The Centurion's Wife, Acts of Faith Series #1   -     By: Davis Bunn, Janette Oke
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Caught up in the maelstrom following the death of an obscure rabbi in the Roman backwater of first-century Palestine, Leah finds herself also engulfed in her own turmoil--facing the prospect of an arranged marriage to a Roman soldier, Alban, who seems to care for nothing but his own ambitions. Head of the garrison near Gallilee, he has been assigned by Palestine's governor to ferret out the truth behind rumors of a political execution gone awry. Leah's mistress, the governor's wife, secretly commissions also to discover what really has become of this man whose death--and missing body--is causing such furor.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764205145
ISBN-13: 9780764205149
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Series: Acts of Faith

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Janette Oke has dreamed for years of retelling a story in a biblical time frame from a female protagonist's perspective, and Davis Bunn is elated to be working with her again on this sweeping saga of the dramatic events surrounding the birth of Christianity...and the very personal story of Leah, a young Jewess of mixed heritage trapped in a vortex of competing political agendas and private trauma.

Caught up in the maelstrom following the death of an obscure rabbi in the Roman backwater of first-century Palestine, Leah finds herself also engulfed in her own turmoil--facing the prospect of an arranged marriage to a Roman soldier, Alban, who seems to care for nothing but his own ambitions. Head of the garrison near Galilee, he has been assigned by Palestine's governor to ferret out the truth behind rumors of a political execution gone awry. Leah's mistress, the governor's wife, secretly commissions Leah also to discover what really has become of this man whose death--and missing body--is causing such furor.

This epic drama is threaded with the tale of an unlikely romance and framed with dangers and betrayals from unexpected sources. At its core, The Centurion's Wife unfolds the testing of loyalties--between two young people whose inner searchings they cannot express, between their irreconcilable heritages, and ultimately between their humanity and the Divine they yearn to encounter.

Author Bio

Davis Bunn, the author of twenty bestsellers, has received numerous accolades, including three Christy Awards for excellence in fiction. His books have sold more than six million copies in sixteen languages. He and his wife, Isabella, make their home near Oxford, England, where they teach and write. Davis serves as Writer-In-Residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University, and is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Janette Oke, recipient of the 1992 ECPA President's Award and the 1999 CBA Life Impact Award for her significant contribution to the Christian book industry, has also won both the Gold Medallion Award and the Christy Award for fiction. Janette and her husband, Edward, live in Alberta, Canada.

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Grandmother of the evangelical Christian fiction boom, Oke teams with Bunn, another established author brand, in this biblical fiction embroidered around a minor character in the gospels, one Roman soldier whose young servant was miraculously healed by Jesus. The centurion Alban seeks advancement in the Roman government of occupied Judaea. His plan to advance will win him an unwilling bride, Leah, a young woman whose family’s economic disgrace has forced her into servitude in the household of Roman governor Pilate, who has recently condemned to death a controversial Jewish spiritual leader by the name of Jesus. This nicely plotted series kickoff provides interesting back stories for the central characters that cry out for further development. A few supporting characters hold interest, including Alban's fellow soldier Linux and Pilate's wife Procula, another intriguing bit player in the gospel of Christ’s passion. Unfortunately, the characters who follow Jesus have but a single dimension: piety. Fans of these popular authors will love their joint effort imagining and animating the context of Christianity's birth. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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    August 17, 2015
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    This review was written for Centurion's Wife, The - eBook.
    I LOVED this book! I could not put it down once I picked it up. It spoke to me in so many different ways! :)
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    The faith of the early Christians
    July 24, 2015
    Cynthia Rodrigues Manchekar
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Centurion's Wife, The - eBook.
    The authors capture well the sense of intrigue and uneasiness that plagued the palace and the surroundings in those difficult times. The ego clashes, the petty thrusts for power, they are all visible here. The authors have conducted tremendous research into the history and milieu of the time. The writing is dreamy and imaginative, aspiring to heights of glorious description.

    When we read the Bible, it is sometimes hard to remember that the minor characters were all real people, with real fears and failings. Christian fiction based on the Bible helps bring these to light.

    I found the pace a little slow at first but it began to pick up a few chapters down the line, and I found myself intrigued by the whole premise and the manner in which the authors had captured it.

    I recommend that you read this investigation into the Resurrection story.
  3. The Maritimes
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    excellent
    June 8, 2015
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    The Maritimes
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    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Centurion's Wife, The - eBook.
    I thoroughly enjoyed this story woven around the life of Jesus and his friends.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great story
    July 5, 2014
    Charlene
    Quality: 5
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    This review was written for Centurion's Wife, The - eBook.
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I tried to imagine being there. A very good read and faith based book.
  5. Cape Neddick, Maine
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    October 22, 2013
    Gloria Nelson
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    I have always loved Biblical fiction. It takes the Biblical stories and weaves imaginary characters in with historical fact that teach as well as entertain.
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