In the fourth century of our Lord, in the waning moments of the Roman Empire, lived a charming fellow named Aurelius Ambrosius. A popular figure, he began his career as a lawyer, and then as a governor, living in and about Milan, Italy. To his horror, however, people elected him bishop after he'd gone to the cathedral to silence a disagreement over Christian doctrine.
This book chronicles the Saint's life, but not as he lived it. This book is historical/Christian fiction; a fiction of how is life may have unfolded had he lived in the modern, perhaps futuristic, United States. The US, however, due to large-scale policy changes, is different than most of us recognize. It resembles Ambrose's Roman era in several important respects. First, Congress formally outlawed guns--so now only knives, machetes, and swords are available to terminate life. In addition, President Constantine I, who'd served in office thirty years earlier, changed our beloved democracy into an autocracy without shedding a drop of blood. The United States resembles Rome in lesser ways, too. At sporting events, contestants battle ferocious lions for points, and inmates fight gladiators to win back their freedom.
This novel highlights three important challenges the saint faced in his life. First, he was living a comfortable, secular existence until his mid-thirties. He was rising to the top, fulfilling the Italian Dream. But, his life abruptly changed when someone called out his name in church: "Ambrose, bishop!" Second, a debate between denominations over the meaning of the Trinity led to fighting in the streets. Ambrose humbly sided with the Nicenes, leaving Arian Christians desperate for survival. Lastly, Ambrose matched wits against Emperors, empresses, and local politicians. They had gained supremacy and endeavored to usurp the church's power. Learn how Ambrose destroyed them--understand how he made them grovel.
You'll encounter much literary violence within. This book depicts the cold-blooded times in which the saint lived, and the equally unbending modern times in which he is depicted.
Come. Read how it all comes together. Read about Saint Ambrose if you believe--or want to believe--that God is in charge!
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