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The Centurion's Wife

(Acts of Faith #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  12,167 ratings  ·  807 reviews
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 ag ...more
Paperback, 378 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Bethany House Publishers
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Katie  Hanna
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hey, guys . . .

You know what just happened to me?

I read a Christian Fiction Romance novel.

Voluntarily. Of my own choice.


As I think you all know by now, this is something that rarely, if ever, happens. I don't usually like CFR. In fact, I'm sure a few of you have me labelled in your minds as "Jessica-who-hates-Christian-Fiction-Romance." And until a few days ago, that label was completely accurate ;-) But . . . not anymore.

Because this book is just s
The youngest daughter of a Roman man and a Romanized Jewish woman, Leah is now orphaned and penniless. She is hired as a maidservant by Claudia Procula, a friend of her deceased mother. When Claudia's husband, Pontius Pilate, is sent by the Emperor to be governor of Judaea, Leah has no choice but to sail with the family she serves.

Leah doesn't feel fully at home among Romans, but she has nothing in common with her other people, the Jews, whom she has had little exposure to before now. She doesn'
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am not a fan of Biblical fiction. Mainly because I feel people tend to fantasize a little too much when it comes to certain things in the Bible. But this book! This book!!!! It astounds me every time I read it. And it is a perfect book to read for this Easter weekend.

What I appreciate is that the real people in this story, spoken of in the Bible, seem very real. They don't add things to their characters that are unbelievable. For instance, when Cleophas is telling Leah of meeting Jesus on the
Janna Ryan
Jan 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who like biblical fiction and light romance
Recommended to E.F.B. by: Allison Tebo
Note: I listened to this on audio.

I don’t read a lot of fiction set in biblical times (now that I think of it, I’m not sure I’ve *ever* read fiction set in biblical times unless listening to Adventures in Odyssey counts), but I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. It was sweet, perfectly clean, and it kept me involved enough that even when I had technical difficulties that put the audiobook chapters out of order and I had to fix them and start the whole over again, I didn’t mind. I just real
ANOTHER DNF, DARN IT! That makes the - what? Third? Fourth in a row?

I give up. Biblical fiction clearly isn't for me. I just couldn't with this book. Couldn't get into it, couldn't like the characters, couldn't stay awake.

It's not "bad", it's just clearly not my thing. Which saddens me because the premise sounded really interesting and I loved the setting. Oh, well!

R.J. Rodda
4.5 stars.

This is a moving story of a girl who is afraid of marriage and is betrothed against her will to a Roman centurion on the make. Alban requests Leah's hand - even though he has not met her - because she is Pilate's niece and he wishes to further his career. She dreads the idea of marrying him. This is essentially a love story but so much more. Jesus has just been crucified and both Leah and Alban are charged separately with finding out the truth about has happened to his body. The biblic
3.5 stars. This was quite an enjoyable read, and I finished it pretty fast. I think the best part of this story was reading about how both Alban and Aleah, in their own seperate ways, came to find Jesus. It was super cool to read about their journey to faith, and near the end of the book, I was completely reeled in. I thought this book was going to be a very boring typical retelling of the ressurection, but it wasn't like that at all, although the beginning did lag. However once Alban and Leah b ...more
Kellyn Roth
Amazing Biblical fiction! Best ever! :) Read review here.

~Kellyn Roth, Reveries Reviews
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There were lots of things I didn't love, but some of the spiritual passages in the latter half of the book were really encouraging and meaningful for me, so five stars it is.
BAM The Bibliomaniac
May have been the narrator but this was a bit juvenile
Apr 22, 2014 rated it liked it
This one took me longer to finish than usual, but that's because I've had a lot going on recently. It was a good Biblical historical fiction read, but it could have been a bit shorter.
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
Interesting to look through the eyes of those living in AD33. I especially loved Jacob.
Wow. What a wonderful read for Holy Week. This book was so realistic and so beautiful, that I can barely describe it! A quick shout out to Olivia Rooney and Allison Tebo for recommending this to me ❤️📖
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Nothing was honestly wrong with this book, it just wasn't my cup of tea.
Nov 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a story on the days after Jesus' resurrection and ascension into heaven. We all know what happened and also that the Jews spread the rumour that Jesus's disciples stole the body, but it was interesting to see how Rome might have reacted to this in this fictional take of Alban following the clues and meeting with everyone involved to try and see what really happened with Jesus's body.

I never really thought about how it was for everyone then, from the disciples to the soldiers who crucif
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. ...more
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian
Clearly I am in the minority on this one, but I found this to be too one-dimensional.
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sheri Salatin
Mar 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Alicia Willis
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
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!
One of the best biblical fiction books I have read (they did their research) and a fantastic story. It is not your normal story, it was different and refreshing.
Mar 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
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 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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 and 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, and are the followers planning
Jan 13, 2009 rated it liked it
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
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Leah, a poor niece of Pontius Pilate, is Procula's personal handmaid. One day they bethroth her to a centurion. Leah is not at all enthused about the upcoming marriage but gradually learns to love her fianced husband. Before the wedding is to take place Pontius and Procula require Alban and Leah to discover what happened to the Prophet's missing body after the Crucifixion. As they spend more and more time with the followers of Jesus they soon learn what really happened to Him. At Pentecost they ...more
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Golly. This book started off a little choppy, as though they had trouble weaving the girl's and the guy's perspectives together, but it got better and better as you read along. They warmed up into their own special style and WOWZA it was amazing. I loved it. Especially Alban and Jacob!!!!!!!!!!!!
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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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