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A Refreshing Perspective
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be the proverbial 'fly on the wall' when something important was about to happen? Pastor Mark Wilson gives us that exact perspective in his account, and creatively allows his audience to consider what it was like to share your personal encounter with Jesus during the early church days. This book is both refreshing and intriguing as you immerse yourself in to a story that most know, but have not taken the time to process. I highly recommend reading this book!
Walking the Streets of Jerusalem
I read in English and pray in German. The St. James version of the Bible is challenging for me to understand with English not being my native language. However, I want to read the bible in English because I read with members of my family who do not speak German. Reading the story of Octavian, the Centurion, gave me an opportunity to walk with this fiction figure on the streets of Jerusalem during the time when Jesus lived, died for us on the cross, and was resurrected from the death. The references to the bible helped me to deepen my understanding of the chapters of John, Luke, Mathew, and Peter. Octavian and Justus had many answers to my questions. I can certainly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get to know Jesus. I look forward to the next book in this trilogy.
What a memorable book! Reading it, I experienced the power and love of Jesus in a personal way, through the eyes of His executioner, a Roman Centurion. As I read the Centurion's account of the events leading up to Jesus' death on the cross, I felt like I was right there with Jesus. I was greatly moved with gratitude, awe, and love, and I wanted to echo the Centurion's cry, "Surely this was the Son of God." A great book to read any time, but especially now, during the Lenten/Easter season.
I liked the fact that although this book is a work of fiction that Pastor Mark was able to get inside of the centurion's head. We can't really know what was going on in his head but after reading this insightful book I can imagine that this was how it was at the crucifixion. Because who knows what happened to the centurion after Jesus died and I'd like to believe that he did become a follower of Christ and turned his life around. There is a lot of detail in the book and I'd love to believe that this book could also turn other's lives around and to follow Christ. Thank you Pastor Mark for writing this book that I'm sure God inspired you to write.
A Must Read
If you have ever wondered about minor characters in the Bible and how they might have been changed by and encounter with Jesus, this is a great book for you. This is the story of the Centurion at the cross who made a verbal declaration that Jesus was the Son of God. While that is all the Biblical narrative tells us, Wilson images a world through his short fictional narrative that expounds on perspective of a soldier that was forever changed by Jesus. Throughout the book, the last hours of Jesus' life are shared and viewed with a Biblical perspective and an empowering Gospel message.
The gospel of Mark is known for its quick, fast moving narrative that emphasizes the actions of Jesus. Many believe it was written with the fast-moving, militaristic Romans in mind. This book is a great retelling of the death of Jesus from the point of view of the Roman Centurion who declared Jesus the Son of God at the crucifixion. It is intriguing to watch a hardened soldier become softened as he watches Jesus throughout the arrest, questioning and crucifixion. I most enjoyed the picture of a powerful man slowly becoming someone who realizes Jesus was truly the Powerful One and is owed submission, belief, and ultimately worship. This is a quick, fast-moving, and enjoyable read -- perfect for the story of a soldier who in the end has decided to "sign up" under a new leader and participate in a new mission.