The Thief

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The Thief

A Roman centurion longing for peace and a Jewish woman hiding a deadly secret witness a miracle that transforms their lives and leads them to the foot of the cross.

Longinus is a Roman centurion haunted by death and failure. Desperate to escape the accursed Judean province, he accepts a wager. If he can catch the thieves harassing the marketplace before Passover, he’ll earn a transfer away from the troublemaking Jews.

Nissa is a Jewish woman with a sharp tongue and no hope of marriage. Only with the help of Mouse, the best thief in Jerusalem, can she keep her blind brother, Cedron, fed and a roof over their heads.

When a controversial teacher miraculously heals Cedron, Longinus longs to learn more about the mysterious healer. Instead, his journey leads him to Nissa, whose secret will determine the course of both their futures.

Unexpectedly caught up in the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus, they wonder who this teacher is who heals others but does nothing to save himself. Is the mercy he offers in his teachings real, or just another false promise? Can Nissa and Longinus overcome their pasts to find a future free of their shackles?

The Thief is an evocative story of two people trapped in their circumstances and the life-changing power of forgiveness and love.

Purchase a copy and learn more at Stephanie’s website.

Reviews

  • In The Thief, Landsem zooms in on Jerusalem and the events leading up to Jesus’ final Passover, culminating in his crucifixion and setting up the story for her third book, The Tomb. I feel like reading this story drew me in to the events I often skim over in the Bible. I could see, hear and feel, and because the focus was on ordinary people in Jerusalem, I got a better understanding of what it was like to live in that time.

  • This was a very moving story about the time surrounding Jesus and his death. It’s a must read for anyone who longs to know more about Jesus. This book puts into context a story that is understandable and easy to read. Hopefully, if you had trouble reading the story in the Bible, this will make it easier to understand.

    Thanks Stephanie for bringing this story to everyone’s attention in such a way that makes you understand and appreciate the rich history that surrounded Jesus.

  • An interesting fictional story/take on the “minor characters” around when Jesus was crucified.

    I’m really particular with the Biblical fiction I read, however, given that the story revolves around characters we are told very little about in scripture I decided to give it a shot. I was impressed with The Thief. It isn’t a favorite, but I appreciated the story weaving Landsem executed. The whole story is definitely an intriguing one.

  • The IE Mommy says:

    From page one author Stephanie Landsem will grab you into this novel and keep you in it until the last page. The Thief is the second novel in The Living Water series and I am hoping that there will be many more.The author has done much research to ensure that her writings are accurate. All of these details create an amazing story of forgiveness and God’s Love for all of us.

  • Good Story told in a captivating way. Great Historical Biblical Fiction.

  • An excellent and exciting read! Fast paced and full of adventures. So many exciting turns that I was not expecting at all! I could not put this novel down at all 🙂

  • The Thief is a compelling book that draws you in from the first page and keeps you hanging by the edge of your seat until the climactic ending. You’ll be amazed at how many twists and turns Stephanie weaves into such a familiar story.

    Essential reading!

  • The Theif is based on the the two main characters : Longinus and Nissa. It was a moving story of forgiveness and how it can help change our lives. I could hardly put the book down. . The most moving part of the book was how it gave a glimpse into the lives Jesus affected in the last days of his life. This is a must read for everyone..

    I was given a copy of this book for review by Litfuse. No other compensation was given in exchange for my review. All opinions expressed are my own,

  • It was so surreal to read about book set in the Roman times that contained characters that have some of the same problems we do in our day and age. But this author was able to pull it off in grand style.

  • Ultimately, however, this book is about forgiveness and redemption. It’s about recognizing darkness in one’s heart and the light of grace available to all. Parts of the book (the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus) are fairly graphic, but for those who love Christian Biblical fiction, this book is a definite read.

  • Landsem writes with such vivid description and seasoned research; she takes her readers and places them on the dusty streets of Jerusalem and eventually to the foot of the cross at Calvary. I got “lost” in the story and felt the emotions of the characters. Landsem drove me to the Word of God. She presents the clear gospel message that you and I DO have a choice…a transforming choice…and His name is Jesus. This would be the perfect novel for a Lenten focus.

  • The Thief by Stephanie Landsem was an interesting book but hard for me to read. I loved the authors writing. I think because it takes place during biblical times it is hard for me relate to.

  • I can confidently confirm that The Thief by Stephanie Landsem is going to be in my top 20 of most favorite books of 2014. (I don’t do top 10 because there are quite a handful of books out there so please don’t make me narrow it down to just ten!) Landsem takes the account of the blind man that Jesus heals with mud in the Bible and weaves it all together with a beautiful story of seeking, forgiveness and mercy. This is not a book– or series– that you want to miss out on, and if you don’t believe me just read the rest of my review to see how true that is.

  • By The Book says:

    There are many positives in The Thief. The turmoil, political intrigue and religious dogmatism of the time is brought to vivid life. Landsem does a wonderful job of making real the sights and sounds of first century Jerusalem. The narrative flows naturally and keeps the reader turning the pages. There are elements of romance, suspense and history that will appeal to all readers. The characters are well-developed and complex. And the range of the characters is varied and represents all the players in the world of Jesus — Pharisees, Romans, peasants and nobles. The Biblical record is accurately followed as it weaves throughout this fictional account. But the novel’s greatest achievement is the portrayal of the power, sacrifice, love and forgiveness of the Savior. The account of the Garden of Gethsemane prior to Jesus’ betrayal is especially moving.

    If you are going to read only one Biblical fiction novel this year, make sure it is The Thief. And get it quick — it makes a great pre-Easter read.

  • This is a wonderfully written and engaging story! It is fun for me to read about the lives of people who lived during Christ’s time, even if it is fiction. The characters are very realistic and the story based on fact. It will capture the attention of readers of all types, and I recommend it highly.

  • Well written and fast paced, this was a good book if you enjoy Biblical fiction. The characters, Mouse, Nissa, and Longinus were full of life and almost jumped from the page as did Dismas the thief. I very much enjoyed how each of these people interacted with the other. They were complex and emotional; not cardboard cut-outs where everything turns out okay because we must have a happy ending.

    I enjoyed how the author took these characters and wrote a story that very well could have taken place during the same time preceding and leading up to Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection. Seriously, what could have been going on at the sidelines? Having read the Bible from my young childhood and continuing to do so, I was entranced with how the author wove this story into the historical fact of the resurrection. I read with new light just how the thieves might have gotten caught that hung with Jesus, what could have transpired during the months prior, and saw just how desperate things could have been for Nissa and her brother Cedron. It made me think – and I like that.

  • What a way to bring the past back to life and make it real and palpable for readers! I wasn’t sure what to expect of this book. It started to build a foundation right from the start that was strong and realistic. What was life like when Jesus was alive? How did the people live? Landsem brought them all to life and made a realistic city and lifestyle. I like how she made all of her characters real and flawed at the same time, how they all experienced doubt and guilt while trying to do their best with what they had and what they believed.

  • This is the kind of book that once you start reading it you unable to stop until you are finished. The author has written the story with such action and thought that while reading some of the chapters I was unable to stop crying. This is a book of hope for a new future.

  • Stephanie Landsem has produced another outstanding novel. The Thief is the second title in her The Living Water series, and is the follow up to her highly successful debut, The Well.

    Because the narrative draws from the Gospels, a number of characters and events are recognizable. You’ll recognize the quotes from the Biblical passages. I recommend this series to anyone interested in reading well-written Biblically based fiction.

  • Personally, I found Landsem’s style and story even more engaging than the writings of other giants of 1st-century historical fiction I’ve read. Rarely have I found a novel with more intricate plotting and skillful tightening of the tension, which still managed to stay within the bounds of Scripture. So desperately did I want things to turn out well for Longinus and Nissa, despite the seemingly impossible odds, that I found it nearly impossible to resist turning to end to see how the author resolved their problems. But I did resist. Barely. And was not disappointed.

    All in all, a most impressive feat.

  • Book Reviews says:

    Landsem’s ability to bring characters, places, and history to life pulls you right into her story. When you stop reading, it takes a little bit to readjust to the present. I felt like I was living in Jesus’ time, with the Romans, experiencing life as the thief lives it.

  • For someone who doesn’t really care for stories written about Bible times, this was a favorite! I totally enjoyed this novel by Stephanie and can’t wait to see what comes next.

  • First, let me say: Read it! You won’t regret it. 🙂
    This book was absolutely excellent. I haven’t had a book draw me in so far as to sobbing, in a long while!
    Set in the time that Jesus walked the earth, this book has a huge impact. It was toward the end that was so intense, that I had to find a quiet spot and just read and sob for a bit. It was all just so well-written.
    The whole thing is great, and just lovely. Well, I mean, there is a lot that happens that is not lovely, but actually it all pulls together and makes you ache for Nissa (the main character). And all-together the story is just lovely.

  • A historical fiction, at first, I felt like the story had started off slow, but this is not a book to quickly read through, but instead, I discovered a historical fiction that reflects the research that the author had taken the time to do, regarding the culture and backdrop of Jesus final days, with an understanding of the Jewish customs that pervade the lives of the people.

  • You can feel what it felt like in Jerusalem. At the time Jesus is entering the city and up through the crucifixion. The atmosphere, the people, the smells of the city. The emotions. The author has a way of making you feel there, not just reading the story, but a part of the story

  • Biblical fiction at its finest. Jesus is the center of this story that involves many Biblical characters that Ms. Landsem gives names to. Both thieves on the other crosses not only have names but they each have been given a history and a story. The Roman Centurion Longinus is pursuing them and encounters Nissa and her brother Cedron. All of them encounter Jesus and are transformed one way or the other. ”The Thief” is a story about who we are before we meet Jesus and who we become after we meet Jesus. There is a lot going on in this story and Ms. Landsem knows how to take us through each event by letting us in on the lives of the participants. Ms. Landsem has given us plenty of wonderful characters to fall in love with and lots of adventure and romance.

  • I’m a writer, but I’m still often in awe of the ideas people come up with for the novels they write. The Thief is a perfect example. I would never have thought of writing a novel with Jesus as a character. But Landsem did. And the result is a book that transports the reader back in time, back to a time we can’t envision easily because it’s so different from our own. Yet Landsem makes you feel as if you’re there. You can almost taste, hear and smell the world the characters inhabit.

  • The approach this author took with the story was very interesting and unique. Instead of Jesus being the main story, the author had his story running in the background but the focus was on Nissa, Cedron and Longinus. This approach was interesting because the main characters only has contact with Jesus once but heard the stories of Jesus’ teachings and miracles from those people around him. The only complaint I have about the story is I thought it ended way to soon. Other than that, I enjoyed this book and look forward to reaching the next one when it come out.

  • I really didn’t know what to expect when I first starting reading but the story grabbed me in pretty quickly and I couldn’t wait to see how the story was going to end. I was captivated by Nissa’s and Longinus’s inner struggles of failure since I can relate to having those same inner conflicts. I love how the characters are woven into the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. If you ever wondered what it would have been like to have lived in Jesus’s time then I highly recommend reading this novel.

  • There’s something special about reading a story when you know part of the ending. In this case, the ending is just the beginning. More than once there was a catch in my throat or a skip of my heart as I wondered what would happen next. Too many times I stopped and considered how I might react in the same situations that Nissa found herself in. Would I have the strength of character, the sturdy faith, required to stiffen my resolve and press on in the face of death? It’s my prayer that I could do so. Only by God’s mercy am I released from such a fate. Mercy, love, and forgiveness are the bells that ring through The Thief.

  • And this story, even though it is fiction, does a really good job of describing how it could have been for those who were there. I always enjoy and appreciate reading a good Biblical fiction because it causes me to start wondering what it would have been like during the era, and gives me a better understand of the Scriptures. And in The Thief, it is the Scriptures talking about the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, our Redeemer.

  • Really, if you don’t read much fiction, or much Biblical fiction, or much Christian fiction, give this series a try.
    Present in The Thief are all the elements of a fine novel, and the cliches are nowhere to be seen. Just heart-felt writing that leads to a compelling reading experience.

  • This book is a compelling story that grabs you on the very first page and takes you along a journey where there is betrayal, brokenness, hopelessness and overwhelming guilt. You can feel the pain of the characters as they come to terms with the parts they played in hurting people they cared most about. Death is a reality that cannot be avoided.

    I absolutely love how Stephanie Landsem impeccably wrote how forgiveness is possible regardless of how vile and sinful your actions and behavior were. The Lord is a great and perfect example of forgiveness and grace.

  • Moments says:

    “The Thief,” written by Stephanie Landsem, is the second novel in her Living Water Series and one that should be read in order so that the reader does not miss out on anything from the story. This is such a well-written book of Biblical fiction. Stephanie does an incredible job with bringing to life these characters and the Biblical time period.

  • I literally was transported to the streets of ancient Jerusalem during the Feast of Tabernacles and became on the people witnessing everything that happened. It was so life-like and real I had a hard time believing I was simply reading a novel in the comfort of my living room. I can only hope a screen-writer grabs this one and turns it into a movie because it is simply that great. If you ever wanted to read a truly exceptional novel about living in Jerusalem as the famed thief from the Bible, you will definitely want to pick this one up. Trust me! YOU DON’T want to miss this one. I easily give this one HANDS DOWN 5 out of 5 stars!!! I can’t wait for her next novel The Tomb coming soon.

  • What a powerful story The Thief, by Stephanie Landsem, was. My goodness, it was hard to put this book down. There were so many dynamics to this story that made this story come alive in my mind. The characters are solidly created, the way of life is fantastically researched, and it brings such an important time of the beginning of Christianity back to center stage, but offers it from a whole new perspective.

  • …A few pages in and I knew I’d like Nissa. She’s feisty and fights for those she loves. We’d be friends. I liked that Landsem brought to life characters who Jesus touched and thus their lives were changed (a blind man healed, the guards, the thief of the cross). It brought to life the stories many of us also hold dear. This is one of those perfect reads just in time for Easter…

  • This is a moving and sometimes painful story including the crucifixion of Jesus. The author has given us 2 characters that are so well explained that you feel as if you are right there as a witness to all that is happening.

  • Powerful, gripping, and gut-wrenching are just a few of the adjectives I am using to describe this fantastic book by Stephanie Landsem. This is one book that readers won’t forget after it has been read. The characters are developed flawlessly. The author made me care about these characters. I loved Nissa’s sass and spirit, Dimas pretending not to care, but really caring very deeply, Longinus unwitting strength and gentleness. I was wrapped up in this story from beginning until the very last page. At one point, I had tears streaming down my face and my heart was filled with so much emotion. This is just an incredible book that readers will not want to miss. It brings to life the themes of forgiveness, mercy, and sacrificial love. I highly recommend it. I’m so excited for the next book in the series due to be released in April 2015 titled, The Tomb.

  • It’s been a couple of hours now.
    The tears have finally stopped, the sniffles, too.

    They started in the garden.
    They continued at the whipping post.
    They increased during the long walk to Golgotha.
    They broke loose at the cross.

    This book moved me.
    The deep love and peace Jesus gave and continues to give
    is unspeakable. It cannot be put into words,
    and yet He Himself is the Word.

    Thank you Jesus.
    Thank you Mrs. Landsem for reminding me.

    5 stars aren’t enough!
    Thank you LitFuse for this review copy!

  • Landsem won me over in the first couple of chapters with the depth of characterization, the wonderful setting, and the early surprises. The Thief includes a powerful blend of action/suspense, emotion, historical details, biblical references, and romance. I loved that it was not only a well-written read, but an engaging one throughout.

  • In the second book of Stephanie Landsem’s “The Living Water” series, “The Thief” once again takes readers into the heart of Jerusalem during the time of Jesus. Using powerful images and fascinating characters, Landsem creates a tale of devote inspiration during a period of chaos and wonder. She mixes in a little romance and a little mystery into the story and delivers a novel that is truly memorable reading.

  • I really enjoy novels set in Biblical times. This was a good one. You’ll be surprised when you learn the thief’s identity – maybe a little heartbroken, too.

    I, also, read The Well by Ms Landsem, and am really looking forward to the next book in The Living Water series. Thank you, Ms Landsem, for the historical details in these novels. I like learning new things.

  • The compelling journey of a handful of people in Judea at a time when ruthless Rome ruled the land, the temple priests bickered within themselves and a gentle prophet healed the sick in the name of His father unfolds in The Thief.

    The sheer concept of Biblical life coming to light under Stephanie Landsem’s pen is a powerful draw to ‘The Living Water series’ of which The Thief is book #2.

    Like pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem, we thirst to know more about this pivotal time in history and faith. What continues to surprise is how much there is still to uncover and in her latest novel, Stephanie Landsem brings us a flawless story coupled with historical events unmitigated for this Lent season!

  • Each is based on an actual encounter with Jesus as described in the Gospel of John; then using extensive first century research, Landsem creates an expanded story which imagines how ordinary people might have reacted to the historical events happening around them, including the miracles of Jesus and the birth of Christianity.
    I won’t share any more, except to say that the story will progress to the cross. Landsem has crafted a
    story filled with people who need redemption and new starts. How each reacts to the history-changing events happening around them makes a compelling read which felt historically accurate. I am sure the hardest part of the book to write was the ending. How does one make her characters’ stories stand out against the greatest story ever – the cross and the empty tomb? Landsem does a commendable job.

  • Veronica's 'Views says:

    It was fascinating to experience this time period from both a woman’s and a Roman centurion’s perspective. The love story was wonderful. It was fascinating to see how Longinus moved toward faith in Jesus from a pagan perspective while Nissa did from a Jewish perspective, especially since she had turned her back on her faith because of her circumstances.

  • These characters and many others are portrayed in rich detail. The reader is easily able to care about their inner struggles as they face mounting challenges.
    One danger in historical novels is drifting away from the plot into lengthy explanations of objects and customs unfamiliar to modern readers. Landsem is adept at making necessary explanations without disturbing the flow of the story.
    This is not a “romance novel”. There is romance involved, but murder, deception, fear and bravery are also here in equal measure.

  • One concern I always have with historical fiction that includes major real people as characters (you know, like Jesus!) is whether or not their interaction with the fictional characters is at all believable. Many books I do actually enjoy still have totally unrealistic encounters between characters and real, historical people.

    It is much better, however, when I’m reading along and the characters encounter real people and I just keep reading without thinking, “Yeah, right.” And that made The Thief more fun to read. I wasn’t rolling my eyes at the unlikely coincidences.

  • This is a book that you must read! This book is so powerful and draws you in so deeply, you’ll feel as though you’re actually living with these characters in this time period! This is a book you’ll want to savor and you’ll never be the same after reading this book.

  • This novel provides an interesting glimpse into the lives of those that Jesus affected in the last days of his life. I enjoyed the stories of Nissa and Longinus, two individuals that are scarred by pain of the past, who both feel trapped in lives they never wanted. Can Jesus bring them the healing and redemption they so desperately need?

    Probably the most moving portion of this story is a Biblical story brought to life in the character of Cedron, the man whom Jesus healed with mud to the eyes. Cedron’s experience brought tears to my eyes and sent chills up my spine. Healed in an instant, his story, and newfound belief in Jesus, is one you won’t soon forget.

  • This book, admittedly, took a few chapters for me to get into. I liked the story, but I wasn’t emotionally invested. I was curious, but I wasn’t on the edge of my seat. It took me quite a while to read the first half of the book, honestly. But then the story started clicking for me. I realized how intricately Landsem had planned out this book. A random Samaritan named Stephen is discussed – and it clicked to me that it was Stephen the martyr. She created details concerning Malchus, the servant whose ear is cut off in the garden with Jesus and the disciples. The story is based on one of the most famous healings in the Bible. And at one point, as I realized where the end of the story was going, I was completely and utterly involved emotionally at that point. I’m so glad I kept reading.

  • The Thief is the second book I have read by Stephanie Landsem. I hadn’t read her first book, The Well, when I requested to be part of this blog tour and this Launch team but I decided to read it before reading The Thief, and WOW. I read it in two days and it just made such an impact on me that I couldn’t wait to dig right into The Thief. Stephanie Landsem writes with authority about the Bible, Jerusalem, Jewish and Roman customs, and the time period. I could NOT put this book down. From the start it grabbed my attention and held it throughout. I read The Thief in about two days also. Stephanie Landsem has written two wonderful stories that although fiction, they are rich in historical facts. As I read the last chapters of this book I felt like I was going through the Stations of The Cross that I have participated in for Lent. Such a humbling experience. I found myself crying during parts of this story, parts that touched my heart. I HIGHLY recommend this book, and series to anyone who enjoys Christian Fiction, especially historical fiction and biblical fiction. You won’t be disappointed! I cannot wait to read what is next in this awesome series! I give this book and series 5 STARS!!!

  • This book is one of those books that make you think. It takes you back in time to a time that we all too often forget about. I was pretty much spellbound by this book. You find yourself drawn in and in love with the characters and what is happening with them. Will Nissa find love? Will Longinus find what he truly needs? And will any of them accept the love of a Teacher who dies for them? The Thief is definitely a book worth reading. It makes you wonder just how like these characters we are and why we still find it hard to accept what is so freely given to us.

  • I was completely taken in with this story. I mean, the basics of it we know from the Bible, but the author does a wonderful job of telling a story within the story. The characters were well written and I was drawn to them. I thought the story line flowed smoothly and though it is a story we know, the fictional part of it was woven through the ‘real’ part making it all too real. The author did a great job of making you feel the emotion of the characters and I admit, you may cry!I rate this a 4/5. I will be looking for more from this author!

  • The Thief by Stephanie Landsem is the second book in the Living Water series. Don’t worry, it is more of a stand alone book than a sequel. The Thief is a fictional retelling of “the day Christ died”, with a romance between a Jew and Roman thrown in. Well researched and beautifully written, you will love reading this book. Stephanie Landsem is a new favourite author.

  • I have always loved biblical fiction. This book took real life events that happened in the new testament and turned them into a compelling story about love of family and love of God. I have been anxiously awaiting this book’s arrival for quite some time now, all I had to do was read the back cover and I knew that it was going to be a book that I would enjoy immensely. And I was right. This novel was marvelous. It took my love for Biblical Fiction to a whole new level. Within the first few pages there was a major plot twist, and I mean MAJOR. It was very interesting to see the events of Jesus’ lifetime through the eyes of this author. Do you remember how Jesus healed a blind man by mixing his saliva into the dirt, rubbing it on the blind man’s eyes and telling him to wash it off? That man (in this novel) was Nissa’s big brother. How cool is that?! I only have one complaint. After things slowed down from the initial whirlwind in the beginning of the book, it took a while to speed back up. It was kind of the same thing repeated in a few of the chapters between the beginning and the end. I had a hard time keeping focused on the book there for a bit, but once things started to get going, I was a goner. I wonder if this author has any other novels? That is something that I will have to look into. Anyways, this book was fabulous over all, and it was definitely worth the time that it took me to read it (which might have been a bit longer than usual). I would recommend this book to someone that has a soft spot for Biblical Fiction and page turning novels (because it WAS a page turner in most parts).

  • The story was very well written; the character development was excellent, the plot moved quickly, the twists and turns were brilliant. I loved the parallels, the symbolism, and the way that the characters were so real. I found myself relating to them: squirming when they faced danger, smiling when they found peace.

  • I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started The Thief. From the title, and knowing that it was centered around Christ’s ministry here on earth, I assumed/guessed it would be about one of the thieves who hung next to Jesus on the cross. While I wasn’t to far away from the mark, this book still brought such a fresh and unexpected story that easily captured and kept my attention from the opening of the book till the very last page.

    Nissa was a very complex character. Especially when Mouse was in the picture. She was forced to make a lot of tough decisions in her young life. While many of them were wrong decisions and my heart hurt for the pain she continued to endure from keeping all her secrets and sins, I was surprised and impressed when Landsem didn’t let her ‘get away’ with those sins.

  • Landsem has been able to describe the suffering of Jesus in a way that has affected me forever. We become so accustomed to the story of Calvary and what Jesus has done for us. This book gave me a new gratefulness and a new understanding. I recommend this book to be read before Holy Week. It is a powerful story of redemption and it gave me a new appreciation for what Jesus did for me.

  • Barb Shelton says:

    Exciting and compelling, the scenes written so realistically that moments of holding my breath during the tense drama of this saga were literally “breathtaking.” My personal reading appetite for Biblical fiction mixed with fact was satiated upon complete digestion of The Thief by Stephanie Landsem. My imagination needed no help as the characters leaped into my mind lucidly through Ms. Landsem’s colorful word paintings describing ancient Jerusalem in a wholly distinctive approach during the most life changing events to ever occur.

  • Stephanie Landsem’s The Living Water Series brings Biblical stories to life.
    I enjoy Biblical fiction, especially when it helps me imagine what life was like at that time. The Thief added to my vision of Biblical Times. The setting and characters were well developed. My only complaint is there were a couple of points that contradicted the Bible.
    I did enjoy the book. The story flowed smoothly and had a strong message. I would recommend it.

  • I loved how Stephanie took a great time in our history, the death and Resurrection of Jesus, and put a story around it. This story will have you trying to guess what is next, crying, and being amazed once again at what a glorious gift God gave us in His Son Jesus. This made me fall in love with my Savior even more. I highly recommend this book.

  • While I am new to Biblical fiction, this novel has me considering looking into this genre more. The characters were very well written and felt like people could have existed. The story develops at a fast pace and will keep you entertained throughout.

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