Title: Risen (The Novelization of the Major Motion Picture)
Author: Angela Hunt
My rating is 5 stars.
My husband and sons went to see the movie Risen in the theatre; I will see it when it comes on DVD as theater seating is uncomfortable for me. So when I saw the book being offered for review on Bookfun.org, I asked for a copy to read. The joy of being able to converse with my guys about the movie scenes and scenes from the book was fun; it’s a great family activity we do.
In the novel, the chapters switch between the Roman Tribune Clavius and a young Jewish widow named Rachel. When authors use this means of telling a story, it tends to enrich the reader’s understanding of what is occurring by using two points of view. Here it helps to see the Roman activity, thoughts and life compared to a widowed Jewish woman making bread and selling it in the market place as a means to take care of her needs. When these two lives meet and become involved in a relationship, knowing that neither the Romans nor the Jewish people would condone it, secrecy becomes paramount!
Also happening at the same time is the resurrection of Yeshua and the demand to locate his body by Pontius Pilate. Clavius goes to extreme and ultimate measures in order to obey the order. However, something more is occurring within the heart of this Roman Tribune. Rachel is a lonely woman who has never felt real love or care from her own people or her dead husband. The uproar in searching for the Nazarene’s body causes a stirring in her heart that no words can adequately express.
I couldn’t stop reading the novel because I wanted to see what was in the future for Clavius. Plus I was wondering if he would see Yeshua with his own eyes and then what he would do with his Roman gods that he seemed disappointed and disgusted by. Rachel drew my attention because of her unloving marriage and then being alone until she meets the Tribune. What would her future be or would she encounter Yeshua?
I hope you read the novel and perhaps with Easter around the corner or anytime during the year give the novel to someone who is searching. Maybe consider adding it to your personal library to enjoy again in the future. It is worth reading and sharing!
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