The novel Risen tells the story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ or Yeshua from the perspective of a Roman soldier Clavius. Well written and poignant in its description of the events surrounding the Resurrection, author Angela Hunt creates a story of passion and fear much like it must have been for the true believers who witnessed Yeshua’s resurrection and surrounding events first hand.
A hardened soldier, Clavius finds himself drawn to a young Jewish widow Rachel. Clavius and Rachel both meet believers in the resurrected Lord and find themselves drawn to understand more about Yeshua and his small band of devoted followers. Rachel feels compelled to join with the believers as they teach her that the prophecies of Isaiah she believed as child have found fulfillment in Yeshua’s teachings, death, and resurrection. Clavius, on the other hand, is compelled to seek out the believers because of his direct command from the prefect Pilot to find the missing body to prevent political upheaval. Both Clavius and Rachel are authentic and approachable as they share their stories.
Riveting in its historical detail and poignant in its emotional portrayal of the varied people who witnessed Yeshua’s resurrection, Risen tells again in touching and vivid details the story surrounding the most profound event in the history of this world. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Risen by Angela Hunt for my candid review.