Great quote: "The Lord had never abandoned her. She had abandoned him. All those years, she had turned her back on him. Refused to trust him. As her sins increased, the dark voice had grown strong, poisoning her mind and blinding her to God's mercy. Now, her eyes had been opened." (Page 301)
Book summary: "A Roman centurion longing for peace and a Jewish woman hiding a deadly secret witness a miracle that transforms their lives and leads them to the foot of the cross." (LitFuse)
My thoughts: Set in ancient Biblical times, The Thief by Stephanie Landsem is an exciting adventure centering on the last days of Jesus' life here on Earth. This is the story found in the Bible in the books Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Writing Christian Biblical fiction can be a funny thing. It's fiction, so the characters can all be imaginary, right? Then again, since Christians are the audience for this genre, creating fictional characters can be very tricky. Christians know the story of Jesus' crucifixion up one side and down the other. What Landsem has done is retell the old familiar story, but through the eyes of fictional characters: a very poor Jewish woman and a Roman Centurion. By using this point of view, Landsem has written a book that gives the story a very fresh perspective.
Ultimately, however, this book is about forgiveness and redemption. It's about recognizing darkness in one's heart and the light of grace available to all. Parts of the book (the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus) are fairly graphic, but for those who love Christian Biblical fiction, this book is a definite read.
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
- Pages: 322
- Year originally published: 2014
- Author: Learn more about Stephanie at: http://www.stephanielandsem.com.
- You might want to know: You can find a great interview with author Stephanie Landsem at lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com.
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