A.D. 30Ted Dekker
In A.D. 30, you'll step back into the year of our Lord, and dive head first into a war that is raging between kingdoms on the earth and in the heart. The outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia, Maviah is called on to protect the very people... Read More
The outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia, Maviah is called on to protect the very people who rejected her. When their enemies launch a sudden attack with devastating consequences, Maviah escapes with the help of two of her father's warriors--Saba who speaks more with his sword than his voice and Judah, a Jew who comes from a tribe that can read the stars.
From there, Maviah must secure an unlikely alliance with King Herod of the Jews. It would be a journey filled with great danger. If they can even survive the vast trek across the desert, they will enter into a brutal world run by kings and emperors.
On the way, Maviah crosses paths unexpectedly with another man. An enigmatic teacher who speaks of a way in this life which offers greater power than any kingdom. His name is Yeshua, and his words turn everything known on its head. Though following him may present even greater danger, his may be the only way for Maviah to save her people--and herself.
- Product type: Book
- Format: Hardcover
- Release Date: Oct 28, 2014
- UPC: 9781599954189 , 9781455533459
- Height: 0
- Width: 0
- Length: 0
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 432
- Publish Date: Oct 28, 2014
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC014000"
- ISBN: 1599954184
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- Great book, but a little slow in some places by Stacey on 1/3/15
I remember reading Ted Dekker years ago and staying up late with the light on. His writing style brought a whole new world of fiction into my little reading library. I haven’t read any of his work in a while, so when given the opportunity to review his new historical book I jumped at the chance. I can highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction.
A few of the things I loved about this book were: the characters, the settings, and the interactions with Jesus. The spiritual growth of Maviah who starts the book as a timid slave, but grows to accept her fate and embrace it is inspiring. I loved reading about these characters and their devotion to Jesus, chills ran down my arms knowing text was taken directly from New Testament and used to enhance the story. I adore Dekker’s writing abilities.
On the opposite side I want to be honest and say I found the book to be a bit slow in a few places. The historical details seemed to slow the story down and I found myself skimming ahead looking for dialogue. This bothered me, because I was pulled out of the story world.
- Read this book! by Suzie on 12/19/14
Every once in a while it will take me more time than I anticipate to pick up a book I am supposed to review. That’s what happened with me and Ted Dekker’s latest offering, A.D. 30. When I finally started reading the book, my main thought was, “Why did it take me so long to read this?” This book is amazing, emotional, and speaks to the heart of who Jesus was during his ministry on earth.
Illegitimate daughter of a Bedouin sheikh, Maviah longs for acceptance from her father. Those who love her are taken away from her and she is left floundering with a desire to be known and loved by others. When her home is attacked, her father charges her to make an alliance with King Herod. As Maviah travels through the desert, certain of failure, to reach the king. Two of her fathers strongest slaves, Saba and Judah, travel with her. Saba is strong and silent while Judah is confident, optimistic, and Maviah’s rock. Judah is also determined to find one man during their travels–Yeshua of Nazareth.
Wow, what an amazing story. This book is a definite departure from Dekker’s usual thrillers (which I am also a fan of) but it is still engaging. See the healer, the teacher, the savior through the eyes of a Gentile woman who believes she is no worthy of the great calling thrust upon her. Read as she meets Yeshua and he changes her heart, her mind, and even her physical being at times. Dekker states in his prologue (which is as much worth reading as the actual book) that this story is ten year in the making. This is a labor of love for Dekker and it shows.
Earlier this month I mentioned another Ted Dekker book in my ten favorites for the year but this one tops Hacker and would have even topped the list had I read it before creating the list. I am already looking forward to the sequel. So, in conclusion, I leave you with three words: READ THIS BOOK!!!
- Thinking Thoughts Blog Reivew by Emilie on 12/18/14
I've been a fan of Ted Dekker's for a long time now. He has consistently put out books that I love. They inspire me, entertain me, and make me think. A.D. 30 was another such book.
A.D. 30 follows the story of a young woman, Maviah, whose father is a powerful Bedouin sheikh. When turmoil hits, Maviah narrowly escapes with the help of her father's warriors, Saba and Judah. Sent on a mission from her father, these three cross desserts and encounter all sorts of adventure.
This story is one that will transport you to another time. It will wrap you up in beautiful language and description, as if you were the one experiencing the grit and dryness of a sandstorm or staring in awe at a sky filled with stars.
For me, when Maviah's path crosses with that of the "enigmatic teacher" Yeshua, my connection with the story deepened. I was there seeing Him. I was experiencing His stories in real time. I was the one being called daughter.
It is a story of purpose, adventure, and transformation.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone. Whether you enjoy historical fiction, enigmatic tales, or action and adventure, you will enjoy this book. I cannot sing its praises enough!
Originally posted on my blog: http://eahendryx.blogspot.com/2014/12/ad-30-by-ted-dekker-review.html
I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.
- Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 11/11/14
When I embark upon a reading of a Ted Dekker novel I have certain expectations. I expect to be entertained. I expect there to be a plot full of unexpected twists and turns. And I expect for there to be an underlying message that reaches beyond the page and into my life. With A.D. 30 Ted has not only met those expectations he has exceeded them.
Maviah is a character that can represent any of us, whether male or female. She has been rejected and abused by those who should have shown her love. She has spent her life just surviving. She has sworn allegiance to idols that are silent and have never come to her rescue. The result has been a growing and deep-seated fear. Fear of not being worthy of anything. Fear of failing. Fear of death.
In the midst of some of her strongest turmoil she meets Yeshua and He speaks peace to her weary soul. She drinks in His teachings that bring strength and comfort to her fears. Through her encounters we can also learn from Yeshua. We learn that everything that we think will save us is really what binds us.
In the beginning of the book is a note from the author entitled My Journey Into A. D. 30. Ted speaks of his journey through writing this novel and how deeply it has affected his life. After reading the book I know why. You cannot have such a personal encounter with the Creator and come away unchanged. It is a book that I had to read and put down and absorb what was being presented and then pick it back up and start reading again. The truth that is being presented is that in Christ we have nothing to fear. Even death only puts us in the very presence of our Savior. So if there is truly nothing to fear then the only alternative is to live in freedom. The problem is that we often forget that simple truth.
I so enjoyed my journey through the desert with Maviah. She is the epitome of who we all are, flawed, broken, and bitter. But the beauty is that redemption is being extended to us all. We must only believe.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
- As Good As Dekker Gets - Strong Historical Fiction by Kelly on 10/27/14
This is not what I have come to expect with Ted Dekker. I have expected excellent writing and compelling characters, but I have never read anything like this. From the beginning I was drawn into the world of Maviah a slave and outcast whose own father, a Sheik who truly wants little to do with her. She is doubly cursed by being a woman and from the outcast group of the Bedu (a child out of wedlock no less). I felt an immediate sense of compassion for this woman who, through no fault of her own, had no honor. When really there is no one else to turn to, Maviah is dispatched on a mission that surely is impossible, but she and her companions have honor and that compels them forward.
You can read what the book is about above, here is what I enjoyed.
Realism - A.D. 30: A Novel propelled me into biblical history in a way I had not been ushered into it before. The story of Maviah was compelling and heart wrenching. I would expect a journey into the desert to be tiresome and full of danger, and Dekker delivered such a journey. Nothing happened easily in in the entire story. This I enjoyed. It wasn't that I wanted Maviah and her companions to go through hardships, but if it is going to be believable, things have to happen that are believable.
Tight story - I have read books where things seemed very contradictory in order to get to a desired result. This book was clear and on point from start to finish. I didn't find myself turning the pages back to fact check. I have done that in other books and it has been disappointing.
Characters - The characters are believable and sympathetic. As a reader I never felt manipulated by character description or actions. Nothing was ever forced. They behaved according to the way they were drawn. There was never a feeling of betrayal over a character suddenly doing a 180. Both my feeling of sympathy, anger, joy and a little jealousy (they are after all going to meet up with Jesus, I wished it was me) were ignited through this book.
Spiritual tone - I am a Christian. I am a Christ follower, and I am happy to read a book that digs into my faith. Dekker did this richly in A.D. 30. I found myself making notes for my own growth and development. It was exciting reading about how someone would picture my Jesus.
All in all A.D. 30: A Novel, is a compelling historical novel with deep truths linking together an incredible story. Knowing that there is so much truth made it a bit of a pilgrimage on paper. If you like adventure? This book has it in abundance. Do you desire to read fiction with biblical truth? You will find it here. Do you want to have a moment with Jesus? This made me dig deeper. Dekker is a master storyteller and through this work you will be entertained but also learn from THE master storyteller, Jesus.
And good news, a sequel is on the way with A.D. 33. I for one will anxiously await it.
Lastly, when you pick this book up, be sure to read the opening "My Journey Into A.D. 30." It was mesmerizing.
Full disclosure: I received this book from the publicist to facilitate my review. No other compensation was given. The opinions here are completely unbiased and my own.
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