The Thief

The Thief : A Novel

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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. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Nissa is a Jewish woman with a sharp tongue and no hope of marriage. Abandoned by the God she once loved, her only recourse is to depend upon Mouse, the best thief in Jerusalem, to keep her blind brother, Cedron, fed and the landlord satisfied. Longinus is a Roman centurion haunted by death and failure and is desperate to escape the accursed Judean province. Accepting a wager that will get him away from the aggravating Jews and their threats of revolt, he sets out to catch the thieves harassing the marketplace. When a controversial teacher miraculously heals Cedron, Nissa hopes for freedom from her life of lies. But the supposed miracle brings only more misfortune, and Longinus, seeking to learn more about the mysterious healer, finds himself drawn instead to Nissa, whose secret will determine the course of both their futures. Cedron, Longinus, and Nissa are unexpectedly caught up in the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. As danger closes in on them from every side, they must decide if the love and redemption Jesus offers is true or just another false promise. How can the so-called Messiah save them from their shackles, when he cannot even save himself?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 140 x 213 x 25mm | 342g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1451689101
  • 9781451689105
  • 662,164

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"A compelling story and vivid characters immediately come off the page and into your heart as Stephanie Landsem brings ancient Jerusalem to life in her enthralling second novel, The Thief. As you run through the streets with the little thief, Mouse, or dip in the Pool of Siloam with the secretive Nissa, a masterful tale full of adventure, heartbreak, and hope unfolds. A must-read for anyone who loves a good book they simply can't put down." --Laura Sobiech, author of Fly a Little Higher--Laura Sobiech, author of Fly a Little Higher
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395 ratings
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This powerful new novel by Stephanie Landsem is a wonderfully detailed journey into the time of Jesus's crucifixion. With immense creativity, she tells this well known tale through the eyes of Longinus, the Roman centurian who stabbed with his spear Jesus while he hung on the cross, and Nissa a young Jewish woman who lived in extreme poverty. To say these characters and the turmoil in their lives were vividly portrayed, would be an understatement. They come to life, big and vibrant, with all their faults and qualities in a most realistic, compelling way. The storyline is gripping, written in wonderful prose that highlights the main characters and the roles they played in Jesus's death. Jesus is a secondary character, the anchor to which the story revolves. Rather, the focus of the story is Longinus and Nissa and how their lives are impacted by the crucifixion of Christ. This story has a vast appeal. I could not put the book down - the story is one of the best stories I have ever read. The author wrote it without any religious preaching - the simple story from start to finish with life's lessons cleverly disguised in its prose. An easy read that moves at a rocking pace with oodles of twists and turns that make this one fabulously unforgettable story! I can't praise it more
by Mirella Patzer
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