Praise for A Crown of Life

“Wow, what a great novel! … suspense and excitement (battles! romance! martyrdom!) … It’s not only a great story, but also a great survey of the history of the Roman empire at that time, down to the details of clothing and food. Highly recommended.”

Frederica Mathewes-Green

I really didn’t know what to expect when I started this novel. But I was hooked quickly, and, now that I’m done, I rank this among my very favorite novels, of all time. Superbly written, with compelling characters, this is an epic novel that is both historically accurate and extremely relevant to our own time. It’s a page-turner that also gives you much to think about.


“As a professor of New Testament and early Christianity, I began reading this book with a bit of skepticism: would it be just another cheesy sword-and-sandals tale? However, I was soon won over by the characters, the plot, and the evident care given to placing known historical people and events into context. When I taught Revelation, from which the title of this book comes (“Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life,” 2:10), I recommended Mitchell’s book to my students. When I read about the recent trial of Mariam Ibrahim, an Orthodox Christian sentenced to death for refusing to recant her faith, in many ways it sounded just like the trials in Crown of Life (and Eusebius’ Church History Bk. 8). Holy martyrs, pray for us.”


“A wonderful book, a great story — absolutely must-read book for everyone, male or female, Christian or not, knowledgeable about history or not, and anyone who likes a great, intelligent story with romance, action, and an appreciation for the higher purpose of life.”

James G. Jatras

“What a magnificent book! Cannot recommend enough. Don’t be afraid of the number of pages. Every one draws you farther and farther into the story.”

E.A. Hall

 “I could not put this down! It was such a vivid description of the times and places and predicaments early believers experienced. The contrasts between pagan and Christian thinking, between life in Roman cities and the village or the mines made reading that much more compelling. Add all the drama, action, intrigue and plot twists and you have a really, really great book.”

 Nadia Young

“The drama of the romance never lets up. . . . The first sentence pulled me in and after a few pages, I was hooked. These characters come to life, and the plot keeps moving, so that I couldn’t put it down.”

Dianne Peters

 I really enjoyed the book. I hated for it to end. The historical context was very well done. Characters interesting and real. Wish there was a continuation.

Thomas J. Davis