A.D. 30

A.D. 30

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"A sweeping epic set in the harsh deserts of Arabia and ancient Palestine. A war that rages between kingdoms on the earth and in the heart. The harrowing journey of the woman at the center of it all. Step back in time to the year of our Lord A.D. 30. The outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia, Maviah is called on to protect the very people who rejected her. When their enemies launch a sudden attack with devastating consequences, Maviah escapes with the help of two of her father's warriors, Saba who speaks more with his sword than his voice and Judah, a Jew who comes from a tribe that can read the stars. Their journey will be fraught with terrible danger. If they can survive the vast forbidding sands of a desert that is deadly to most, they will reach a brutal world subjugated by kings and emperors. There Maviah must secure an unlikely alliance with King Herod of the Jews. But Maviah's path leads her unexpectedly to another man. An enigmatic teacher who speaks of a way in this life which offers greater power than any kingdom. His name is Yeshua, and his words turn everything known on its head. Though following him may present even greater danger, his may be the only way for Maviah to save her people--and herself."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Center Street, 2014.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781599954189
Branch Call Number: FIC Dekke
Characteristics: x, 415 pages : maps ; 24 cm.

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NADINE KEELS
Apr 06, 2019

While this novel has been on my radar for years, it didn't make it onto my mental TBR list until I found out what perspective the story comes from. That of an Arab heroine who may even be considered a queen. Her perilous journey through desert sands with two warrior allies, and the epic scope of the novel (including but beyond the confines of a simple "Jesus" tale), romanced me as I read.

I must admit that, oftentimes, in historical/biblical stories that have a Gospel theme or thread where Jesus appears, his character and scenes are usually what I like least about the story. Perhaps it's that, in the necessary effort to respect a Son of God portrayal, his character becomes clichéd in fiction.

It's as if, because he's a sinless man, he must also come off as a perfect guy. A guy whose weirdness is even perfect. The main character will likely know the Jesus character is looking right into his/her soul the first time he/she locks eyes with him, and he'll probably never have to scratch an inch through his beard or clear a tickle in his throat or recover after telling a joke that falls flat—because he's the Jesus character. Yeshua didn't really break out of the cliché for me in this novel.

And I'm glad I didn't read the author's introduction until after I read the story. I'd say the intro does a little too much prompting and explaining before letting the story unfold and speak for itself.

Yet, besides the intrigue and harrowing aspects of this poignantly rendered epic, what made it an amazing read for me was the space it gave me to wrestle with mysteries, as the Way is indeed a mysterious one. And I couldn't have predicted every turn in Maviah's journey, which is quite a plus.

I'm looking forward to moving right on to A.D. 33.

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dashing2
Oct 31, 2018

This is the third book I've read by Ted Dekker. I'm Surprised that I haven't read more of him by now. I agree with the New York times in saying it is "A genre unto itself". It is really good if anyone likes this sort of thing. It's a must to follow up with his book, "A.D. 33". 5 stars!

LiteratureStudent Sep 27, 2017

I learned so much from the main character in this story. It is an incredibly well crafted novel with a strong female lead and a new side of the story to Christ's New Testament ministry. Readers learn and grow along with the main character, and become completely absorbed in the plot and come to love the characters.

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Cannlex21
May 29, 2017

Ted Dekker has crafted a real page-turner. Setting the scene takes about three to four chapters, but once there, readers are hooked! In considering the sequel, some readers may wonder how the author will be able to delicately approach the well-known story of Christ's crucifixion while simultaneously engaging readers with a fresh petspective, but there is no need for concern. Dekker brilliantly reveals a plot filled with the tense adventure of one who encounters audience and adversity with royalty, curiosity and respect from soldiers, deep, life-threatening contention from family members, and the peace and joy that comes from walking under the wings of the one true Lord and Savior. Both books are fantastic must-reads worth reading again and again.

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lucyreviews
Mar 19, 2015

Compelling, riveting, thought-provoking...just a few adjectives describing this outstanding book. Dekker gives a glimpse into Roman times...the human heart...and spiritual redemption!

Looking forward to A.D. 33.

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funkydave
Jan 27, 2015

action, intrigue,and love story this book has it all,gives you an birds eye view of life in the roman times and what was present day reality to many.This book touched my heart and made me realize what Yeshua came for and that was to set up his kingdom and hes coming back soon 4.5 stars

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