Publisher: CrossLink Publishing (June 7, 2013)
THE BATTLE BEGINS The year is 1524. William Tyndale makes the fateful decision to produce an English Testament without Church permission. He knows that a vernacular scripture will free the common people from spiritual domination by a corrupt and ignorant Church. If Tyndale is caught, he'll die at the stake. So will anyone found assisting him. Owen Alton, a London grocer's heir, catches Tyndale's vision.
But if he helps Tyndale, he'll be disinherited and lose Jane Horne, the minor-knight's stepdaughter he loves. Jane has defied her family in her desire to wed Owen. If he now should leave her for Tyndale.... As if she didn't have enough troubles, Jane discovers the shocking secret behind her mother's ruby ring.Boy, this book is packed with adventure! Poor Jane loses her mother at a young age and her stepfather had promised her mother that he would make sure she married a good man who would take care of her. So, he picked a man named Francis but Jane put her foot down and refused.
Owen had been studying to be a priest but when he was given a new book to translate into an English version of the Bible, he knew everything he had been taught to believe was wrong. He decided not to become a priest but went back to London and to Jane, whom he had loved since they were children.
From there, this story takes all kinds of twists and turns and Owen fears for his life if he is ever found out. Jane fears for his life also because the authorities are rounding up people who believe in the new version of the Bible and calling them heretics and putting them in jail or worse.
Owen is gone for three years while he is translating this book for William Tyndale. She meets a new man named Richard and likes him a lot but she is still holding out hope that Owen will return.
In the meantime, she finds out some secrets about her mother and herself. But the danger to Owen is growing. Will they escape the persecution? It's a well written story about love, the Bible and what promises are made and what true faith is all about. It's not totally a Christian book but rather an account of one man's struggle to translate the Bible into words that everyone can understand; English.
With a little bit of mystery, love and danger all wrapped into one!
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