[Editor’s Note: We recently welcomed David to our marketing team, and asked him to plunge right in writing a few blog posts as a newbie. This is the sixth in that series.]

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Given the huge box office disappointment of the latest Hollywood remake of Ben-Hur, I decided to skip the movie and buy the original 1880 book by Lew Wallace.

Instead of buying a print book, however, I checked the Accordance store, did a quick search, and was happy to find it for sale at $9.90.

I was surprised, though, to see Accordance’s list of 21 other books for sale...that is, until I checked and found that Ben-Hur is a personal name of an officer appointed by Solomon (1 Kings 4:8).

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Skipping the other titles, I made my purchase, downloaded the novel, and installed it on my version of Accordance Essential.

From start to finish, well under a minute.

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Yet, it’s not just easy to add new books to my Accordance library. It’s also wonderful to be able to read them on multiple devices. And, in the case of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, to see how often “Christ” appears. In a couple of scenes, as reported on Wikipedia? Or more?

Much more.

In a split second, Accordance shows exactly 50 hits. After a quick scan, I confirm that “Christ” appears from pages 62 to 77, in conjunction with the visit of the Magi, after His earthly advent. Then, from pages 410 to 498, a few times by name only. Then, from pages 499 to 561, Lew Wallace draws Ben-Hur and others into the climatic passion of the Christ.

But that’s not all.

In two appendices, Lew Wallace articles tell how he came to faith in Jesus Christ while researching and writing what became America’s best-selling novel for many a year.

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All this for only $9.90. Simply Brilliant™.