In A.D. 30, you’ll step back into the year of our Lord, and dive head first into a war that is raging between kingdoms on the earth and in the heart. The outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia, Maviah is called on to protect the very people who rejected her. When their enemies launch a sudden attack with devastating consequences, Maviah escapes with the help of two of her father’s warriors–Saba who speaks more with is sword than his voice and Judah, a Jew who comes from a tribe that can read the stars. From there, Maviah must secure an unlikely alliance with King Herod of the Jews. It would be a journey filled with great danger. If they can even survive the vast trek across the desert, they will enter into a brutal world run by kings and emperors. On the way, Maviah crosses paths unexpectedly with another man. An enigmatic teacher who speaks of a way in this life which offers greater power than any kingdom. His name is Yeshua, and his words turn everything known on its head. Though following him may present even greater danger, his may be the only way for Maviah to save her people–and herself.
Ted Dekker’s fusion of scripture and fiction is sublime. With his latest novel, A.D. 30, he delivers a winning combination of style and depth. His descriptive writing has the power to evoke all manner of smells, sights and sounds. He couples this with imagery that sears itself onto the canvas of your mind. Whether it be an arid landscape or a decadent palace you will be transported into the scene. To top it off, Dekker includes compelling historical details which add substance and weight to the tale.
Maviah’s story is both moving and memorable. She is born into shame without the hope of honor. Rejected by her father, she has known only grief and heartache at the hands of men. That was until she met Yeshua. His talk of a loving Heavenly Father is like a soothing balm to her soul. Yeshua’s gaze pierces her soul and lays it bare. He knows her shame and her fear but offers love, acceptance, and peace in their place. Can she put aside all that she has ever known to follow him? Will she believe?
I’ve read a number of biblical fiction novels where the main character has been taken directly from scripture. This title is unique in that the main character is a Bedouin woman from the desert South of Judea. Coming from a polytheistic and very superstitious culture you can imagine the trepidation Maviah feels when she encounters Christ. Nothing could have prepared her for that moment…and now nothing will ever be the same.
A.D. 30 is the embodiment of great biblical fiction. It was worth the wait and it’s worth owning. I give A.D. 30 by Ted Dekker 5 out of 5 stars. I received this advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”