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Litfuse Book Review: “The Thief” by Stephanie Landsem

Title: The Thief” book two in the Living Waters Series
Author: Stephanie Landsem
Number of pages: 368
Source: Litfuse publishing group.
My rating: Five out of Five stars

Description of Book:

A Roman centurion longing for peace and a Jewish woman hiding a deadly secret witness a miracle that transforms their lives and leads them to the foot of the cross.
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.

My Review:

First, let me say: Read it! You won’t regret it. :)
This book was absolutely excellent. I haven’t had a book draw me in so far as to sobbing, in a long while!
Set in the time that Jesus walked the earth, this book has a huge impact. It was toward the end that was so intense, that I had to find a quiet spot and just read and sob for a bit. It was all just so well-written.
The whole thing is great, and just lovely. Well, I mean, there is a lot that happens that is not lovely, but actually it all pulls together and makes you ache for Nissa (the main character). And all-together the story is just lovely.
I loved Nissa and felt for her. There were ways where I felt like Nissa. I “bonded” with her (I know she is just a character, but I think differently).I felt her feelings of abandonment, and cried her same prayers. Elohim answers faithfully though, and hears our cries.
I really (*cough*really*cough*) liked Longinus, too. Some books, when they’re written between two point of views, I tend to not so much care for the guys parts in the book, but that was not the case with “The Thief”. Longinus’ parts kept me captivated just as much as Nissa’s.
This book is beautiful. You see how low Nissa (and Longinus) are brought down, and then you get to read the glorious ending that speaks of new beginnings.
“The Thief” really triggered my heart and made me ask myself “Would I really let Jesus die for what I did?”
We think the answer is “Of course!” and then move onto the thought of His being risen, but when we deeply search our hearts, I believe some of us realise the answer we’d find is not what we expected.
This book had me dwelling on the crucifixion of Jesus, and I needed that. I needed to know on a deeper level what He did – and all for me.
I am truly impressed with this book and will be glad to read it again!
Oh, and to the note that it is a series (which by the way I tried to find on Litfuse before I requested this book to review, but it didn’t say)…at first I thought it was not key to read them in order, because “The Thief” did stand fine on its own, and make sense, but now that I am reading “The Well”, which is the first in the series, I do recommend that you read them in order, simply because it does make a bit more sense, and the first introduces the background of the “The Thief”!
I will say, I believe I have found a new favourite series! :)

More Info:


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Stephanie Landsem loves adventure in far-off times and places. In real life, she’s explored ancient ruins, medieval castles, and majestic cathedrals around the world. Stephanie is equally happy at home in Minnesota with her husband, four children, and three fat cats. When she’s not writing, she’s feeding the ravenous horde, avoiding housework, and dreaming about her next adventure—whether it be in person or on the page.
Find out more about Stephanie at

Note: I received “The Thief” free for review from Litfuse publishing group. I was not paid for my review; all thoughts are unbiased and my own.


I am a peculiar treasure who is passionately in love with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I love writing, reading, knife/tomahawk-throwing, and letter-writing, among other things. :)

2 thoughts on “Litfuse Book Review: “The Thief” by Stephanie Landsem

    1. Thank you so much for commenting, Mrs. Landsem, and for your kind words! Your comment meant a lot to me!
      I read the newsletter email about The Thief celebration party – I live in MN, as well, and know where Stillwater is, but it’s a little far for us. Otherwise I would gladly join in! :)
      But again, thank you so much!

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