Imagine if you will, that you are a young girl living during the Biblical age and sold as a slave to a prominent family of Jerusalem. Hard to imagine? You don’t have to because Roseanna M. White has done that for you in A Stray Drop of Blood. Ms. White takes you right into the heart and life of Abigail, who is the young girl sold into slavery. You are there when she is sold as a slave. You watch as she becomes more of a daughter than slave in the Visibullis home. You are shocked as the Visibullis son and heir makes her his own.
A Stray Drop of Blood was first published in 2005. Ms. White has reworked the story for its second publication in 2009. She will not need to rework it a third time because one cannot improve on a perfectly woven plot, characters that come to life as the reader gets to know them and the Biblical setting of the three years of Jesus’ teaching, His crucifixion and resurrection.
Here is a portion of the summary from the back cover:
For seven years, Abigail has been a slave in the Visibullis house. With a Hebrew mistress and a Roman master, she has always been more family than servant…until their son returns to Jerusalem after his years in Rome. Within a few months, Jason has taken her to his bed and turned her world upside down. Maybe, given time, she can come to love him as he says he loves her. But how does she open her heart to the man who ruined her?
I have read many books – both Christian and secular – in my life. Some of these books have been heralded as “the best book since the Bible,” and other larger-than-life accolades. I have been moved by these books. But none of them have come close to the effect A Stray Drop of Blood has had on me. None of the characters in the other books have awakened me in the middle of the night thinking about their struggles and their faith as Abigail did in this book. None of the other books intrigued me so that I could hardly wait for my lunch break or for my family to go to bed at night so I could get back to reading. And none of the other books taught me as much on forgiveness and faith.
In her endorsement, Julie Lessman wrote “haunts you centuries beyond the last page.” And that is true because there are many points in the book that God will use to teach you about forgiveness, faith and love. It is an anointed story full of life lessons for us.
This book must be at the top of your list of books to be read in 2010!