A.D. 30

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  • Title: A.D. 30
  • Author: Ted Dekker
  • ISBN: 9781455578542
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 LordA.D 30.The outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia, Maviah is called on to protect the very peoplA 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 LordA.D 30.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 with is sword than his voice and Judah, a Jew who comes from a tribe that can read the stars Their journey will be fraught with terrible danger If they can survive the vast forbidding sands of a desert that is deadly to most, they will reach a brutal world subjugated by kings and emperors There Maviah must secure an unlikely alliance with King Herod of the Jews But Maviah s path leads her unexpectedly to 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.

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    1. This is my first Ted Dekker experience.Whoa.I really don't know what to say about this book. It's emotions. It's action. It's history. It draws you closer to God. It gives you permission to be vulnerable and human, and still know that you're okay.Anything else?No, that's pretty much it. I'm a better person for having read this book.

    2. It's taken me some time to mull over this novel and figure out what to say about it, and I'm still not quite sure, so here goes nothing.First, this is unlike any Ted Dekker book I have read previously. His other novels are fantasy and suspense, and A.D. 30 is a historical novel. It's also one of his best, in my opinion.A.D. 30 is told in the first-person from the point of view of Maviah, a Bedouin slave. Maviah is sent to the city of Sepphoris to try to strike a bargain with King Herod so her pe [...]

    3. Maviah is the outcast daughter of a Bedouin sheikh must find the courage to save her people when enemies attack them. She escaped with Saba, a warrior and Judah who comes from a tribe that can read the stars. Together they must cross the desert and try to forge an alliance with King Herod of the Jews. But Maviah meets on her way to King Herod another man who will have a great impact on her life. A man called Yeshua I was intrigued about reading a fiction about a woman that lived at the same time [...]

    4. This book was kind of like Cheetos: a dangerously cheesy grab-bag of tropes. Don't get me wrong. I appreciate the effort by a mainstream author to write about his faith, and I think Christian themes can be worked into fiction in a way that makes it easier to get past your instinctive reactions to "religious" texts and better understand the themes themselves. But for this to work, the story must come first; otherwise you basically have a religious text that is not as rigorous or interesting as it [...]

    5. Wow! Ted Dekker’s latest release really is unlike ANYTHING he has written before…and I absolutely LOVE it!Maviah’s story is so powerful, this character really allowed me to look at the life of Christ in a whole new way. The story was so rich in setting, I could literally breathe in the desert sand through the page. Full of action, mystery, and suspense- which we all love and expect from this author…A.D. 30 will thrill long-time fans of Dekker and I hope open the door for some new readers [...]

    6. Ted Dekker’s fusion of scripture and fiction is sublime. With his latest novel, A.D. 30, he delivers a winning combination of style and depth. His descriptive writing has the power to evoke all manner of smells, sights and sounds. He couples this with imagery that sears itself onto the canvas of your mind. Whether it be an arid landscape or a decadent palace you will be transported into the scene. To top it off, Dekker includes compelling historical details which add substance and weight to th [...]

    7. I almost didn't read this book as I haven't been thrilled with some of his books lately, but after finding out it was an historical fiction novel, (which I love), I decided to give it a chance and I am so glad I did!Maviah is an outcast in her own home. As a woman and a slave, she is considered the lowliest of the low. When the wife of her father, a sheik of a Bedoiun tribe, dies the alliance formed by the marraige crumbles. He is betrayed from within and so her father, in an attempt to regain h [...]

    8. This is one of the best historical novel of this time era that I have read, on par with Ben-Hur and The Bronze Bow.I've never read Ted Dekker before. Indeed, he is famous for quite a different genre! I'm not going to dash off to read his other books. But whenever he wants to write more biblical historical fiction, I will be right there, thank you. This novel brings you straight into the harsh and fascinating culture of the Bedu and surrounding tribes. The writing style is more classic than I'm u [...]

    9. “One cannot truly know my son and remained unchanged.”Whoa.This book makes you feel.Deeply.I know a big part of that is the subject matter, but the way Dekker is able to draw you in and completely captivate you definitely helps. You care about the characters, feel their pains and then encounter Jesus. So you bet I teared up in numerous places in this book.I’m not shocked at my reaction either. I still vividly remember Mr. Dekker reading one of his stories at a youth workers convention year [...]

    10. I listened to this as I commuted. It's an odd book to review; some parts were interesting, some preachy, some dragged on, etc. I liked how Dekker used history to get the timelines and events of the story as true as possible. The war between the Bedouin and the Thamud tribes of early Israel/Palestine. The tensions were apparent, as was the political maneuvering and backstabbing. The time that the novel was set in was a turbulent one: Romans were in control, the tribes were in conflict and Yeshua [...]

    11. This is the first novel of Ted Dekker's that could be classified as Biblical fiction. It is breathtaking in its portrayal of the times, the brutality of humans and in Maviah, the central character, someone all readers can relate to. And then we meet Yeshua, the Hebrew for Jesus. It's hard to put into words the experience the reader has seeing Jesus through Maviah's eyes. Sitting near Him as he shares many of the parables we've come to know through the Bible. I didn't want Him to leave. I expect [...]

    12. Ted Dekker has done it again. He has mastered faith, fiction, love and history all into one great book. If you're a fan of TD, then I would highly recommend reading/listening to this book. It's not your normal type of TD book, which is good because it shows how versatile his write can be. If you get a chance, try listening to it.

    13. This is one of my favorite Dekker books ever. It left a profound mark on my heart that I won't forget. By the time Yeshua was introduced in the story, I was so ready to see him! Maviah's story mirrored my own and I'll never look at a storm the same way again. I challenge you to read this book and let it seep into your own heart.

    14. For years, Ted Dekker has thrilled readers with everything from fantasy epics to serial killer thrillers to YA suspense, but this new novel is something he’s never done before. Step back into the year A.D. 30. Step back into the life of Maviah, the outcast daughter of a Bedouin. Step back into the time of Yeshua.It is very difficult to get a publisher to let you write outside of your genre, your brand. Readers like to know what they’re getting and publishers like to know what they’re going [...]

    15. A.D. 30 is an unbelievable tale, one that transported me back to the days of Jesus and swept me up, wholly and completely, into the world of Maviah. The language is poetic, and the drama is nothing short of epic. Ted Dekker has given a completely new twist to the genre of "Biblical fiction", and I'm pretty sure that I fell in love with Jesus all over again as I watched him interact with the characters of this story. I have found that quite often fictional books about Jesus feature characters who [...]

    16. As much an exploration by the author as a retelling, it's very interesting to see Jesus (Yeshua) through the eyes of foreigners - primarily two slaves - and a woman, Maviah, an illegimate child of a Bedouin sheikh. Maviah herself is a woman steeped in fear, betrayal, abandonment and grief, having to defend herself against many trials as she learns to live in a new way.This was the first "contemporary" interpretation where I felt the disciples, although only passing characters, were real: as fish [...]

    17. Another fantastic piece by Ted Dekker! A.D. 30 takes you along with Maviah, an outcast, as she seeks to do the impossible: save her land by making an allegiance with the mighty king Herod. When everything falls apart, she is forced to choose how she will survive. Will she trust in the mighty power of Yeshua or lean on her own strength?This is a wonderful, quick paced book. The story is life-changing with Biblical truths interwoven into the plot. Instead of being another "good, Christian book", t [...]

    18. I've read a number of Ted Dekker books and find that I prefer the ones that can be most accurately described as a historical novel. He hit a home run with A.D.30 and I'm looking forward to the sequel. This novel follows the journey of Maviah, from Bedouin slave to Bedouin queen. From the victim of violent men to a leader, from unloved to an example of love and forgiveness found through her experiences of Jesus. Dekker once again does a superb job of describing the ancient world, it's people, cus [...]

    19. Pretty jolly good. A very different style to his usual fare; it's almost more Tosca than Ted in setting and style - very Sheba and a bit Iscariot. But the writing and the flair and the sheer emotional impact is all Ted. It took me about half the book to really get into it, and I suspect it's one of those books that will take a lot of going back and re-reading bits to let everything really sink. There's just so much in it. A couple of nitpicks, but they're only minor. Four and half stars.

    20. This book filled my dreams at night. Loved it. Loved Maviah. Hoping against hope that she and Judah are reunited when next we meet.

    21. Ellen Archer did an awesome job narrating this audiobook.Definitely 4.5 stars. Although I can't think of anything that would make this book better - although i'm about to start part 2: A.D. 33. Dekker writes a historical fiction about Maviah - the Arabian "Queen?" who must travel to Rome to save her Bedouin people from the brutal oppression of another desert Tribe. Her father sends her to request help from King Herod based on an old combat friendship She escapes and travels with Saba "Cool Warri [...]

    22. I've been a huge fan of anything written by Ted Dekker. In fact, there hasn't been anything I've read that I haven't loved. Now whenever I get a request to review any novels from him, I don't even have to read the synopsis because I am already so excited to get my hands on another of his exciting series. His latest novel A.D. 30, was inspired by his wife, whom he references as Maviah, the main character in this novel. She has to utilize all her strength going beyond what she feels and pulls from [...]

    23. 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, [...]

    24. This review first appears onAhh more Ted Dekker! This book was vastly different from anything else Ted Dekker has written, so I was excited to see how it turned out. You guys know how much I love my Biblical fiction, so I couldn't wait to see how my favorite Christian fiction author did with it. And it was amazing. The first thing that struck me was how well researched this was. To know the culture and customs of Maviah's Arabian tribe, as well as the Jews and the Romans, it's a lot to know. Yet [...]

    25. A.D. 30 is a fictional novel set during the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. It’s the captivating story of Maviah, a young woman who is the illegitimate, outcast daughter of Rami bin Malik, a well-known and powerfulsheik to the Bedouin people of Arabia. She, along with her infant son, live with her father, who has despised and rejected Maviah her entire life, and with her father’s Nabataen wife, Nashquya, the only one in the house who accepts and loves Maviah.After a series of sorrowful, life [...]

    26. SUMMARY: 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 LordA.D. 30.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 [...]

    27. Ted Dekker’s latest book, A.D. 30, is a not-to-be missed tale of epic adventure, romance, political intrigue, and one woman’s life-altering encounter with Jesus, or as He’s called in this novel, Yeshua.I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I’m eagerly awaiting the publication of future books in this series. I’m also hoping to hear of it being made into a movie so I can see it on the big screen. Just saying. The visuals would be absolutely breathtaking. Check out the book trailer a [...]

    28. Experience the way of Jesus as you never have before…Ted Dekker is known for writing stories that are hard to define. He has written fantasy, mysteries, and all out suspense thrillers that have readers on the edge of their seats. This Tuesday, he releases his latest novel, A.D. 30. This story is unlike any of those he has written in the past. It is a Biblical epic, set in the harsh deserts of Arabia and in majestic cities. Full of war, betrayal, and love.A.D. 30 explores the story of Maviah, a [...]

    29. 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 [...]

    30. I am not a fan of Christian fiction. As a believer it typically offends my intelligence with one dimensional characters and predictable plots that are ornamented by an awkwardly inserted gospel. This Christian fiction, however, is nothing at all like the others. It is a tenderly written love story, a suspenseful adventure, and a dramatic account of what it means to die to self, take up our crosses, and to truly trust in Yeshua. Here Dekker expressed one of the most profound explanations of faith [...]

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