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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 2011

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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 2011
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    "Exciting"
    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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    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Orion, MI, United States 10-24-13
    Andrea Orion, MI, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting"

    This was the first Christian fiction book I read and I found it thought provoking and interesting.

    2 of 3 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 Member Since 2009
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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!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kindlefan Fair Lawn, NJ, United States 06-10-13
    Kindlefan Fair Lawn, NJ, United States 06-10-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Not what I expected"
    Would you try another book from Janette Oke and Davis Bunn and/or Susan Lyons?

    No way.


    What was most disappointing about Janette Oke and Davis Bunn ’s story?

    I find it SO ironic that this book is titled The Centurion's Wife — the heroine doesn't actually become the centurion's wife until the very end. She isn't even considered his bride until well into the book. Mostly, she's a slave with very lofty beginnings.

    But the title is even more misleading than that. You'd think from the title that this is some kind of historical romance set in ancient Roman times — you know, the polytheistic era with all the cool Roman togas and sandals. I imagined dark wavy hair, dark eyes, and Roman noses, a sexy, sultry romance set in the Mediterranean. Not so! In fact, this is more about the Jews in Biblical times, during the birth of Christianity. It was like a complete 180 degrees for me — not the Romans but the people that the Romans subjugated?

    The problem was that even though the beginning showed promise, it never got there. Generally a good book starts out good and then builds up. You can usually tell right away. This seemed like it would build up, it just didn't.

    This was basically a re-telling of the aftermath of Jesus's crucifixion. I know the story from the bible and had no problem with the liberties the authors took, because it's a Historical Fiction novel. I found nothing offensive as some reviewers seemed to, but it was boring. The rising from the dead of a messiah should not come across as boring, whether you are reading it as fiction or fact. It should be exciting stuff! This was not.

    My biggest problem with the writing, and I'm not sure which author is to blame, was that they described in words how the characters were feeling or speaking. Every time. What I mean, is that instead of showing me a character was in awe, by describing tone, volume of speech, facial expression, action, etc. the authors chose to say "So and so was awed." This story begs for descriptive detail, It's a story I would like to have felt. Instead, it read like a list of facts, or the authors take on the facts.


    What three words best describe Susan Lyons’s voice?

    I did not care about her voice because the story itself had too many flows


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Centurion’s Wife?

    Describing the tea as a main refreshment for Romans and Jews instead of wine and water. Tea came to that area only in 5th century. Use of English farthing: the British farthing (derived from the Anglo-Saxon feorthing, a fourthling or fourth part) was a coin of the Kingdom of Great Britain, a new sovereign state created in 1707 by merging the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland, and later a coin of the United Kingdom, worth one quarter of a penny, 1⁄960 of a pound sterling, a continuation of the English farthing first minted in silver in the 13th century.

    Too many bloopers to describe.


    Any additional comments?


    I read historical fiction for excitement to help me understand better what has happened in the past. This portrayed a very exciting, world changing event in the blandest of voices. I will not be continuing the series.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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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    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.

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    Michelle 02-19-13
    Michelle 02-19-13
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    "The Centurian's Wife Acts of Faith Book 1"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am very new to audiobook.com
    However, I absolutely love this program! I much prefer this to the violent, indecent drivel on the TV or the movies online or the theaters! Forget TV I am hooked. A welcome break to studying and online distractions also. Wonderfully calming. I highly recommend this for any and all set apart family! This first book of this series was outstanding!
    I was disappointed only...to learn that part or rather Book 2 was an entirely new book.
    As it was right at point when, young Jacob was to be freed, to stay or go and the wedding day morning of the two that are betrothed.
    Well can't say any more. :)
    A presently poignant the look into the 1st century life of how it must have been then for the disciples and followers of The Risen Messiah.
    It was wonderful described and easily envisioned by the talent of this writer. I can hardly wait to get the next book and to read them all!


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

    Hinds feet on High places, One Knight with The KING. Surpasses The LEFT BEHIND series, without a doubt and I'd read nearly every single one, back in the day!


    What about Susan Lyons’s performance did you like?

    Very well done! She took on each characters roll with ease and transitioned from one to the next and as the narrator, proficiently.


    If you could rename The Centurion’s Wife, what would you call it?

    Walk Of Faith,Trust,Destiny and Duty


    Any additional comments?

    When may I get the Centurians Wife Book 2 ?! It downloaded at first, as a whole. And does it count as a one or two credit gift?Thank you!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alice Atlanta, GA, United States 01-27-12
    Alice Atlanta, GA, United States 01-27-12 Member Since 2011

    Alice Roberta Matthews (Keith)

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    "Inspirational"
    Where does The Centurion’s Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In my top 10


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Centurion’s Wife?

    When Leah realized marriage for her will not be a loveless marriage


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

    The reader was excellent. She gave life to the characters. I will look for her name again as one of my favorite readers.


    If you could take any character from The Centurion’s Wife out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The Centurion because he was strong and honest. H e knew himself


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the way it woove the story around Christ's crucifiction. It made it seem like something real, which it is.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Seth Stevens Point, WI, United States 04-06-11
    Seth Stevens Point, WI, United States 04-06-11
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    "Thought provoking"

    I loved this book, it was well read and the way it explores how everyone may have felt at the very first discovery of Christ resurrection is wonderful, and very creative

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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