Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Jewel of the Nile by Tessa Afshar June 3, 2021

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Whispered secrets about her parents’ past take on new urgency for Chariline as she pays one last visit to the land of her forefathers, the ancient kingdom of Cush.
Raised as an orphan by her aunt, Chariline has only been told a few pieces of her parents’ tragic love story. Her beautiful dark skin is proof that her father was Cushite, but she knows nothing else. While visiting her grandfather before his retirement as the Roman official in the queen’s court, Chariline overhears that her father is still alive, and discovering his identity becomes her obsession. Both her grandfather and the queen have reasons for keeping this secret, however, and forbid her quest. So when her only clues lead to Rome, Chariline sneaks on the ship of a merchant trusted by friends.

Theo is shocked to discover a stowaway on board his vessel and determines to be rid of her as soon as possible. But drawn in by Chariline’s story, he feels honor-bound to see her safely to shore, especially when it appears someone may be willing to kill for the truth she seeks.

In this transformative tale of historical fiction, bestselling author Tessa Afshar brings to life the kingdom of Cush and the Roman Empire, introducing readers to a fascinating world filled with gripping adventure, touching romance, and a host of lovable characters—including some they may recognize from the biblical book of Acts.

My thoughts:

I always enjoy Tessa’s take on characters from the Bible and how she develops them into a story.

This is an interesting story, although not my favorite of Tessa’s but still good. Lots of twists and turns in the plot and the question surrounding Chariline’s father and if he was still alive and the fact that someone was trying to kill her made it interesting.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

 

Daughter or Rome by Tessa Afshar March 6, 2020

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A woman with a devastating secret. A man bent on proving his worth. A chance encounter that catapults them into the heart of history.

When the daughter of a prominent Roman general meets a disinherited Jewish immigrant, neither one can dream of God’s plan to transform them into the most influential couple of the early church. Nor can they anticipate the mountains that will threaten to bury them. Their courtship unwittingly shadowed by murder and betrayal, Priscilla and Aquila slowly work to build a community of believers, while their lives grow increasingly complicated thanks to a shaggy dog, a mysterious runaway, and a ruthless foe desperate for love. But when they’re banished from their home by a capricious emperor, they must join forces with an unusual rabbi named Paul and fight to turn treachery into redemption.

With impeccable research and vivid detail, Daughter of Rome is both an emotive love story and an immersive journey through first-century Rome and Corinth, reminding readers once again why Debbie Macomber has said that “no one brings the Bible to life like Tessa Afshar.”

My thoughts:

I forget how much I enjoy Tessa’s writing. She does an amazing job of bringing Biblical characters to life. I have read about Priscilla and Aquila in the Bible and seen other books based on their story but haven’t really paid a lot of attention.

Theirs is a powerful love and story. I loved watching their journey to the cross and getting to know Jesus.

I appreciated the shame Priscilla felt because of her past secret and I loved her friend’s response to it. I have been privileged in my life to have other believers embrace me and see me as the new creation Jesus has created me to be, just like Priscilla.

If you like Biblical fiction you are sure to enjoy Tessa’s newest release.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Thief of Corinth by Tessa Afshar August 28, 2018

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First-century Corinth is a city teeming with commerce and charm. It’s also filled with danger and corruption-the perfect setting for Ariadne’s greatest adventure.

After years spent living with her mother and oppressive grandfather in Athens, Ariadne runs away to her father’s home in Corinth, only to discover the perilous secret that destroyed his marriage: though a Greek of high birth, Galenos is the infamous thief who has been robbing the city’s corrupt of their ill-gotten gains.

Desperate to keep him safe, Ariadne risks her good name, her freedom, and the love of the man she adores to become her father’s apprentice. As her unusual athletic ability leads her into dangerous exploits, Ariadne discovers that she secretly revels in playing with fire. But when the wrong person discovers their secret, Ariadne and her father find their future-and very lives-hanging in the balance.

When they befriend a Jewish rabbi named Paul, they realize that his radical message challenges everything they’ve fought to build, yet offers something neither dared hope for.

My thoughts and giveaway:

This one took me a little bit to get into. The first chapter definitely hooked me but I waned a little bit for a few chapters and then found myself fully invested.

The thing that really struck me about this book was what it must have been like to hear about Jesus for the first time. I think we take that for granted. We know about Jesus, we can read His Word.

But the people in this story had never heard about Jesus, it was all fresh and new, this idea of unconditional love.

This is another wonderful story by Tessa, she did not disappoint.

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Leave a comment by September 10th for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar July 10, 2017

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Purple. The foundation of an influential trade in a Roman world dominated by men. One woman rises up to take the reins of success in an incredible journey of courage, grit, and friendship. And along the way, she changes the world.

But before she was Lydia, the seller of purple, she was simply a merchant’s daughter who loved three things: her father, her ancestral home, and making dye. Then unbearable betrayal robs her of nearly everything.

With only her father’s secret formulas left, Lydia flees to Philippi and struggles to establish her business on her own. Determination and serendipitous acquaintances―along with her father’s precious dye―help her become one of the city’s preeminent merchants. But fear lingers in every shadow, until Lydia meets the apostle Paul and hears his message of hope, becoming his first European convert.

Still, Lydia can’t outrun her secrets forever, and when past and present collide, she must either stand firm and trust in her fledgling faith or succumb to the fear that has ruled her life.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Oh. My. This book is amazing!!! I haven’t read a book that has touched me spiritually in a long time. And this fiction book managed to do that.

This was a book that drew me in and didn’t let go and I didn’t want it to let me go even when I reached the last page.

I had to keep reminding myself that Lydia had no belief in God at the beginning. She was so kind through the whole book but she had no faith.

Paul doesn’t show up in the book for a long time but when he does he is brought to life in a way I have never felt before.

I also loved how characters from the previous book  that Tessa wrote (Land of Silence) were brought into this one, and the realization hat Lydia made an appearance in that book and I didn’t even know it.

I really can’t say enough about this book. It is deeply touching, it will remind you of the freshness of the gospel and how we need to always keep that in the forefront of our minds.

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

Leave a comment by July 17th for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar April 18, 2016

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Before Christ called her daughter . . .

Before she stole healing by touching the hem of his garment . . .

Elianna is a young girl crushed by guilt. After her only brother is killed while in her care, Elianna tries to earn forgiveness by working for her father’s textile trade and caring for her family. When another tragedy places Elianna in sole charge of the business, her talent for design brings enormous success, but never the absolution she longs for. As her world unravels, she breaks off her betrothal to the only man she will ever love. Then illness strikes, isolating Elianna from everyone, stripping everything she has left.

No physician can cure her. No end is in sight. Until she hears whispers of a man whose mere touch can heal. After so many years of suffering and disappointment, is it possible that one man could redeem the wounds of body . . . and soul?

My thoughts:

Tessa is a wonderful author. She brings something special to Biblical fiction and the same is true with her newest release.

Have you ever wondered about the story of the woman the reached out to touch Jesus’ robe? I have. I always loved her faith. Now Tessa brings this woman to life for us and gives her a story. It is a story full of heartache and wounds. Wounds only Jesus can heal.

I think what kept this story moving along for me was the fact that you knew Elianna was going to meet Jesus. I couldn’t wait for that to happen.

This story is also about not being defined by your past and letting go of things and accepting love from others.

This is a beautiful story that I am sure anyone who enjoys Biblical fiction will love.

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Leave a comment by April 25th for you chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I am not responsible for books lost or damaged in the mail.)

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: 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.