Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Review and Giveaway: The Crimson Cord by Jill Eileen Smith February 16, 2015

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About:

“Rahab’s story is one of the most moving redemption accounts in Scripture. The Crimson Cord perfectly captures all the drama of the original, fleshing out the characters with care and thought. Jill’s storytelling skills kept me reading late into the night. A beautiful tale, beautifully told!”–Liz Curtis Higgs, New York Times bestselling author of Mine Is the Night

Wife to a gambler who took one too many risks, Rahab finds herself sold as a slave to cover her husband’s debt. Forced into prostitution, she despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her house, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime.

In one risky moment, she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities. When the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab hopes they will keep their promise, but she has no idea what kind of challenges await her outside Jericho’s walls–or if she will ever know the meaning of love.

Under Jill Eileen Smith’s talented hand, the familiar story of Rahab bursts forth in high definition. Immerse yourself in a world of dark and dusty streets, clandestine meetings, and daring escapes as a mysterious biblical figure claims her full humanity–and a permanent place in your heart.

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling author of the Wives of King David series, the Wives of the Patriarchs series, and The Desert Princess, first in the Loves of King Solomon series. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. Learn more at www.jilleileensmith.com.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Wow. Wow. Wow. Jill is a brilliant author. This is only the second book I have read by her but I have to say she my favorite Biblical fiction author I have read yet.

She takes people who are familiar to us and gives them a voice. One I never saw coming. I have to keep reminding myself that is Jill’s take on Rahab and her story might not have actually happened this way.

I never thought about the fact that maybe Rahab didn’t want to be a prostitute, that maybe she was forced into it. Maybe she was like many of us, hungry for love and gave herself away to the wrong man.

I loved how we see Rahab’s heart begin to change and wonder if many she is worshipping the “god”. Maybe the God of Israel is the real deal.

One thing the really struck me was the great fear the people in Jericho had of our God. I thought as I read this that people today don’t really fear Him. If they did I don’t think we would have all the sin we see today. I think we have forgotten that Jesus said that we will do even greater things than He did. But are we? I know I don’t feel I am and because I don’t live in that truth I don’t think people see God and therefore don’t fear Him like people once did. Just something to think about.

We also get inside the Israelite camp and meet Joshua and then Salmon who is Boaz’s father (Rahab is Boaz’s mother). Boaz is the great-grandfather to King David. So cool to read about how all of this could have happened.

I could say so much more. I truly enjoyed this book and highly recommend this one.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

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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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review and Giveaway: In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar July 28, 2014

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
In The Field of Grace
River North; New Edition edition (July 1, 2014)
by
Tessa Afshar

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

TESSA AFSHAR was voted “New Author of the Year” by the Family Fiction sponsored Reader’s Choice Award 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. She was born in Iran, and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She moved to England where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last thirteen years in full-time Christian work.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Destitute, grief-stricken, and unwanted by the people of God, Ruth arrives in Israel with nothing to recommend her but Naomi’s, love. Her loftiest hope is to provide enough food to save Naomi and herself from starvation.

But God has other plans for her life. While everyone considers Ruth an outcast, she is astounded to find one of the most honored men of Judah showing her favor. Long since a widower and determined to stay that way, Boaz is irresistibly drawn to the foreign woman with the haunted eyes. He tells himself he is only being kind to his Cousin Naomi’s chosen daughter when he goes out of his way to protect her from harm, but his heart knows better.

Based on the biblical account of Ruth, In the Field of Grace is the story of a love that ultimately changes the course of Israel’s destiny and the future of the whole world.

If you would like to read the first chapter of In The Field of Grace, go HERE.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I have always loved the story of Ruth and Naomi. Ruth faithfulness, giving up everything to go with Naomi. And then her relationship with Boaz. I never gave much though to how Boaz and Ruth might have spent time together before Ruth went and laid at his feet. But Tessa does a wonderful job of creating a story world that is very believable.

Tessa paints a picture of Ruth with a unloving family, aside from her grandfather, no one else in her family seems to care much for her. This makes it very easy to see why Ruth wouldn’t want to return to her family after the death of her husband.

Naomi’s grief seems so heavy and real and that you will feel the weight of her sadness with the loss of her two sons.

Boaz is depicted as a handsome hero who has had his own share of heartache. He fights the growing desire he feels to be in Ruth’s presence but they tend to find each other in the other’s company over and over.

This is a beautifully written story. If you like Biblical fiction and have found yourself drawn to Ruth and Naomi’s story I am sure you will enjoy this book. Not only is it a great story but you will be reminded that God works all things together for good. This is definitely a Genesis 5020 story. Our Savior is a descendant from this union, it doesn’t get any better than that:)

Leave a comment by August 3rd at 5:00 p.m. for your chance to win a copy. (U.S. residents only)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review and Giveaway: Rebekah’s Treasure by Sylvia Bambola February 20, 2014

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Rebekah’s Treasure

by

Sylvia Bambola

From the back cover:

Forced to flee war-torn Jerusalem in 70 A.D., Rebekah and her husband, Ethan, each take something of value: Rebekah, the cup of the Last Supper; Ethan, a copper scroll detailing the whereabouts of a vast Temple treasure. Ahead, separation and danger face them as each tries to survive. But it’s not only external forces that could keep them apart forever but internal ones as they struggle to discover where their true treasure lies.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I really enjoyed this book. It takes a different twist in what happened several years here on earth after Jesus returns to the Father. Very interesting.

The book opens with Rebekah and her sister preparing for the last supper (although they don’t know it’s the last supper). They don’t have enough cups for everyone so Rebekah has to share her precious cup. She only wants Jesus to drink out of it and she has to figure out where he might sit.

Years later she still has the cup, and yes, Jesus did drink out of it and she treasures this item.

As battle breaks out in Jerusalem Rebekah and her daughter leave their family behind and flee the city with the cup. When they find their new home Rebekah shares the cup with other believers and people begin to experience healing. Yet Rebekah’s own cries for healing in her daughter’s life seem to go unanswered.

Meanwhile, Ethan, Rebekah’s husband and sons are fighting for their lives and are given their own treasure to guard.

How will this family be reunited? And will the cup end up causing more trouble than good? Will the people make it an idol and worship the creation more than the Creator?

To find out you will have to read the book for yourself 🙂 There’s not a dull moment in this book, you’ll be flipping pages too see what happens next.

Grab your copy at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Books-A-Million.

Visit Sylvia’s website here.

Leave a comment to win your own copy of the book. Deadline to enter is February 26th at 5:00 pm. (U.S. residents only)

A copy of this book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review and Giveaway: Harvest of Gold by Tessa Afshar July 22, 2013

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Harvest of Gold
River North; New Edition edition (July 1, 2013)
by
Tessa Afshar

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

TESSA AFSHAR was voted “New Author of the Year” by the Family Fiction sponsored Reader’s Choice Award 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. She was born in Iran, and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She moved to England where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last thirteen years in full-time Christian work.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The scribe Sarah married Darius, and at times she feels as if she has married the Persian aristocracy, too. There is another point she did not count on in her marriage-Sarah has grown to love her husband. Sarah has wealth, property, honor, and power, but her husband’s love still seems unattainable.

Although his mother was an Israelite, Darius remains skeptical that his Jewish wife is the right choice for him, particularly when she conspires with her cousin Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Ordered to assist in the effort, the couple begins a journey to the homeland of his mother’s people. Will the road filled with danger, conflict, and surprising memories, help Darius to see the hand of God at work in his life-and even in his marriage?

A hidden message, treachery, opposition, and a God-given success, will lead to an unlikely bounty.

If you’d like to read the first chapter of Harvest of Gold, go HERE.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I always enjoy reading Biblical fiction and this book was no exception.

I have wanted to read something by Tessa for a while now but just haven’t gotten around to it, but I am glad I finally did with Harvest of Gold.

Sarah, the main female character, drew me immediately. She is a smart woman who loves her husband but doesn’t push him to confess the same love.

Darius, Sarah’s husband, holds back from loving his wife, although it is obvious he does but something is keeping him from fully letting her into his heart. That alone will keep you turning pages.

The story of Nehemiah is worked into the book as well. I recently heard a message on Nehemiah so hearing the story again from a fictional standpoint was interesting. His complete faith and trust in God is something we should all strive for.

A great read for anyone who enjoys Biblical fiction.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Christianbook.com.

Visit Tessa’s website here.

Leave a comment and let me know you would like to win a copy by July 28th at 5:00 PM (U.S. residents only).

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.