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God's Centurion: The Savior and His Soldier Kindle Edition
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Rich Hites is a scholar par excellence. As one trained in the same tradition I know the rigor of Biblical studies he brings to the writing task. Rich is comfortable with and knows the New Testament. (The guy certainly knows his Greek). But more than that, Hites brings to the task warmth and personalization of the characters who inhabit the New Testament Gospels and who invade us from its pages.
The main goal that God’s Centurion tells so compellingly is that once you’ve encountered Jesus Christ, you’ll never be the same. This book narrates the story of the man who killed Jesus on the cross and who ends up writing a story to tell the world about it. He is none other than St. Mark the Evangelist. Throughout this well-crafted novel we find ourselves hurling towards this goal. There is never a dull moment in Rich’s writing, which is exactly what you encounter when you actually read Mark's gospel. Every scene in this story moves us toward the Epilogue where everything comes together on the last page: “I once wrote to my father that I was no longer the man I had been but had become the man I was destined to be.”
Literarily Rich excels in character development. He deftly uses dialogues that show his characters are real people in real human conundrums and puzzlements caught up in the storm of human events. He paints the picture of First Century Palestine that is true and accurate, inhibited by Semitic Jews and Multi-racial Gentiles. His Jesus is not a nice white Protestant from the Midwest, but a dark skinned man who is bound to the customs and beliefs of his times.
Since Hites gives us genuine Palestinian Jews he serves up a heavy dose of the senses on overdrive, using sight, smell, touch, and sound to electrify the story and give it real human pathos. Along with this, the natural world plays a big part in this narrative, especially the omens of the air, birds, particularly the dove.
Many such stories of this caliber depend on secondary sources to round out such details as location, geography and geology. Here we have the added treat of firsthand knowledge about real geographical places because Rich has laced up his hiking boots on more than once occasion and roamed about the territory of the Judean desert, the tunnels under the Antonia Fortress, touched the Lithostratus, and hiked the hills of Galilee. That geography is in his blood and he puts it down on paper to make the Nazarene real.
Half of the story is about Marcus the Roman centurion whose encounters with Jesus trouble him to no end driving him to curiosity and through that to confrontation and finally a faith confession. He is baptized post crucifixion but at that event he thinks: “What have I gotten into?” And that is precisely the second half of Hites’ tale: living out that baptism
If you count yourself as Christian you’ll be challenged by this book. If you’re one of those cultured despisers, you’ll be challenged too. Both believer and non-believer will have to wrestle with the words of another of those early disciples, St. Paul, who wrote: Your life is hidden with God in Christ. (Colossians 3:3) This is an admirable book. Take it up and read it, and fasten your seat belts when you do.
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I was captivated and drawn in from the first page. Hites' attention to detail...his obvious extensive research into Judea and Rome of Jesus' time and beyond was enlightening. The slow and sometimes painful awakening of Marcus Cornelius to his unexpected faith was more often than not deftly articulated. There are places in the book that could have benefited from better editing, but overall it was a thought provoking and enjoyable journey into the first amazing steps taken by a religion and its message, that would change the world.
James Paul Aynes, J.D., Attorney at Law