Roman Senator Marcus Servius is a powerful, wealthy, and admired individual, respected for serving his country both militarily and politically. He spends his days in relative ease and luxury, until one day his whole world is suddenly brought crashing down around him as he is outed for being guilty of a crime Rome detests beyond measure: Marcus is a Christian.
After losing his home, possessions, and worst of all his wife, Marcus is forced to go into hiding along with the other members of his church, where he seeks answers from his spiritual mentor and leader of the church, Benjamin Truvias. As Christian persecution becomes more and more severe, Marcus spends his time bringing aid and comfort to his fellow believers. But helping the church has also placed him in a position to learn the identity of the person responsible for his ruin, and as he gets closer to the answers he so desperately seeks, he finds himself faced with a decision that will impact not only himself, but the future of the church within Rome- Will he seek revenge, or will he choose to forgive?
Destitutio Quod Remissio is a powerfully hard-hitting story of struggle, grief, and the life-changing impact of forgiveness. In the same vein as Ben Hur, Brett Armstrong’s portrayal of Roman life is vivid, his characters real and feeling, and his overlaying message of faith and forgiveness is both deeply impactful and lasting. This inspiring book will challenge you to become a better follower of Christ through surrendering to His will and embracing His plans for your life. A brilliant work of Christian historical fiction, highly recommended!
Rating: 5 stars
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About the author
From an early age, Brett Armstrong had a love for literature and history. At age nine, he combined the two for his first time in a short story set in the last days of the Aztec Empire. After that, writing’s role in his life waxed and waned periodically, always a dream on the horizon, till he reached college. At West Virginia University, he entered the Computer Engineering program and spent two years pursuing that degree before an opportunity to take a creative writing class, for fun, came along. It was so enjoyable, he took another and in that course he discovered two things. The first was the plot for a short story called Destitutio Quod Remissio, which the others students really seemed to love. The second, he realized he absolutely loved writing. For him, it was like the proverbial light bulb coming on. In the years since, describing that epiphany has been difficult for him, but he found the words of 1924 Olympian Eric Liddell are the most eloquent expression for it: “God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.” God gave Brett a passion for writing, and so feels His pleasure when writing.
After a few years passed, Brett got his Computer Engineering degree, but also completed a minor in each of his real passions: history and creative writing. In 2013, he began graduate school to earn an MA in Creative Writing. During that time he completed the novelization of Destitutio Quod Remissio and entered the 2013-2014 CrossBooks Writing Contest, which won the contest’s grand prize. As of March 2015, Brett completed his MA and is presently employed in the West Virginia Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology as a programmer analyst.
Brett lives in Saint Albans, West Virginia, with his beautiful wife, Shelly. In the summer the pair gardens together, and each day Brett continues writing his next novel.