Book Review : 30 A.D.


Where to begin with a Ted Dekker book review??  Oh my.

There is no way to clearly articulate just how much I love to get lost in the world of Ted Dekker.  This book did just that too me, I was lost in the world of Maviah for days.  I thought about her when I was not reading the words of her story.  I went to bed wondering what it might have been like had she really walked the sands of the desert during Jesus time.

But the story is really not about Maviah, not like we traditionally would think.  The story is about us.  It is about how we really understand our relationship with Jesus.  It is about how we face the storms of our life while in the boat on the water.  Do we trust?  Or do we fret and cry out?

Ted Dekker writes truths in his stories that will rip you wide open and then put you back together again.  If you let the images of the words he writes sink into you, this book (and honestly, all his others) will change you, but you have to choose to let them.

I cannot get enough of Dekker.  I could read his books over and over.  I love the themes of redemption and  forgiveness, and most of all the truth that Jesus wants us just as we are – not cleaned up, not prepared – right now.  I love the reminder of so many truths that are in this story, because am I not Maviah?  Have I not been rejected?  Have I not heard the lies in my head when trials come?  In short, yes.  We all have.

Needless to say I think everyone should read this book. I highly recommend all of Ted Dekker’s books, this one was great – however I will admit that at times as I was reading I wanted to slow down and savor the truths, and I had to keep pushing because of the amazing story line.  Does that make sense?  I could not stop turning pages, I needed to know what was going to happen to Maviah next.  So, I will have to read it again and slowly, knowing how it ends.

Oh yeah, spoiler alert – THERE IS A 33 A.D. – Oh my!!!  I had no idea, I mean, it makes perfect sense but I really thought this was one book, one story – it does not end on the last page!!  Bittersweet.


Enter a sweeping epic set in the harsh deserts of Arabia and ancient Palestine.

A war that rages between kingdoms on the earth and in the heart.

The harrowing journey of the woman at the center of it all.

Step back in time to the year of our Lord…A.D. 30.

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. Their journey will be fraught with terrible danger. If they can survive the vast forbidding sands of a desert that is deadly to most, they will reach a brutal world subjugated by kings and emperors. There Maviah must secure an unlikely alliance with King Herod of the Jews.

But Maviah’s path leads her unexpectedly to 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 (born October 24, 1962) is a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty novels. He is best known for stories which could be broadly described as suspense thrillers with major twists and unforgettable characters, though he has also made a name for himself among fantasy fans.


Dekker was born to missionaries who lived among the headhunter tribes of Indonesia. Because his parents’ work often included extended periods of time away from their children, Dekker describes his early life in a culture to which he was a stranger as both fascinating and lonely. It is this unique upbringing that forced him to rely on his own imagination to create a world in which he belonged.

After leaving Indonesia, Dekker graduated from a multi-cultural high school and took up permanent residence in the United States to study Philosophy and Religion. Upon earning his Bachelor’s Degree, he entered the corporate world and proceeded to climb the proverbial ladder. But his personal drive left him restless and, after many successful years, he traded corporate life for wide range of entrepreneurial pursuits that included buying and selling businesses, healthcare services, and marketing.

In the early nineties while visiting a friend who had just written a book, Dekker decided to pursue a long held desire to be a novelist. Over the course of two years he wrote two full length novels before starting from scratch and rewriting both. Now fully enamored by the the process and the stories, he realized that storytelling was in his blood and a new obsession to explore truth through story gripped him anew.

He sold his business, moved his family to the mountains of Western Colorado and began writing full-time on his third novel. Two years and three novels later his first novel was published.

Dekker’s novels have sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Two of his novels, Thr3e and House, have been made into movies with more in production. Dekker resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Lee Ann and two of their daughters.

NOTE : I was offered a copy of 30 A.D. at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

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