The Thief, Living Waters Series #2   -     By: Stephanie Landsem
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Longinus is a Roman centurion haunted by death and failure. Desperate to escape the accursed Judean province, he accepts a wager. If he can catch the thieves harassing the marketplace before Passover, he'll earn a transfer away from the troublemaking Jews.

Nissa is a Jewish woman with a sharp tongue and no hope of marriage. Only with the help of Mouse, the best thief in Jerusalem, can she keep her blind brother, Cedron, fed and a roof over their heads.When a controversial teacher miraculously heals Cedron, Longinus longs to learn more about the mysterious healer...

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 5.50 X 8.38 (inches)
ISBN: 1451689101
ISBN-13: 9781451689105
Series: The Living Water

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Publisher's Description

A Roman centurion longing for peace and a Jewish woman hiding a deadly secret witness a miracle that transforms their lives and leads them to the foot of the cross.

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

Nissa is a Jewish woman with a sharp tongue and no hope of marriage. Abandoned by the God she once loved, her only recourse is to depend upon Mouse, the best thief in Jerusalem, to keep her blind brother, Cedron, fed and the landlord satisfied.

Longinus is a Roman centurion haunted by death and failure and is desperate to escape the accursed Judean province. Accepting a wager that will get him away from the aggravating Jews and their threats of revolt, he sets out to catch the thieves harassing the marketplace.

When a controversial teacher miraculously heals Cedron, Nissa hopes for freedom from her life of lies. But the supposed miracle brings only more misfortune, and Longinus, seeking to learn more about the mysterious healer, finds himself drawn instead to Nissa, whose secret will determine the course of both their futures.

Cedron, Longinus, and Nissa are unexpectedly caught up in the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. As danger closes in on them from every side, they must decide if the love and redemption Jesus offers is true or just another false promise. How can the so-called Messiah save them from their shackles, when he cannot even save himself?

Author Bio

Stephanie Landsem writes historical fiction because she loves adventure in far-off times and places. In real life, she’s explored ancient ruins, medieval castles, and majestic cathedrals around the world. Stephanie is equally happy at home in Minnesota with her husband, four children, and three fat cats. When she’s not writing, she’s feeding the ravenous horde, avoiding housework, and dreaming about her next adventure—whether it be in person or on the page.

Editorial Reviews

"Nissa's tough demeanor as a cover for her fear and Longinus' desire for a life of peace in his mother's homeland of Gaul are achingly believable. Both characters are truly lost souls brought together by Jesus' act of mercy. Their discovery, through Him, that mercy is the true power that leads to peace is a reassurance Christian readers can appreciate." —Romantic Times, 4.5 stars
“Filled with memorable characters, The Thief is a tale of hopelessness turned to hope, of high stakes made higher, and ultimate love. What happens when a character at the lowest rung of society crosses paths with the most well-known figure in history? The story of The Thief. I couldn't stop reading.” —Tosca Lee, New York Times bestselling author of Iscariot
“WOW! LOVE IT!!! I started reading on my way home from a conference and was so engrossed in the book I almost missed the flight! The Thief stole my heart and lifted my spirit. Masterfully told, this story of a Roman centurion and a Jewish girl explores familiar New Testament passages but plumbs new spiritual depths. A powerful message of faith and hope intersecting at the foot of the cross.” —Mesu Andrews, author of In a Broken Vessel
“You know the feeling you get looking at a mountain sunset, listening to sacred music while James Earl Jones reads the Sermon on the Mount? The Thief captures that emotion in an unforgettable story of desperation and beauty.” —Regina Jennings, author of Caught in the Middle and Sixty Acres and a Bride
“A compelling story and vivid characters immediately come off the page and into your heart as Stephanie Landsem brings ancient Jerusalem to life in her enthralling second novel, The Thief. As you run through the streets with the little thief, Mouse, or dip in the Pool of Siloam with the secretive Nissa, a masterful tale full of adventure, heartbreak, and hope unfolds. A must-read for anyone who loves a good book they simply can’t put down.” —Laura Sobiech, author of Fly a Little Higher
"To read The Thief is to be completely transported to another time and place. Landsem’s impeccably researched novel moves at breakneck speed toward a climax that doesn’t disappoint." —Rebecca Kanner, author of Sinners and the Sea
"Powerful and moving, Landsem grabs hold of the soul and never lets go. As compelling a portrait of mercy as I have ever read. Don't miss this one!" —Siri Mitchell, author of The Messenger

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  1. Tennessee
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Biblical fiction
    March 31, 2016
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Thief is the second Biblical fiction book that Ive read by Stephanie Landsem. It is a wonderful story about the life and people in Jerusalem during Jesus last days immediately prior to His death on the cross. Like the first book, The Well, the author is very true to the Biblical account, but adds in her creative story that meshes with what we already know from the Bible. I think she does an amazing job in writing this novel.

    I recommend this book to readers who like Biblical fiction. If you havent tried this genre, The Thief would be a great initiation, because the basic story is familiar.
  2. Seattle, WA
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 24, 2015
    Seattle, WA
    Quality: 5
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I was hooked from the first page as I followed Mouse, a young pickpocket, darting in and out of Jerusalems alleyways and shops as he searched out his next target. After stealing a fat purse, he's captured then handed over to a Roman centurion, Longinus, to be scourged for his crimes. When a lucky distraction allows Mouses escape, he runs for his life. He cant afford an arrest; too many people are counting on him. And Mouse has a secret no one must ever find out. In Stephanie Landsems riveting tale, The Thief, I was transported back to the days of early Jerusalem, where whispers of revolt by Jewish Zealots against their Roman jailors mingle with rumors about a remarkable man of peace who heals the sick and makes the lame walk again. My heart ached for young Nissa, an impoverished young Jewess pressed into making impossible choices in order to care for her brother, and being hunted by a man she desperately wants to trust. When the unthinkable happens and Nissa takes part in an act that cannot be undone, she believes her soul is beyond redemption. Yet as the gripping story of Christ's Passion unfolds, an unlikely sacrifice makes her question her true worth. Has God turned His face from her? Or is Nissas salvation at hand? Landsems smartly compelling tale will keep you turning the pages to find out!
  3. Kentucky
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Bad language
    June 19, 2015
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This book contains bad language. Once again, a book published by Howard contains things that should never be in a Christian book. I have read several books by this publisher that have not been good. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
  4. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    thief review
    April 1, 2014
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    "The Thief" by Stephanie Landsem is the second book in the Living Waters series. It is not necessary to read book one first. "The Thief" is the fictional telling of the story of the last year of Jesus' life in Jerusalem. It is told through the eyes of Nissa, the sister of the blind man Jesus cured with mud. Nissa is a thief. Not just any thief, but the best thief in Jerusalem. She supports herself and her brother with her earnings. Nissa meets Longinus, a Roman centurion, and they share a love/hate relationship. Longinus is the character of the soldier that cut Jesus' side while on the cross.

    I was supposed to have read this book a couple of weeks ago, but got a little behind on my reviews. On the day I started, our church had the blind man as the sermon and scripture reading. Which was beneficial; I am glad I waited. I would suggest reading the biblical story first. It brought a lot more to the story. This novel is told really well. She keeps to the biblical story while still drawing the reader into the main character, Nissa. She keeps the Nissa and Longinus to the front of the story exploring the culture and history of the time period and area. I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
  5. Arlington, TX
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 20, 2014
    Arlington, TX
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Exciting and compelling, the scenes written so realistically that moments of holding my breath during the tense drama of this saga were literally "breathtaking." My personal reading appetite for Biblical fiction mixed with fact was satiated upon complete digestion of The Thief by Stephanie Landsem. My imagination needed no help as the characters leaped into my mind lucidly through Ms. Landsem's colorful word paintings describing ancient Jerusalem in a wholly distinctive approach during the most life changing events to ever occur.

    Nissa, a shrewish unmarried Jewish woman feeling abandoned by God, was pressed to provide for her household and blind younger brother Cedron. Their uncaring and abusive parents were sinful addicts, her mother to wine - her father to gambling. There are the usual traits peculiar to human nature at all times, it seems. Nissa has a secret about her relationship to Mouse and the Greek Dismas, both talented thieves. Cedron could be a depiction of the blind man healed by a mysterious healer in the Pools of Siloam. One might think the parents would be overjoyed over Cedron's healing, however their unwarranted shame caused their complete abandonment and disowning of Cedron and Nissa, again left to fend for themselves. Longinus, a Roman centurion was a bystander at Cedron's healing and for the first time noticed Nissa, to whom he was strangely attracted; as well as questioning the new mixed emotions and amazed curiosity about the miracle he had just witnessed. Could the Hebrew belief of there being only One God be true? Who is this miracle worker called Jesus? Longinus has problems of his own having just lost his best childhood friend and comrade centurion to murder; and assigned the duty to arrest the thieves before Passover to earn a transfer out of Judea. The breed of personalities encapsulating the Roman soldier's brutality and unmerciful violence was compulsory to author this story to its paramount finality. The supporting cast is spectacular and many surprises and shocks are yet to come.

    Ms. Landsem's research into Biblical history, layout of Jerusalem's city streets and alley ways, study of religious laws and holy commandments were only a few of the facts that drew this fictional story together as a sensational read. I deeply appreciated the background she drew into each character adding more depth to the story's significant consequences from the actual incidents. Stephanie Landsem's narrative brings the glory to God as each character is brought to the foot of the cross to recognize the Messiah. Ms. Landsem's pen was indeed guided by the master author of the universe. It touched my heart and soul. Well done!

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from LitFuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
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