The SOLDIER WHO KILLED A KING: A True Retelling of the Passion by David Kitz, DavidThe SOLDIER WHO KILLED A KING: A True Retelling of the Passion by David Kitz, David

The SOLDIER WHO KILLED A KING: A True Retelling of the Passion

byDavid Kitz, David

Paperback | July 25, 2017

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Title:The SOLDIER WHO KILLED A KING: A True Retelling of the PassionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.7 inPublished:July 25, 2017Publisher:Kregel PublicationsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bringing the story to life! David Kitz has created an amazing character in the soldier Marcus Longinus, the centurion who supervises the crucifixion of Jesus. We see Jerusalem through Marcus' eyes, and we see how his encounter with Jesus changes Marcus' world. I recommend this for anyone who is curious about the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus - whether you name yourself a Christian or not.
Date published: 2018-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sneak Peak Into Ancient Jewish Culture I received a FREE copy of this book from the author, David Kitz. As a person who posts a Christian Resources blog & volunteers in a church's Resources Area... I was intrigued by the title. A mutual friend lead an online Book Study on Kitz's fictional account of The Passion Week, and the Q/A posts in that webpage were truly a benefit (to refine one's knowledge of Ancient Jewish Culture, in the aspects of Christian faith). The book was wry, cute-yet-not-cuddly, including current imagery like a sparrow/nest, a family's pet dog, as well as polished leather breastplates and all that one would expect in a historical militarized area like Jerusalem. May the reader find both a story (a fantasy of living during 33 AD) and the Man of Truth (as Pontius Pilate declares Jesus' title). #heisrisenindeed #jesusthechrist
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speechless! When I finished reading The Soldier Who Killed a King, by David Kitz, I was speechless, but I must speak! What a compelling story of the Passion, told by the Centurion who drove the nails into Jesus’ hands! To say it was gripping, riveting, real, and fresh is completely inadequate. Kitz manages to skillfully draw you in, weaving through a familiar story with uncommon drama, unexpected turns, and some tears along the way. This singular story is simultaneously the story of us all: seeking to deal with our guilt, our inner conflicts, and to find the elusive peace we know must be out there. I highly recommend this book. You may think you know the story, but you don’t really know it at all. Read it and see.
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from it's truly Magnificent! This is an amazing book. This author knows how to bring you into the story. He makes you feel like you are right there with the soldier at the cross. The whole thing plays like a movie in your head and without a doubt touches your heart and your soul forever.
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Book! The Soldier Who Killed a King by David Kitz is a captivating story that weaves historical events with fictitious characters. An excellent read that brings you face to face with Jesus and the enormity of His sacrifice. I would highly recommend this book. Audrey Marsten
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Time travel at its best! If you had a time machine, to what time and place in history would you travel? For me it has always been my desire to be an eye witness during the Passion Week. And now in reading David Kitz’s The Soldier Who Killed a King, I feel like I’ve been there! This high action historical fiction is a marvel of storytelling filled with suspense, perceptivity and wonder. It’s a story of God’s pursuing love. I highly recommend that you read this book—that you jump into this time machine!—for a heart-stirring, life-changing journey back to where hate and death were conquered by Love and Life. Lyle Johnson
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book. What I like about historical fiction is it’s ability to transport you to another time and place. Author David Kitz did just that as he brought me to first-century Jerusalem during the tumultuous week of Christ’s triumphal entry, his trial, his crucifixion, and finally his resurrection. We see all these events through the eyes of Marcus Longinus, the Roman centurion who was in charge of Christ’s crucifixion. This book played like a high-tension drama in my mind. I was fascinated by the political machinations of Herod, Pontius Pilate and Caiaphas. But above all this, Jesus, the true king, stands out. We see him in his humanity and the mind-boggling power of his deity. This is a great read. I highly recommend "The Soldier Who Killed a King."
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Immensely Readable and Accurate Easter Story I've read this book and enjoyed it. It is biblically accurate and any dramatization never went beyond the realm of reality and plausibility. The thorough research behind the writing is quite obvious. Kitz keeps a tight pace through the narrative and keeps it true to the spirit of Jesus Christ's life, death, and resurrection without ever getting preachy. I wished there were more books like this. It's a historical fiction, for sure, but there was nothing within the fiction that would contradict what the Gospels in the Bible describe. Best of all, the book is intended for general readership and not restricted to Christians. For anyone who would like to enjoy an immensely readable, dramatic, emotional, and accurate account of Easter and the time leading up to it, I highly recommend "The Soldier Who Killed a King." For Christians, it's a great read for Lent and Easter.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from stunning! I love this book. It’s good in so many ways. The whole concept is brilliant, telling the story of the passion of Christ from the point of view of the Roman centurion who declared “Truly this was the son of God.” David Kitz fleshes out the stories we know from the Gospels about all that happened that week. Herod Antipas, Pilate and Caiaphas are all here, as “the Fox, the Badger and the Weasel,” all three kings in their own right in the complicated political arrangement that was Jerusalem at the time, “all three craving more power, absolute power, while fiercely holding one another in check.” The centurion, whom Kitz names “Marcus,” is caught up in the middle of it all, answerable to Rome, and responsible for keeping public order, but fascinated by the Jewish man at the centre of the controversy. His declaration of Jesus as the true King in the story, didn’t come out of nowhere. Marcus had tried to find out all he could about the man who reportedly performed miracles. How he handled himself at his crucifixion finally convinced him. Kitz has made every effort to keep everything consistent with the story in the Gospels, while fleshing out the details with accurate knowledge of the Roman Empire and Jewish politics. Imaginative details, such as Marcus’ wife and two children, are added, along with hints of his earlier life in the Roman army. He is portrayed as a man under duress, required to take part in the flogging and crucifixion and tormented afterwards by his conscience. The book is beautifully and imaginatively written. It portrays the events so vividly that I found it hard to read at times. Of course, I knew how it had to end, but I didn’t know how Kitz would treat Marcus. I leave that to the reader to find out. It is a brave person who has the courage to depict Jesus like this. Be assured, David Kitz’s Jesus is the same Jesus I know and love. It moves me to the core to realize is that this Jesus whom I know personally and so intimately is equally real and vivid and alive to him and many thousands of others.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, holding your breath! What would it have been like to live in the geopolitical center of the first-century world, when donkeys and camels were the cars and trucks, conversations over goblets of wine were the social media, and religious conflict influenced every facet of life? What would it have been like to live under pagan, political domination of Roman tyranny, while also under the oppressive ritualistic control of hypocritical religious bigots? What would it have been like to live in the very week that this dark, confused world was invaded by heaven - a week when history shifted from BC to AD? The Soldier Who Killed A King by David Kitz, is a gripping story that offers its readers front row seats from which we can see the action. It's a hidden camera on the helmet of the primary witness of the history-altering drama when the Sovereign of the Universe, quietly riding a lowly donkey, overthrew the pomp and dominion of the most powerful kingdom this world has ever known. More than that, it's a look into the mind and heart of a man, not unlike you or me, who wrestled with the meaning and purpose of life. As you read the thoughtful eyewitness account of Marcus Longinus, the Roman centurion, the soldier who killed a king, you'll feel his anxiety and anguish as well as the exult in his ultimate answers because - despite the differences of time and culture - his story is our story." ~ Dr. Barry Buzza The Soldier Who Killed A King by David Kitz is a work of historical fiction. Like other works in this genre, there are points where imagination is essential in order to round out the characters and fill n the details missing from the historical record. However every effort has been made to tell this story in the biblically accurate manner. Frequently, when the story narrative intersects with the biblical account, direct quotes from the Bible are used. This book marks the week of Christ's suffering, death and resurrection, a pivotal week in human history. Time and date entries at the head of each chapter acts as road markers as you work your way through the week. Most historical and biblical scholars situate this epic drama during the Passover week of AD 30, and if this is so, then we can pinpoint the many events to within minutes of this occurence. I received The Soldier Who Killed A King by David Kitz compliments of Kregel Publications. This is such a wonderful book because as the foreward states, you feel like you are seeing these events as they occurred through the eyes of the Roman centurion. As you near the crucifixion, the reality of what really happened begins to cause your chest to tighten as if you were actually there. You feel the nails being pounded into the flesh of Jesus even though he uttered no words while this barbaric death was performed. This is one of the reasons I love biblical fiction because it takes those notable events from the Bible and takes the reader right into the heart of the action. I will be keeping this one tucked away in my permanent library and well worthy of all 5 out of 5 stars.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Very Impressive Read Book Review: The SOLDIER WHO KILLED A KING by David Kitz I will begin my review by speaking about the author. David Kitz has a heart for God and understanding of God that is beyond comprehension. His Writings are a witness to this awesome reality and his most recent novel is no exception, anyone who reads this book will be thrilled, educated and experience a journey of growth in maturity in their spiritual being. The reader without effort pursues the contextual environment of the Roman world 2000 years ago. What kingdom was Jesus making people aware of? And whose kingdom did his message threatened? These questions are examined and answered. You become acquainted with a Roman Centurion who unfolds the events in Jerusalem during Jesus’s last days here on this earth. You also become aware of the impact these events had on people during this time and come to a deep understanding of the impact that Jesus Christ has on all people during their earthly lives and also for an eternity. As one reads the pages of this book it brings a realization of the suffering of Jesus Christ and the enormous debt that was caused by sin. It shows that our great need for love and forgiveness can be accomplished through our knowledge and acceptance of a suffering Savior. Thank you David for writing this book. You are being a blessing to many. Joyce Hum
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought-provoking Remember in the account of the Crucifixion of Christ, the soldier at the foot of the Cross who declared, “Surely this man was the Son of God”? (Mark 15:39, NIV) The Soldier Who Killed a King is this soldier’s story, told first-person, beginning on Palm Sunday and ending on Resurrection Sunday. One week in the life of an ordinary Roman centurion who was caught in the tumultuous events of Holy Week. Well-written and with as little brutality as possible, this is a thought-provoking novel worthy to be part of a Christian’s reading each year before Easter. It’s powerful any time of the year. Sometimes seeing a familiar story through a fresh lens helps us find new insights. This time, I was struck by an aspect of Barabbas’ release that I’d never considered before. (I’ve read the previous version of this book, The Soldier, the Terrorist, and the Donkey King, but somehow this snippet didn’t stick with me.) The language is fresh and approachable, with just a hint of formality to remind us this is a man from an earlier time. The centurion, Marcus Longinus, is an impartial observer of both Jesus and Herod as each arrives in Jerusalem through the Messiah Gate and proclaims kingship in his own way. Marcus’ language in describing them matches the opinions he forms. [Review copy provided by the publisher.]
Date published: 2017-07-31