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Risen: The Novelization of the Major Motion Picture

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  597 ratings  ·  151 reviews
A Powerful Novelization from Bestselling Author Angela Hunt

Epic in scope, yet deeply personal, this novelization offers a unique perspective on the story of the resurrection. Roman Tribune Clavius is assigned by Pilate to keep the radical followers of the recently executed Yeshua from stealing the body and inciting revolution. When the body goes missing despite his p
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published December 22nd 2015 by Bethany House Publishers
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Robin Hatcher
This book is amazing from start to finish.

You may have already seen the movie, Risen, which is being praised from all quarters. I haven't had the chance yet. But I did listen to the audiobook, and it is AMAZING. The story is told from two points of view, a Roman Tribune, Clavius, and a Jewish widow, Rachel. There were times when I felt as if I were right there in the days before and after the crucifixion. And Yeshua was so real to me because of the wonderful storytelling, I felt like
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookshelf, 2016
I am very familiar with the story of the resurrection of Christ but this book made the people in the story seem more real. The story follows Clavius, a Roman Soldier charged by Pontius Pilate with locating the missing body before the Emperor arrives in Jerusalem.

Fast paced and vividly described, the story came to life and was highly enjoyable. The author took liberties with the story, as it is historical fiction, but I imagine that many of the scenarios in the story were fairly accur
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 ⭐
I really enjoyed this. The characters were well rounded and had great depth. The story followed the basic story but had its own perspective to it.
Sam B
When I first watched the movie, I LOVED it! So when I learned their was a novelization, I just had to get it. It took some time before I got to read it, but now I did.

It was the first time I read a movie novelization and I wasn't sure what to expect. The movie was so good, I didn't know if the book would mesure up (funny how it's usually the other way around). But let me tell you something: It did not deceive!!!

The novel is obviously based on the movie. Most of the scenes
Amanda Geaney
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good. It kind of picks up where Mel Gibsons' The Passion of the Christ left off, taking readers from the crucifixion through the ascension and Pentecost. A few liberties have been taken with the timeline and the parties involved in specific events, but overall I was impressed with how much of the gospel Angela Hunt was able to squeeze into this book.

If you don't have time to read the book, let me suggest the audiobook. It's well done!

Makes me want to see the mov
Rozanne (Willow's Corner)

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I really enjoyed reading this book! I wanted to finish it faster, but throughout reading the book we moved, so I had to pack and unpack and sort everything out before I even could pick up a book.
I do not want to give anything away, I want every reader to experience the story in their own way. Angela Hunt did a wonderful job of taking Scripture  and mixing some fiction in between. After reading this book, I hope the readers read the 4 Gospels and see how intr
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves, annual-reads
This is now my favourite historical fiction. I really, really enjoyed it, and will have to read/listen to it again. Even as a Christian of around 7 years, this book was such an encouragement and means of rejuvenation to my faith. It reminded me of my need to return, and never lose sight of, first things. To go back to the basics of the faith, the reason for my hope, the Resurrection of Christ. The downside of being so far removed historically and geographically from the events is that I've been ...more
Nora St Laurent
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was written in first person through the eyes of non-believers Clavius, a Roman Tribune and Rachel, widower and intimate friend of Clavius. The thing that jumped out to me about the book cover was the author Angela Hunt and the fact that this was a novelization of a movie that would be out in theaters February 2016. I’ve read several books by this author. I love the way she weaves biblical events into a heart-felt, interesting, suspenseful read. I instantly cared about the characters. S ...more
Tim Chaffey
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[No Spoilers] Written in the first person point of view and spanning just over 300 pages, the novel follows two individuals: a Roman tribune named Clavius and a Jewish widow named Rachel. The book is historical fiction so it wraps fictitious people and/or events in with real people and events. In this case, the book (and movie) is intended give a different perspective on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ by showing it through the eyes of an unbeliever.
This also means that artistic license w
Brian Eshleman
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As stated, my bar of acceptability for Christian fiction is pretty low, but this one easily surpassed it. Most don't show the awfulness of sin against a holy God, so they don't leave much room for genuine gratitude. As in, "Great, God got me out of a 6 inch hole." Most don't show lost people taking their current assumptions and making logical, sometimes even laudable, choices within them. This author, and this work, addresses both. The experience leaves me with the unmistakable impression that m ...more
Michael Woodard
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was offered for free from Christian audio for July. I did not have high expectations after seeing it was a novelization of a motion picture (and not the other way around). However, the narrative style quickly sucked me into the story. This book makes the story of Jesus' resurrection come to life in a real way. I highly recommend it.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Movie Was an Appetizer, THIS is the Meal!
What a surprising gem! I so loved the movie that, frankly, I didn't expect much here - I just didn't think that it was possible to surpass it. But I started this audiobook on a whim none-the-less and within minutes I realized that the novelization contains all the missing insights and details that would have turned a (great) 107-minute film into an (even better) 6-hour mini-series. And it answered questions that I didn't even know I had about the movie.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read.....brought the resurrection to life
Lisa Johnson
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Risen (The Novelization of the Major Motion Picture)
Author: Angela Hunt
Pages: 320
Year: 2015
Publisher: Bethany
My rating is 5 stars.
My husband and sons went to see the movie Risen in the theatre; I will see it when it comes on DVD as theater seating is uncomfortable for me. So when I saw the book being offered for review on, I asked for a copy to read. The joy of being able to converse with my guys about the movie scenes and scenes from the bo
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great novel with such interesting personal perspectives on Jesus' resurrection. Excellent read and I so want to get the movie now...!
Anna Hargett
[A few spoilers] I'm kind of surprised at the great reviews this book got. This is one of those very few instances where I'm hoping the movie is better than the book. I enjoyed the first half of the book, but then it just, I don't know, fell flat for me. Which is surprising because I enjoy reading anything about Roman history, but it soon became like I was a reading a junior high level book on theology.

Let me give you an example: Clavius was having a "deep" conversation with Peter about wanting
Christian Fiction Addiction
"Risen" is a powerful novel that not only has a gripping and entertaining plot, but will fill you with fresh wonder over the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead! As I haven't seen the movie, I can't comment on how well Angela Hunt captures the spirit of the film in her novelization of "Risen", but I can say this - I can't wait for the movie now! Hunt does warn that one of the characters that is in "Risen" does not appear in the movie as there wasn't room for this character to remain in th ...more
Cathy Maldonado
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know what’s freaking awesome about Risen? The storytellers. Clavius a Roman Tribune (like a soldier) and Rachel an Israelite who lost her husband. How this two collide? Well, you’re going to have to read it to find out.

This story is set during Jesus crucifixion. Clavius is in charge of making sure Jesus is dead and the body, locked away. But when the body goes missing he goes on a journey to find it.

I have to say that Angela Hunt is an amazing writer. Her descriptions
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The resurrection of Christ, this time, narrated from the point of view of a Roman and a Jewish.

I'm so glad I read this one before watching the movie because there are a lot of emotions in this book. Although we know the resurrection of Christ because it's narrated on the Bible, in this novel there were diferent sides of that story that I couldn't help myself but treasured them in my heart.

The characters give me a lot to think about and their perspectives were really deep and made me connect with th
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook of the film Risen. Although I'm very familiar with the resurrection story from the bible, this novel brought out lots of extra historical and cultural facts for me. I liked the way the story was told from the Roman and Jewish viewpoints, making it far more human than the accounts in the bible. The characters were well developed and their storylines kept my interest throughout.
The narrators Alana Kerr and P.J. Ochlan were very easy to listen to,
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-fun-review
I did not want to put this book down. I was engaged from the beginning to the end. You were caught up in the life of these characters. You were invited to see their struggles, heartaches and triumph. It made me remember how people reacted to Jesus. I loved reading this story from the point of view of the Roman soldier Clavius.

This is a book for those that have forgotten the power of the cross and the impact of Jesus. It is for those that want to know what the Christian life is really
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. The movie was good too.
Title: Risen
Written By: Angela Elwell Hunt
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Recommended Ages: 13 & up for sexual references (not blatant, just implied) and violence

I don't read much Biblical Fiction because I often find the authors take too much liberty with what is in the Scriptures. I should also mention that I have not seen the movie this book is based on. After reading the author's note, I am curious to see the movie just to find out how different it is.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: Risen

Author: Angela Hunt

Genre: Christian, Historical Fiction, Biblical Retelling, Novelization,

Plot: It is dangerous times for everyone in Jerusalem and Roman Tribune Clavius is very aware of this fact. He is sent to qualm a riot caused by Barabbas and then off to close up the crucifixions for that day. The man in the middle of a trio is quite clearly dead but he still has his men double check before taking down the b
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever read the book titled Ben Hur? Have you seen the movie? The book, Risen is written by the granddaughter of the author of Ben Hur, and she felt compelled to write this story to emphasize what the author insinuated about the Roman soldier who was a part of Jesus' crucifixion and the changes which occurred in him. She wished to emphasize that being around Jesus (alive or dead) can change all people.

This book is written in a more simplistic form than Ben Hur was (of course;
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw the movie, Risen and when I spotted the book I knew I had to read it. The story is fleshed out and respectful of Christian belief. Clavius a tribune of Rome is sent to end the executions of Jesus and two others. He arrives at Golgatha to find the Nazareen dead. Little does he know he is about to embark on a journey that will change his beliefs, his life. As Clavius seeks the body of Yeshua you see how this one life touches everyone who met Him or was connected to His death. The message com ...more
Christopher Sumpter
I recently read a movie novelization that nearly made me pull my hair out because it was just a blow-by-blow recounting of the movie. Although I have never seen (or even heard of) the movie Risen, it's clear that this is nothing of the sort. Character development is much richer, and you get a much deeper insight into the motivations and thoughts of the characters than I would imagine the movie portrayed. However, I've read a number of books in this genre, and they all suffer from the same malady. A ch ...more
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Risen follows the experiences of two people, a Jewish woman and a Roman man, in the days surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. While Rachel and Clavius have unique struggles from their past and different concerns about the events that are unfolding, they are both hurting and in need of the love and healing that only The Nazarene can provide. I greatly enjoyed seeing the familiar story of Jesus's death and resurrection from this new perspective of two souls hearing the remarkable news for ...more
John Majors
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really surprised by how moving and encouraging this book was. I assumed it was another cheesy Christian novelization of the life of Christ. But this drew me into the story in ways I hadn't considered before. Probably the most time I've ever spent considering what it was actually like to be there experiencing the resurrection. Of course there's much to the story that is speculative, but I found it moving to consider the story line of two very plausible characters. Normal people giving up ev ...more
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good book which was written after the screenplay. I saw the film a year ago and loved the first two thirds. Most of it seemed like it could have been actually happened until he started meeting with the disciples. At this point I was disappointed for it felt contrived and preachy. The book has some of this same weakness. Yet I enjoyed the book very much because it added a wonderful and important character who adds much depth to the story. The audio version of the book is superbly done with ...more
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Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes for readers who have learned to expect the unexpected in novels from this versatile author. With over three million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 100 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to novels.

Now that her two children have reached their thirties, Angie and her husband li