Fiction, Spirit

The centurion who speared Christ also guarded the tomb. When the body is missing, Pilate orders his arrest. He flees. The spear has special powers. An angel orders him to write a manuscript and hide it. He writes a second manuscript and hides it, before being captured by the Romans in Ephesus. He writes his final testimonial, then hides it along with the spear.

After an earthquake in 2030, one of the manuscripts is found by two American archeologists. A hunt for the other manuscripts and the spear follows that takes them to Jordan, Israel, back to Turkey and finally America.

America has become very secular, and there is legislation proposed to limit Christianity in America. It will be voted upon on Good Friday. When word gets out of the found manuscripts a chase follows. The Christians want to publish it, and the atheists and Muslims want to destroy it.

Thom Vines grew up in Iowa, graduating from Central College, where he met his wife, Becky. They have three children, one of which lives on in heaven. Mr. Vines is a former history teacher and retired as the Deputy Superintendent of Lubbock-Cooper schools in Lubbock, Texas. He did not come to faith until 2006 at age 52, so he channels many of his books towards those spiritually searching, for he was once there. “The Spear of the Centurion”  is the sixth book by Thom Vines, five of which are novels. The first was a nonfiction work, entitled “Tragedy and Trust” about the spiritual journey after losing a child. It won four awards, including second at the 2012 Beach Book festival in New York City. The second book was a Christian novel entitled “Hope’s Ante”, which won six awards, including a second at the Southern California Book Festival. A World War II spy novel, “Twisted Crosses” followed, which led to two Christian novels released in 2014 and 2015, respectively: “Petroglyphs”, a love story set in New Mexico, and “The Power and the Prayer”  about a Republican agnostic president who converts while in office. That book is meant to dovetail with the 2016 election.