“The Centurion” Ken Gire Review



An ambitious Roman soldier. A stunning crucifixion. An unlikely romance. A long war and a chance reunion—the moving parts that make The Centurion a gripping story of love, duty, and sacrifice.

Lucius has always dreamed of military conquest and Roman glory. Little does he know how a routine crucifixion will change him forever.

Curious about this “King of the Jews,” Lucius seeks out His followers and falls for one Mary Magdalene. But all is interrupted when Lucius is called to lead military campaigns. There the hardships of war, year after year, wear him down to nearly nothing.

When Lucius finally returns to Rome, the city has lost its allure. A chance encounter tests his allegiances, and he must decide who he is, what is real, and what is worth dying for.

This work of historical fiction includes an extensive annotated list of sources.



Ken Gire attended Texas Christian University where he earned a degree in History and Speech. In 1978 he graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with his Masters in Old Testament Literature and Exegisis. From there he embarked on a career of full time writing which has resulted in the publication of more than twenty books, several of which have won prestigious awards. He has worked with well known names such as Chuck Swindoll and Eugene Peterson. As well, Ken serves as a speaker in a variety of settings such as the Billy Graham Training Center, Young Life and Bill and Gloria Gaither’s Praise Gathering.

Ken has a heart for helping individuals create space for reflection so as to develop their personal relationships with others and God. While his books speak to the deep seated need of individuals to slow down and live more reflective lives, Ken has also founded a nonprofit ministry to address this issue. Reflective Living works with individuals, helping them to develop a more reflective lifestyle in order that they might experience radical change, authentic relationships and most importantly: a deeper walk with God. You can reach Ken on his Facebook page,  http://www.facebook.com/kengire.




Great book! Great depiction, despite being pretty violent we start with the crucifixion of Jesus. There are so many emotions that surrounded the brutal death of Jesus, the uncertainty of the existence of God and the scrutiny of those whom believed. I was so moved by this book. The author transports you to the day of the death of Jesus, and personally I felt like I was there watching the events unfold. It was brutal, sad and just downright frightening that this was how people were punished back in the days of the Romans. It was so heart-breaking!

The author has a way of sucking you in! I had this book finished within a day! It isn’t a magical fairytale by any means but it was a brutal awakening of a mixture of fiction and biblical scripture that ties the whole story together. He definitely knows the time period and paints a picture worth a thousand words. Not many books can do this for me!  It is a great reminder of how Jesus, despite everything, died and yet rose again.

Will definitely be recommending! I received this book from the Moody Publishing in exchange for an honest review.



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