Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Thief By Stephanie Landsem Book Review

/ / The Thief / /

/ / The Living Water Series / /

{Review By Madi}
Book Title: The Thief
Author: Stephanie Landsem
Source: Litfuse Publicity Group
Book Genre: Christian Fiction
Number Of Pages: 324
ISBN: 978-1-4516-8910-5
Publisher: Howard
Year Of Publication: 2014
Rating: Four Out Of Five Stars

/ / Book Description / /

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?

/ / Book Review / /

I have always loved biblical fiction. This book took real life events that happened in the new testament and turned them into a compelling story about love of family and love of God. I have been anxiously awaiting this book's arrival for quite some time now, all I had to do was read the back cover and I knew that it was going to be a book that I would enjoy immensely. And I was right. This novel was marvelous. It took my love for Biblical Fiction to a whole new level. Within the first few pages there was a major plot twist, and I mean MAJOR. It was very interesting to see the events of Jesus' lifetime through the eyes of this author. Do you remember how Jesus healed a blind man by mixing his saliva into the dirt, rubbing it on the blind man's eyes and telling him to wash it off? That man (in this novel) was Nissa's big brother. How cool is that?! I only have one complaint. After things slowed down from the initial whirlwind in the beginning of the book, it took a while to speed back up. It was kind of the same thing repeated in a few of the chapters between the beginning and the end. I had a hard time keeping focused on the book there for a bit, but once things started to get going, I was a goner. I wonder if this author has any other novels? That is something that I will have to look into. Anyways, this book was fabulous over all, and it was definitely worth the time that it took me to read it (which might have been a bit longer than usual). I would recommend this book to someone that has a soft spot for Biblical Fiction and page turning novels (because it WAS a page turner in most parts).
~The Literary Maidens
Note: I was provided with a free copy of this book by the Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not further compensated for reviewing this product, and all thoughts and sentiments expressed above are completely my own and unbiased.

1 comment:

  1. I absolutely loved this book, too! It instantly became a favourite. :) The only other book Stephanie Landsem has out right now, I believe, is the first in this series, "The Well" which I just recently read (I didn't know "The Thief" was a sequel until I had already begun reading it), and it is excellent, too! The third book in the series will be out next year I think... :)


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