Luke is a part of the spoils of war after the famous Roman Battle of Baduhenna Wood of AD 28. With no sight of Luke’s Nordic warrior father, Most Excellent Theophilus, knighted Roman tribune, takes Luke as his slave to be trained as his scribe and private physician.
As Theophilus is transferred to fortresses throughout Germanica, Luke sings his father’s haunting song, hoping to find him some day. Along the way, he is betrothed to the beautiful Rashah. With Theophilus finally going into semi-retirement in Berea, Luke gains permission to climb nearby Mount Olympus to talk to the gods. His anger grows hot when he realizes they are not there and may not even exist.
Soon after, Luke goes to Troas and meets the Apostle Paul. Now as a Christian and having been given his freedom, he spends the next decade traveling with Paul and treating his many injuries. Theophilus becomes a Christian, and Luke promises to write for him an accurate accounting of Jesus’ life. Upon Paul’s death, Luke sets out to find and interview Jesus’ apostles, now scattered around the world.
Come read of Luke and what might have been. (See reviews below.)
Read Chapter One here.
IN PRAISE OF LUKE: SLAVE & PHYSICIAN
* * * * * – Luke, one terrific doctor for the Apostle Paul! – Tina Lawrence
Wow! full of a lot of history. I need to read the gospel of Luke again, this time it will be through eyes of seeing him in his walk for our Lord, with the Apostle Paul as his companion. Really though, the Apostle’s Paul’s personal physician. Great book!
***** – Christian Fiction – icr61312
Luke Slave & Physician by Katheryn Maddox Haddad is book three in the series, Intrepid Men of God. The author creates an interesting story based upon scripture and history. The beginning relates that Luke becomes a slave to Theophilus, a knighted Tribune, after the Roman Battle of Baduhenna Wood in A.D. 28. The misfortune of being displaced from his father is a great sorrow to him, but as a slave, he is treated well and is trained to be a scribe and private physician. At both professions, he is very successful, and these serve him well. Through his life’s journey, he always searches for his long-lost father.
As Luke follows his master to different fortresses, he gains many meaningful experiences. When Theophilus semi-retiree to Berea, Luke climbs Mt. Olympus to talk to the gods there. He doubts the existence of these gods and searches for meaning elsewhere. Luke encounters Paul and becomes a Christian. When he receives his freedom, he attends to Paul’s health and travels with him. His master also receives Christ and commissions, Luke, to write about Jesus’s life. Thus, Luke decides to find and interview the apostles and others who have eyewitness accounts of Jesus and his ministry. Luke has many important meetings and experiences before he completes his writing and heads for his homeland.
This is an interesting reflection upon what Luke’s life might have been. I recommend this book to all who enjoy reading about the people and places of Jesus’s time
***** – History comes to life – M.A.
Who usually says history is boring? Oh, that would be me. Not so with Katheryn Maddox Haddad’s new book, “Luke: Slave and Physician,” which is the third book in the Intrepid Men of God series.
Talk about bringing history to life! I enjoyed all 439 pages of this book. Luke: Slave and Physician is a work biblical fiction. It starts with Luke (an author of the Holy Bible) as a child and goes through to his adulthood. While we aren’t given the details of Luke’s early life, or a lot of personal details, in the Bible, it sure was fun to read about what his life might have, or could have, been like!
Luke was raised as a beloved slave after his father was presumed dead in battle. He was educated and loved by his master, who always encouraged him to make discoveries, by seeking out truth. As a youngster, Luke was very confused about which god to serve, and wondered why there were so many. After he heard of Jesus, he spent several years traveling and collecting first-hand accounts of Jesus’ life. He had a very strong desire to know everything about Jesus Christ and to be able to share his information to help others discover the one true God.
This book is a great read! I love that it contains scripture, truths from the Bible, and fiction that sort of fills in the blanks.
***** – Five Stars – Kindle Customer
Wonderfully written story.
* * * * * – Highly Recommend – Amazon Customer
Just finished reading Luke: Slave & Physician This is a great book! I highly recommend everyone to read this… This is my second book from this author, and I’m getting ready to start another!
* * * * * – A Recommended Read – Eugene Perry, Beamsville, Ontario, Canada, Editor Emeritus, Gospel Herald Magazine
In this adventure-packed, romantic, historical novel the author does a masterful job of grabbing and holding the reader’s attention chapter after chapter. The story is that of the life of an eight-year-old fair-haired lad found by Tribune Theophilus after he successfully puts down an uprising against Roman control in an area now known as the Netherlands.
The lad, Lukvert, thinking his father was a casualty, soon becomes a faithful slave to the kindly tribune who treats him well and eventually addresses him as “son”. The boy is literate, quickly adjusts, learns languages easily and is encouraged by his master to write the story of his people. Circumstances of an army camp soon bring to the surface the youth’s interest in medicine and healing. His master encourages this interest and comes to fully trust him.
Exposure to the various religions/gods of the time causes Luke see the futility of such and to be open to something better. His interest leads him to be in contact with Paul and Timothy. Both he and his master become Christians despite the challenges this involved. Along the way, Luke has received training and experience in medicine and becomes Theophilus’ private physician, and later the apostle Paul’s. Theophilus is now interested in Luke researching and writing the story of the Life of Christ. In order to do this, he is released from his duties and enabled to travel, search for and located all the apostles and others who had associations with Jesus. Included are the travels, adventures and persecutions recorded in the book of Acts as Luke traveled with Paul even to Rome and his death.
The reader will be impressed by the detailed inclusion of customs and characteristics of the various cultures involved as well as by the way the story parallels the Acts narrative.
In the end, Luke faithfully completes his mission and makes his way back to his native land after being gone forty years.
A recommended read.
* * * * * – GLORIA S. WADDELL. Great story makes scripture come to life
* * * * * – D. MORITZ. Captivating
* * * * – MYRNA. Once more the series has kept me absorbed
I loved it. Like is interesting and interwoven with Paul’s story very well. Thank you again for a good story.
* * * * – KEVIN WILLIAMS. Read it twice it was very good
* * * * – CARRIE, It is an interesting story and I enjoyed getting to know the main character
***** – Biblically True. – Roland
Very interesting book. Written very well and very informative.
***** – Who Knew? Bonny Rambarran
This book gave me a very different view of Luke . . . . and Paul . . .and several of the disciples. Great way to learn!!
***** – Five Stars – Tina St. Clair Rice
Luke, Slave & Physician is the 3rd book in the Men of God series, this is the first of the series I have read. Katheryn Haddad has created an interesting story of Luke (one of the inspired authors of the Bible), what his life from a very young child and on into adulthood could have been like, filling in the blanks with a lot of potential personal details leading up to his conversion as a follower of Christ. She has based her story-line on scripture and history (which I understand she does extensive historical research for her books) which I appreciate. I was pleasantly surprised as I read along with the detail in this book and enjoyed reading the historical aspects of when Luke was a young child and into adulthood.
~I received a copy of this book from the author via TBCN (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~