Nov 11, 2023
Any time you get a chance to chat with M.D. "Mike" House, you're in for a treat, and this week's interview about his next book in the Barabbas series, Sophia, is no exception. Listen in as he talks about where he sees the series going, the research he's done, the Bible truths he shares and learns, and a whole lot more.
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Mike House's Barabbas series is one of the series that prompted my return to Biblical fiction a couple of years ago. I love seeing the deep dives he does into Biblical history to ensure we don't just touch on the commonly assumed things. He looks at what we know about them, what is believed, and compares that with other facts of the time to make an educated guess where facts aren't set in stone. That's a whole lot of work, but it sure does ensure that we get a rich story that combines the "what is" with reasonable "what ifs".
In this conversation, we look at the series, the characters, and everything in between. Mike gives us a hint of where the series might go after Sophia and I was excited to hear he might even go past the second and third centuries. SQUEE! Who might be part of Barabbas' family far into the future... say during the time of the Reformation?
We also chatted about a lot of other things, because that's what happens when you get to talking to someone who loves the Lord, loves fiction, and loves people like Mike does.
After her miraculous rescue by the angel Raphael, Sophia, daughter of Barabbas and Chanah, sets out with the former slave Onesimus to find the elusive and itinerant apostle John. Once they find him, an unexpected trip outside the Roman empire into the mysterious northern nation of Sarmatia expands her understanding of God’s global efforts to gather his children to their Savior.
It also reveals in starker detail the pernicious, pervasive attempts by the adversary to disrupt the work and turn the children of God toward evil and superstition. Pride is her own weakness, and she must learn how to temper and control it, so that her mind might be open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
What surprises await her as she travels great distances with the Lord’s beloved apostle to spread the message of the gospel? How differently does God see her life than what she has assumed? What will happen to the growing church’s relationship with Rome when Emperor Vespasian dies and his sons pick up the mantle? And how does John continue to have so much energy and faith?