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The complete biblical historical fiction compilation by the New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love and A Voice in the Wind. The Bible is filled with inspiring stories of unlikely candidates God chose to change eternity. This bestselling compilation in one volume contains five novellas about such people--women in the family tree of Jesus Christ. Tamar. Rahab. Rut The complete biblical historical fiction compilation by the New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love and A Voice in the Wind. The Bible is filled with inspiring stories of unlikely candidates God chose to change eternity. This bestselling compilation in one volume contains five novellas about such people--women in the family tree of Jesus Christ. Tamar. Rahab. Ruth. Bathsheba. Mary. Each was faced with extraordinary--even scandalous--challenges. But they had courage. They lived daring lives. Sometimes they made mistakes--big mistakes. And yet God, in His infinite mercy, used them to bring forth the Christ, the Savior of the world. Their stories still hold great meaning and inspiration for us today. Tamar risked her life and her reputation to be the woman she was called to be. See how God uses our circumstances and our steps toward Him, however faltering, to fulfill His plan. Rahab was exploited by men who saw only her beauty, yet she held fast to her faith in God and was rewarded. Discover how God seeks and finds those whose hearts are tender toward Him, no matter how far away they are. Ruth's loyalty, especially toward her mother-in-law Naomi, helped her to persevere in the face of tragedy, and God gave her a second chance at love. Be encouraged that God will provide even when all hope seems lost. Bathsheba's scandalous affair with David did not end in one night. Learn that God is willing to restore those lost in the depths of despair who call out to Him. Mary is one of the most revered women in history. But first, she was an ordinary woman striving to please God in the same way that women still do today. When God spoke, Mary responded in obedience which changed the world forever. Each novella includes an in-depth Bible study perfect for personal reflection or group discussion.


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The complete biblical historical fiction compilation by the New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love and A Voice in the Wind. The Bible is filled with inspiring stories of unlikely candidates God chose to change eternity. This bestselling compilation in one volume contains five novellas about such people--women in the family tree of Jesus Christ. Tamar. Rahab. Rut The complete biblical historical fiction compilation by the New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love and A Voice in the Wind. The Bible is filled with inspiring stories of unlikely candidates God chose to change eternity. This bestselling compilation in one volume contains five novellas about such people--women in the family tree of Jesus Christ. Tamar. Rahab. Ruth. Bathsheba. Mary. Each was faced with extraordinary--even scandalous--challenges. But they had courage. They lived daring lives. Sometimes they made mistakes--big mistakes. And yet God, in His infinite mercy, used them to bring forth the Christ, the Savior of the world. Their stories still hold great meaning and inspiration for us today. Tamar risked her life and her reputation to be the woman she was called to be. See how God uses our circumstances and our steps toward Him, however faltering, to fulfill His plan. Rahab was exploited by men who saw only her beauty, yet she held fast to her faith in God and was rewarded. Discover how God seeks and finds those whose hearts are tender toward Him, no matter how far away they are. Ruth's loyalty, especially toward her mother-in-law Naomi, helped her to persevere in the face of tragedy, and God gave her a second chance at love. Be encouraged that God will provide even when all hope seems lost. Bathsheba's scandalous affair with David did not end in one night. Learn that God is willing to restore those lost in the depths of despair who call out to Him. Mary is one of the most revered women in history. But first, she was an ordinary woman striving to please God in the same way that women still do today. When God spoke, Mary responded in obedience which changed the world forever. Each novella includes an in-depth Bible study perfect for personal reflection or group discussion.

30 review for A Lineage of Grace: Five Stories of Unlikely Women Who Changed Eternity

  1. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I am a big fan of historical fiction, and historical fiction that stirs my affection for the Lord is even better. I really enjoyed these five stories. In each book I was struck by how awesome God is -- that he would use such broken, unremarkable people in such amazing ways. A prostitute, a foreigner, an adulteress, a peasant -- all used by God, ultimately leading to the birth of the son of the God of the Universe. The stories themselves are also enjoyable and quick reading. I am familiar with eac I am a big fan of historical fiction, and historical fiction that stirs my affection for the Lord is even better. I really enjoyed these five stories. In each book I was struck by how awesome God is -- that he would use such broken, unremarkable people in such amazing ways. A prostitute, a foreigner, an adulteress, a peasant -- all used by God, ultimately leading to the birth of the son of the God of the Universe. The stories themselves are also enjoyable and quick reading. I am familiar with each woman as they are written about in scripture, but have never been able to relate to them as actual people as much as I have through Rivers' stories. They were real women who experienced grief, uncertainty, significant times of waiting and suffering. Women who experienced deep shame and deep love, and who were beautifully redeemed by God's grace -- again and again. A good read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Meredith White

    Overall, this book was a terrific read, and it was difficult for me to put it down, because it was easy, intriguing and engaging. I appreciated the addition of the Bible study incorporated at the end of each novella, even though I did not engage myself in them. I was more interested in reading the book rather than lengthen the time by engaging in the Bible study at this time. Particularly, I am looking for leadership principles and this gave five women, each of historic and Biblical validity and Overall, this book was a terrific read, and it was difficult for me to put it down, because it was easy, intriguing and engaging. I appreciated the addition of the Bible study incorporated at the end of each novella, even though I did not engage myself in them. I was more interested in reading the book rather than lengthen the time by engaging in the Bible study at this time. Particularly, I am looking for leadership principles and this gave five women, each of historic and Biblical validity and focused on their circumstance, how they responded, and what they learned. The greatest learning I received in general from all five women was that while their circumstances we extenuating, they always did the RIGHT thing no matter the cost or outcome. It was easy for me to give them the answer as I read, but that was because I knew the outcome; however, if I were to put myself in their position would I have responded similarly - without confidence of a 'happy ending'? Walking away from the book, I feel encouraged, strengthened and challenged myself to consider my life and how I am using in accordance with God's plan and purpose for my life? Am I seeking after Him? Do I really trust Him and His purpose? Have I really given my life to Him, and abandoned all others? Great book - good read! Looking forward to more of Francine Rivers.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne

    A magnificent book. Francine Rivers has told the story of five biblical women: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary. Rivers has fleshed out of their stories to guessimate their feelings, hopes, fears and eventual understanding of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings. Unputdownable.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This book is a mixture of 5 different women's stories from the Bible. I think the biggest obstacle for any writer tackling the Bible is turning it into somewhat of a fiction story while still keeping the original message in tact. I loved the first two stories immensely (Tamar and Rahab). Not a lot of information is in the Old Testament about the two women and the way Francine wove in historical information and their faith really inspired me. Ruth was decent, but by Bathsheba, I was losing intere This book is a mixture of 5 different women's stories from the Bible. I think the biggest obstacle for any writer tackling the Bible is turning it into somewhat of a fiction story while still keeping the original message in tact. I loved the first two stories immensely (Tamar and Rahab). Not a lot of information is in the Old Testament about the two women and the way Francine wove in historical information and their faith really inspired me. Ruth was decent, but by Bathsheba, I was losing interest. Mary was ok as well. I did get some out of that story that I wasn't expecting to. As a whole, I would recommend just reading Tamar and Rahab.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    These 5 woman in the linage of Christ are simply amazing ladies! Francine Rivers tells their stories in such a heart warming way. You laugh, cry, get angry and truly feel for each of them. I have read their stories several times over the years in the Bible account but never really felt that I understood them like I do now! Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary. It's no wonder they are listed in the blood line of Christ. Francine follows the Biblical account but has researched the historical asp These 5 woman in the linage of Christ are simply amazing ladies! Francine Rivers tells their stories in such a heart warming way. You laugh, cry, get angry and truly feel for each of them. I have read their stories several times over the years in the Bible account but never really felt that I understood them like I do now! Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary. It's no wonder they are listed in the blood line of Christ. Francine follows the Biblical account but has researched the historical aspects to what life would have been like in each story! Excellant!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Weber

    A Lineage of Grace profiles the lives of Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary with imaginative and fictional stories created by the author. Sometimes the accounts seem overly romanticized and probably more true to modern western thinking than historic Jewish culture. It is helpful, though, to remember that these biblical women were real people. It’s also a good reminder that God uses the humble, lowly, sinful ones among us to be part of His overarching plan of redemption.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Adrienna

    This is all five stories via five women and how they find the grace of the Lord including the lineage of Jesus Christ. I believe this is the first time I read this author and loving it so far! Unveiled: Tamar's story of being unloved but not forgotten. It was believed that she had a curse on her husbands, or the first two line of Hebrew men since it was there custom on both sides (Canaanite and Hebrew Jew) to marry next male child in line if your first husband dies. She had to dress and become a This is all five stories via five women and how they find the grace of the Lord including the lineage of Jesus Christ. I believe this is the first time I read this author and loving it so far! Unveiled: Tamar's story of being unloved but not forgotten. It was believed that she had a curse on her husbands, or the first two line of Hebrew men since it was there custom on both sides (Canaanite and Hebrew Jew) to marry next male child in line if your first husband dies. She had to dress and become a harlot to get what was rightfully hers; to carry the seed of her husband. It showed disobedience can be life-threatening, but she held on to the promise regardless of the lie Judah told her in the fear of losing his youngest son after the first two died. She made it happen under life-threatening circumstances because when a woman is accused of adultery, this leads to her very death by family members (and others). I've always liked this Bible story but she crafted and weaved a well-needed and written story. 4.75 stars. Unashamed: Rahab's story of believing a god that demonstrated its power: One and True God. She risked her life by helping two Israelites who were spies to see how they can take what was rightfully there's--seize it at all costs. I love the message of the "scarlet cord" which is the scarlet curtain hanging to signify to pass her home and all those inside like the lamb's blood across the doorposts in Egypt during the worst plague. 3 stars. Unshaken: Ruth's story and her change of heart after losing her husband. She was encouraged to go back to her mother's land and have a fresh start to remarry since she was young. Her sister-in-law, lost her husband a year prior and stayed around until all their husband's died and Naomi would go back to her homeland. She left to go back to her former homeland and gods, but Ruth was determined and adamant about going with her mother-in-law, Naomi. Naomi warned her about their customs and religion which they were forbidden to worship any other god, Ruth agreed that she'd worship her god; also forewarned about the four deaths of stoning, burning, strangling, and slaying with a sword but this didn't easily scare Ruth off. She continued to follow. Overall, most single Christians always refer to this story; finding their Boaz. "A good wife is more precious than rubies." This story was heart-felt and could imagine being in Ruth's shoes; the writer not only written a great story but evokes emotion and seeing Ruth through your own eyes. 4 stars. Unspoken: Bathsheba's story starts off with an eight year old Bathsheba having a crush and dream of marrying David someday. At the time of his visit, she sat on her grandfather's lap and admired David like the others, but she believed and knew someday she would be his wife regardless of his three wives already, also fighting a war against King Saul and his armies at the time. (For me, this opening was hard for me to believe she was only a child dreaming of marrying the soon-to-be king.) Later, she does marry Uriah and get into the part where David watched her on the roof bathing, to summoning her to his palace to make love to her. The author carefully wrote these parts and only certain parts gripped at my heart but oddly felt no pity for Bathsheba for committing adultery even though her husband was away at war most of the time and didn't want to lay down with her when he had the chance. You do learn a valuable lesson in this story that deals with not only adultery, but murder and losing their son after all this scandal. "When you grow up, you will understand the wisdom of worshiping God and not man." 2.75/3 stars. Unafraid: Mary was touched by the Holy Spirit and heard the angel speak to her that she would be with child. She also was attacked by a chorus of dark voices that tried to discouraged her. This was a plus to the story since it would seem that the enemy would speak the opposite to her while the angel was telling her that she would be with child, Jesus. This story shared that she had other children after Jesus, at least several, and how she took the death of her son. Ultimately, she learned that she couldn't view him as her son any longer after his death and sacrifice on the cross, that he was her Savior and Lord. 3 stars. Out of every one of these women in the lineage of grace series, each woman carried the promise seed and saw the importance of worshiping the one and true God. Oddly, my least favorite book was Unspoken (Bathsheba's story) which I thought would have been the one of best stories of the series. For some reason, these was something missing and didn't seem consistent to me as far as what I've learned about this woman as a biblical figure. However, I loved the first story with Tamar entitled Unveiled(which I gotten even more clarity than I already knew about her story from the movie Joseph, and read on it in the past with one of the books that tells the stories of the women in the Bible.) The other favorite was Ruth's story, Unshaken, which I shared briefly on my DYRP Midnight Hour program recently on unconditional (agape) love. Rahab's story, got more insight since I rarely read or heard this one taught before but was a mediocre read. Adrienna Turner Author of "The Day Begins with Christ" www.adriennaturner.webs.com

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Marie

    Unveiled- the story of Tamar and Judah was told in a different way, but was immersed in historical context and Biblical truth. 5 stars Unashamed- the story of Rahab and Salmon (the spy who goes to Canaan). This story was suspenseful and founded on hope and faith. I loved the intensity and Rahab's character. 5 stars Unshaken- the story of Ruth and Boaz (as well as Naomi). The only book based off of an entire book in the Bible instead of a chapter or passages. This story is well-known and I enjoyed Unveiled- the story of Tamar and Judah was told in a different way, but was immersed in historical context and Biblical truth. 5 stars Unashamed- the story of Rahab and Salmon (the spy who goes to Canaan). This story was suspenseful and founded on hope and faith. I loved the intensity and Rahab's character. 5 stars Unshaken- the story of Ruth and Boaz (as well as Naomi). The only book based off of an entire book in the Bible instead of a chapter or passages. This story is well-known and I enjoyed it, but their were some authorial preferences I didn't care for. 4.5 stars Unspoken- the story of Bathsheba and King David. Famous for being an adulterer and never anything outside of that this story shows Bathsheba's devotion to God and how she raised her children after her own sin and shame. 5 stars Unafraid- the story of Mary and Joseph- the mother and step-father of Jesus Christ. A gripping tale full of emotion and hope. It was heartbreaking and hopeful. I walked away from it with a deeper love of Jesus. 5 stars (my favorite of the collection) I plan on doing an actual review of this novel and its comprehensive collection. Until then, here are my brief thoughts. Review to come.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Becca Loritz

    I’m speechless. This book invites you in to the stories of women in the Bible & how God used them. It drew me into the heart of God & renewed a desire to know Him & His Word better!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hallie

    Loved this book! The story of Mary (Unafraid) was especially moving to read right before Christmas!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rissa

    We follow 5 empowering females that changed the biblical world and it was beautiful. It was more of a retelling with a fictional aspect but she alwaysdoes an amazing job.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Josh Olds

    From 2000-2001, Francine Rivers and Tyndale House published five novellas based on the five women mentioned in the lineage of Jesus. This Lineage of Grace story takes on the stories of Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary to shed some light on these important women and their stories. Unfortunately, Rivers fails to do the hard work of creating believable cultural contexts, often importing modern-day assumptions, particularly modern-day romance, on these ancient Near Eastern people. The purpose From 2000-2001, Francine Rivers and Tyndale House published five novellas based on the five women mentioned in the lineage of Jesus. This Lineage of Grace story takes on the stories of Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary to shed some light on these important women and their stories. Unfortunately, Rivers fails to do the hard work of creating believable cultural contexts, often importing modern-day assumptions, particularly modern-day romance, on these ancient Near Eastern people. The purpose of the series appears to have been to connect women to the stories of Scripture. Redeeming Love drew upon Rivers’ skill as a secular romance novelist while superimposing the biblical story of Hosea onto contemporary times. The hope was to reverse that in a sense and bring an element of contemporary romance to a biblical storyline, with the goal of women being able to see themselves in Scripture. While that’s a noble goal, Rivers often brings too much of the modern-day into her retellings—while yet retaining a firm sense of patriarchal culture—which does a disservice to the women and to the story. Rivers also goes to great lengths to connect her story to biblical context, if not biblical culture. That means that great swaths of the story exist only to set up the actual storyline. For instance, in Tamar’s story, Rivers feels the need to begin with the story of Joseph to provide some nuance for Judah’s character. But since it’s told didactically as a summary of Scripture and not as fictionalized story, it comes across as unnecessary and doesn’t add to the text. I feel like Rivers’ intention was for this to be used as a women’s Bible study, for it to jumpstart conversations, for it to be a piece of discussion—about patriarchy, about marriage, about romance, about the role of women, and more. While those intentions were good, the stories simply do not hold up. They seem poorly-researched, hastily-written, and, sometimes ideologically dangerous. For instance, In Rivers’ imagination of the Bathsheba narrative, Bathsheba is the daughter of one of David’s mighty men, fighting with him before he was king. Bathsheba has known of David since her childhood and always been smitten by him. Rivers portrays an eight-year-old Bathsheba openly wishing that she could be David’s wife and hoping that David will notice her. It uncomfortably and grossly portrays Bathsheba as the sexual aggressor, even when everything in the biblical narrative paints her as a victim. This is not consensual adultery. This is not the end of an unrequited love. This is rape. And to call it anything else gaslights those who have been sexually abused and justifies sexual abusers. This is dangerous theology and for it to come from the pen of a woman revered in Christian fiction circles and widely read, even outside the Christian community, is categorically abhorrent. In other stories, the storytelling is just anemic. In the Rahab story, there’s too much telling and not enough showing. Rivers spends too long on explaining the story of Israel in a non-story context. The interactions with Joshua are stilted and stiff. The references to the forty years of wilderness wandering come across as almost parodical. There’s very little depth to the characters and, for all the conversations about Rahab’s virtue, her faith is portrayed as both selfish and sanctimonious. Overall, the series has a “Bible study” mentality about it, but still feels okay with going on wild speculative tangents. That unpredictability in storytelling gives the series a stilted, formal feel that makes it a painful read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Riley Gerwig

    Don’t ask me why it took me over a year to finish this book, I think it’s because I never wanted it to end! This book tells the stories of the 5 women in the lineage of Jesus and draws you in to want to know their stories in depth. Just so good.

  14. 5 out of 5

    midnightfaerie

    Beautifully written and easy to comprehend, this book gives the stories of five prominent women of the bible and their struggles. Rivers does an excellent job of putting biblical allegory in laymen's terms and even includes studies at the end of each story. I highly recommend this book. The only reason it didn't receive 5 stars is because the study questions were not as thought provoking as they could have been. I suppose I was looking for a study that was a little more atypical, however, the qu Beautifully written and easy to comprehend, this book gives the stories of five prominent women of the bible and their struggles. Rivers does an excellent job of putting biblical allegory in laymen's terms and even includes studies at the end of each story. I highly recommend this book. The only reason it didn't receive 5 stars is because the study questions were not as thought provoking as they could have been. I suppose I was looking for a study that was a little more atypical, however, the questions still cover the topics adequately.

  15. 4 out of 5

    sydney elaine

    i really enjoyed reading this little novella collection.☺️ there were only a couple things I wasn't fond of, but for the most part i believe they stayed true to the Biblical plots. i also really liked the Bible study sections at the end of each book... i want to go back some time and work on those because the few questions i read through seem like they point to God’s hand in the lives of the characters. i appreciated how Rivers stayed close to the plot, and for some cases it provided more context i really enjoyed reading this little novella collection.☺️ there were only a couple things I wasn't fond of, but for the most part i believe they stayed true to the Biblical plots. i also really liked the Bible study sections at the end of each book... i want to go back some time and work on those because the few questions i read through seem like they point to God’s hand in the lives of the characters. i appreciated how Rivers stayed close to the plot, and for some cases it provided more context to the Bible stories themselves. i’m cautious of Biblical fiction that revolves around Bible characters, just because i feel like too much creative liberty with the stories can be disrespectful. the only part that i felt a little uneasy with the direction of the plot was during Mary’s story and how Rivers wrote in Satan. i’m a little on the fence with how i feel about it because it just feels a little too “spiritual” for my personal tastes. however, as works of fiction, i do believe they respect the original stories well enough for me to recommend.😊🤗 **i wrote this review on my phone so please excuse any typos.🙈

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Fifield

    I got this book for my birthday- and adored it! Francine Rivers went through stories of different women throughout the lineage of David and Jesus in the bible and dramatized their stories. We heard the artist's interpretation of the lives of Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and, of course, Mary. While I think that some things were a little off from my personal interpretations, I still loved this book. I especially appreciated the questions and verses provided in a study guide format after each cha I got this book for my birthday- and adored it! Francine Rivers went through stories of different women throughout the lineage of David and Jesus in the bible and dramatized their stories. We heard the artist's interpretation of the lives of Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and, of course, Mary. While I think that some things were a little off from my personal interpretations, I still loved this book. I especially appreciated the questions and verses provided in a study guide format after each chapter. Fun read!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Micaela Rojas

    Oh my goodness. I absolutely loved this book! This has got to be one of my favorite books I've ever read. Five stories of women in the lineage of Jesus: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary. It adds color, details and life and sparked my imagination to familiar Bible stories. I couldn't put it down. Highly recommend! Oh my goodness. I absolutely loved this book! This has got to be one of my favorite books I've ever read. Five stories of women in the lineage of Jesus: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary. It adds color, details and life and sparked my imagination to familiar Bible stories. I couldn't put it down. Highly recommend!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Karen Ford

    Really liked the way the author made these Biblical women come to life. Very interesting and captured my attention and kept it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Saralee Amason

    Some of the stories were really helpful in understanding the depth and seriousness of the stories of these women. But parts were not as biblically true as I wished. Example; the story of Ruth there are certain details that were not aligned with the details given in the Bible and I just couldn’t really get past that. The story of Rahab and Mary was fantastic and even brought me to tears a points

  20. 5 out of 5

    Raina Lanier

    This is a WONDERFUL way to see the women in the lineage of Jesus as real women instead of just names on a list. It helps us in the 21st century western world understand even slightly what it would have been like for those living in Biblical times. EVERY CHRISTIAN WOMAN SHOULD READ.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Dailie

    I was well into the fourth novella before I realized how Francine Rivers had woven all of these books together. One of the things I really appreciate about her writing is the way she intertwines Scripture into the stories, not word for word, but enough that I could find the verses if I looked a minute or two. From now on, the "rest of the story" gaps that Francine has filled in will help me understand these women of the Bible a little better than ever before. If you love to learn about the women o I was well into the fourth novella before I realized how Francine Rivers had woven all of these books together. One of the things I really appreciate about her writing is the way she intertwines Scripture into the stories, not word for word, but enough that I could find the verses if I looked a minute or two. From now on, the "rest of the story" gaps that Francine has filled in will help me understand these women of the Bible a little better than ever before. If you love to learn about the women of the Bible, this is a book you should dig into.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Caylene

    Francine Rivers is the only Christian fiction author I can stand to read. She develops plots and characters in an enchanting way. This collection of stories is particularly wonderful because it is Rivers' interpretation of the lives of five women who made up the lineage of Christ. Rivers reconstructs what their lives must have been like in biblical times and the struggles they overcame to bring a royal Messiah into the world. Francine Rivers is the only Christian fiction author I can stand to read. She develops plots and characters in an enchanting way. This collection of stories is particularly wonderful because it is Rivers' interpretation of the lives of five women who made up the lineage of Christ. Rivers reconstructs what their lives must have been like in biblical times and the struggles they overcame to bring a royal Messiah into the world.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    I am just about done with this book.... and I LOVED it! (love it...since I am still in the midst of the last story about Mary). The first story just kind of....ended. However as you read the following stories, they are much more in depth and very well written. Although it is historical fiction...I understand so much more about these women and why they may have made the decisions they made. Very well written, very intriguing. And that cover! Beautiful!!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Megan Lewis

    What a book. I feel driven to God’s word as I read this book. Yes, it is only one author’s interpretation of scripture BUT there is so much truth in it too that the stories have such meaningful life. The way that the biblical tales are retold brings new animation and it makes my mind consider what it was actually like to be in Biblical times and in the shoes of these women. Beautifully written.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julie Reynolds

    I liked this book. Francine Rivers is a talented author. My favourite novellas were Tamar/Judah and Rahab/Salman 😊

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Kunselman

    Amazing, amazing stories featuring women of the Bible. This brings stories to life!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    This book includes five women in the lineage of Christ in fictional accounts by the author. This is the second book I have read by this author, the first was “Redeeming Love.” The author is highly esteemed with reviewers as a Christian writer. Here are my thoughts on this reading: Pros: I was glad to read again about these important women; Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary and their faith and trust in God during difficult circumstances. Especially noteworthy was that three of these women wer This book includes five women in the lineage of Christ in fictional accounts by the author. This is the second book I have read by this author, the first was “Redeeming Love.” The author is highly esteemed with reviewers as a Christian writer. Here are my thoughts on this reading: Pros: I was glad to read again about these important women; Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary and their faith and trust in God during difficult circumstances. Especially noteworthy was that three of these women were Gentiles and yet became part of Christ’s lineage through the family of Judah. A great reminder that God sees into the real hearts of his believers. The author did a good job providing a look at the cultural lives of the main characters which helped to bring the stories to life. Since I don’t read Christian fiction very often, I do find it strange to read biblical stories that are not necessarily true but do give a sense of the time period and what could have happened. Cons: The author tends to write in what I find to be an overly dramatic style. I find the use of emotion in the book overdone. The characters were often tearful, crying, wailing or sobbing. It really got to be too much and took my focus away from other things in the stories. The author writers in a repetitive style - conversations, thoughts, ideas, concepts are frequently repeated making the book over long in my opinion. I was very disappointed with Bathsheba’s story. Although King David ordered that she be brought to the palace, she was made out to be the person at fault, with everyone despising her. Her constant self demeaning was also over the top. David, although certainly in the wrong at times was made out to be weak and wishy-washy, not the powerful, confident ruler that I find him to be in the Bible. To sum up, the writing style of Ms. Rivers does not really appeal to me. I had the same concerns with her book “Redeeming Love” due to the over dramatics, constant repetition and hence too many pages long. I don’t plan to read anything else by this author but did appreciate the opportunity to read two of her books.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bailey Steinmuller

    This book is absolutely incredible - it brought me to tears many many times! I love Rivers’ other book Redeeming Love and am always captivated by how she stirs my affections for the Biblical stories and the Lord through her writing. A Lineage of Grace is about the five women who are mentioned in the lineage of Jesus in Matthew 1, and Rivers shares their stories in a way that magnifies God’s power, love, and work above all else. While this book is historical/Biblical fiction and not absolute Trut This book is absolutely incredible - it brought me to tears many many times! I love Rivers’ other book Redeeming Love and am always captivated by how she stirs my affections for the Biblical stories and the Lord through her writing. A Lineage of Grace is about the five women who are mentioned in the lineage of Jesus in Matthew 1, and Rivers shares their stories in a way that magnifies God’s power, love, and work above all else. While this book is historical/Biblical fiction and not absolute Truth, these stories are based on the Truth revealed to us in Scripture. It is so beautiful to reflect on the stories of these women; to ponder different ways that they may have wrestled through the challenges presented to them, and to ultimately see the grace of God on full display through the things that the Bible tells us they endured in their lives.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cassie Durrance

    I loved this book! Francine Rivers really brought these stories to life for me. She follows the scripture closely, but fills in the gaps with her own estimation of conversations, feelings and general life at that time. Her vivid descriptions of the time really put the scriptures into the proper context for me. I was really able to connect with these women from the Bible. I could feel their struggles and emotions deep in my soul. This book just left me so awestruck at what an awesome God we serve I loved this book! Francine Rivers really brought these stories to life for me. She follows the scripture closely, but fills in the gaps with her own estimation of conversations, feelings and general life at that time. Her vivid descriptions of the time really put the scriptures into the proper context for me. I was really able to connect with these women from the Bible. I could feel their struggles and emotions deep in my soul. This book just left me so awestruck at what an awesome God we serve, that He would use such broken sinful people to do his bidding. Amazing! I really enjoyed the Bible study section after each story too.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nick S.

    I can't even explain the spiritual effect that book had on me. Yes, it was just a book full of old, some well known, others not as familiar Bible stories of women as perceived by one author. But if anything is clear about this book it's that God used it in my life. May God bless every person who uses there talents for the good of His Kingdom. I highly recommend this book, as well as the author, to anyone who enjoys reading. I can't even explain the spiritual effect that book had on me. Yes, it was just a book full of old, some well known, others not as familiar Bible stories of women as perceived by one author. But if anything is clear about this book it's that God used it in my life. May God bless every person who uses there talents for the good of His Kingdom. I highly recommend this book, as well as the author, to anyone who enjoys reading.

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