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A sweeping epic set in the harsh deserts of Arabia and ancient Palestine. A war that rages between kingdoms on the earth and in the heart. The harrowing journey of the woman at the center of it all. The story of Jesus in a way you have never experienced it.Step back in time to the year of our Lord, Anno Domini, 30.
Number of Pages: 432
Vendor: Center Street
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 6 3/4 X 4 3/16 (inches)|
"[A.D. 30] showcases the New York Times best-selling author's gift for immersing readers in ancient settings, believable characters, and high-octane story lines."Library Journal, starred review
"This is the kind of book that the term 'sweeping epic' was made for."Booklist
"True to Dekker style, A.D. 30 is a rich and engaging tale that captivates readers from the first page. The depth of insight and development into characters is outstanding....This is a must read."RT Book Reviews, Top Pick!
"[A.D. 30] may be a genre unto itself: part historical fiction, part self-help."New York Times
"Dekker (Outlaw, 2013, etc.) makes the spiritual real...descriptions of the Nafud's dangers--think Lawrence of Arabia--are powerfully done, as are his portrayals of the perils posed by the clashing customs of Arabs, Jews and Romans."Kirkus Reviews
"An enjoyable read...Maviah's journey to redemption was very engaging and left me eager for the next installment."Jennifer Fleming, CBA Retailers and Resources
jailaBosnia-HerzegovinaAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5interesting and historicalOctober 13, 2017jailaBosnia-HerzegovinaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4very interesting reading, telling the well-known story from a different perspective
Cathy5 Stars Out Of 5A. D. 30March 11, 2016CathyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The book not only has an exciting storyline, but it also ministers to your spirit.
Rebekah MChicago, ILAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5One of the best historical novels I have come across by farOctober 19, 2015Rebekah MChicago, ILAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Maviah is the illegitimate daughter of Rami bin Malik, a powerful Bedouin ruler. As a child, she was outcasted and sold into slavery. Upon being returned home, Maviah still only knows shame and deceit. When a devastating attack reaches their walls, Maviah manages to escape with the help of two of her fathers warriors, Saba and Judah. The three set out to reach King Herod of the Jews and plead for help on behalf of the father and people who never loved her. But such an alliance proves to be deadly and fraught with treachery and betrayal. All seems hopeless, until Maviah meets a man named Yeshua who changes her life.
Wow. What a book. A.D. 30 gripped me from the very first sentence. Reaching only the end of the first chapter, all I could think was, how in the world have I not read this book before now? and then, this is going to be one of my favorite books ever. And it was. Wholly enthralling, richly suspenseful, powerfully told, and delightfully lengthyA.D. 30 is a biblical fiction masterpiece, filled with mind-blowing moments that gave me chills and enough action to make my heart skip a beat. I loved it.
Colorfully described to appeal to our humanness, Maviah is a character to behold. I so admired her strength in the midst of fear and despair; she radiated regality in spite of being enslaved and abused her entire life. Judah, the warrior who could read the stars, pulled at my heartstrings. I loved his yearning for something greater, and his always growing loyalty and love for Maviah was beyond sweet. Saba, oh Saba. Hes the perfect example of a man tough on the outside but a teddy bear at heart. Each and every person in this book was gold. And the story! There were so many riveting plot twists and heart-wrenching turns, all the time weaved in with inspiring truths. The way the author wrote the Yeshua scenes was admirable, making sure to keep His teachings prevalent and reachable, while quoting straight from the Bible.
One of the best historical novels I have come across by far. Rarely do you have a story that has you so fully engrossed and invested, where you forget to even eat or sleep because you have to see what happens. I havent read anything from Ted Dekker before now, but if this is an example of his writing and storytelling abilities bring on all the books! Highly recommended.
LalaAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Epic, Epic, Epic!January 29, 2015LalaAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Epic, epic, epic is all I can say about this one! This by far is one of the most gripping and heart-compelling novels I have ever read hands down.
The cover mentions "experience the way of Jesus as you never have" and I have to agree with that statement. The way that things are explained/broken down and then placed into action by the characters was truly eye-opening. I learned so much and had a new perspective on the teachings of Jesus when finish readings as well as how the people might have responded to Jesus' teachings during that time.
Maviah's story alone was excellent. This is some of the best writing I have read because its told in a fashion that is so honest and heart-wrenching that I can't help but feel and relate to her. She's passionate, fearful, bold, uncertain, and so many other things that make us human. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of her journey in the upcoming novel "A.D. 33." I also really liked Judah and Saba. Both very compelling characters that stuck with me.
I very highly recommend this story to Biblical/historical readers and have plans to read this again in the future. I feel there is so much depth to this one that you can't fully comprehend everything in just one reading.
JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This is why I am a Dekker fan.January 10, 2015JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Set in the deserts of the ancient Near East, A.D. 30 follows Maviah, the daughter of a powerful Bedouin sheik. An outcast from birth, Maviah lives the life of a slave until her people are attacked by a vicious enemy, and she is called upon to protect them. On her journey she has Saba, a skilled warrior, and Judah, a Jew looking for the future king of his people.
His name is Yeshua.
I am a Dekker fan. Books like this are the reason. Ted makes you feel like you are really there, alongside Maviah and her companions. The characters are real. Relatable and flawed. The insertion of Maviahs journey into the historical events of Yeshuas life is brilliantly done.
It is quite possible to learn through fiction. After all, Yeshua himself taught with parables. Those teachings are used in this book, and I think we can really see how to put them into practice when combined with Maviahs story.
Dekker has created more than a story here. Its a learning experience. I havent been this moved by a novel since the Circle series also by Dekker.