Lately I’ve been sharing not only about the books I’ve read, but those that touched me in a special way. And with Easter less than a month away, I thought it would be nice to share my thoughts on a wonderful novel I read recently, one that had a big impact on me.
The Centurion’s Wife by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke.
Set in the early Christian era, The Centurion’s Wife is a biblically based fiction account of the centurion whose servant Jesus healed before his death on the cross. It tells of Leah, Pilate’s niece and servant to his wife Procula. Leah’s hand in marriage is promised to Centurion Alban but she doesn’t want to marry. In fact, she pleads with her mistress, but to no avail. The wedding will take place, and that’s all there is to it.
Soon after Jesus’ body disappears from the tomb, Procula sends Leah to try to find out whether Jesus’ disciples are planning a revolt. She meets and befriends Mary Magdalene, Mary and Martha to name a few. Alban, however, tries to find the guards posted at Jesus’ tomb when the body disappeared. I don’t want to say too much more for fear I’ll give too much of it away, but suffice to say that somewhere in the middle of compelling story of faith and hope, Alban and Leah take you on a fantastic journey of mystery and later, love.
I’m convinced that both believers and non-believers alike will enjoy this book. It is thought-provoking, something I love in a book. I’ve read other books by Davis Bunn but it was the first I read of his novels co-authored by Janette Oke. After reading this one, I’m hooked and definitely want to read more.