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

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A sweeping first-century Biblical saga of the dramatic events surrounding the birth of Christianity; an unlikely romance buds in the midst of political chaos.
ebook, 299 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Bethany House Publishers
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Jan 23, 2009 Janna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 21, 2011 TJ rated it liked it
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
Jul 11, 2012 Savannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alicia Willis
Aug 30, 2015 Alicia Willis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable read. Unlike many Roman books, it limited both violence and romantic (or sexually inappropriate) content. While there were a few too many descriptions for my taste, it was a sweet, uplifting tale and one that I definitely recommend. It did definitely have aspects of suspense, the characters were believable, and the end of the story was my favorite. Recommended!
Mar 01, 2009 Debbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 04, 2010 Kandice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Wendy Sparkes
I loved this audiobook. Set in the days following the Resurrection, I enjoyed the insight it gives into the turmoil faced not just by Jesus' disciples, but mainly the rest of Israel - including Herod Antipas & Pilate who are disturbed about the disappearance of the Prophet's body.

In this novel, Pilate commissions a trusted centurion Alban from the Capernaum garrison to find out the truth as to whether the Prophet really died, where the body of the Prophet is now, & are the followers plan
Bruce Judisch
Apr 06, 2010 Bruce Judisch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sheri Salatin
Mar 23, 2009 Sheri Salatin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: favorites
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
This was an amazing book, to put it simply!

Basically, Pontius Pilot has sent Centurion Alban to discover what happened to the body of Jesus and Claudia Procula, Pilot's wife, has also done the same with her servant and niece, Leah. What they discover will either change their lives or cost them their lives.

Again, this book was amazing. I highly suggest you all read it. It really kept me interested.

However, I must warn you that despite the title, this book does not have a lot of romance in it. Th
Mar 29, 2011 Gracee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-the-kindle
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
Jan 12, 2012 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 17, 2015 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the first page this one was a "gripper." It held me fast in every possible way: mind, heart and soul. Team written by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke, This is the fictionalized account of the centurion whose servant was instantly healed by the Lord Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew. The authors capture the sights, sounds, and smells of Judea at the time of Christ in the most dramatic and vivid way imaginable.

Leah is an adopted slave in the household of Pontius Pilate and, being half roman-half Jud
Jo Notary
379pgs 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 agendas and private trauma.

Caught up in the maelstrom following the death of an obscure rabbi in the Roman backw
I liked this book. It had some good characters, an interesting historical/religious background, was inspiring and informational without being preachy, but...the story didn't grab me until near the very end. It just seemed to meander, slowly. Also, at times I felt like the author's descriptions of things felt forced and overdone.


Another thing that bothered me, I didn't find the romance believable. One minute there was nothing...the ne
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.
The Centurion's Wife is a great biblical read that takes places just after the death of Jesus. Once again Oke & Bunn have done great research and developed characters that will be well remembered.
Scott Haraburda
Jan 24, 2015 Scott Haraburda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
The Centurion's Wife (Acts of Faith, Book 1) is a biblical historical fiction of first century Roman Judea, involving the story of Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection, as told from a servant woman in the household of Pontius Pilate, a Roman Prefect and Governor of the Judea Province.

After her family lost its wealth and power, the servant woman, Leah, is sent to Pilate’s home for his help in getting her married. Although betrothed to a Roman centurion, Leah believes her marriage a fate worse
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
May 02, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 07, 2010 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 30, 2009 Becky Kelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Cheryl M-M
Jun 19, 2012 Cheryl M-M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 25, 2011 Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 19, 2009 Liv rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Davis Bunn is an internationally-acclaimed author who has sold more than seven million books in twenty languages.

Honored with four Christy Awards for excellence in historical and suspense fiction, Davis was inducted into the Christy Hall of Fame in 2014.

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 a
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