A NEW LOVE; A Novel of the First Century
(Released: May 16, 2016)
What was it like meeting St. Paul in Corinth — seeing him work with his hands and hearing his passionate words that revealed his profound and unbreakable connection to the living Christ? And what was it like to be a girl, highly educated and gifted and in love in mid-first century, in the Greco-Roman world? You will find the answers to these questions hidden among the layers of eros and agape in A New Love.
Katerina Whitley has succeeded in crafting a novel which deftly portrays the earliest years of the Christian faith. The plot, while following scripture, offers a sense of real people who suffer real tragedies, whose lives are made new by the gospel. She captures a moment in history before the Bible was written, before the creeds were crafted. While reading this novel, I found myself engaged, and discovered that my own faith was quickened.
Katerina Katsarka Whitley's great skill as a writer is the ability to bring back to life characters most of us see only veiled in distance and history. In putting flesh back on their bones, she is doing what great books have always done--she allows us to see old stories (and our own stories) anew. A New Love is a gift shaped by solid scholarship and beautiful storytelling. You'll see the life of its characters--and of the early Church as you never have before.
“Katerina Whitley takes readers into the sweeping landscape of first-century Greece—and into the minds, hearts, and homes of the earliest Christians. Through the magnetic figure of Paul the Apostle—and the passion of his faith in the risen Christ—Whitley weaves a story of transforming love in a world turned upside down by these new believers. A beautifully written, inspiring book, with finely drawn characters and an authentic window into ancient settings, A New Love is a must-read for anyone fascinated by the origins—and the life-changing power—of the Gospel.”