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Today one of the members of the 5 Minutes for Books’ team of reviewers will be offering up our weekly book review here at 5 Minutes for Mom. Lauren is a wife, a mother of two, and an avid reader. She blogs at Baseballs and Bows.
On Thursday, we start a new year. To me, it seems that each year passes faster and faster. I am no longer a child who feels like time stands still. Instead, I just want to shout, “Slow down!” I know that our world has many problems, but I am thankful to be alive at this time, and I look forward to the coming year. I hope you do too.
Although I am glad to live here and now, I enjoy reading historical fiction. I am always up for a good story, no matter the setting; but I do appreciate learning how others lived in the past. In their latest novel, The Centurion’s Wife, Davis Bunn and Janette Oke explore the days following the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus through the lives of Leah, a servant in Pilate’s household, and Alban, a Roman centurion.
I enjoyed this book. I am familiar with the Biblical account of these events, and it was fascinating to consider the thoughts and actions of the Jewish leaders, the Roman officials, and the followers of Christ through the eyes of these fictional characters. I appreciate fictional accounts of Biblical events because I find myself wanting to reread the stories in my Bible, and novels of this type help me to gain a better understanding of the everyday lives of the Biblical characters I have read about so many times. Of course, I do encourage you to read the accounts in your Bible. Even the most well-written narrative is not the equivalent of God’s word (and I am sure the authors would ask you to do the same).
The Centurion’s Wife is the first book in the Acts of Faith series. While reading it, I couldn’t help but think of Francine Rivers’ Mark of the Lion
series, which is also set in the first century during the early years of Christianity. In my opinion, the characters in the Mark of the Lion
stories are more compelling (so far), but both series are historically fascinating. If you enjoyed the Mark of the Lion series, I recommend The Centurion’s Wife to you. I look forward to following Leah and Alban in future books. While Davis Bunn is new to me, I have enjoyed Janette Oke’s books in the past, and I am excited to see how the story unfolds as Mrs. Oke explores a Biblical setting for the first time.
If you would like to win a copy of this book (U.S. or Canadian shipping addresses) from Bethany House, please leave a comment. We’ll post the winner in next week’s column.
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Mary Otis says
Historical novels are definitely my favorites,
those touching on Biblical Times in particular.
Would love to have THE CENTURION’WIFE in my library.
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The review makes me want to pick up the book and I truly enjoy historical fiction.
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Shelley K says
I LOVE historical fiction books and this one looks like a good one.
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I love historical fiction–especially Biblica fiction– and I LOVED the Mark of the Lion series. I can’t wait to read this.
DeeAnn S says
A book I’d like to have. Thanks.
I love Francine Rivers & have read most of Janette Oke’s books – how awesome there’s a series that’s a bit of both worlds! Yeah!
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Susan Heim says
I would love to win this. One of my all-time favorite books is “The Red Tent,” another Biblically based novel. This book sounds excellent, too.
Would love a chance to read this!
Ever since reading Marion Zimmer Bradley’s “The Firebrand” I’ve fallen for historical fiction – having a story and characters makes getting a grasp of the time period so much easier and more interesting! This story sounds intriguing…and they don’t have this title at our library. : )
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I also am a newsletter subscriber (if that helps with this giveaway)
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I heart Janette Oke! My BFF turned me on to her good stuff several years back. I just love her!
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Carol G says
If it is written well, can be a good educational tool about the time as well as a good story.
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I love historical fiction, it makes the facts come alive for me!
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Vicky Boackle says
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Intriguing title…I love historical romance and there are few good ones written about this time period.
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I love historicals too they are my favorite to read,so please count me in,thanks
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maryzell roberts says
I study God’s word to us every day. I’d love to read this book. Maybe this centurion corresponds to Cornelius. I’d sure like to see.
maryzell roberts says
I study God’s word to us every day. I’d love to read this book. Maybe this centurion corresponds to Cornelius. I’s sure like to see.
Carol Lawrence says
Interesting book,hope I win.
I loved reading the Francine Rivers books, so I know I would enjoy this. Thank you!
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Melonie (Momma & More) says
Janette Oke is one of my favorite authors! Please enter me in this drawing. I don’t see most of the new releases here on base since we don’t have a regular book store and the book area in the PX/BXs is fairly limited in space. I hadn’t heard about this until you posted this review – it sounds amazing!!!!
I’ve always enjoyed Janette Oke’s books. Historical fiction is my favorite!
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What a great way to start 2009. I would love to win.
This looks like a wonderful book! I would love to win it – and if I don’t, I’ll be looking for it at the library 🙂
LOVE IT……WOW, cannot wait to READ this one!!! I love historical fiction with a smidge of romance! Yeehaw!!! 😀 thanks girls!
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Oh, I love Janette Oke’s books! This sounds like another great one.
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I would like to read this. Please enter me.
I enjoy reading fictionalized accounts of actual events also. It’s so interesting to see how a writer can flesh out details of long ago lives. Norah Lofts and Jean Plaidy were excellent practioners of that sort of writing and I miss them. This sounds like a good book and I’d love to win a copy.
Thank ou for introducing me to this series. Seems to me it leads to more charitable and loving lives.
Thanks for the contest and best wishes for a prosperous 2009.
I love historical fiction…this seems like a great read.
I have been really wanting to read this, and the Mark of the Lion series is my very favorite! Thanks for the giveaway, I would LOVE to win! 🙂
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Sounds like a great read! I’d love to win and then pass it on!
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I’d love to win a copy of this book because I love biblical fiction.
Ditto, what everybody else said! LOL
I love Janette Oke’s work. She’s also the only other person I’ve heard of who has the same name as I do!
I saw this on 5 Minutes for Books and thought it looked very good – I’d love to win!
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I’m subscribed to your feed.
Richelle F says
Great review! I now want to read a book that I probably would have never looked at before.
Ooo, I’ve read books they collaborated on before and they are good!
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love to have this one
karen c. says
I love good historical fiction.
Linda White says
i love Jannette oakes
I would love to read this book!
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I love to read and this looks like a good read.
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Linda Peters says
would love to read this, thanks
Sherry B. says
I would love to read this! I am one of those “history buffs” who always wonders how the people surrounding a main character might have been affected by the actions of the person that we are learning about. This is right up my alley!
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I love to read. Please enter me.
Shirley Stubbe says
I love historical romances.
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This book sounds really interesting. Would love the chance to read it. Thanks!
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Thank you for this giveaway!
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Loved Mark of the Lion series and historical fiction. Thank you for the opportunity.
Ahhh, this book is on my Amazon wishlist! I’ve been wanting it for awhile now. Pick me, pick me! 😀
I love historical fiction. Sounds like a good read.
A cold winter day and a good book, sounds like a great combination. Please sign me up!
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This sounds really interesting. Like you, I enjoy historical fiction quite a bit.
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I’d love to win!
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I would love to win. I loved the Mark of the Lion series and would like to read this version.
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This sounds wonderful!
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I was just reading the reviews on this last week. Looks interesting – I loved the Mark of the Lion series!