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Risen: A powerful novel based on the major motion picture!
Roman tribune Clavius has the responsibility of guarding Yeshua's tomb. He knows he's answerable to Pilate. When Christ's body disappears, he'll stop at nothing to identify the "thief." Will his investigation unearth answers that shake his beliefs---and all of history?
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Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
Epic in scope, yet deeply personal, this novelization offers a unique perspective on the story of the resurrection. Roman Tribune Clavius is assigned by Pilate to keep the radical followers of the recently executed Yeshua from stealing the body and inciting revolution. When the body goes missing despite his precautions, Clavius must hunt it down.
His investigation leads him from the halls of Herod Antipas to the Garden of Gethsemane and brings him in touch with believer and doubter alike. But as the body still remains missing, Clavius commits to a quest for the truth--and answers that will not only shake his life but echo throughout all of history.
BeckySW MIAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5From roman Pig to Jesus's SheepJune 21, 2016BeckySW MIAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved this powerful,emotional book by Angela Hunt. A novelization of the motion picture by Paul Aiello and Kevin Reynolds, it contained a lot of brutality that was present at the time of Jesus's crucifixion. In fact, the main character, Clavius, is a Roman Tribune who has hardened himself to the death he sees and causes in Judea by the phrase,"Rome is always right." When Jesus's tomb is found empty, Clavius is commissioned to discover where His body could be and who could have removed it.
Rachel, a young Jewish widower, is the other narrator in this moving tale told in the first person pov. Rachel is looking for peace and love, but uncertain whether she can find either in Clavius.
Clavius brings in persons of interest to question regarding people claiming to see Jesus, post-resurrection. One old, blind woman, Miriam,asks Clavius, '"Don't you want to know what He said?"...
"He said a grain of wheat that falls to the earth and dies produces much fruit." Her face glowed with confidence. "You're too late to stop the harvest." '
My thoughts on the story itself:
The Scriptures used fit into place well, although some of what Jesus said was actually spoken before His death. I was impressed by the research that went into the project.
The story flowed well between the two narrators, and the action kept me quickly turning pages. It was easy to identify with the characters, and to hope that they would eventually identify with the Messiah. I was not expecting the ending. If you like Biblical fiction, this is a great book to flesh out the Scripture! I would definitely recommend this book.
nkwbookreviewer4 Stars Out Of 5Risen, the novel of the movieJune 6, 2016nkwbookreviewerQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Risen by Angela Hunt is a novelization of the movie by the same title. The screenplay, written by Kevin Reynolds, was based on a story by Paul Aiello. It is a fictionalization of what happens after the death of Jesus and the quest for answers. This 320 page paperback book is well written and detailed. The story flows well and even though I knew it from a biblical standpoint, it still was very interesting. I kept wanting to read more. It took me back to the sights, sounds, and feelings of ancient days. The history was well done and drew me in. Using the viewpoints of two very different people, the story is told by Clavius, one of Pontious Pilates tribunes and Rachel, a Jewish bread baker and widow. Both characters are very well developed with opposite personalities. Each have a distinctly different position on Jesus and His resurrection. This book is biblically based, but there have been some creative liberties taken. It has mystery, romance, intrigue, history, and inspiration. It is a story of questions, beliefs, love, struggles and enlightenment.
Clavius is a loyal soldier to Rome. He has been taught and believes Rome is always right. No questions asked. Always right. He worships a pagan god. His job was to guard the tomb so that the followers of Jesus would not steal His body. When Jesus arises, Clavius then tries to track the body down. He questions a variety of familiar people to bible readers, Mary Magdalene, Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus, Anna, Herod, and some of the disciples. Clavius is a strong, tough character, just like you would imagine a Roman soldier would be. He has a few encounters with Jesus, some that will leave you questioning them.
Rachel is a widow whose in-laws want her to marry their other son. They try to take her home with them. She prefers to remain in her house and support herself by baking bread. About Jesus, Rachel is merely searching for the truth. Who is this Jesus? Could He be the Son of God. Rachel has an encounter with Jesus and even follows Him to Golgatha. Her character is sweet and tender.
I have not seen the movie yet but am eager to now. This would be a good book for most any adult to read. There are some things not appropriate for children. I rated it a 4 out of 5 stars. I would definitely recommend it, just to adults. I received a copy of this book from The Book Club Network for my honest opinion.
jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5RisenMay 31, 2016jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Risen, by Angela Hunt, is a historical fiction based upon the story by Paul Aiello. The time of Christs Crucifixion and events thereafter are realistically told through the eyes of His disciples and two fictional characters. Roman Tribune Clavius oversees the Crucifixion and the subsequent burial and then is assigned by Pilate to find the body of Yeshua, thought stolen by the disciples. As he investigates and then associates with the believers, his quest for truth radically affects him.
The other fictional character, Rachel, a young Jewish widow, also is searching for spiritual truth. Having rejected the marriage offer of her late husbands seventeen-year-old brother, she chooses to live alone and to support herself, selling loaves of home-baked bread. An encounter with the Christ on His way to the cross and subsequent testimonies of believers causes her to pursue the truth.
The Roman Tribune Clavius frequents Rachels stall to buy bread and is drawn to her beauty. The two become involved for a time but grow apart, only to cross paths later on their search for truth. This compelling story brings to life the events of the Crucifixion, Resurrection, and more. True to scriptures, the story presents the gospel that has the power to change livesno matter how lost, hard, or broken. Angela Hunt is a master at recreating Biblical stories. I recommend this book which I received through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
DonnaGeorgiaAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Novelization of the movie RienMay 4, 2016DonnaGeorgiaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is a novelization of the motion picture Risen by the amazing author Angela Hunt. A fantastic story taking place during the time of the passover, Christ's crucifixion, burial and a unique perspective of Jesus resurrection as told through the eyes of Clavius and Rachel.
Clavis is a Roman Tribune who has been assigned to guard the tomb of Jesus so His followers cannot steal His body. He believes that Rome is always correct. He is strong and faithful to the command of Rome. He is a follower of the god Mars. When the body of Jesus disappears he is determined to find out what happened and where the body was taken to. Not to give away to much of the story you will want to read it yourselves to see where his journey takes him.
Rachel who is a widowed Jewish woman is searching for the truth. If Jesus is the true Messiah. Her deceased husband's parents come to Rachel to take her to their house and marry his younger brother. Rachel who bakes bread for a living and wants to stay in her own home declines. What happens when Rachel and Clavius meet?
Written so well you feel like you are there yourself. A new fictional perspective on what might have happened during the resurrection of Christ.
This book is a great read and I highly recommend it. Can't wait to see the movie.
I received a free copy of this book from boookfun.org for my honest opinion and review.
kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Compelling ReadApril 5, 2016kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love books that put me there in the midst of the story, especially at Christmas and Easter. Risen, by Angela Hunt, does just that. It is about a tribune in the Roman army who is there at the crucifixion and burial of Christ, then is assigned to investigate the disappearance of his body three days later. He is amused by the testimonies people give of their association with Jesus, and is perplexed by the mystery, until he meets Jesus himself.
This book is the novelization of the movie of the same title, released in early 2016. At this writing, I have not seen the movie, so I cannot compare the two. However, I know the account of the Easter story well, and when this book kept me asking, What happens next? you know its a good book. Angela Hunt tells a compelling story that is full of well-researched details of the time. The characters are well-developed, and the story is fast-paced.
I give this book a 5-star rating and recommend it for women and men.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.