This is a classic tale set in the time of Christ by Lew Wallace. Ben Hur is from a wealthy Jewish family and is arrested for an accident that injured a Roman soldier. He is sentenced and becomes an oarsman on a Roman vessel. His journey from being a slave to wealth and freedom is the main plot, but interwoven throughout the story is the birth and ministry of Christ and how it affects him and those close to him. This book illustrates the Roman culture as well as the Middle Eastern culture at the time of Christ. It is a bit lengthy but the writing is beautiful and the story is engaging and inspiring.