Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
My Name Is Ezra: The Thief on the Cross by Cynthia Thillet is an inspirational story told in a warm, arresting tone. It is the story of one of the thieves crucified beside Jesus on the cross. Starting from his childhood, Ezra takes readers into his family dynamics, exploring some of the customs and traditions of his people. For instance, he tells readers that his mother was betrothed at thirteen and married his father at fourteen. Ezra, thief and runaway slave, while hanging on the cross begins to contemplate his life, going through the events of his life and the missed opportunities to heed the call and message of Jesus. In fact, he recounts his encounter with John the Baptist, and powerful moments like the Sermon on the Mount, but why didn’t he follow Jesus when he had the chance?
The story is told in Ezra’s own words, a narrative voice that is absorbing and the reader is transported into the world of spiritual realities, where our mortality intersects with the hope of redemption. On the cross, he doesn’t lose hope, and encouraged by the warm smile of Jesus, he says: “Remember me when you come into your kingdom.” This is a story that captures powerful moments in the life of a sinner, culminating in his ultimate experience of forgiveness and redemption. The story will remind readers of the beauty of the Gospel while entertaining them, awakening a soothing spiritual atmosphere in their souls. My Name Is Ezra: The Thief on the Cross is written in excellent prose and readers will enjoy the character development as well as elements of the setting — cultural, spiritual, and physical. Cynthia Thillet has created a character who will forever remind readers of where they come from and their ultimate destiny. Highly inspiring!