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Book Review: Ben-Hur

A Tale of the Christ
By Carol Wallace

Betrayed by his childhood friend and falsely accused of attempting to murder the Roman governor, Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman is sentenced to the galley ships and vows to seek revenge against the romans and his former friend Mescal. But a chance encounter with a carpenter of Nazareth sets Judah on a different path. 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.

Carol Wallace is the great-great-granddaughter of Lew Wallace author of the novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which was first published in 1880. Carol has written more than twenty book, including most recently a historical novel, Leaving Van Gogh. She is the coauthor on the New York Times bestseller To Marry an English Lord, an inspiration for Downton Abbey. Carol holds degrees from Princeton University and Columbia University.

When I was given this book to review by the publisher (Tyndale Fiction) I was a little worried. I’ve read books before that are either about someone’s famous great whatever relative or remakes of their work, and hadn’t been all that impressed. However I decided to give Ben-Hur a chance, and maybe a little because of the upcoming movie that I want to see. Luckily Carol Wallace did a great job. Her updates make the book easier to read for the modern reader without loosing any of the fun of the story. There’s even production and movie photos in the book, as well as the inspiring story behind Lew Wallace. If you like Christian Faith in the Old Testament you’ll for sure like Ben-Hur.


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