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[PDF] Replenish the Earth By Philip Bulman – serv3.3pub.co.uk ❰Reading❯ ➶ Replenish the Earth Author Philip Bulman – Serv3.3pub.co.uk Later generations would call it the Great Persecution The Roman emperor Diocletian tried to destroy Christianity in 303 AD Replenish the Earth is a riveting tale that gives you an intimate view of a s Later generations would call it the Great Persecution The Roman emperor Diocletian tried to destroy Christianity in AD Replenish the Replenish the PDF \ Earth is a riveting tale that gives you an intimate view of a small Christian community that struggles to survive one of the most vicious assaults in human history.


10 thoughts on “Replenish the Earth

  1. Mike Duron Mike Duron says:

    Interesting Read CAs usual I won't bother with giving you a synopsis You can read other 'reviews' or just the description of this book at or goodreads if you want a synopsisSince I'm neither an expert on ancient Christian culture the Diocletianic Persecution or any of the historical personalities involved I'm going to express to you in this brief review how I felt while reading this book as a writer of fiction myself Maybe from this point of view you can tell whether or not it's something you might want to read If it doesn't help I apologize in advance since the author's perspective is the only expert perspective I have to offer as a reviewerWhile I don't normally read Christian fiction and I'm actually staunchly anti Religion in general I'm going to ignore any parts having to do with the faith I might disagree with This I write simply to get out of the way since it should be a given that the review is not a review of the faith the times or the people described in the novel This review is about the novel itself and how well I feel it succeeds as a literary work of art So first of all I'll mention the parts where I feel it failed then to leave you with a happy feeling I'll describe the parts where I feel it succeededThe first major problem I have as a reader is being distracted by things like grammar and misspellings You won't find many such errors committed in the text of this novel It's proofread uite thoroughly though I did run across a few misspellings and and split infinitives The main distraction I found though was the author's tendency toward excessive or misplaced exposition My reading notes are cluttered with sDt throughout Show Don't Tell and these entries far outnumber anything elseComing in a close second is something other reviewers have mentioned before me the author tends to over uote from Christian texts I get the sense the author is in love with these passages and is moved by them; however as a general reader I'm not moved Instead I'm kicked out of the scene and find myself flipping forward through the text to the end of each lengthy uotation and thus the continuation of the action What's and a close third in the errors I saw committed here is the tendency of the author to speak in lingo or code decipherable only by Christians For example what does it mean to see an assembly bathed in the Spirit like weary travellers who have reached an oasis exactly? What are you really saying when you write God's people were filled with every grace and blessing as they shared the sacred meal? What exactly are you trying to say? So why not just describe that instead of use code phrases and lingo that means nothing to those outside the culture?Beyond this another major distraction was the anachronistic appearance of ideas and phrases For instance at one point a major character who works in the palace as a scribe thinks about calling in sick the next day This seems an idea that shouldn't really even occur to ancient people As I wrote above I'm no expert on ancient Romans and Christians but a scribe calling in sick to the palace seems sort of comical Mel Brooksish In another example of anachronistic thought or action one character looks at blood on the ground and wonders if a person could survive losing so much blood This 900 years before Medieval medicine had advanced to the point people were being bled to cure illness mind you So how would an uneducated Christian have such a modern day thought? To her it would likely be up to God if that person survived or not For all we know she may have thought losing so much blood was a good thingAnd this leads me to another distraction the people in the story are walking around in what I'm thinking is right around 303 AD Yet they speak as if they're walking around modern day Los Angeles This is except for the fancy people like the upper class Romans who true to cliche refuse to use contractions just like the demonsI'm guessing the demons and upper class Romans would speak with an upper class British accent in the film version of this book except maybe for the demons who might have a Cockney accent spoken in a deep gutteral voiceWhile I'm on the subject of the demons by the way I agree with the another reviewer who said the demons weren't needed That's exactly right in my opinion It's not an easy thing to write demons convincingly so that they're taken seriously by most readers and things don't come off as cliche and farcical Were I revising this book I would cut out the scenes of Asmodeous and the gang entirelyI could go on with other faults I find with this book but I'll stop there and move on to the things I actually liked For one I liked the way the author took me into the everyday lives of Christians in the time of the Diocletianic Persecution He really does convey how scary life could be for Christians during those times and though I failed to connect emotionally with the characters I really wanted to be moved about Rachel I promise but for some reason I felt like a spectator than a close friend during that whole part I thought it was interesting to see how tough life could be during those uncertain times where death could come to anyone at the mere whim of a local officialAnother thing I liked was the way the author used real figures from history so I could look them up and learn something about an era and people I really hadn't given much thought to before I mean I've taken the old World Religions class at the university but that was at least six years ago and while we did touch on the Judeo Christians during the time of Christ we didn't really go into the culture and times described in this novelWhile it isn't something I would normally read I would recommend this for Christians who are curious about those times and people I think this book will entertain you engross you and expose you to something you just as I never really thought about before


  2. Sylvie Sylvie says:

    Sitters on the fence might hesitate when they read that the theme of ‘Replenish the Earth’ is the persecution of the Christians in 303 AD On the other hand it might make them wonder as I did why on earth so many people would have subjected themselves to such persecution unless their experiences so thoroughly convinced them of the truth of their beliefs Of course it doesn’t prove anything one way or the other but what does?I liked the Christians and their dedication to each other Linus didn’t completely convince me with his sympathy for them although he worked for the Emperor and was always posting up edicts of how they should be further persecuted For anyone but a staunch believer it is indeed hard to understand how they withstood the inexorability of itThe one area in which I had reservations was in the style which for me focussed almost too much on telling and not enough on showing For example I did not get a sense of place could not visualise the landscape and even my mental pictures of the communities were mixed up with memories of any community at any time in the past where houses were huddled together and the streets narrow But it didn’t stop it from being a moving and shaming story


  3. Pam Bugbee Pam Bugbee says:

    I received this book for free through a Goodreads First Reads giveawayThe story takes place in the year 303 AD in Rome Linus a young man who lives and works in the emperor’s palace has learned that the Roman emperor Diocletian has begun a mission to forbid Christianity throughout the lands As a scribe for the palace Linus is one of the first of the citizens to know about the emperor’s intentions as he must create scrolls of the announcement to be hung up within the community A Christian himself Linus spreads the word of the Great Persecution among the small Christian community to which he belongsAt first the government sets out to burn all of the existing churches Along with the buildings many scriptures that have been kept within the churches also perish Linus and a few others who know how to write try to gather as many surviving scriptures so that they can put together a complete set From that set of scrolls they copy the scriptures in order to scribe sets of scrolls for Christian communities like their own Christian worshipers begin secretly gathering at member’s houses in order to continue their faith As things turn serious and the emperor’s soldiers try to uncover the improvised churches membership within the Christian communities begins to decline The emperor announces that anyone who is caught with scriptures or found worshiping in a secret church will be imprisoned or punished in even worse fashion This story is about the love dedication sacrifice and fearlessness of the Christian people who lived during the time of the persecution No matter the repercussions the remaining members of the Christian communities stood together and continued to go about their lives helping others and serving GodThis story was so powerful and well written that it drew me in immediately Being a spiritual non practicing Christian I wasn’t sure how I would take to the religious aspect of this book The religious references within the story were in no way overbearing and they certainly did not take away from the story line itself In fact there was just the right amount to go along with the engrossing tale Upon finishing this book I was left feeling inspired and hopeful


  4. Marie-Anne Mancio Marie-Anne Mancio says:

    Philip Bulman's Replenish the Earth looks at the way Christians were persecuted under the Romans The protagonist Linus is a Christian in the uneviable position of having to transcribe the anti Christian edicts of the emperor Galerius He plays the dangerous game of using his knowledge to protect his community I liked that premise as it immediately set up a suspenseful situation and a character with a dilemmaThe book is very informative as a history of persecution and I have no doubt Christian readers will find it inspiring and relish the for me overlong biblical uotations The pace meant the suspense was well maintained My main problem was I couldn't get a feel for the historical setting I wanted information about the sights and smells I felt the characters' thought processes and dialogue were too contemporary and sometimes were mouthpieces for ideas rather than having their own psychologically convincing thoughts The visit to heaven and hell didn't work for me either And that's where I found the book most problematic I wanted moral ambiguity and complexity It was too dualistic for me This is a pity because it could have been a great story and the reader's faith shouldn't necessarily affect their enjoyment of it you don't have to be a Catholic to appreciate Waugh's ''Brideshead Revisted But if you want a book to remind you of the power of faith in overcoming adversity then you'll enjoy this


  5. Barbara Barbara says:

    The persecution of Christians under the Roman emperor Diocletian must have been horrible to withstand and this book makes it seem very real It certainly made me wonder how I would react when faced with death or denouncing my faith I did not rate it higher because even though I usually enjoy some Scripture inserted into a story I felt it was a little bit overdone in this novel The circumstances usually made scripture appropriate but they were much longer than they needed to be to give the spiritual sense the story reuired I enjoyed reading it and would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in this topic It was probably closer to 35 stars


  6. Fox Fox says:

    I won this book through the first reads program and my copy came both autographed and with a lovely letter from the author himself I was rather torn about this book I'm a bit of a history buff and particularly drawn to religious history and how it has evolved overtime Being as focused as I tend to be on religious history and having recently read Unholy Night which took care to mention umran and the texts published there I was a bit thrown when the verses that were uoted seemed to be lifted from the King James Version of the Bible which would not be released for uite some time I felt it would have better to use an older translation or at the very least a translation not wrapped up in medieval language uite so noticeablyAt first reading the book I thought that it would have been better suited to having been written as a historical non fiction text I found the facts about Christian worship during this time interesting and the attention paid to Roman life at the time was similarly interesting Philip Bulman took time to explain some of the practices of the scribes and some of the finer points of Roman architecture as well as some facts about the emperor's personal life that I wasn't familiar with at all A straight non fiction book about this period would be very interesting indeedOnce I became a bit accustomed to the fact that this book was a story taking place during the time period instead I was thrown a bit off by the fantastical elements of it The story would have been compelling enough without the added side messages about the heavenly host and Asmodeus The asides regarding what was happening in Heaven and Hell respectively were a bit jarring compared with the real facts of the persecution itself While unusual things do happen and arguably miracles as well I feel that writing with an eye towards realistic events with a mysterious person intervening as Raphael did in one scene would have been striking than asides about the host talking about their future plans This would ground the story a bit better and allow for a greater emotional response to the characters within the storyI enjoyed the discussion about Marcellinus after he what he did and the struggle of Linus was similarly compelling The very idea of what early Christians struggled with acting Christ like in the face of such horrible persecution and continuing to not hate those killing their own is something I struggle to imagine It's incredible what people have gone through and the very remarkable nature of the story itself is something that can shine without fantastical additionsWhile I struggled with this book at times it is a subject that is fascinating and the characters were good ones The book could easily be fleshed out and I think that most readers would enjoy it if it were There is a lot to be said about this topic and it would be grand to see written on it


  7. archdandy archdandy says:

    I won this book through Goodreads and it was very nicely signed by the author thanks Mr Bulman I had a hard time deciding what rating to give this book because it is so religious and I am very anti religion In the end I gave it 2 stars instead of 3 stars not because of my religious beliefs but because of how the story was written First of all this is a very short story not even 200 pages so maybe that contributed to this but for me the story felt incomplete The epilogue at the end helped to relieve some of that feeling of incompleteness but it didn't disolve it completely It would have been nice if there was even a brief paragraph or two describing what happened to the rest of the Christians during this persecution to give the story depth My biggest complaint however is that there were pages and pages of psalms being read and words from what the Christian's believed were God's words It got very tedious and felt like I was having religion thrown in my face and I don't like to feel like somebody is trying to convert meThe story was nice and I felt myself worrying about the characters as the different phases of the persecution unfolded You could really feel the characters struggles as they tried to keep their faith through those challenging times especially Linus Bulman did an excellent job of telling what it must have been like for Christian's during the times when Rome tried to get them to renounce their faith and conform to their societies beliefs


  8. Frances Frances says:

    I received this free book from Goodreads Thanks to the author for signing it I can honestly say I'm glad I wasn't around in 303 during the reign of Roman Emperor Diocletian This story follows a group of Christians and their struggle to worship in house churches undiscovered by the soldiers Eventually they are betrayed and die for their faith So many before them were tortured and burned alive for their faith in Jesus Christ They can be commended for remaining strong in the Lord amongst all the persecution We don't know what persecution is in this country where it is free to worship and openly discuss our faith in God We can freely read the scriptures where ever we are No hiding Bibles under our tunics or sewn into our clothes A good read to bring one down to earth and remember there are those out there in many countries around the world even in this day and age that are indeed being persecuted for their faith and they are not free to worship their Lord and Savior openly Some of the passages of the persecution in this book were hard to read but such is history


  9. Brian Brian says:

    I received this book in the Goodreads giveaway contest Many thanks to the author for the autographed copyAfter reading this book I feel very blessed to be living in the country I live in that allows freedom of worship That was not the case in this book The story is about how the Roman Empire under the emperor Diocletian tries to destroy Christianity by destroying the places of worship and murder of the Christians It is written from the viewpoint of the Christians and is uite disturbing at times as they struggle to surviveI enjoyed reading this book even though it was uite disturbing by times but it does give the reader inspiration throughout the book


  10. Amanda Amanda says:

    I rated this historical fiction book 3 out of 5 stars It was enlightening to see the view from this small community I felt for them People need to realize that at any moment there can be persecution of religious beliefs It has gone back since the beginning of religions Right now people are doing it to Muslims We may not be massacring them but people are shunning them I find this book to take that point of view that people need to see Just to see the struggles these people faced in trying to keep and protect their faith This just shows that no religion is safe Great book Mr Bulman


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