“The Thief” by Stephanie Landsem Book Review

By Ruth on March 24, 2014 in book, Christian fiction, review

The Thief (The Living Water Series, #2)The Thief by Stephanie Landsem

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For much of this book, I was quite intrigued. I often relish Biblical fiction, and this one is no exception as far as that goes. The characters were captivating, and as the story captured my attention. It is nearing Easter, and I believe that the fascination with the cross of Christ will never diminish within me. I was incredibly engrossed and touched by the story revolving around the two thieves crucified alongside Christ. In fact, at that point, I was ready to give this book a 5-star rating.

Unfortunately, a promising beginning does not always conclude in the way it should. I am convinced that the author placed the “happily ever after” theme above all else, and reality was strained past the breaking point. I will not spoil the ending for you, but the book was certainly cheapened in my view. Thankfully, only the last twenty to thirty pages were affected, and it only caused the book to slip minimally in my estimation. I still feel comfortable recommending this book to fans of Christian, historical, and Biblical fiction.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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The Thief Book CoverA 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.

Longinus is a Roman centurion haunted by death and failure. Desperate to escape the accursed Judean province, he accepts a wager. If he can catch the thieves harassing the marketplace before Passover, he’ll earn a transfer away from the troublemaking Jews.

Nissa is a Jewish woman with a sharp tongue and no hope of marriage. Only with the help of Mouse, the best thief in Jerusalem, can she keep her blind brother, Cedron, fed and a roof over their heads.

When a controversial teacher miraculously heals Cedron, Longinus longs to learn more about the mysterious healer. Instead, his journey leads him to Nissa, whose secret will determine the course of both their futures.

Unexpectedly caught up in the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus, they wonder who this teacher is who heals others but does nothing to save himself. Is the mercy he offers in his teachings real, or just another false promise? Can Nissa and Longinus overcome their pasts to find a future free of their shackles?

The Thief is an evocative story of two people trapped in their circumstances and the life-changing power of forgiveness and love.

Purchase a copy and learn more at Stephanie’s website.

Stepahnie LandsemStephanie Landsem loves adventure in far-off times and places. In real life, she’s explored ancient ruins, medieval castles, and majestic cathedrals around the world. Stephanie is equally happy at home in Minnesota with her husband, four children, and three fat cats. When she’s not writing, she’s feeding the ravenous horde, avoiding housework, and dreaming about her next adventure—whether it be in person or on the page.
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1 Comment

  1. Becky C December 8, 2014 Reply

    It’s always good to find clean Christian fiction – thank you for the posting this review!

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