Item description for Bktrax-Disc-Centurions Wife (Abridged) (7 CD) by Janette Oke, Davis Bunn & Aimee Lilly...
Overview A young Jewess of mixed heritage in first-century Palestine is caught up in an unlikely romance and betrayals from unexpected sources which will test her loyalties.
Publishers Description The sweeping oral saga surrounds the birth of Christianity and the very personal story of Leah, a woman compelled into a betrothal she never wanted yet drawn by a faith she never expected. When her family's wealth and power are lost forever, Leah is sent to Pontius Pilate in hopes that he might arrange a strategic marriage for her. When she finds herself betrothed to a centurion named Alban, she views it as a fate worse than death. Alban, head of the garrison near Galilee, has ambitions that could one day see him at the seat of power - Rome. Eager to prove himself, he takes on the assignment of a lifetime, one that will put his career, his beliefs, and his life at risk. But when the death and missing body of an obscure rabbi compel Leah and Alban to search for answers, what they discover changes everything.
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Format: Abridged, Audiobook
Studio: Oasis Audio
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.4" Width: 6.5" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2009
Publisher Oasis Audio
Series Acts Of Faith
Series Number 1
ISBN 1598594710 ISBN13 9781598594713
Availability 0 units.
More About Janette Oke, Davis Bunn & Aimee Lilly
Janette Oke (born 18 February 1935) is a Canadian author and pioneer of inspirational fiction. Her books are often set in a pioneer time period and centered around female protagonists. She is a committed Evangelical Christian.
Janette Steeves was born in the Depression years in Champion, Alberta, to a Canadian prairie farmer and his wife, Fred Steeves and Amy (née: Ruggles) Steeves.
She graduated from Mountain View Bible College in Didsbury, Alberta. Janette met her husband Edward Oke (pronounced "oak") while they both attended college. They were married in 1957 and have pastored churches in Indiana, and Calgary and Edmonton, Canada. He later became the president of the college. Janette and Edward had 4 children, including a set of twins. Her daughter, Laurel Oke Logan, has co-written books with Janette.
Her first novel, titled Love Comes Softly, was published by Bethany House in 1979. This book was followed by more than 75 others.
She received the 1992 President's Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for her significant contribution to Christian fiction, the 1999 CBA Life Impact Award and has been awarded the Gold Medallion Award for fiction.
Janette receives fan mail from all over the world and answers each letter personally. She received the 1992 President's Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for her significant contribution to Christian fiction, the 1999 CBA Life Impact Award and has been awarded the Gold Medallion Award for fiction. Janette and her husband, Edward, have four grown children and enjoy their many grandchildren.
Janette Oke currently resides in Alberta. Janette Oke was born in 1935.
Janette Oke has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Bktrax-Disc-Centurions Wife (Abridged) (7 CD)?
Semi-interesting... Apr 6, 2010
This is a book I borrowed from a friend; she said she liked it and thought I would too. I was interested because I haven't read Janette Oke for years - the last time I tried, it was a book by Bunn and Oke, from some American historical series they have. It really dragged and wasn't that memorable so I didn't read any others.
I decided to give the two authors another chance, though, since the story idea seemed so interesting. But it was kind of a disappointment, because:
1. The ending is unsatisfying, and not inspiring enough to make me feel at ease with the loose ends. It feels like the authors just got tired and decided to stop because the story had run out of steam. (It didn't have much steam to begin with, by the way).
2. Characters are poorly developed...I would have liked to have seen more of Procula, Pilate, Alban, Leah, and the followers of Christ. I agree with the professional review that stated that the followers of Jesus were very flat - their personalities consisted of "piety."
3. The romance is undeveloped...and I felt that the characters showed enough promise to have a great love story...but instead we got a story where they fell in "respect" with each other. At least that is the way I saw it. Contrary to other reviewers, I did like Alban and Leah, and was really hoping for a relationship that developed in the book. Perhaps this was a "read between the lines" romance. That might have worked, if this was on the big screen, where we could see facial expressions, etc. like that "The Nativity" movie. Lots of unspoken stuff there. It doesn't work in this book, though.
4. The editing. I have worked as an English teacher and as an editor and I cannot stand when typos are littered through a book. Please, dear heaven, read the book before you send it to the publisher!!! (Or maybe they DID read the book...that means there's no hope, I guess). The typos just make the publishing company look lazy and unprofessional or the authors stupid. If you don't know what I'm talking about, I'm not surprised. I'll just go back to my Grammar Club friends and complain, or reread "Eats, Shoots, and Leaves".
It's not a HORRIBLE book. I didn't feel like I wasted my time, but I doubt that I will read any of the rest of the series.
New Life in an Old Story Apr 3, 2010
This book was a wonderful surprise in both its accuracy in utilizing the Biblical account, as well as its mastery in enlivening the recorded events pulled from the Bible by weaving in the fictional story of Leah. I have read these parts of the Bible more times than I can count, but this novel made the events fresh and exciting, as if I were living in the time period and watching them first hand. It made me realize as I read it how much I take for granted in having the completed Bible, which those first believers did not have. I could relate quite easily to some of the characters, especially the portrayal of Mary Magdalene. I also especially loved how the authors described the scene at Pentacost, as well as the allusions to the wedding in Revelation using Leah's wedding plans. This book is the first book in the series Acts of Faith, which I like because not only are all the loose threads not accounted for, but also because I would love to see other Biblical characters portrayed by these authors, such as Paul. I look forward to continuing the series with the next book, The Hidden Flame. This is how Christian fiction should be written, in my humble opinion. The beliefs and doubts of the characters are real and believable - even to the point of looking messy and contradictory. Their faith hasn't been softened and molded by political correctness, too afraid to quote more than a few fee-good verses from Psalms or even use the name of Jesus. A Christian is not a one-dimensional type-cast description, and neither should the characters in a Christian fiction novel be.
I learned a few things along the way... Jan 8, 2010
I just finished reading The Centurion's Wife, literally, and I really, really enjoyed it! I have read a lot of historical fiction lately, and this book was by far the most compelling and faith-inspiring of them all.
I have read a number of Janette Oke's books, but was not fond of her combined works with Davis Bunn. However, the topic of this book was intriguing, the time surrounding Jesus life is so interesting to me. I am so glad I gave this book a try! The story was fascinating and beautifully written, and the ending includes a well-done account of Pentecost.
While it is fiction, I always find it interesting to learn about history, especially the history of the Bible, in this manner. I know the nature of the genre is to embellish and change some things around for the plot and for our modern understanding, but I don't expect it to be 100% accurate. I do expect to learn something new, though, something that helps me understand that time in history better. This book delivers - I learned a lot about interesting cultural customs and lifestyles of the time of Christ. I now understand more about the Jewish betrothal process. While I was reading about Leah & Alban's betrothal, a lightbulb came on in my head regarding the betrothal of Mary & Joseph before the birth of Jesus, which makes much more sense to me now. And that's what I love about historical fiction from Biblical times, I feel like it helps the Bible itself come alive, so that when I go back to The Word and read, the people and God's message seem to be more clear to me.
The Centurion's Wife Jan 1, 2010
I've been reading Janette Oke since I was a kid and was really excited to receive this book from the [...] Early Reviewer giveaway. I love this time period, and felt like this book should have been a lot better than it ended up being.
I loved Alban His characterization seemed spot on with what I have learned in my history classes. I felt much more connected to him than I did Leah.
Leah's characterization made me hate her throughout the book. She did not ring true to a proper Roman lady, no matter what her circumstances. A high born Roman lady, especially in this time, would have known her place and not complained so bitterly about an arranged marriage. There were rarely any love matches made, as marriage was seen as a way to build alliances between the power players of the time. Her constant harping on her sister's (and her) situation made me question just how much time Oke spent researching her background materials when she set about writing her portions of the novel.
Overall, this lack of forethought in regards to Leah made me want the book to be over much more quickly than it was. What was a good premise was ruined by the obvious lack of historical research.
Simply Marvelous Dec 25, 2009
I've just recently started getting into Christian fiction and picked it up whilst on sale. I finished it within a couple of days and cannot wait for the next! I really enjoyed how it has a tinge of romance but the focus is mostly on the main characters finding Jesus. I also really liked how both characters couldn't just 'know Him' straight away. They had to look and search and want Him with all their hearts - which is the same for all of us today. Negatively the book was slow paced and I think alot more could have happened - but I spose that's what the next book is for!! If you are looking for Christian fiction thats focus is mainly on Christ not just on romance, this is one for you!