The Centurion's Wife (Acts of Faith, #1)
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The Centurion's Wife (Acts of Faith #1)

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Janette Oke has dreamed for years of retelling a story in a biblical time frame from a female protagonist's perspective, and Davis Bunn is elated to be working with her again on this sweeping saga of the dramatic events surrounding the birth of Christianity ... and the very personal story of Leah, a young Jewess of mixed heritage trapped in a vortex of competing political...more
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Bethany House Publishers
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Janna
I love the idea of a book being written about non-Christians finding Christ during the period of Jesus' death, resurrection and ascension without ever actually meeting Jesus. Here we have Leah and Alban who are separately trying to find out what actually happened to the man named Jesus' body when it was "stolen" from the tomb and if his followers are a threat to Rome. We follow them separately on their journeys for truth knowing that they have been promised to wed each other after the truth is f...more
Debbie
When I pick up a fiction book written by Christians for Christians and it uses an account given in the Bible, I expect the novel to stick to the words and actions given in the Biblical account where the fiction story and the Bible account overlap. Unfortunately, this book doesn't. The Pentecost scene is severely chopped up to shorten it. As for the soldiers guarding Jesus tomb, Pilate puts two of his Roman soldiers under the High Priest's command to watch Jesus' tomb instead of the guards being...more
TJ
One's opinion of this book will be directly related to one's expectations of this book. That makes it a very difficult one to review. There seems to be two main goals to this story: 1- to show what life was like in the area of Jeruselem circa A.D. 33 and 2 - To further the Christian message by re-writing the Biblical accounts in the New Testament from a more personal view. Therefore, if you are expecting a plot driven story set amidst a biblical era background (as the synopsis suggests) you will...more
Lady Grace
This book follows the intwined lives of Pilate's niece and servant, Leah, and a Roman centurion, Alban, as they become betrothed, search for answers regarding Christianity, and eventually marry. Leah's and Alban's marriage was arranged by Pilate without the two ever meeting, leaving them both with doubts as to their future happiness. Leah was embittered against such arranged marriages after seeing her two sisters practically sold off as slaves when they were forced into loveless marriages. At fi...more
Kandice
This started out great. I audio-ed it, and the reader had a nice voice, even though she did "voices" which I usually find distracting. The problem was that even though the beginning showed promise, it never got there. Generally a good book starts out good and then builds up. You can usually tell right away. This seemed like it would build up, it just didn't.

This was basically a re-telling of the aftermath of Jesus's crucifixion. I know the story from the bible and had no problem with the liberti...more
Savannah
I must confess. I only retrieved this book because it was free for Kindle at the time and I knew that Janette Oke was a 'clean' writer. I'd never read any of her work before and honestly had no idea what to expect. It sat in my Kindle library for a very long time, and then I suddenly decided I would give it a try. I figured it would be a nice read, not that it would altogether blow me away as it did.
I am a personal fan of the true story of Jesus and the cultural and historical facts surrounding...more
Bruce Judisch
You'd expect a collaborative effort between two authors as accomplished as Mr. Bunn and Ms. Oke to be something special, something uniquely satisfying in both form and expression. The Centurion's Wife does not meet that expectation. It leaps far beyond it.

In form, the authors have done seemingly the impossible. They taken a historical era trodden upon by so many authors from so many angles and in so many ways that it seems there'd be no verdant literary soil left among all the typewritten footpr...more
Sheri Salatin
Mar 23, 2009 Sheri Salatin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
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Wow! What an awesome read this book was! Set just after the crucifiction of Jesus Christ through the his ascension into Heaven. This book follows a young woman Leah, neice to Pontias Pilate. She is betrothed (against her will) to a Roman Centurion, Alban of Gaul.
Alban is commanded by Pilate and Herod to find out what has happened to the "prophet" Jesus' body. They believe that the disciples stole it and they want to know if there is any sort of revolt planned. These are the terms that they give...more
Liv
This is a good book to read if you want to have a bit more insight into other events that occurred during the time after Jesus was crucified and before we went back to Heaven. You never "meet" Jesus or any of the disciples in this book, but Mary Magdalene, Mary and Martha, and Pilot and his wife are present in the story.
It's a sort of slow story and definitely deals a lot more with the setting and politics of Jesus's death. The main character doesn't become the Centurion's wife until the end of...more
Virginia
Leah is a cousin to none other than Pontius Pilot (yes, THAT one), who becomes a maideservant to his wife when her family's fortunes fail. Alban is the centurian from the Gospels whose beloved servant was healed by Jesus. They are betrothed in the days after the Crucifixion, and each one follows his or her own path in discovering what happened to the missing body of the crucified Jesus.

This was written by two beloved and experienced storytellers -- Davis Bunn and Jeanette Oke. I'm almost embarra...more
Gracee
I'm always surprised when reviewers give low book ratings because the book is from a Christian point of view. "too preachy", "unbelievable" "poorly researched" it was about "blah blah blah Jesus"... Christian FICTION people...! This is a retelling of the post-crucifixion of Jesus - How Pontias Pilate and his wife both suspected the disciples of insurrection, inciting potential riots and political disruption. There is also the budding love between Leah and Alban, to whom Leah has been betrothed i...more
Cheryl
This was fantastic. It's the first of Janette Oke's books I've read the was not set in the pioneer/frontier days in America or Canada. It was a refreshing change. While I really like her other books, I was ready for a change of setting. This particularly intrigued me because of it's setting in Jerusalem, shortly after the time of Christ's death. It was very interesting to imagine what it would have been like to live at that time. To see how the people learned of Jesus' resurrection and came to a...more
A.T
Colaborarea acestor doi scriitori, ne aduce o carte remarcabila. Au luat o perioada istorica despre care s-a scris deja foarte mult ,in foarte multe feluri si din la fel de multe puncte de vedere , si au creat o poveste proaspata si in acelasi timp, intriganta. Personajele principale sunt Leah, neopata lui Pontius Pilate,care serveste sotiei acestuia si Alban, un centurion din Galia. Amindoi au dorinte diametral opuse: Leah doreste sa evite casatoria cu orice pret iar Alban doreste neaparat o ca...more
Riarna
May 29, 2014 Riarna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Riarna by: Mum
The Centurion's Wife, is an A-m-a-z-i-n-g Book, and one my most favorite books that I've read!!! The characters in this book are so interesting and full of character, making this book an absolute joy to read! Once I began to read it, I couldn't put it down, its so full of suspense, I love it! It also is very spiritual, as the book is about a young girl named Leah a servant, who enters an Arranged Marriage with a Man she hardly knows, and their search together to find Jesus. It left me with a str...more
Monica
Beautiful book! I was inthralled from beginning to end.

This story of Leah at the time of Jeusus' death on the cross is a worthy read. I admire her faith.

The author's did a marvelous job of bringing Jerusalem to life at the time of the Passover.
Rochelle Barainca
If you are looking for a story of spiritual, political and cross cultural/historical intrigue. I recommend this book.

The book is written about a young woman named Leah and a soldier named Alban during the start of Christianity. Both come from different political and religious back grounds. Yet are thrust into a political issue and a betrothal due to events that happen in the book. As the story enfolds a budding romance starts between the two main characters.

I really enjoyed this book and the se...more
Kimberly Yoghourtjian
This is a well written book in the first of a series (Acts of Faith). Bunn & Oke take the reader on a journey through the dusty streets of Jerusalem right after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

The reader is brought into the Palace of Pontius Pilate and his wife, Procula. Procula is having nightmares since her husband consented to have the One Who is called "The Christ" crucified.

The book closely follows the events which take place in the Bible after Jesus' crucifixion. Bunn & Oke introdu...more
Rachel
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Katie
If you were ever curious as to what it must have been like during the days immediately following Christ’s death and resurrection – what kind of confusion, doubt, and uncertainty must have been felt by the many people who witnessed the death and then saw the empty tomb – this is just the book you’ve been looking for!

I was swept up in Leah’s story from page one, and thoroughly enjoyed traveling with Leah and Alban, her betrothed, as they each tried to discover what had happened to the Teacher’s bo...more
Emily Michelle
Fine, but not great. There's a lot of attention to historical detail, which I like, and the characterization is mostly decent, and it covers an interesting part of Christian history--the period between the crucifixion of Christ and the Pentecost, when the local and Roman leaders are trying to investigate and/or cover up the disappearance of Jesus' body from the tomb, and the believers know that Christ has risen but aren't yet sure what that means. The authors rather cleverly weave their original...more
Becky Kelley
The Centurion’s Wife
In The Centurion’s Wife by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke, a very lost servant in the Pilate’s household is to be wed to an ambitious Centurion, and finds herself questioning all she knows when the profit named Jesus is crucified. Davis Bunn and Janette Oke’s The Centurion’s Wife captured me with its rare writing style and uncommon way of expression among Christian books.
The Centurion’s Wife focuses on what Jews went through after the death of Christ through the characters of Lea...more
Cassandra
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Caroline
I liked this, but it seemed to drag endlessly at times.

The story is set just after Jesus was crucified and rose again. It involves Leah, a relative of Pilate's, whose family has fallen into disgrace, so she works for Pilate's wife, Procula. Leah's grandmother was Jewish, but Leah was raised as a Roman and only remembers some of the stories her grandmother told her of her faith and way of life. Alban, a centurion of Pilate's, wants to marry Leah so he can rise in Pilate's estimation because he k...more
Cheryl M-M
For what the story actually entails I find the title of the book very non descriptive. It makes one think of a romance novel and yet this tale was so very much more.
The reader follows the bethrothal of a centurion and servant, which takes place shortly after the crucifixion of Jesus. They are both attached to the Romans and yet connected to the Judaean culture.The storyline of the two strangers who are to be bound together flows silently alongside the other plot, even if it was meant to be the o...more
Ellen
This book was an excellent choice just after Easter. Seeing the events over again from a first person viewpoint, examining the evidence both through the eyes of faith and skeptics was engaging. I enjoyed the interweaving classic stories of Jesus' miracles and eyewitness accounts into a classic Janette Oke love story. The most powerful element of the story was a cultural perspective I must have missed in my years of study. I never made the connection between the Jewish tradition of the betrothed...more
librarian4Him02
Plot: Leah, maid to the wife of Pontius Pilate, and Albion a Roman centurion under the command of Pontius Pilate have both known the pain of loss and betrayal. In the days following the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, both Leah and Alban are sent by Pilate's wife and Pilate to find out what happened to Jesus' body and if His followers pose a threat to Rome. If Alban is successful in finding out this information, Pilate has promised him the hand of Leah in marriage. This would suit Alban because Lea...more
Zoe Jean
As a person who is fairly literate about worldly religions, I found this book to be too simple to inspire or impart new knowledge.

I do give kudos to the authors for the following; using Pilate and his wife Procula, along with an invented centurion and part Jewish slave girl as central characters, which was a brilliant seed for the story, but the seed failed to grow to its full potential...and...Mary Magdalene was not improperly protrayed as a harlot, and was recognized for her devotion to Jesus...more
Melissa
I had a difficult time getting into this novel, not that the setting is uninteresting. For some reason, the characters felt a bit flat and lifeless, at least to begin with. A better delving into their backgrounds might have helped me to gain sympathy with and interest in the characters. Both main characters, Leah and Alban, go on missions for Pilate and his wife to find out more about the "dead prophet," Jesus, and if His followers pose a threat to the Roman empire, but both Leah and Alban seem...more
Melissa
The Centurion’s Wife By Janette Oake and Davis Bunn


I have been reading Ms. Oake since I was in high school and she has never disappointed me. Wonderful crafted romances with the characters faith a main thread of the story. Her romances are not preachy, but show you important faith is in the lives of her characters.

In this new book, Ms. Oake and Davis Bunn explored the very beginnings of the faith.
The Roman Government is finding that crucified, buried, and now the body missing, Jesus of Nazareth...more
Doreen
I knew going into this that it was going to be Christian fiction, so I'll admit, I was willing to give it a pass on being literary. And if I could split this book into two parts -- one for Alban's story and one for Leah's -- I'd definitely give Alban's half another star. But since the two are intertwined, and since the book has a really weird, random ending (I suppose since this is the first of the series, more on their fate is to follow: it's just such a strange end-point to choose, though,) I...more
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Davis Bunn is an internationally-acclaimed author who has sold more than six million books in sixteen languages. Honored with three Christy Awards for excellence in historical and suspense fiction, his bestsellers include; The Great Divide, Winner Take All, The Meeting Place, The Book of Hours, and The Quilt. A sought-after lecturer in the art of writing, Bunn was named Novelist in Residence at Re...more
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