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As one of the bestselling stories of all time, Lew Wallace’s Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ has captivated and enthralled millions around the world―both in print and on the big screen. Now Lew’s great-great-granddaughter has taken the old-fashioned prose of this classic novel and breathed new life into it for today’s audience. Coming to theaters in August 2016 as Ben-Hur, a major motion picture from MGM and Paramount studios, the story follows Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman whose childhood friend Messala betrays him. Accused of trying to murder the new Roman governor in Jerusalem, Judah is sentenced to the galley ships and vows to seek revenge against the Romans and Messala. But a chance encounter with a carpenter from Nazareth sets Judah on a different path.
Rediscover the intrigue, romance, and tragedy in this thrilling adventure.

Also included: the inspiring story-behind-the-story of Lew Wallace―Indiana lawyer, author, and Civil War general.


Carol Wallace,co-author of "To Marry an English Lord," has written 21 books, including most recently her historical novel "Leaving Van Gogh." Previous titles have included humor, parenting, and social history.



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Ben-Hur, A Tale of the Christ, is a very adept and satisfying rewrite of the original, best-selling novel by Lew Wallace.  The author is the great-great-granddaughter of Lew Wallace.  She has crafted an updated, easier-to-read version, full of action and drama, in keeping with the original story.

Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman, is falsely accused of attempted murder of the Roman governor, as he parades through the streets.  The accuser is Judah’s childhood friend, a Roman soldier, whom he has only encountered once since their lives took different paths.  Sentenced to the galley ships with no chance of freedom, he vows revenge upon Messala for this atrocity.  Not only is his life ruined, the lives of his mother and his sister are changed forever. 

Through several chance and fortuitous encounters, Judah’s life is turned around.  On the ship, where Judah serves in the galley, the Roman tribune, Arrius, takes interest in him and his story.  During battle Judah saves the tribune who then adopts Judah as his son.  Another encounter is the one with the wealthy Ilderim who sees Judah as a potential charioteer for his team of fast steeds.  The most important encounter is the one with Jesus, the carpenter from Nazareth.  All of these contribute to his life and destiny. 

I recommend this novel which contains all of the intrigue, romance, and drama of the earlier work but without the difficulty of reading.  I received this novel through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.  (posted on Amazon, Good Reads, Christian Books, Deeper Shopping, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million)


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