Beginning with the story of Stephen from the book of Acts, considered the first Christian martyr, the drama builds to the passion of the early Church's persecution under the Roman Empire. The hardy and radical faith of those first believers spawned medieval missionary movements that spread the gospel across Europe and into England, Scotland, and Ireland.
As the story continues, it places a significant emphasis on the sufferings of the early Protestants during the Reformation. As a vicar in the Church of England, author John Foxe strongly identified with the Protestant sects throughout Europe, and his loyalty to their cause comes through in his descriptions of many early clashes between Catholic and Protestant believers.
Listeners are given an opportunity to experience the storytelling that incited several wars between Catholic and Protestant forces. The political and personal passion of the Reformation continues with the stories of the French Protestants during and after the French Revolution.
- Wrong Narrator Chosen in My Opinion
I hate to sound like I'm a part of the "oppressive patriarchal system", but I prefer to listen to an audiobook written by a man to be read by a man. This sounds like I'm listening to grandma tell bedtime stories. In saying that, she does read well, and the production of it is well done. I just would have preferred a male voice for this book, to give me more of a feel that I was somehow listening to the author himself.
- I highly and heartily recommend this...
I highly and heartily recommend this Hovel Audio recording of Foxes Book of Martyrs, both for the content (an historical record of Christian persecution and martyrdom) and for the audio production itself. Christian Audio (http://christianaudio.com/) offers this recording.
It is read very well by Nadia May. The correct inflections and appropriate pauses make it easy to follow and absorb.
This work starts with the persecutions recorded in the biblical account of the Acts of the Apostles. But then, where the biblical account ends, this work presents an historical account of continued persecution ending with the story of Adoniram Judson (1788-1850), missionary to Burma.
The persecutions described in this book are at times very graphic. But despite this word of warning, this book should be listened to. Remember, similar persecutions continue in some parts of the world today. This book and others like it will create a sense of urgency and fervency in your prayers.
The pages of Scripture offers a good description of the men, women, and children portrayed in this book:
1 Peter 4:13-16 …rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. …yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.
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- Nadia May is a gifted narrator...
Nadia May is a gifted narrator and she brings all of that and more to her work here as well. She does an excellent job in bringing one of the more difficult books to narrate to audio format. Foxe's Book of Martyrs is one of those historical treasures I've returned to read and reread off and on throughout the years. Having this book in particular available in audio format is an added plus! Highly recommended!