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Publisher's Note:

The year is AD 316. Imperial persecution has ended, but Christianity's future still hangs in the balance. Will churches rise in Rome where pagan temples once stood? Will the true Scriptures replace the myths of the gods? Will Jupiter finally bow the knee to the Lord Jesus? For the first time in history, the Roman emperor supports the church. Bishop Sylvester sends Flavia from her convent to seek Emperor Constantine's permission to build great churches and determine the canon of Scripture. But the enemies of God are on the move. Joined by Rex, Flavia's beloved protector who has fought his way out of exile, the two friends cross the empire by land and sea on an epic quest to free the Roman people from the tyranny of the ancient gods. Bristling with tension and undergirded by impeccable historical research, this tale of courage, defiance, and humble submission to God continues the captivating saga of two unlikely allies in the age of imperial Christianity.…

Every Knee Shall Bow

by Bryan Liftin

Overall Book Review:

Every Knee Shall Bow, written by Bryan Litfin, follows main characters Rex and Flavia on an epic journey throughout the Roman Empire. Set in AD 316, this Christian historical fiction includes a liturgy of real — and fictitious — characters. The plot is fast-paced, with plenty of adventure and intrigue in its nearly 500 pages. Although Every Knee is the second book in the Constantine’s Empire trilogy, it can still be read as a stand-alone novel. Litfin includes maps, a historical note, and glossary to help readers orient themselves. Every Knee Shall Bow is incredibly detailed and delves deep into Christian history and theology.  While some of the dialogue feels unnatural for the time period, the story will fascinate fans of drama and history.

Review of Advanced Reading Copy from the Publisher

Content Analysis

Profanity/Language: 2 religious exclamations.

Violence/Gore: A few verbal threats and implied occurrences of violence; frequent secondhand reports of violence including battle, murder, physical punishment and a violent yet faked suicide; a few non-life threatening injuries; frequent brief scenes of violence including physical fighting, war, slapping, stabbing, cutting off an arm; a few extended scenes of violence involving battle; several non-detailed scenes of violent death; a few brief scenes of blood and gore include head and other battle injuries; a few scenes with intense violence, both brief and extended (2 pages).

Sex/Nudity: Several incidents of kissing; several sexual references regarding rape, concubines, and prostitution; frequent implied or reported incidents of sexual activity including prostitution, rape, pimps, virgins and pregnancy out-of-wedlock; a few mature discussion regarding sex involving Christian beliefs.

Mature Subject Matter:

Murder, war, slavery, Christian persecution, idol worship, slave/prostitution ring, rape & concubines, alluding to a man being a child molester, kidnapping, miscarriage, attempted assassination.

Alcohol/Drug Use:

Characters drink wine frequently; a character confesses to sneaking down and drinking wine as a child.

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My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.