Three-time Christy Award winner Davis Bunn collaborates with Janette Oke to evoke the tumult of first-century Judea in the wake of Christ’s crucifixion.
Although she prefers service in Pontius Pilate’s palace to a loveless marriage, Leah is betrothed to a Roman centurion. Before he can have Leah, however, he must go on a secret mission. But when a rabbi’s missing body sends Leah and Alban after the same answers, what they discover could change all they hold dear.
©2009 Davis Bunn and Janette Oke (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC
"Fans of these popular authors will love their joint effort imagining and animating the context of Christianity's birth." (Publishers Weekly)
I actually really enjoyed this book. I know, I know Jeanette Oake. But she really did a good job of writing a story that is pretty accurate to the facts of what happened surrounding Jesus death, resurrection and Pentecost. She sets up the tension well and has a believable take on what could’ve happened to Pontius Pilate after Jesus. Also, getting at the events from fresh angles helps to remind you of the biblical narrative.
The book suffers from a lowchurch understanding in terms of baptism and communion. Also, it has some theological misunderstandings of the Jew, Gentile question, but these were small and easily laid aside.
I did find myself rooting for the main characters. I would have liked to see what became of Jacob-- maybe he becomes the apostle James or something.
Really good voice. Susan, you are one of my favorites
Historic for those times and kept you interested in the story line. Good narration.
"Mark of the Lion" Series by Francine Rivers
"When a Rabbi's missing body sends both Leah and Alban in a search"
LOVED IT! I will read more of her books in this series.
The story first and foremost. The authors wrote a great series. The narrator was great. Audible needs to record the other two books.
Both Leah and the Centurion. We can only assume from what little is said about this centurion in Matthew 8:5-10 and Luke 7:6-10 that he was a good man of great faith who had more to do with Christ than we are told in those short verses. I think he is a wonderful character on which to base a story about early Christianity and that this is a wonderful story.
Everything. I don't nitpick the narrator when I listen to a story. I'm sure there are other listeners who could critique the narrator better than I, but to me, she did a great job.
Many. I was especially moved when I first realized that the centurion in this story was the very one mentioned in Matthew and Luke.
People, you need to hear this book. With only 69 ratings, even though they are very good ratings, it is no wonder that Audible has not recorded the other two books in this series. Repent so I can listen to those other two books!
Great storyline with a glimpse into 1st century life in Jerusalem following the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Very well written and researched. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Narrator is effective.
This historical fiction tale based on true characters and events of the New Testament captured my focus from beginning to end, and made me feel the dusty, hot streets of Jerusalem and the passion of the people of Jesus' day. The intrigue and interwoven romance kept me listening hour after hour as though they were only minutes.
I was captivated by the intricate plot and accurate historical presentation, and appreciated the narrator's eloquence which could have been further enhanced with some gentle background music, especially during chapter breaks.
I highly recommend this book to travelers and lovers of historical Christian fiction.
This was a captivating story that could have really happened when God sent His Son into the world. Taken from the view of those who received Him and the story woven from the gospel account.
I enjoyed how the authors wove so many Bible characters into their storyline. Unfortunately, I was put off by a blasé performance.
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