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Publisher's Summary

Three-time Christy Award winner Davis Bunn collaborates with Janette Oke to evoke the tumult of first-century Judea in the wake of Christ’s crucifixion.
Although she prefers service in Pontius Pilate’s palace to a loveless marriage, Leah is betrothed to a Roman centurion. Before he can have Leah, however, he must go on a secret mission. But when a rabbi’s missing body sends Leah and Alban after the same answers, what they discover could change all they hold dear.
©2009 Davis Bunn and Janette Oke (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"Fans of these popular authors will love their joint effort imagining and animating the context of Christianity's birth." ( Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 05-20-13

Gets you into the events in a fresh way

What made the experience of listening to The Centurion’s Wife the most enjoyable?

I actually really enjoyed this book. I know, I know Jeanette Oake. But she really did a good job of writing a story that is pretty accurate to the facts of what happened surrounding Jesus death, resurrection and Pentecost. She sets up the tension well and has a believable take on what could’ve happened to Pontius Pilate after Jesus. Also, getting at the events from fresh angles helps to remind you of the biblical narrative.
The book suffers from a lowchurch understanding in terms of baptism and communion. Also, it has some theological misunderstandings of the Jew, Gentile question, but these were small and easily laid aside.
I did find myself rooting for the main characters. I would have liked to see what became of Jacob-- maybe he becomes the apostle James or something.

What does Susan Lyons bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Really good voice. Susan, you are one of my favorites

Who was the most memorable character of The Centurion’s Wife and why?

Alben

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Bob on 02-13-13

More people should listen to this Excellent book.

What made the experience of listening to The Centurion’s Wife the most enjoyable?

The story first and foremost. The authors wrote a great series. The narrator was great. Audible needs to record the other two books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Both Leah and the Centurion. We can only assume from what little is said about this centurion in Matthew 8:5-10 and Luke 7:6-10 that he was a good man of great faith who had more to do with Christ than we are told in those short verses. I think he is a wonderful character on which to base a story about early Christianity and that this is a wonderful story.

What about Susan Lyons’s performance did you like?

Everything. I don't nitpick the narrator when I listen to a story. I'm sure there are other listeners who could critique the narrator better than I, but to me, she did a great job.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Many. I was especially moved when I first realized that the centurion in this story was the very one mentioned in Matthew and Luke.

Any additional comments?

People, you need to hear this book. With only 69 ratings, even though they are very good ratings, it is no wonder that Audible has not recorded the other two books in this series. Repent so I can listen to those other two books!

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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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