Trunk of Scrolls

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)

A family adventure by Darlene N. Bocek

for ages 13 to adult


999 in stock

SKU: 978-1-942308-12-6


526 AD. Antioch lies in ruins. Once the glory of the Roman empire, where Christianity came to its own, the city is now is a broken-backed man that cannot stand. Sixteen-year-old Marcellus, a young Byzantine nobleman, is forced to evacuate his neighbor Byziana and her young siblings from their home in Antioch to the capital city of Constantinople. Trekking through seven hundred miles of bandit country they hope to find their missing father and recover their lost fortune.

Three things can determine their future: a betrothal ring, a tooth of an infant saint, and a trunkful of forbidden Scripture scrolls. One brings horror, one brings despair and one brings hope. But which is which?

Facing wild animals, wild men, and a wild God they do not understand, crossing paths with Chrysostom, Simeon the Stylite, John of Ephesus, Belisarius, Emperor Justinian and even Saint Emmelia, the family has to choose between humanity and honor, wealth and faith, yesterday and tomorrow. Two words in Scripture can answer all their questions and repair their broken world. Will they discover them in time?

In the context of their struggle for survival in a harsh world, the TRUNK OF SCROLLS characters wrangle with the role of God in that tragedy. The novel leaves readers with a lingering question: In my own challenges, am I neglecting the Bible I am so lucky to have?


3 reviews for Trunk of Scrolls

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Dr. Michael S. Horton,
    Westminster Seminary in California
    “Church history is exciting, but not always told in an exciting way. As historical fiction, Trunk of Scrolls transports the reader to another time and place while making it all seem less remote. Written in vivid—sometimes almost poetic—prose, this is a page-turner. I’m sure that it will reach the wide audience that it deserves.”

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Valeri Marsh, mother of four, Goodreads review
    Beginning with the excitement of its opening scene of a young man being kidnapped on horseback, through every twist and turn, heartthrob and heartbreak, all the way to its final and satisfying resolution, this book had me gripped. Trunk of Scrolls fell open and I fell in, and throughout the adventure, mystery, drama, action and romance, I found myself lost in the author’s world and deeply attached to and caring about her characters. They became my friends; I hated her villains and loved her heroes and heroines…MY heroes and heroines. Their stories thrilled my soul and warmed my heart for many weeks after I finished the book.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    Dr. Darrell Bock, Dallas Theological Seminary
    ” Trunk of Scrolls is a fascinating and entertaining story. A joy to read. If you like to be engaged as you read and see how Scripture can help you make good choices through difficult situations, this story is for you.”

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