My Name Is Ezra

The Thief On The Cross

Christian - Historical Fiction
172 Pages
Reviewed on 05/22/2018
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Author Biography

I describe myself as a normal person who relies heavily on my relationship with Jesus. I am a wife, a mother of three, and grandmother of six. I work at Walmart. So, for God to choose me to write this book I am highly honored and give Him the glory.

I have written one other book called, “Love Notes to My Husband (and Yours)", which is based on love notes I wrote to my husband that he had saved. One day he presented me with them and we read them and laughed. I wanted to share them and now many of them are copied in that book.

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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!

Jane Finch

My Name Is Ezra (The Thief On The Cross) by Cynthia Thillet gives a fictional account of the life of one of the thieves crucified with Jesus. The author has named the thief Ezra, and tells the story in the first person. Ezra grows up with his parents and younger sister and slowly falls into the trap of stealing. When his father dies as a result of Ezra’s actions, his family are destitute and go to live with Ezra’s grandfather for a while. Unfortunately, his grandfather dies and Ezra finds himself in service to a Roman named Atticus. Ezra works hard and earns the respect of his master and others, until he falls in love with the daughter of Atticus. Unaware that, as a Jew, he would not be allowed to marry a Roman, Ezra asks Atticus for his daughter’s hand in marriage. At that point Ezra’s world falls apart, and he finds himself with no other option but to run away. He steals a horse and some gold from Atticus. Along the way, he meets John the Baptist who makes him see the things he has done in his life differently, and he goes in search of the Messiah, Jesus.

The author, Cynthia Thillet, has taken an unusual approach by setting out the life of one of the lesser known characters of the Bible. Giving an authentic and believable account of an insignificant person’s life journey, she manages to build the character of Ezra into a memorable character, culminating in the words of Jesus at the crucifixion. ‘Today you will be with me in paradise.’ This story brings to life and reality many people and situations from the Bible and really works well to reflect the social issues, the era, and the harshness of life in biblical times.

Neil A White

My Name Is Ezra, by Cynthia Thillet, is a retelling of the final days of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of the thief, Ezra. This charming little novella begins with the crucifixion of Ezra, for stealing a Roman's horse. On the cross beside him is Jesus of Nazareth. Ms. Thillet then takes us back in time to explain Ezra’s story. We learn of how he fell too easily into thievery, the heartaches and travails that his actions brought upon himself and his family, his time as a slave with the Roman, Atticus. Lost love. And his desperate escape through the desert.

Along the way he meets up with several important historical figures within the New Testament, each extolling the teachings of the Messiah. Ezra’s search for this Messiah – between avoiding Roman patrols - and His message of forgiveness leads him to Jerusalem at the time of Passover, and ultimately his capture. But before all is lost he learns from the teachings of Jesus, sees the error of his past ways, and greets his death on the cross with a sense of peace.

My Name Is Ezra covers familiar territory in one regard, the forgiving of our sins by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, but also works on another level through the recounting of Ezra’s upbringing; that of parental involvement in a child’s formative years, or lack thereof. A worthy message for our times. Ms. Thillet’s sparse prose evokes a sense of time and place, and her clever spin on the age-old tale of sin and ultimate redemption in the eyes of God is well told and well worth the reader’s investment.