AD 33 By Ted Dekker: A Review

AD 33

This is the sequel to A.D. 30, where we first meet Maviah, the queen of the desert. So you can understand who Maviah is, I will tell you some of her story from the first book.

Maviah is the outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia. She is ridiculed, scorned, and disgraced due to the circumstances surrounding her birth. However, when the sheikh is betrayed and his enemies lay siege to his territory, Maviah is his last hope; he has to trust her to go and get help from Herod, king of the Jews. Her journey is extremely difficult before it even begins, as Khalil, the enemy’s son, kills her infant son, but she escapes with two of her father’s warriors – Saba and Judah.

On her way to get help for her father and her people, she meets Yeshua, the Teacher who is called by some the Messiah, Saviour of Israel. His words, and the way he seems to know everything about her and love her unconditionally all the same, change something in her. All those to whom she turns for help do not have any to offer, so she chooses the way of Yeshua. He says to forgive, and let go of the darkness of offence, but how do you forgive someone who snatched your baby from your arms and killed him right in your presence? How do you follow peace with the man who cut off your father’s tongue and is bent on enslaving you and your people?

It comes down to a fight, a defining moment at Petra.  Khalil almost has the upper hand, but the power of Yeshua comes through for Maviah.
After this, Maviah is free to try to gather her people. She would have no support save for Saba, the mighty warrior; Judah, the one who holds her heart, is held captive.

Now to AD 33
Two years after Petra, Maviah has gathered 20,000 loyals and they are all camped out in the desert with her. Although living conditions are harsh and they have next to nothing, Khalil still wants total control. When he strikes again, kidnapping Maviah’s adopted child and six others, she runs to Shaquilath, the queen at Petra, for help. Shaquilath however, demands a demonstration of Yeshua’s power in the healing of her own daughter. Only then will she consider intervening.
Maviah has seen the power of Yeshua first hand; his eyes alone brought peace to her troubled mind, and his power restored her sight at Petra two years before. But as we often do, she forgets. So, with Saba by her side, she sets out to find Yeshua again. He will remind her of his peace and rescue her son.
When she eventually finds Yeshua, he is not without compassion for her, but he has his own burdens to carry. And they are heavier than even Maviah can imagine.

This time, Maviah has to learn what it means to forgive, to trust, to truly see, to love, and how to follow Yeshua’s example in carrying her cross, and following him.

This story. This story. As soon as I started to read it, I felt like it was going to touch my heart in unprecedented ways, and I was right. It made me see Jesus in a way that I hadn’t prior to reading, and it gave context and a deeper understanding to so many things.
I wish I could say more without giving away spoilers, but I can’t. All I can say is, this book is full of suspense, hope, and heart-changing miracles. You have to read it.

It is for all the Maviahs of the world. The Marys, the Simons, the Sabas, the Talyas and the Judahs. The outcasts, the shamed, the sick, the obviously flawed and utterly imperfect, the ones who don’t get picked first or who don’t get picked at all. The ones whose hearts have been mortally wounded and who have been treated with utmost unfairness. The angry, the bereaved, the mourning, and the suffering. The ones who have lost everything. Yeshua sees your soul. He says to let the plank of offences go, so you can see his way. Exchange your burden for his, because his yoke is easy. The journey of your life will finally make sense in him, The One who chooses you every day. He loves you totally, just the way you are. He is yours, and you are His, forever. He says, “Come”.

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