Wednesday, February 26, 2014

"The Thief" by Stephanie Landsem

Nissa, Cedron, Longinus, and Mouse are all characters in this new book by Stephanie Landsem. They were all touched in some way by Jesus and His ministry - His miracles and crucifixion. How does it affect them and what choices do they make about Jesus? Come meet them and find out.

Outcasts, that's what Nissa and Cedron are. Her way of providing support for her blind brother has been picking pockets, something Cedron is adamantly against. But he is blind, and she does things he can't see. But Jesus is in town, He is a healer, and Cedron has received his sight. How will this change the relationship between  brother and sister?  Will either of them become a follower of Christ?

Longinusis a man who feels like he has failed at everything and as a Roman centurian, he can't afford to let anyone. least of all the Jews, know this. But when he is caught up in the trial crucifixion of Christ, how will it play out? How will the lives of Nissa, Cedron, and Longinusis intersect and affect each other? What role does Mouse play? As the story unfolds, the reader is caught up in the story and its conclusion.

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. I received my review copy from Litfuse Publicity for participation in the blog tour.

Book Info

About the book: 

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.

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About the Author: 

Stephanie Landsem loves adventure in far-off times and places. In real life, she's explored ancient ruins, medieval castles, and majestic cathedrals around the world. Stephanie is equally happy at home in Minnesota with her husband, four children, and three fat cats. When she's not writing, she's feeding the ravenous horde, avoiding housework, and dreaming about her next adventure---whether it be in person or on the page.

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