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A.D. 33, by Ted Dekker
Maviah is a woman who is an outcast because she was born illegitimate and unwanted. When she meets Jesus, she finds strength in his words and peace in the unkind world she knows. She gathers a travelling kingdom of outcasts. When the rulers become threatened by this new kingdom, they are determined to crush her and all she loves. She sets out to find Jesus to ask for help only to find him facing his own death. Re-examine your own faith in this heartwrending story of defeat, uncompromising love and staggering victory.
Number of Pages: 432
Vendor: Center Street
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 6 3/4 X 4 3/16 (inches)|
They call her the Queen of the Outcasts. Maviah, a woman whose fate was sealed on her birth by this world-unwanted, illegitimate, female, a slave-subject to the whims of all. But then she met a man named Yeshua who opened her eyes. She found strength in his words, peace from the brutal word around her. Because of what he taught her, she has gathered her own traveling kingdom of outcasts deep in the desert, wielding an authority few have seen. But when her growing power threatens the rulers around her, they set out to crush all she loves, leaving her reeling as a slave once more. She must find Yeshua to save her people, but when she does, she will be horrified to discover that he faces his own death.
Enter a story full of intrigue, heart-wrenching defeat, uncompromising love and staggering victory-one that re-examines everything you thought you knew about the heart of Jesus's stunning message and the power that follows for those who follow his easily forgotten way.
RT Book Reviews
"The reigning king of Christian thrillers...kicks down the door of biblical fiction."Publishers Weekly on A.D. 30
"[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 of A.D. 30
"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! on A.D. 30
"This is the kind of book that the term 'sweeping epic' was made for."Booklist on A.D. 30
"[A.D. 30] may be a genre unto itself: part historical fiction, part spiritual self-help."New York Times on A.D. 30
"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 on A.D. 30
"Dekker, the prolific best-selling author of more than 20 books including the "Book of Mortals" series and "The Circle" trilogy, draws on his exotic Indonesian childhood for his new thrilling adventure saga. . .Combining a rich visual portrait of a Stone Age civilization and a surprising spiritual redemption, this excellent book will engage suspense and historical fiction readers."Library Journal on Outlaw, starred review
Told with gritty realism to match The Hunger Games, Ted Dekker's Outlaw is an epic story of triumph over trial and the far-reaching power of great personal sacrifice.Novel Crossing on Outlaw
"THE SANCTUARY may make you wonder if prisons manufacture more criminals than they rehabilitate. The vivid descriptions and drama are gripping, and the alternating POVs add depth to the characters and story. Dekker reminds us that we are all prisoners, though it may be our minds, vs. prison bars, holding us captive."RT Book Reviews on The Sanctuary, 4 1/2 Stars TOP PICK!
Bookworm Babblings5 Stars Out Of 5A captivating sequel to A.D. 30July 13, 2016Bookworm BabblingsQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
A.D. 33 is the sequel to A.D. 30. Two years has passed and Judah is still Saman's prisoner. Maviah has become an integral part of of the leadership of the Thaemond, and has amassed an army of ten thousand. They plan to attack Kahil and save Judah, but they require a larger army. Maviah has adopted a little boy that she has saved in the desert and Saba has been teaching him about Jesus. Now he has been taken and Maviah must bring Jesus' power back to Petra or lose her son.
This was an awesome story of God's forgiveness and how much he truly loves us. I loved the way it was explained that we are in the world but not of it. I learned a lot from this novel, there were some really deep moments. I think this is a great series to reaffirm your faith in God.
JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A.D. 33 - a great sequelDecember 6, 2015JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Set two years after the events of A.D. 30, this follow-up novel continues Maviah's journey. She is now called the Queen of the Outcasts as she shares the way of Yeshua with the her people in the desert. But that way is soon forgotten when the enemy threatens to crush all that she loves. She sets out to find Yeshua to help save her people, only to find that he is facing death himself.
Another great novel from Dekker! The characters, just as in the first novel, are real and relatable. The story of Maviah is perfectly woven into historical events.
I was moved to tears more times than I care to count. The story is both tragic and uplifting at the same time. There were moments when I found myself with my mouth open in shock, or my hand over my mouth. There was a point where I wanted to throw the book across the room in anger. (No, I'm not joking.) Dekker knows how to stir you, and most certainly does it with this book.
Rebekah MChicago, ILAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Another utterly brilliant and riveting biblical fiction novel from Ted Dekker!October 19, 2015Rebekah MChicago, ILAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In this sequel to the already compelling A.D. 30, be prepared to once again be swept off your feet in this incredibly powerful story of how a woman, man, and child become one with the man known as Yeshua.
It's been three years since Maviah started the journey that led her to become queen of the Bedu and daughter of the One True King. Even though she trusts in Yeshua, the past three years have not been without suffering and great hardship. The man she loves, Judah, is imprisoned by the ruthless evildoer who killed her first son. Her people, the outcasts, are lost in the desert and risk starvation every day. But still, Maviah strives to spread the good news of Yeshua and maintain peace with the help of Saba, her protector and rock. When her newly adopted son is kidnapped, Maviah gives into her rage and fear and all peace is lost. Now faced with a seemingly impossible mission, Maviah and Saba rush to Yeshua in hopes of remembering the forgotten way and saving her son. But can Maviah keep faith even as her Savior faces certain death?
Wow, what an incredible read. I don't think I've ever read a book that so deeply touched me before, so much so I practically balled my eyes out about five different times. I hung onto every word, eagerly anticipated each chapter. I was this close to reading A.D. 33 before A.D. 30, and I am so happy I didn't and borrowed the latter from the library. It allowed a deeper insight into the characters and backstory that I wouldn't have been able to grasp fully otherwise. So though they can be read separately, I HIGHLY recommend you read A.D. 30 first!
I don't want to say much else about the plot, because I don't want to ruin a single moment of surprise and suspense from this epic novel. But I will say that the scenes with Yeshua were POWERFUL and evoked much thought. The author did a fantastic job of staying true to His teachings, but it didn't feel copy-and-paste. The suspense was crazy, there were moments where I literally could feel my heartbeat racing. At the same time, this book focused more on the spiritual journey of Maviah, Saba, Judah, and Talya (different perspectives are portrayed in this one) instead of the physical story of war and adventure, though it had that too just not as much as the first. The message the author was trying to convey is very clear and marvelously done. I know this inspiring story will stay on my mind and heart for a long while to come.
An utterly brilliant and riveting biblical fiction novel from Ted Dekker! I honestly can't even begin to explain it properly, you will simply have to read it and see for yourself. So, so happy I picked this one up. Again, highly recommended!!
P.S. (Please don't skip the author's awesome foreword!)
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great adventure!October 19, 2015lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ted Dekker is an author who never ceases to amaze me with the stories he shares with all of us! A. D. 33 is the sequel to A. D. 30 where we meet again with Maviah and Saba who are learning what it really means to follow Yeshua. They are also learning what His teachings mean and how He means for them to live out the truths compared to what they thought they meant. We enjoy the action, battles, intrigue and how the disciples possibly acted or spoke around the Messiah.
I felt as I read how sand would feel when different characters were racing on camels to battle or to another city. The scene of the arena really stole my breath as a person was chained to a pole, bathed in blood and the lion enters. Whew! It was like being a spectator and wanting to yell for a savior or to the king or queen to spare the life. How Ted Dekker brings the various aspects of the Lord or Scripture or action was just mind boggling.
To be able to travel backwards to a time long past where Christ was living and facing the sacrifice of Himself for all mankind deeply touched the heart of this reader. Both books, A. D. 30 & 33, are definitely novels to share with those who love to read or love history. When anyone opens these books, be prepared to be challenged and changed as the words or actions of a character you might relate to responds to Yeshuas offer.
With the holidays around the corner, please consider giving a set of these novels to people you know whether they are family, friends, neighbors or coworkers. Be ready to share what you loved about the stories and hear what the recipients of the novels thought too. Book clubs will really benefit from doing both novels and sharing how various parts of the stories spoke to their heart. Unlike other Ted Dekker novels or other novels of this type, Christ is pointed to and at the end of A. D. 33 there is a link for readers to download a free e-book.
Enjoy the novels as well as what the author shares of his heart before delving into the world of fiction!
sunny island breezesa sunny island5 Stars Out Of 5A.D. 33October 13, 2015sunny island breezesa sunny islandQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5There's a lot of royalty in this book. Kings, queens, princes and others in authority. These people carry baggage. It includes intrigue, loyalty, disloyalty, jealousy, hatred and love.
A slave becomes a queen and then is returned to slavery. But Maviah learns that Yeshua is indeed the way to peace and truly living, but like a lot of us loses track of that truth.
This novel is based on Biblical characters and events. As always, this brings Scripture to life and teaches me new things. It is obvious that this author has done much research into this time period. Plus, this book leaves me even more in love with Yeshua.
This is the first book by Mr. Dekker that I have read, but I don't want it to be the last. Thank you, sir, for such an enjoyable book.
***A special thank you to Sarah Stringer for providing a review copy.***