Friday, August 13, 2010

The Centurion's Wife by: Davis Bunn and Janette Oke

The Centurion's Wife (Acts of Faith series part 1) is the type of story that you want to continue reading in the late hours of the night because it's too good to put down.  The setting is in Jerusalem immediately after the resurrection of Christ.  There are two main characters, Leah (who is one of Pontius Pilate's servants) and Alban (who is the head of a garrison in Galilee, and whose slave was healed by Jesus).  Both are sent on a mission to find out what truly happened to the body of Jesus.  During their quest, Alban and Leah are betrothed, and both of their lives begin to change as they learn the truth of the Messiah.

I highly recommend this book to everyone (men and women).  It's interesting to read a book set in biblical times.  It gives the details of a story we have heard all our lives but in a different view point.  Reading this book opened my eyes to what it must have been like during the death of Christ and the resurrection.  I could put myself in their shoes - really identify with the culture.  The authors did a fantastic job making it seem as though the reader was right there.  It made me appreciate what Christ did for me so many years ago.  We often take the passion story for granted, reading it and meditating on what He did for us once a year on resurrection Sunday.  But this is the most important story to remember and share with others.

Rating: Two thumbs up!

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