Now I can't wait for the movie! "Risen" by Angela Hunt, Paul Aiello

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about the book....

The Story of the Resurrection as You've Never Seen It Before

Epic in scope, yet deeply personal, this novelization offers a unique perspective on the story of the resurrection. Roman Tribune Clavius is assigned by Pilate to keep the radical followers of the recently executed Yeshua from stealing the body and inciting revolution. When the body goes missing despite his precautions, Clavius must hunt it down.

His investigation leads him from the halls of Herod Antipas to the Garden of Gethsemane and brings him in touch with believer and doubter alike. But as the body still remains missing, Clavius commits to a quest for the truth--and answers that will not only shake his life but echo throughout all of history.

my review...

"Risen" is a powerful novel that not only has a gripping and entertaining plot, but will fill you with fresh wonder over the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead! As I haven't seen the movie, I can't comment on how well Angela Hunt captures the spirit of the film in her novelization of "Risen", but I can say this - I can't wait for the movie now! Hunt does warn that one of the characters that is in "Risen" does not appear in the movie as there wasn't room for this character to remain in the movie script, and I do find that unfortunate as they add a whole new level to the novel. I won't say who as I don't want to spoil it for you. But the characters in this novel are wonderfully drawn, written with emotional depth and brought to life with interesting historical details. The plot races along from scene to scene, with action and suspense and drama combining to make a compelling book that is hard to put down - not something I can always say about Biblical fiction. I will warn parents though that the book contains an extramarital affair, and so the intended audience is aimed towards teens and up, even acknowledging that all of the scenes are completely appropriate.

Readers who are new to Christianity should definitely plan on picking up a copy of this book, as it would be a great way to be introduced to Jesus (though Hunt does acknowledge some liberties taken with the story as it is a work of fiction). And those readers who have faithfully followed Jesus for much of their life will also enjoy seeing Jesus in a whole new light. I strongly recommend this novel and award it 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

about the authors....

Angela HuntThe author of more than 100 published books and with nearly 5 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the New York Times bestselling author of The Note, The Nativity Story, and Esther: Royal Beauty.Romantic Times Book Club presented Angela with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2008, Angela completed her PhD in Biblical Studies in Theology. She and her husband live in Florida with their mastiffs. She can be found online at

"Risen" is written based on the screenplay by Paul Aiello and Kevin Reynolds.

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