They call her the Queen of the Outcasts. Maviah, a woman whose fate was sealed on her birth by this world-unwanted, illegitimate, female, a slave-subject to the whims of all. But then she met a man named Yeshua who opened her eyes. She found strength in his words, peace from the brutal word around her. Because of what he taught her, she has gathered her own traveling kingdom of outcasts deep in the desert, wielding an authority few have seen. But when her growing power threatens the rulers around her, they set out to crush all she loves, leaving her reeling as a slave once more. She must find Yeshua to save her people, but when she does, she will be horrified to discover that he faces his own death.
Enter a story full of intrigue, heart-wrenching defeat, uncompromising love and staggering victory-one that re-examines everything you thought you knew about the heart of Jesus’s stunning message and the power that follows for those who follow his easily forgotten way.
Ted Dekker (born October 24, 1962) is a New York Times best-selling author of over thirty five novels. He is best known for stories which could be broadly described as suspense thrillers with major twists and unforgettable characters, though he has also made a name for himself among fantasy fans. Ted’s latest work, a historical fiction based on the teachings of Jesus, is a radical departure from previous outings and is receiving critical acclaim.
A.D. 33 by Ted Dekker continues the story of Maviah that began in A.D. 30. Maviah has gathered outcasts from the desert and seeks to build a kingdom from the ruins of her father’s reign. But she has many enemies that want to crush, humiliate and eventually destroy her and all she loves. Told in alternating first and third person points of view, this novel is more intellectual for want of another term than the first book in the series. There is still a great historical context and suspense, but there are many long passages devoted to the teachings of Christ, His final days, and what it means to be His follower. Old and new characters are included, but it is Maviah who is the center of the story. A good conclusion to the series.
The center of the story, despite the story line of Maviah and her quest to rescue her son, is the Way of Jesus. Many people at that time (and today) did not understand Jesus’ teachings about His kingdom and coming death. Dekker does an excellent job of showing the emotions of His followers as they experience the exultation of His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the dismay over His silence during His trial, and the despair following His crucifixion. Jesus’ radical teachings were (and are) hard to understand and even harder to follow. A.D. 33 will make you re-examine who you think Jesus really is.
A book that combines gritty hardship, emotional turmoil and the triumph of Christ, A.D. 33 is a recommended read.
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(Thanks to the publisher for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)