Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

The Shepherd’s Wife by Angela Hunt January 4, 2021

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Can she discover the purpose of the life she’s been given?
Yeshua of Nazareth has two sisters: Damaris, married to a wealthy merchant’s son, and Pheodora, wed to a simple shepherd from Bethlehem. Damaris can’t understand why her younger sister settled for such a poor existence, but she does what she can to share her abundance. When her husband is invited to join the Pharisees, she is excited by the opportunity to elevate the family’s status, even though some aspects of the lifestyle seem contrary to what she has always been taught.

Pheodora has long felt inadequate compared to her beautiful sister but has no regrets about the life she chose. When Pheodora’s husband is unexpectedly thrown into debtors’ prison, she is shocked to learn that a loan from her generous sister would jeopardize her brother-in-law’s religious aspirations. Forced to pin her hopes on two she-goats whose spotless white offspring could be sold for an upcoming Yom Kippur sacrifice, Pheodora must struggle to keep the animals–and her family–alive.

When horrific reports about Yeshua reach the sisters in Nazareth, Pheodora and Damaris each grapple with their relationships to God, their radical brother, and their own questioning hearts.

My thoughts:

This is a beautiful story. Of course it’s fiction and only speculation but the saving power of Jesus isn’t fiction, that is very real and it is in this story.

I can’t imagine Jesus being my brother and raised in the same house and then you find out he is the Savior of the world. Crazy.

Pheodora and Damaris’s story is a wonderful picture of forgiveness in the human plain. If you like Biblical fiction I am sure you will enjoy this book.

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Daughter of Cana by Angela Hunt May 26, 2020

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How Will Walking in Yeshua’s Footsteps
Forever Change Her Life?

Thomas and Tasmin, twin siblings hired to oversee a wedding feast in Cana, worry when the host runs out of wine . . . until a guest tells Tasmin to have the servants fill the pitchers by the gate with water from the cistern. Reluctantly, she obeys–and is amazed when rainwater turns into the finest wine ever tasted in Cana.

When Thomas impulsively decides to follow the teacher from Nazareth, the twins argue bitterly. Tasmin refuses to be abandoned or to let her brother be taken in by a magician-prophet. When he departs anyway, she decides to follow the Nazarene’s group, aided by Jude, younger brother to Yeshua of Nazareth, and do whatever she must to mend the fractured relationship, reveal the truth, and bring her brother home.

My thoughts:

This was a very interesting look at what Jesus’ brothers might have thought about Jesus and also the doubt of others who saw what Jesus was doing.

We start with Tasmin and she is very doubtful of who Jesus is. Then we she connects with Jude, one of Jesus’ brothers that doubt is magnified. If his own brother doesn’t believe that Jesus can really do these miracles why would Tasmin?

There was a lot of traveling in this book, but I suppose that might have been true to life back in these times and many dangers that surround foot travel.

I didn’t love this book, but it was good and definitely gave me a new perspective on how Jesus’ family might have reacted to him.

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Judah’s Wife by Angela Hunt January 30, 2018

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To Be Silent Would Be to Deny Their God, To Defy Would Bring the Wrath of the King.

Seeking quiet and safety after a hard childhood, Leah marries Judah, a strong and gentle man, and for the first time in her life Leah believes she’ll have peace. But the very nation Judah was named for has been conquered by a cruel king, who decrees that all Jews are to conform to Syrian laws or risk death for following the laws of Moses.

Judah’s father resists the decree, igniting a war that will cost him his life. But before dying, he commands Judah to pick up his sword and continue the fight–or bear responsibility for the obliteration of Israel. Leah, who wants nothing but peace, struggles with her husband’s decision–what kind of God would destroy the peace she has sought for so long?

The miraculous story of the courageous Maccabees is told through the eyes of Judah’s wife, who learns that love requires courage . . . and sacrifice.

My thoughts:

Angela Hunt is fast becoming one of my favorite Biblical fiction authors. She knows how to weave in a beautiful story with characters you can easily sympathize with a come to care about.

Leah and Judah are such characters. Their love story starts out innocently but quickly they find themselves married and discovering what love really is.

The story of Jewish persecution is so sad and to know that is goes on for years makes it even more so. Overall, a wonderfully written story that you will enjoy.

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Review and Giveaway: Egypt’s Sister by Angela Hunt September 12, 2017

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You Don’t Know Her Name. The World Remembers Only Her Greatest Friend: Cleopatra.

Raised together in the Alexandrian palace, Chava, the Hebrew daughter of the royal tutor, and Urbi, an Egyptian princess, become as close as sisters–and rivals with their dreams of greatness. When Urbi unexpectedly ascends the throne as Queen Cleopatra, Chava believes their bond is strong enough to survive. But absolute power has a way of changing everything.

The ultimate betrayal rips Chava from everything she’s ever known and sends her to the lowest rung of Roman society where she must choose between love and honor, between her own desires and God’s will for her life, if she hopes to rise again.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Oh my. Angela Hunt knows how to write a powerful and compelling book.

I found it so interesting because I wondered what could ever happen to keep these two friends apart? They had such a special bond. But I had to keep reading to find out and then find out how it would be resolved.

I love the fact that Angela took this from “the silent years” between the old and new testament. So interesting what she came up with and how she incorporated history into it.

If you like Biblical fiction (although this technically isn’t) this is a must read.

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Review and Giveaway: Delilah by Angela Hunt July 14, 2016

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A Complex and Compelling Glimpse at One of the Bible’s Most Notorious Women

Life is not easy in Philistia, especially not for a woman and child alone. When beautiful, wounded Delilah finds herself begging for food to survive, she resolves that she will find a way to defeat all the men who have taken advantage of her. She will overcome the roadblocks life has set before her, and she will find riches and victory for herself.

When she meets a legendary man called Samson, she senses that in him lies the means for her victory. By winning, seducing, and betraying the hero of the Hebrews, she will attain a position of national prominence. After all, she is beautiful, she is charming, and she is smart. No man, not even a supernaturally gifted strongman, can best her in a war of wits.

My thoughts and giveaway:

When I have thought of Delilah before I always thought of a sneaky, tricky woman. But after reading this version of the story I have a little more understanding for her and what she might have been going through.

Angela Hunt has done a wonderful job of bringing this story to life and making Samson and Delilah very real.

In this story Delilah is an abused young woman left with a child she doesn’t want. She is very hard-hearted toward men and doesn’t really trust them. But something draws her to Samson.

Samson seems to not want to be the man God created him to be. He is struggling with his identity and almost doesn’t want the responsiblity put on him.

One thing I think we need to remember was that Samson was human like the rest of us. He made mistakes. He liked women a bit too much and chose them over God. He did pay a price for that.

I struggled with reading about Samson and Delilah living together, as I disagree with that practice but Delilah definitely didn’t know the Lord.

I also struggled a little with Delilah’s motivation for turning on Samson, I just had trouble believing it to some extent. However, I can’t say too much because I don’t want to ruin the ending for you.

I loved how Angela reminded us that faith comes from the inside not the outside. As long as we hold on to faith in our hearts no one can take it away.

The ending was beautiful and satisfying and Samson finally sees his errors in thinking and repents. Oh, and I especially enjoyed Rei, another character in the book that gave me a bit of surprise.

Overall, an enjoyable read and that most Biblical Fiction readers will enjoy.

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Bathsheba by Angela Hunt September 7, 2015

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A Vivid and Moving Portrait of a Reluctant Queen

After sending his army to besiege another king’s capital, King David forces himself on Bathsheba, a loyal soldier’s wife. When her resulting pregnancy forces the king to murder her husband and add her to his harem, Bathsheba struggles to protect her son while dealing with the effects of a dark prophecy and deadly curse on the king’s household.

Combining historical facts with detailed fiction, Angela Hunt paints a realistic portrait of the beautiful woman who struggled to survive the dire results of divine judgment on a king with a divided heart.

My thoughts:

The story of Bathsheba and David has always fascinated me. Maybe due to my own past and the knowledge that David did these horrible things yet God says he is a man after His own heart.

I’ve never given a lot of thought to how Bathsheba might have felt. I didn’t want to think of King David as raping her. I have to admit I didn’t like reading how selfish David was in taking Bathsheba, giving no thought to her or her husband but taking what he wanted. Of course, this is one authors interpretation of the events but in reality, it’s very likely Bathsheba was forced and wouldn’t dare say no to the King.

I never thought about how Bathsheba might have really loved her husband and the heartbreak that would follow his death.

The author made me think of all of these things and much more.

The book covers much more than the encounter between David and Bathsheba. It also weaves in the curse on David’s family after this sin and how it impacted his kingdom. I loved being reminded of these other events, it made me want to crack open my Bible and refresh my memory.

I really enjoyed the take on this story and how the author handled the situation and the overall love that can come from even horrible things. I also loved how Bathsheba was reminded of her past many times throughout her life but believed God can redeem all things. So true 🙂

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Esther by Angela Hunt January 22, 2015

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When an ambitious tyrant threatens genocide against the Jews, an inexperienced young queen must take a stand for her people.

When Xerxes, king of Persia, issues a call for beautiful young women, Hadassah, a Jewish orphan living in Susa, is forcibly taken to the palace of the pagan ruler. After months of preparation, the girl known to the Persians as Esther wins the king’s heart and a queen’s crown. But because her situation is uncertain, she keeps her ethnic identity a secret until she learns that an evil and ambitious man has won the king’s permission to exterminate all Jews–young and old, powerful and helpless. Purposely violating an ancient Persian law, she risks her life in order to save her people…and bind her husband’s heart.

My thoughts:

I have always loved Esther’s story, how about you? I did the Beth Moore study a few years ago and doing that gave me a much more in depth look into Esther and the events surrounding her.

So when I picked up this book was captivated from the beginning. I so enjoyed meeting up with Esther again and getting one authors perspective on what she might have been like, what lead up to her being taken to the king in the first place?

Not only are we in Esther’s POV (point of view) but we are also in one of the king’s eunuchs POV. We get an inside look into the happenings of the castle, the crazy decisions the king makes and how others reacted to them.

Mostly, we have a reminder how God works all things for good, for the saving of many lives. If there was ever a Genesis 5020 story Esther is certainly one!

If you like Biblical fiction you must add this one to your reading material. Even if you don’t like Biblical fiction but like reading the story of Esther you should give this one a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

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