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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Clash Of Faiths is a dramatic religious novella written by author Susan M B Preston. It is the third in a series of companion works to her Apostle John series, focusing now on the members of old Simon’s family. In this instalment, we find ourselves in and around 100 AD as Simon returns to Ephesus with a new mindset in tow. Judah, Simon’s son, is surprised to find the man bringing the whole family and getting ready to settle in Ephesus for good. But when Judah also discovers the real reasons why, it sparks a conversation of heresy, faith and judgement that could tear a family apart.
Having read many of Susan M B Preston’s works before, I was interested once again to see her capture a new slice of life in the early development of the Christian faith. Here, we see side characters from her previous series discovering their own faith choices in the early clashing days of the culture, and the divides developing within a single family really make the drama and importance of such a choice stand out. The prose is well written, with dialogue that doesn’t feel too modern but has also been simplified from the original time to make the characters more relatable. On top of this is the superb description of places such as Kusadasi and Ephesus itself, where the ruins of today are brought back to life as real places where people lived, breathed, fought and loved. Clash Of Faiths offers all of that and more.