Historiography § Hagiography
Amy Peterson has captured the spirit of early
Christianity in her gripping novel of life and
death in the ancient church. The characters are authentic inhabitants of the Roman Empire, and
yet they live out their faith in ways that are timeless
and relevant for all generations. The theology of
martyrdom--so central to the early church's perspective--is skillfully woven into the texture
of the story.
Perpetua is a hagiography for our day: an historically-accurate passion narrative that is
imagined in rich detail and compelling in its
spiritual demands on the Christian reader. In
this novel a heroine of the faith is given a new
voice, and the Paraclete is invited to do his
transforming work in a fresh way.
Bryan M. Litfin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Theology
Moody Bible Institute