I’m not a big fiction reader, but every once in awhile, it’s nice to curl up with a good book. One that doesn’t require extensive underlining and note taking. 🙂 So when I heard that Ted Dekker was releasing a new book, I was happy to take a look. My husband is a huge fan as you can see from our bookshelf.
Personally, Ted Dekker’s books, Black , Red, and White (The Circle Series) are among my favorite books of all time and I was excited to see what he would do with some historical fiction surrounding the person of Jesus. All me to give you a brief summary:
A.D.30 is a sweeping epic set in the harsh deserts of Arabia and ancient Palestine. A war that rages between kingdoms on the earth and in the heart. The harrowing journey of the woman at the center of it all. Step back in time to the year of our Lord … A.D. 30.
I was a little concerned because some of Dekker’s recent books were a bit too much for me in the way of suspense and violence, but thus far, A.D. 30: A Novelseems to be taking a different path. Though there is certainly enough tension to keep you turning page after page (way after the lights should be turned out for the night), there’s isn’t enough to give me nightmares once I finally do put the bookmark in for the night. The characters seem well developed and I there are enough twists in the plot to keep the reader guessing. I have to admit, I’m only about halfway through, so I can’t speak to Dekker’s handling of Jesus (or Yeshua as he is known among the Jews in this book), but he has certainly done a great job with the other biblical characters thus far. Check it out for yourself!