Thursday, January 21, 2010

Honor in the Dust

Author: Gilbert Morris
Publisher: Howard Books
August 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4165-8746-0
Genre: Inspirational / historical

Stuart Winslow wants to lift himself and his widowed mother out of poverty. When Stuart finally secures a place in King Henry VIII’s court, Stuart believes his luck has changed. However, he quickly discovers that King Henry VIII’s court is a wicked cauldron of vices, power plays, and temptation.

Still, Stuart manages to rise in power at court, but then he is asked to find and deliver an enemy of King Henry VIII for execution. This enemy happens to be an acquaintance of Stuart’s, whose sole ambition is to translate the Bible into the language of the common man—William Tyndale.

Does Stuart fall prey to his dangerous ambitions and accept the assignment? Or is he willing to face death at the stake for the sake of Christ?

HONOR IN THE DUST is the first book in A Winslow Breed series, the story of what happened with the popular Winslow family during an earlier era when the Tudors reigned. The story is divided into different parts, with Part One entitled: The Prodigal (1497-1512), Part Two entitled: The Homecoming (1512-1521), Part Three entitled: The Convert (1524-1527), and Part Four entitled: The Fugitive (1528-1536).

Gilbert Morris is a hit and miss author for me. I have loved some of his books and hated others, so I was kind of hesitant to begin this book, especially since it was a precursor to the very long House of Winslow series. Gilbert Morris used a lot of history in this book, using real life people as characters, such as King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and William Tyndale. Since their history is readily available, Morris did an excellent job using them in this story. The story remains true to Morris’ writing style in other books of his that I’ve read. 256 pages. $13.99.

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