard to the things that people are willing to do to each other in the name of a misguided approach to faith. There are scenes in this book that are definitely not for the faint of heart, but those who stick with it to the end will have read one of the most captivating historical novels ever written. I had no idea that there was a proto-Protestant community long before Martin Luther thought of his reforms. This is a surprising, entertaining and educational read that should grace the shelf of any Christian.

Ten out of five for a masterpiece of faith-based historical fiction. Although Mr. Tron was gracious enough to provide me with a copy of his work for review purposes, it is my blessing to say that the views herein are my own.
Thank you, sir! May God bless you abundantly.

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