A.D. 30

A.D. 30

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 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 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Center Street, 2014.
ISBN: 9781478957317
Branch Call Number: eAUDIO OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Feb 28, 2015

I liked how Dekker used history to get the timelines and events of the story as true as possible. The tensions were apparent, as was the political maneuvering and backstabbing.
The time that the novel was set in was a turbulent one: Romans were in control, the tribes were in conflict and Yeshua (Jesus) was preaching. All elements in some conflict with each other.
Maviah is an unlikely hero. She's an outcast, rejected by her family, full of self-pity...she's a mess and perhaps that's what Dekker was trying to portray.
Along the way, she meets Yeshua and her life is changed....she's no longer a mess.
Yeshua (sadly) comes across as more of a mystic and a creepy, hypnotic personality that I'd rather run from than towards. Afterwards, he plays a background figure we never meet and that is more pleasant and not at all creepy.
All in all, what Ted Dekker managed to get across well is the inner turmoil and battles that people hearing the teachings of Jesus may have gone through at the time. Jesus' words and ways were different than anything they had encountered before and following Jesus meant changing their way of thought and (sometimes) lifestyles. Not an easy task and one that requires inner battle....and faith. Dekker got this inner struggle across well.
So, in the end, this book was a ride for me. Some parts were well done, some parts preached a bit too much and some of the events came across as unrealistic.
So, while I enjoyed the book in parts for what it was and may look into the upcoming sequel at some point, it's not a book I'd recommend highly.


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