Posted by: irenesroth | February 21, 2013

The Stain: Book Review

2940015495225_p0_v1_s260x420The Stain: Crisis in Conscience
By: Ed DeVos

The Stain is an insightful and thoughtful historical novel about one of the most important stories in history – the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is a mesmerizing account of the story, with unexpected accents and turns, one that will keep the reader glued to the story.

The book begins ten months before the crucifixion as a Roman centurion is tasked by Herod Antipas to behead John the Baptist. When challenged by John to put all his trust in John’s God instead of his Roman gods, the centurion is haunted by the words as he meets others who tell him more about John and another man, Jesus of Nazareth.

The story comes to a climax when Pontius Pilate orders the centurion to conduct the crucifixion of Jesus. As the soldier reflects upon everything he has learned about Jesus, he faces a crisis in conscience. Can he bring himself to believe that Jesus is the son of God? While The Stain is about the centurion’s struggle, it is our struggle as well. Do we believe Jesus Christ is who he claims to be? This story is a must-read for everyone, Christians and skeptic alike. It captures the real essence of a story that has held the world’s attention for centuries.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene Roth


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