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If you do not already know, Ted Dekker is a very well known author in the Christian world of books today. A quote from his about section on his website states the following: "Ted Dekker is an multiple award-winning, New York Times and international bestselling author of over 40 novels. His work has reached tens of millions worldwide and has been translated into numerous languages and adapted into major feature films."
Impressive, right? He is truly blessed with a gift.
I picked up this book at a local library that had books for sale for my mom's past birthday. She has only a few chapters left in her reading. The main reason I chose this book is because of the author. Not knowing what to expect, it is actually a great book choice for Christians and nonchristians as well. Ted Dekker has this talent where the way he conveys his words causes your emotions and imagination to run rampant with the story. Though the book is about Jesus, I would not say that it comes off in a "preachy" sense. The author took a much more historical perspective when writing, using the Bible as one of the main sources. Personally, I like that the author has used the integrity of the Bible in His beliefs as his main point of reference but still wrote in the sense of a universal perspective. This makes the book not seem too "preachy" or as if the "Bible is being shoved down my throat" to a nonbeliever. (That's totally my subjective opinion.)
As a Christian fiction book based on the time of Jesus, you would think Jesus would be the main character. Wrong... The main character is actually part of the fiction added to the story. The story is written from the first person point of view of Maviah. Maviah makes an epic escape from her home, that is under affliction from an enemy. She journeys through the desert to speak to the king of the Jews, Herod, in hopes of forming an alliance in attempts to save her people. In her travels she ends up encountering with a man, Yeshua, whose words begin to impact her plan of salvation for her people.
Will Maviah finish what she started and meet with Herod, or will Yeshua cause a change in the entire plan?
A.D. 30 speaks of the time of Jesus walking the earth. The subtitle says it all: "Experience the Way of Jesus as you never have." The book is based on the Biblical account of the Gospels, but has fictional characters with dialogue that walk with you, Maviah, along side of Jesus throughout mainly the second portion of the book.
The book is full of description on culture and environment of the day. The animals, the weather, and the interactions between the different ethic groups is witnessed first hand. Have you ever wondered what kind of tension was in the air when Jesus spoke to the Scribes and Pharisees? Ever try to picture what it was like for Jesus to perform miracles before a crowd of people? Have you ever envisioned the mixture of love and hatred Jesus received around Him for calling Himself the Messiah? Ted Dekker brings all this to life for you.
Get an experiential view of who Jesus really was through Ted Dekker's A.D. 30. Click the link below to see the book online, read the summary, and see what other readers think of the book.