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The Centurion’s Wife: Acts of Faith, Book 1 | [Janette Oke, Davis Bunn]

The Centurion’s Wife: Acts of Faith, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"Fans of these popular authors will love their joint effort imagining and animating the context of Christianity's birth." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Michael Groton, NY, United States 05-20-13
    Michael Groton, NY, United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Gets you into the events in a fresh way"
    What made the experience of listening to The Centurion’s Wife the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What does Susan Lyons bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Really good voice. Susan, you are one of my favorites


    Who was the most memorable character of The Centurion’s Wife and why?

    Alben


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CHARLENE SENOIA, GA, United States 10-07-14
    CHARLENE SENOIA, GA, United States 10-07-14 Member Since 2015

    Love Audible!!

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    What made the experience of listening to The Centurion’s Wife the most enjoyable?

    Historic for those times and kept you interested in the story line. Good narration.


    What other book might you compare The Centurion’s Wife to and why?

    "Mark of the Lion" Series by Francine Rivers


    What does Susan Lyons bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Expression


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "When a Rabbi's missing body sends both Leah and Alban in a search"


    Any additional comments?

    LOVED IT! I will read more of her books in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Marysville, WA, United States 02-13-13
    Bob Marysville, WA, United States 02-13-13
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    "More people should listen to this Excellent book."
    What made the experience of listening to The Centurion’s Wife the most enjoyable?

    The story first and foremost. The authors wrote a great series. The narrator was great. Audible needs to record the other two books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Susan Lyons’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many. I was especially moved when I first realized that the centurion in this story was the very one mentioned in Matthew and Luke.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie Charlotte, NC, United States 06-12-10
    Marjorie Charlotte, NC, United States 06-12-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Enjoyable read!"

    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.

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    Andrea Orion, MI, United States 10-24-13
    Andrea Orion, MI, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    This was the first Christian fiction book I read and I found it thought provoking and interesting.

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    Judith K. Rutherford Florida 04-11-15
    Judith K. Rutherford Florida 04-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    Thia is a wonderful book!! It has a great storyline and ending!

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    Betsy 02-09-15
    Betsy 02-09-15
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    "Loved"

    I have always loved Janette Oke and T. Davis Bunn...this book was no exception. Loved it and hated for it to end.

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    Texas Girl 02-04-15
    Texas Girl 02-04-15

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    This story takes place after Jesus' resurrection. Two people search for the truth, and that draws the to Jesus and each other.

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    REBECCA Alaska 01-18-15
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    "Definitely one of my favorite books"

    I love historical fiction books they are my most favorite type of books to read. I just finished listening to it for the third time and still enjoy it just as much as the first I have over 150 books and my audio library so I have a good opinion on narrators and I can say this narrator does a great job!!

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    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 05-16-13
    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 05-16-13 Member Since 2006

    71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.

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    "I'm an impatient reader"

    With many books in line, waiting for my time, I just didn't have the where-with-all to stick to this one. I don't want to pan it, it may be just my impatience. But it didn't grab me, which a book has to do for me to spend my time with it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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