RISEN by Angela Hunt, AngelaRISEN by Angela Hunt, Angela

RISEN

byAngela Hunt, Angela

Paperback | December 29, 2015

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Title:RISENFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:December 29, 2015Publisher:Baker Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A new perspective I really enjoyed this book. This novelization of the movie has a much broader span in telling the story of the Roman solider and how his life became changed by Jesus. It was interesting exploring the death and resurrection of Jesus through a different vantage point and how many people of the time would not believe what had happened.I found this novel much, much better than the movie and would recommend skipping the movie and just read the book!
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "Witness the Manhunt that Changed the Course of Human History" - "Risen", the Novelization “The Story of the Resurrection as You’ve Never Seen It Before”. This is the tagline for a new movie entitled “Risen”, releasing in February of 2016 and just in time for the Easter season. It sounds intriguing, don’t you think? Only a few weeks earlier, the novelization of this major motion picture released from Bethany House Publishers as a precursor to the movie. The novel was written by Angela Hunt and based on the story by Paul Aiello, who also created the screenplay along with Kevin Reynolds. As the tagline suggests, this IS a resurrection story that is unique, unexpected, and compelling in many ways. Unfortunately though, it contains several less-than-desirable qualities as well. Strengths: - This book, obviously, reveals the greatest story the world has ever known through the eyes of an unbelieving Roman soldier. Without question this proves not only very interesting, but also compelling in a unique way. - The reality and purpose of Jesus’ death is brought to life with startling clarity, truly making readers witness his death, resurrection, and the subsequent chaos and confusion of Jerusalem through new eyes. - Numerous Biblical figures are incorporated into the drama, making a fascinating plot that intersects fiction with reality. - The excitement, drama, and characterization are enough to keep even adventure-loving readers on their toes! Weaknesses: - One of the sub-stories of the novel is an extremely immoral relationship between two main characters. Unexpectedly, this plot-line is not present in the movie at all due to time constraints, but was included in the novelization much to to my disappointment. - Although the historical details are engrossing and likely well-researched, the dialogue is most definitely NOT historically accurate. Conversations between characters truly sound as though they take place in the present day! As you can imagine, this is quite annoying in a book set in an ancient era. - While most likely accurate, the violence of the Jesus’ death, and the ensuing search for his body, are described in sometimes gruesome detail. I had a difficult time reading certain portions, and find it likely that other sensitive readers will be troubled as well. Overall, this book was a compelling, fictitious portrayal of the greatest story in history. Although it contains some undesirable, often violent plot points, and is not as historically accurate as it could have been, the overarching intention of bringing the resurrection to life in a new way is powerful and successful. If you enjoy fictitious perspectives on Biblical stories, “Risen” is a book - and movie - you won’t want to miss. "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."
Date published: 2016-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Now I can't wait for the movie! "Risen" is a powerful novel that not only has a gripping and entertaining plot, but will fill you with fresh wonder over the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead! As I haven't seen the movie, I can't comment on how well Angela Hunt captures the spirit of the film in her novelization of "Risen", but I can say this - I can't wait for the movie now! Hunt does warn that one of the characters that is in "Risen" does not appear in the movie as there wasn't room for this character to remain in the movie script, and I do find that unfortunate as they add a whole new level to the novel. I won't say who as I don't want to spoil it for you. But the characters in this novel are wonderfully drawn, written with emotional depth and brought to life with interesting historical details. The plot races along from scene to scene, with action and suspense and drama combining to make a compelling book that is hard to put down - not something I can always say about Biblical fiction. I will warn parents though that the book contains an extramarital affair, and so the intended audience is aimed towards teens and up, even acknowledging that all of the scenes are completely appropriate. Readers who are new to Christianity should definitely plan on picking up a copy of this book, as it would be a great way to be introduced to Jesus (though Hunt does acknowledge some liberties taken with the story as it is a work of fiction). And those readers who have faithfully followed Jesus for much of their life will also enjoy seeing Jesus in a whole new light. I strongly recommend this novel and award it 4 out of 5 stars. Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Date published: 2016-01-21