Review: Courageous

5.5 x 8.5
Pub. Date
Jun 2016


       `Courageous` is a historical fiction novel written by Dina L. Sleiman. The female protagonist, Rosalind of Ipsworth, joins a crusade on their way to the Holy Land. Lady Sapphira had been given a clear vision to set the captives free. Rosalind is to be Lady Sapphire's attendant.

        The year is 1219 and the setting near the coast of the Holy Roman Empire. It is the year of the Fifth Crusade when Western Europeans reacquired Jerusalem and the rest of the Holy Land by first conquering the powerful Ayyubid state in Egypt. (Wikipedia)

        I learned that intermarriage happens among Moslem's. In such cases there is sometimes honor killings (pg# 116). Hatred of one's enemy is permitted among Moslem's (pg# 193). The average Moslem just wants to prosper and live at peace. But, in many cases hatred burns beneath the surface (pg# 194). They believe Jesus was a great prophet and an example of love. But their traditions are firmly based in Islamic teaching. The Quran is Allah's final word to mankind (pg# 194).

        This was a very interesting piece to read. I have never read anything about the Moslem's before. I feel it is a sad state of affairs when a person does not acknowledge Christ as Lord and Savior. Moslem's have no assurance of heaven (pg# 226). Unless, they turn to Jesus and free themselves of their heavy chains of religion. Once that is done they will receive a new name...Precious...Righteous...His. These are His free gifts to you.

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Dina L. Sleiman holds an MA in professional writing from Regent University and a BA in communications with a minor in English from Oral Roberts University. Over the past eighteen years, she has had opportunities to teach college writing and literature, as well as high school and elementary classes in English, humanities, and fine arts. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three children. She can be found online at

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