Ben-Hur (The Tale of the Christ)


Title:  Ben-Hur (The Tale of the Christ)

Author:  Carol Wallace

Pages:  432

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Tyndale

My rating is 5 stars.

What a captivating and enthralling story Ben-Hur is along with a short history of Lew Wallace who wrote the original story in the 1800’s!  When you read this novel, don’t expect or compare this to Lew Wallace’s story as both are unique and inspiring.  Most people my age are familiar with the Ben-Hur movie that starred Charleton Heston in the 1950’s.  A new Ben-Hur movie will be released in August 2016.  Again, for some, it may be really hard not to compare, but please don’t as they are different in many ways and yet the central character is still Jesus.  As I read the novel, there were aspects of the tale of Christ that I remembered from the original story, but this time I got to read a different perspective in other parts of the novel.

I own a copy of the original novel in paperback form, and it is a trial to read because of the language back then, but it is still something to be treasured.  I loved Carol Wallace’s Ben-Hur for many reasons besides it being easier to read.  Carol brings to the forefront a gripping tension between Judah Ben-Hur and his friend the Roman Messala right from the beginning.  She highlights the vast differences in the way the young teens were raised with different ideologies and beliefs.  Judah Ben-Hur is a young teen unsure of his way in life.  Messala is a few years older and Roman to the core.  The Jewish community wants a king who will come and throw off the Roman yoke, but what is it the Christ is bringing?

I learned a lot more of the history of Lew Wallace and the movie Ben-Hur with what is included in the book and I am so thankful.  To be given an understanding of why Lew Wallace wrote his novel, his life and trials along with triumphs should speak to our generation today.  Carol Wallace being his great-great-granddaughter offers us a view into Lew and Susan Wallace’s life along with their son Henry Lane Wallace.  Henry Lane Wallace made sure that the heart of the novel always remained and that it is still today a tale of the Christ.  I hope you read Carol’s novel and Lew’s original version too as each will speak to your heart.  I hope you will enjoy the newest movie coming to theatres in August as well as enjoy the classic movie that won many Oscars.

Above all, I hope and pray that you will consider who Christ is and find Him as your Savior, plus see the history of the Jewish nation with new eyes.  While this is a work of fiction, it does contain many scenes from Scripture that you can read and meet Jesus there.  He is alive and real today and willing to embrace anyone who turns to Him!  Thank you to Carol Wallace for undertaking what was sure an uneasy task and doing a brilliant job!  People can visit Lew Wallace’s home in Indiana and see what else Lew and Susan wrote many years ago at

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