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THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
3/29/2014 12:00:01 AM by: Patti Shene

Featured book: The Thief

Author’s name: Stephanie Landsem

Publisher: Howard Books/Simon & Schuster

Genre: Historical Fiction

Stand alone or series: The Living Water Series

Target age: suitable for 13 and up

Patti’s Porch is honored to welcome author Stephanie Landsem. I was fortunate to be a member of the launch team for her most recent book, The Thief, and found it be an inspiring, thought-provoking story.

 

 

STEPHANIE IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY OF HER BOOK, THE THIEF, WITH AN OPPORTUNITY FOR TWO ENTRIES IN THE DRAWING. CHECK BELOW FOR DETAILS!

 

I love writing Biblical fiction. The history, the characters, the idea of God Incarnate among us. It’s amazing to think about. But it’s not enough to recount the stories that we all know from the Bible. Yes, we love them. But we can go directly to the Bible if we want to read them.

No, my goal is to dig a little deeper into the characters that encountered Christ—both the ones we know from the Bible and my own fictional creations. I start by asking some questions:

  • What was it like to live in the time of Christ?
  • How did it feel to meet the Incarnation, face to face?
  • After meeting Jesus, how was my character’s’ life changed and how did it affect his or her family and community?
  • Did meeting Jesus lead to happiness or suffering?

In The Well, the first book of the Living Water Series, I asked these questions about the Samaritan woman at the well and her fictional daughter, Mara. How did a brief encounter with Jesus change their lives? Did it lead to a happily ever after or to more conflict within their family and village?

In The Thief, the second book in the series, I asked the same questions, this time about the man born blind and his fictional sister, Nissa. When Nissa’s brother met Jesus, he was given what he wanted most desperately . . . his sight. But did it lead to immediate happiness? Or did it lead to more challenges for him, his sister, and others who witnessed the miracle? In the end, did his encounter with Jesus lead not only him, but those around him to belief in the Messiah?

When readers turn the last pages of The Well and The Thief, my hope is that they can ask some of these same questions of themselves:

  • What if I were to meet Jesus, face to face today?
  • How would my encounter with Jesus change my life, and the lives of those around me? My family? My community?
  • And finally, would my encounter with Jesus lead me to a happily ever after here on earth, or to THE happily ever after, eternity with Him in heaven?

Find Stephanie on the web:

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Stephanie wishes everyone a blessed Easter!

 

My review of The Thief:

This is my first exposure to this author, and she has proved to be a winner!

Stephanie Landsem has created a masterpiece in The Thief that encapsulates the essence of the Christian faith.  She sets us square in the middle of the lives of a Jewish woman and a Roman soldier, and tells the story of Jesus’ last days on earth through the heads and hearts of these two characters.

The manner in which the relationships between the characters change as the story progresses is powerfully written. Each character grows in his or her beliefs through a natural progression of events that are depicted in a compelling and realistic manner.

The plot moves at a rapid pace and is enhanced by the author’s extensive research about life in first century Jerusalem under Roman rule. She retells the crucifixion of Jesus with enough graphic description to convey the horror of the event without overwhelming the reader with gruesome detail. The parallel between Jesus’ sacrifice for mankind and one character’s sacrifice for another is brilliant.

This novel is a gut-wrenching and gripping work that clutches the heart and refuses to let go. It reaches out to those caught in the darkness of despair and guides them into the light of hope and joy.

I strongly recommend  The Thief to all who enjoy Christian fiction and seek to embark on or enhance their faith journey.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A COPY OF THE THIEF BETWEEN NOW AND APRIL 11TH AT MIDNIGHT MST. LIKE STEPHANIE’S FACEBOOK PAGE TO HAVE YOUR NAME ENTERED IN THE DRAWING TWICE! DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE YOUR CONTACT EMAIL SO YOU CAN BE NOTIFIED IF YOU WIN!

 

Stephanie Landsem writes historical fiction because she 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.


Comments

Marissa From Colorado At 4/1/2014 9:55:35 PM

This looks like such a good book!! Thanks for the opportunity to win! marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

Phyllis From Normal, IL At 3/31/2014 5:10:50 PM

Anxious to read this new to me author! Thank you for the drawing.

Patti shene From Colorado At 3/31/2014 11:58:17 AM

I know, Robin! Wouldn't that be absolutely amazing? Lucy, I think you will enjoy Stephanie's work. She was a new author to me as well when I read The Thief. Thank you for stopping by, ladies.

Lucy From WV At 3/31/2014 8:20:28 AM

Always enjoy reading a new author and this sounds very interesting. TY for the chance to win. God's blessings on your day.

Robin Weiss From North Carolina At 3/31/2014 6:11:32 AM

I forgot to say I follow on FB.

Robin Weiss From North Carolina At 3/31/2014 6:09:12 AM

This sounds so interesting!! Could you imagine meeting Jesus?!?!? Thanks for sharing with us!

Patti Shene From Colorado At 3/30/2014 9:51:51 AM

Thank you for stopping by, Lisa Good to see you here. I need to read The Well. I so enjoyed The Thief.

Lisa Lickel From Wisconsin At 3/30/2014 8:03:18 AM

Sounds great. I enjoyed reading about The Well, too. Great series. Best wishes!

Patti Shene From Colorado At 3/29/2014 11:12:57 PM

Thanks for stopping by, everyone. Stephanie has blessed us with a great story!

Frank From Atlanta, GA At 3/29/2014 8:35:35 PM

I love stories and especially God's story. I love hearing how people's stories intersect with God's story. So even if this is fiction, I'm excited to find out how one person (Landsem) imagine's how biblical characters and their stories intersect with Jesus'.

Kathy Prawer From Oakdale Minnesota At 3/29/2014 6:53:12 PM

Just starting The Thief now, can't wait to finish.

Chris From Florida At 3/29/2014 6:38:06 PM

I would love to read this book! Thanks for the chance to win it!!!

Mary Tullila From Cherry Valley, Ill. At 3/29/2014 2:05:29 PM

Very excited to read this book! I have like you on Facebook. angeldove7dt@gmail.com

Stephanie Landsem From MN At 3/29/2014 1:49:40 PM

Thanks for having me on, Patti. I do appreciate you sharing The Thief with your readers!

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11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

GPCWC in Restospect
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene