The Thief by Stephanie Landsem is the second book in the Living Water series. Don't worry, it is more of a stand alone book than a sequel. The Thief is a fictional retelling of "the day Christ died", with a romance between a Jew and Roman thrown in. Well researched and beautifully written, you will love reading this book. Stephanie Landsem is a new favourite author.
Nissa goes from contemplating pick pocketing for survival to watching the call to stone the woman caught in adultery. In the midst of all of this turmoil, her brother shows up, her blind brother. Like in real life, we get to witness how a miracle has ripple effects to others, and not just the one "healed" or experiencing the miracle first hand. This is a story of forgiveness and the healing of hearts and souls.
Longinus is a Roman centurion haunted by death and failure. Desperate to escape the accursed Judean province, he accepts a wager. If he can catch the thieves harassing the marketplace before Passover, he’ll earn a transfer away from the troublemaking Jews.
Nissa is a Jewish woman with a sharp tongue and no hope of marriage. Only with the help of Mouse, the best thief in Jerusalem, can she keep her blind brother, Cedron, fed and a roof over their heads.
When a controversial teacher miraculously heals Cedron, Longinus longs to learn more about the mysterious healer. Instead, his journey leads him to Nissa, whose secret will determine the course of both their futures.
Unexpectedly caught up in the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus, they wonder who this teacher is who heals others but does nothing to save himself. Is the mercy he offers in his teachings real, or just another false promise? Can Nissa and Longinus overcome their pasts to find a future free of their shackles?
The Thief is an evocative story of two people trapped in their circumstances and the life-changing power of forgiveness and love.