Christian Historical Romance Book Club

 

It’s finally happened. We have a book club! Once every January, March, May, July, September, and November we’ll pick a Christian Historical Romance to read and then come together via Zoom to discuss it, maybe play a couple fun games, and do a give away. I’ve always wanted to do this, so I am so excited to share it with you. If you are interested, feel free to fill out this form. Signed up? Be sure to join the Private Facebook Group. Zoom Links will be sent either via email or shared in the Facebook Group. Discussion questions can be found ahead of time below. 🙂

Meeting Date: TBA

Time: 11 am EST / 10 am CST

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Who was your favorite character? Least favorite?
  2. What was your favorite part?
  3. Were there any struggles you identified with?
  4. Did anything strike you as surprising?
  5. Were there any parts you struggled with?

from ReadingGroupGuides.com

1. What was your early impression of Claudia’s mother, Julia, and her grandmother, Scribonia? What led to Julia’s exile?

2. How do you think being taken from her mother and raised in the palace shaped Claudia’s character?

3. Do you believe it was a love match between Lucius and Claudia, or did she learn to love Lucius?

4. What do you think Sejanus had in mind when he introduced Claudia to Lucius?

5. Remember Claudia was only sixteen. How would you have handled the sudden departure of your bridegroom on the day of your wedding and the long delay in joining him?

6. What was the reason for the constant moving between Jerusalem and Caesarea? How did Claudia handle that?

7. What drew Claudia to seek out Jesus? How did Lucius react to the miracle?

8. Do you feel Lucius tried to save Jesus? What shows you that he did? Why then did he give in to the Jewish leaders?

9. Just when Lucius thought he was safe, what happened? Why did Caligula act as he did?

10. Do you think Lucius committed suicide? Why or why not?

September 2020 CHOICE

Claudia by Diana Wallis Taylor

Claudia’s life did not start easily. The illegitimate daughter of Julia, reviled and exiled daughter of Caesar Augustus, Claudia spends her childhood in a guarded villa with her mother and grandmother. When Tiberius, who hates Julia, takes the throne, Claudia is wrenched away from her mother to be brought up in the palace in Rome. The young woman is adrift–until she meets Lucius Pontius Pilate and becomes his wife. When Pilate is appointed Prefect of the troublesome territory of Judea, Claudia does what she has always done: she makes the best of it. But unrest is brewing on the outskirts of the Roman Empire, and Claudia will soon find herself and her beloved husband embroiled in controversy and rebellion. Might she find peace and rest in the teaching of the mysterious Jewish Rabbi everyone seems to be talking about?

 

Readers will be whisked through marbled palaces, dusty marketplaces, and idyllic Italian villas as they follow the unlikely path of a woman who warrants only a passing mention in one of the Gospel accounts. Diana Wallis Taylor combines her impeccable research with her flair for drama and romance to craft a tale worthy of legend.

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