Last Updated on March 4, 2022 by ellen
If you remember, a few months ago, I posted about a book I enjoyed by Ted Dekker called A.D. 30. I was very excited what I was asked to review the next book A.D. 33 A Novel. I enjoyed the way that Ted Dekker wove a story in A.D. 30 so I knew A.D. 33 would be a book I enjoyed as well.
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Ted Dekker A.D. 33 A Novel
They call her the Queen of the Outcasts. Maviah, a woman whose fate was sealed on her birth by this world-unwanted, illegitimate, female, a slave-subject to the whims of all. But then she met a man named Yeshua who opened her eyes. She found strength in his words, peace from the brutal word around her. Because of what he taught her, she has gathered her own traveling kingdom of outcasts deep in the desert, wielding an authority few have seen. But when her growing power threatens the rulers around her, they set out to crush all she loves, leaving her reeling as a slave once more. She must find Yeshua to save her people, but when she does, she will be horrified to discover that he faces his own death.
Enter a story full of intrigue, heart-wrenching defeat, uncompromising love and staggering victory-one that re-examines everything you thought you knew about the heart of Jesus’s stunning message and the power that follows for those who follow his easily forgotten way.
I cannot imagine being a woman in A.D. 33. I’m not sure I can imagine being a woman 100 years ago. It’s not that I’m a feminist or particularly militant about my rights, but knowing that I was second class to a man simply because I was a woman would be difficult for me to accept. As hard as that would be to handle, being a female slave would be even more difficult. In A.D. 33, Maviah is now the Queen of the Outcasts and A.D. 33 continues after A.D. 30.
Maviah has much more power than many women of that time. She is the only woman that has any voice at all in the Council. Judah has been imprisoned, and her people are facing many hardships. The men want to go to war, but she wants to live in peace the way that Yeshua has taught her to do. She struggles to find her way and to stay true to what Yeshua believes but along the way she makes mistakes that end up causing more problems.
I enjoyed seeing Maviah grow as a person in A.D. 33. I cannot imagine what a difficult life she must have led. Ted Dekker does a wonderful job creating a world that is a combination of Biblical facts and science fiction. I enjoyed that the story was based on facts but woven into a story that was impossible to put down.
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