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Deo Volente! (God Willing): Love in the First CenturyDeo Volente! (God Willing): Love in the First Century

Debut Novel By Award-Winning Christian Author Giselle Aguiar

A Christian, historical novel set in first-century Italy

A.D. 69 - Puetoli, Italy, Roman Empire

Claudia: The twenty-year-old daughter of the Roman Magistrate attends a Christian church where she meets and falls in love with the son of the bishop.

Join the Book Club on FacebookAnthony: The son of the bishop and a local merchant, he falls in love with Claudia as he teaches her about Christianity.

Marcus: Claudia’s father betroths her to his assistant, Darius.

Aurelia: Claudia’s aunt arrives after serving as a Vestal Virgin for thirty years with hopes of marrying her childhood love, Darius.

Step back in time and experience what it would have been like to be the daughter of the Roman magistrate, curious about the new sect of Christianity. Betrothed to a man she doesn't love, in love with a man her family would disapprove of, told that the gods she grew up believing in are false, Claudia learns to seek and follow God’s will while coping with her tyrannical father’s plan for her future and his goal of maintaining his “dignitas.”

Discover the beginings of the early Christian church and how they coverted the pagens. Experience the life, culture and society of the Ancient Roman Empire. Be there when Vesvius erupts and buries Pompeii and its inhabitants.

A Romeo & Juliet story set in 1st Century Italy with an awesome ending!

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It’s Not Too Much to Hope For — An End to Slavery in the World

…“In heaven we’ll be all equal in God’s kingdom. Here in the Roman Imperium, there are still slaves and masters.”

“If it were up to me, I would free all our slaves.” As she said that, Claudia looked up to see Anthony standing next to her smiling.

“Hello, Claudia, you’ve learned quickly. I believe there will come a time when there will be no more slavery in this world.”

“Is that too much to hope for?” she asked him.

“No, Claudia, it’s not. If we work to spread the teachings of Jesus and the apostles, people will start to change the way they live. I’ve seen it already. Many Romans who joined the church gave their slaves their freedom.” …

Author’s Note

This passage stood out for me as I reread the novel in preparation for publication. I wrote it years ago and since then, I’ve become aware of the gruesome fact that slavery still exists in the world – more now than ever before. Even in the city where I live – Phoenix, Arizona.

It’s child rape for profit. Girls – average age of 13 – are enticed, captured, branded and forced into prostitution.

StreetLight PhoenixWhen the pimps are caught, these girls had no where to go until Streetlight Phoenix came into existance. It’s a safehouse where police can take these girls and they get help, rehabilitation, education, counseling and spiritual guidance. Some have children. Some are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Some are malnourished. All are traumatized. All get help.

Streetlight Phoenix is a non-profit organization and it’s model is being replicated in cities across the nation. It’s not too much to hope for – help stop child rape for profit – modern-day slavery.

One Dollar from the sale of each book, no matter what format, will be donated to Streetlight Phoenix

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