Review by Lynnette Christensen
"Ben Hur: A Story of Christ"
This book recommendation comes Lynnette Christensen of the McKay School's CITES
reading philosophy is that “even though we often get so busy and it’s
difficult to find time to read, a good book is a like a good friend, and
we should always make time for good friends.” When Lynnette began
graduate school, she promised herself that despite the academic work and
increased stress, she would not give up on her own recreational
reading. “I am so grateful I have made time to read what I want to
When most hear the name Ben Hur, images of Charlton Heston racing a
chariot through ancient Roman streets immediately pop into their minds.
Few know the film was based on an 1880 novel written by Lew Wallace,
titled Ben Hur: A Story of Christ
The story is about a young Jewish aristocrat in Rome, Judah Ben Hur, who
is falsely accused and betrayed by his childhood friend. At the same
time Judah is sentenced to a life of slavery, in another land the three
wise men begin their search for the newborn Savior. The story of the
betrayed friend and the Savior of the world progress in parallel and
occasionally cross paths, providing many gospel applications for the
reader. While the film is made for the spectacle of Hollywood, the novel
takes time to meditate on
faith, forgiveness, and overcoming adversity.