“One cannot truly know my son and remained unchanged.”
This book makes you feel.
I know a big part of that is the subject matter, but the way Dekker is able to draw you in and completely captivate you definitely helps. You care about the characters, feel their pains and then encounter Jesus. So you bet I teared up in numerous places in this book.
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 is 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.
I’m not shocked at my reaction either. I still vividly remember Mr. Dekker reading one of his stories at a youth workers convention years ago. I remember everyone was utterly silent as he told his tale. This book is the same. The research of the people groups, how cultures were, the languages…it paints such a bigger picture of the world when Jesus walked on earth. And I loved it.
Dekker’s writings captivates the heart and mind. There’s no other way to describe it. If you’re looking to dive deeper into the time Jesus walked on earth, I definitely recommend this one! Oh and the next one, A.D. 33, comes out next month. YES.
What are some historical fiction stories about the time of Jesus you love?