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A 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 crossMy God my God why have you abandoned me? Nissa is a Jewish woman with a sharp tongue and no hope of marriage Abandoned by the God she once loved her only recourse is to depend upon Mouse the best thief in Jerusalem to keep her blind brother Cedron fed and the landlord satisfied Longinus is a Roman centurion haunted by death and failure and is desperate to escape the accursed Judean province Accepting a wager that will get him away from the aggravating Jews and their threats of revolt he sets out to catch the thieves harassing the marketplace When a controversial teacher miraculously heals Cedron Nissa hopes for freedom from her life of lies But the supposed miracle brings only misfortune and Longinus seeking to learn about the mysterious healer finds himself drawn instead to Nissa whose secret will determine the course of both their futures Cedron Longinus and Nissa are unexpectedly caught up in the arrest trial and crucifixion of Jesus As danger closes in on them from every side they must decide if the love and redemption Jesus offers is true or just another false promise How can the so called Messiah save them from their shackles when he cannot even save himself?

10 thoughts on “The Thief The Living Water #2

  1. says:

    The Thief is a surprisingly fresh take on a very old storythe last days of Christ Landsem's ability to take a reader deep into the world of first century Galilee is only surpassed by her stunning ability to take you deep into the hurts and fears of her broken characters The unlikely love between Roman and Jew is comparable to the unfathomable love between God and humanity This redemptive story has me wanting to check out Landsem's other works ASAP Some of the best Biblical fiction I've ever read Goodbye Francine Rivers Hello Stephanie Landsem

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    The Thief by Stephanie Landsem is the second book in The Living Water Series which is compelling entertaining and immensely enjoyable It is an epic tale of faith and hope a story of love and mercy which captures the filth of sinfulness and the beauty of forgiveness Stephanie weaves a magnificent sweeping novel which is unforgettable compelling emotionally poignant and simply irresistibleIn The Thief Stephanie Landsem masterfully crafted a colossal yet tender story which brings ancient Jerusalem to life in all its mystery beauty and splendor It is told from two points of view and one is that of a familiar character the red haired Roman Longinus It is about a Roman centurion looking for peace and a Jewish woman hiding a terrible secret When a miracle at the pool of Siloam brings them together her secret will keep them apart and ultimately lead them both to the foot of a cross on Calvary The Thief is a life changing story of forgiveness and loveThe redemptive theme of the story is manifested in almost all the characters As Stephanie Landsem spins a remarkable story of God’s love in this historical novel you are left in awe and admiration at the stunning way in which she portrayed her characters and take you deep inside their hearts You will get to meet adorable characters which will endear to your heart and learn from them as they come face to face with life and truth Roman centurion Longinus young Jewish spinster Nissa Nissa’s blind brother Cedron the tall Greek thief Dismas all have important lessons to teach if one is willing to learn Above all you will witness a miracle performing God relentlessly working in the affairs of menStephanie Landsem’s impeccably crafted and well researched novel gallops at a speed that keeps you fixated as the story reaches its staggering and eventful conclusion The Thief is an unforgettable work of fiction based on actual events in history one that will resonate deep within you long after you finish it

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    I can confidently confirm that The Thief by Stephanie Landsem is going to be in my top 20 of most favorite books of 2014 I don't do top 10 because there are uite a handful of books out there so please don't make me narrow it down to just ten Landsem takes the account of the blind man that Jesus heals with mud in the Bible and weaves it all together with a beautiful story of seeking forgiveness and mercy This is not a book or series that you want to miss out on and if you don't believe me just read the rest of my review to see how true that is Wow Why did I wait so long to start reading this book?Why didn't I start reading it the moment I ripped it out of the package when it came in the mail? What was I doing for three days? Oh yeah not reading this astonishing book I adore books that take actual occurrences during the time of Jesus's life Yes it's fiction but there is something about it that makes it great to read Somehow it gives maybe a glimpse into a possibility of the new believers in the Roman Empire I appreciate the lengths that Landsem went to in order to create such a vivid storyline that incorporated Jesus his followers the blind man and also the man who nailed Jesus to the cross Even if most of these characters were elaborated on through fiction it's simply breathtaking It was potent and beautiful to read You could see the grace and mercy that takes hold of all of these people and it was a story that I would enjoy to revisit again soon Nissa was a spunky fiesta Jewish woman that grew on me throughout the story She was rigid and harsh to the world and God for many reasons that I understood She grew on me though and it was special to read of her growth in her faith and identity with God and as a person in society Her relationship with her brother Cedron is motherly It took me by surprise when I figure out that Cedron is the man that Jesus heals and uses Don't want to give to much away but there the story really picks up the pace and you can't help but keep turning pages until you get to the end That is what happened to me guilty as charged Back to the characters Longinus be still my heart was a heroic centurion who you couldn't help but want to hug the living life out of I liked that he was attracted to Nissa's strengths from the beginning instead of her physical traits It was a different route than what is the usual norm of what the romance interest is started on Simply put I enjoyed seeing how their opposite personalities complimented each other and how genuinely caring Longinus was for Nissa Ok so the ending When I got there my reaction was Why are the pages blank? My guess is that my reaction will be the same as yours and for you to figure out whywell my friends you will have to read the story to find out the shocking and surprising ending that Landsem had kept hidden for her readers Seriously get this book and have your mind be blown It's fantastic Highly recommend for young adults and olderregular aged? adults Rating 5 out of 5 bookshelves Disclaimer I received a free copy for an honest review from Litfuse Publicity Group

  4. says:

    45 stars

  5. says:

    I was so impressed by the power of Stephanie Landsem's writing in The Well so I expected to enjoy The Thief but I have to say enjoy is an understatement of how I feel about this book I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to finish The Thief over the weekend – this was a beautiful moving story that literally had tears streaming down my face – and I don’t normally cry over books I can count on one hand the amounts of time that I've done that I was so overcome that I pulled out my Bible and read the story of the Crucifixion along with her fictionalized account I love how the story was created around the actual events and in no way changes anything The integrity of the biblical account was respected at all times in the narrativeThe characters were realistically portrayed and really tugged at my heart Prickly sharp tongued Nissa and the Roman soldier Longinus are complete opposites in every way and their interactions were by turns humorous sweet and heart breakingThere were also some really great secondary characters that added even depth and realism to the story This author goes beyond stock characters with these folks and I was surprised at the depth to be found in the Greek thief Dismas as well as the Roman prison guard to comes to Longinus's aidI found this to be a poignant story and one that I hated to put down but at the same time loved to savor The way all of the events are tied together and culminate at the end was brilliantly done The historical detail is done just right and the setting felt real to meStephanie Landsem has joined ranks with Tosca Lee and Tessa Afshar I’ve found a new author to add to my “always read” list

  6. says:

    This is than a goodread It's a GREAT read Beautiful imagery realistic in the history but also manages to be uplifting on so many levels Highly recommend

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    The Thief Stephanie LandsemYou'll be swept away in this historical tale of the “The Thief” A romance in an extraordinary since of the word He called himself Mouse but that was not his real name that was just a disguise a muse But it fit him well small drab poor dirty and worthless He tried to make himself invisible and it usually worked Just another half grown boy in the lower city whose parents couldn’t afford to feed him “If a Greek trader or a Jewish woman noticed him at all that’s what they’d see—a nothingness” He fled from one street corner to the next as though stalked by an unseen predator Dressed in over size clothes dirt and ash streaked his face with the tatter of wool covering his head “Little thief” “The words rang out in the marketplace and echoed off the palace walls A coin here a brooch or bangle there Mouse pushed the treasures deep into the pocket of his cloak He pushed his guilt even deeperYou don’t have a choice”Nissa was a good girl well versed in the should and should nots of the scripture But what was she to do with a father as a gambling fool a mother that drank too much and brother that was blind How was she to support the family? Set in the ancient times when Rome ruled Jerusalem only escalates the problems that Nissa faces The burden is great for anyone to bare How she goes about solving this dilemma is locked within this ingenious story Stephanie captures both the essence of contemporary Rome as well as the universal experiences of atonement and compassion of the era These are all woven together to make a remarkable biblical story with characters that come to life Master storyteller Stephanie Landsem displays a whirlwind of drama anticipation and forbidding love The works of a genius The details of life in an era when women were treated as chattel blind men had to beg Romans were hated and outcast Jews were un hirable This story sets you right in the middle of it all The telling is so vibrant that you feel you are amongst them in this great city You sympathize with the thief and burn over the arrogance of Nissa’s father and the way he treats his familyThis was an era of great disruption domination and turbulence; which laws to follow and what to believe in Herod or Jesus? The events that were occurring around them would reach into their lives change their beliefs and turn their worlds upside down You see God's hand overseeing and directing even throughout the feistiness of thievery Their story describes their struggles and the miracles that changed their lives and how they learned to believe It is a story that will long be remembered way after you have finished the story I found myself wishing that every story I read after this one was as great as this tale This was a complementary edition sent to me to review as part of the launch team I loved it In fact The Well The Thief of the Living Water Series is a must read for all who love a good story and a bit of biblical history

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    The Thief is a historical biblical novel that explores several evocative uestions• What happens when people trapped in hopeless circumstances encounter Jesus?• How do they respond to His message and miracles?• Does an encounter with Jesus change lives for better or for worse?The answers to these uestions are found in the interwoven tales of some of the motliest biblical characters you’ll ever meet• A petty thief• An uncomely sharp tongued woman• A blind man• A Roman centurionWriting from the depths of her sanctified imagination Stephanie has created one of the most exciting biblical novels you'll ever read Everyone has secrets no one is who they seem to beThe Thief is a compelling book that draws you in from the first page and keeps you hanging by the edge of your seat until the climactic ending You'll be amazed at how many twists and turns Stephanie weaves into such a familiar story and well researched bookStephanie deserves 5 out of 5 Stars for her sopho novelI highly recommend this book to fans of historical and biblical fiction and have placed her on my “must read” list of authorsTo read my review in its entirety please visit Create With JoyDisclosure I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes However the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own

  9. says:

    I was hooked from the first page as I followed Mouse a young pickpocket darting in and out of Jerusalem’s alleyways and shops as he searched out his next target After stealing a fat purse he's captured then handed over to a Roman centurion Longinus to be scourged for his crimes When a lucky distraction allows Mouse’s escape he runs for his life He can’t afford an arrest; too many people are counting on him And Mouse has a secret no one must ever find out In Stephanie Landsem’s riveting tale The Thief I was transported back to the days of early Jerusalem where whispers of revolt by Jewish Zealots against their Roman jailors mingle with rumors about a remarkable man of peace who heals the sick and makes the lame walk again My heart ached for young Nissa an impoverished young Jewess pressed into making impossible choices in order to care for her brother and being hunted by a man she desperately wants to trust When the unthinkable happens and Nissa takes part in an act that cannot be undone she believes her soul is beyond redemption Yet as the gripping story of Christ's Passion unfolds an unlikely sacrifice makes her uestion her true worth Has God turned His face from her? Or is Nissa’s salvation at hand? Landsem’s smartly compelling tale will keep you turning the pages to find out

  10. says:

    A different take on the story of Jesus Christ Keep tissues handyI received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review