Saturday, June 29, 2013

Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate

Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate is new biblical fiction from Diana Wallis Taylor.  Claudia has led a very sheltered life banished to Reggio by her grandfather the emperor of Rome because of the sins of her mother.  She is allowed to return to the palace of Rome to be groomed for marriage when Tiberius takes the thrown.  She is given in marriage to newly appointed governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate.  Claudia finds a rare joy in Roman marriages, she deeply loves her husband and he returns that love.  Longing to support her husband in his new post as governor seeks to learn all she can about the people and their beliefs.  She is not only intrigued as she learns about the Jewish religion, but feels stirrings in her soul as she learns more about a new teacher, Jesus.  Being personally impacted by the miracles of Jesus, she becomes a silent follower.  Claudia is torn with her new found faith and being obedient to her husband.  When Jesus is brought to Pilate to be executed, Claudia is beyond devastated and it will take God’s grace for her to forgive her husband. 

I absolutely loved this book!  Taylor did a great job depicting the time period and weaving a fictional story around the few known facts about the wife of Pilate.  The love story between Pontius Pilate and Claudia is both lovely and complicated and you could feel the pressure that his post as governor put on their marriage.  Claudia’s journey to truth was beautiful to watch.  As she turns her back on Roman gods while trying not to offend her husband or jeopardize his position and seeks every opportunity to learn of Jesus and his teaching.  This book is a very powerful example of how God can change our lives for the better when we give him control.  I could read it again in a heartbeat and know that historical fiction fans will not be disappointed with this book!

Provided by the publisher for Review

Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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