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Product Details

  • Series: Sons of Encouragement
  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; 1ST edition (April 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414348169
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414348162
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Behind the men who shaped history are the heroes who changed it forever.

Aaron: The priest who stood in Moses’ shadow but had the courage to cover his brother’s fears.
Caleb: The warrior whose words stirred men’s hearts and brought God’s people to the Promised Land.
Jonathan: The prince whose humility led him to befriend the man who would become king in his place.
Amos: The prophet who heard when God called and spoke to a nation unwilling to listen.
Silas: The scribe who surrendered his wealth to record God’s word, even as those around him were silenced.

Each story includes a six-part Bible study, perfect for individual use or group discussion.

About the Author

Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market, and her books were highly acclaimed by readers and reviewers. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, a mother of three, and an established romance novelist.

Francine and her husband, Rick, live in Northern California and enjoy the time spent with their three grown children and every opportunity to spoil their grandchildren.

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"New York Times" best-selling author Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English and journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market, and her books were highly acclaimed by readers and reviewers. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, a mother of three, and an established romance novelist. Shortly after becoming a born-again Christian in 1986, Francine wrote "Redeeming Love" as her statement of faith. First published by Bantam Books and then rereleased by Multnomah Publishers in the mid-1990s, this retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea, set during the time of the California Gold Rush, is now considered by many to be a classic work of Christian fiction. Redeeming Love continues to be one of the CBA's top-selling titles, and it has held a spot on the Christian best-seller list for nearly a decade. Since "Redeeming Love," Francine has published numerous novels with Christian themes--all best sellers--and she has continued to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her Christian novels have been awarded or nominated for numerous honors, including the RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, and the Holt Medallion in Honor of Outstanding Literary Talent. In 1997, after winning her third RITA Award for inspirational fiction, Francine was inducted into the Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame. Francine's novels have been translated into over 20 different languages, and she enjoys best-seller status in many foreign countries, including Germany, the Netherlands, and South Africa. Francine and her husband, Rick, live in northern California and enjoy time spent with their three grown children and taking every opportunity to spoil their grandchildren. Francine uses her writing to draw closer to the Lord, and she desires that through her work she might worship and praise Jesus for all He has done and is doing in her life.

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I bought several books along with this one--so I'm just now starting to read this one.
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The lessons at the end of each book makes you think about how you can relate and apply God's word to your life.
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Francine Rivers writes beautifully and weaves an authentic story around five Bible characters.
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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By CelenaMarie on June 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
Francine Rivers is my favorite modern author. Since I discovered her books about 2 years ago, I have become spoiled with amazingly well-written, life-changing, inspirational fiction. All of her historical books are so well researched that you feel like you're truly there. This is no fiction that was written quickly... it was well thought out and will change your life.

Even though all of that is so true, I was wary to read "Sons of Encouragement." That's because I love reading about women... I can relate to them so much more than men, naturally! But I wound up at the library hungry for something new from Francine Rivers or George MacDonald (my favorite non-modern author). All they had to choose from was "Sons of Encouragement" or... "Sons of Encouragement." So, I chose.

And my low expectations were so off! The fact that the main characters of these books are men didn't do anything to diminish my enjoyment of these stories. They drew me back to the beginning of God's word and to the Stories of these 5 men who really were just regular men but who were chosen by God for something great. I love Miss River's books because they show you so clearly God's plan, His goodness, His sovereignty... all in a new way that will make God and the people whose lives we see in the pages of the bible so much more real to you. "Sons of Encouragement" includes 5 novellas that were originally published as separate books. Here, you have them all together which is much more convenient. All of their stories come together to make one marvelous story.

The book includes the stories of Aaron, Caleb, Jonathan, Amos, and Silas. None of these men are as well-known as the ones they encouraged (Moses, Joshua, David, Israel, and Paul) and we don't hear as much about them as others.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By evlogimenos on August 9, 2009
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Francine Rivers is my favorite author, but her writing is largely geared toward female audiences. I bought Sons of Encouragement for a guy friend, and he's hooked! It's a great change of pace to get male readers more involved. This series and A Lineage of Grace are incredibly helpful in understanding the Old Testament and early Christianity as one fluid and flawless plan rather than chopped up Bible stories.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Megan Heavens on August 1, 2010
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I LOVE Francis Rivers' books. This one is special to me because we read those stories in the Bible over and over and never really question the people's motives or what it would have been like to be in their shoes. Rivers gives a very good idea of what it would have been like. I'll never read the stories of Aaron, Caleb, Jonathan, Amos, or Silas the same again. Each story taught me something different about myself and my walk with the Lord. I highly recommend it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Susannah on July 5, 2010
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If it is hard for you to open the bible, these books are amazing stories that stimulate your interest in learning the Truth. Rivers has a wonderful sense of storytelling that elicits you and grabs your attention bringing me right into the heart of the historical times. I am a devout Christian and was given one of her books when I was Baptised at 39. I had never read the Bible, raised Jewish, and have now read most of it and am a seeker of God's heart. When I read Rivers books, I am part of the relationships that she brings to life: the heartache, the hopes, the heroes and the light of the wisdom learned through scripture. I can't help but open the Bible and want to learn what is in it, after learning how our Mighty Lord always "saves" those that revere Him.

No matter what religion you are, you learn from opening the Bible about our history and how to live a good, Godly life. These books will help motivate you in a way that something else might not have.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Warth on June 12, 2011
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This book encompasses the lives of 5 important men in the history of Christianity and helped to shape the time as it was then.
#1 Aaron (The Priest) Aaron the brother of Moses was the chief priest and who helped Moses lead God's chosen people from bondage to safety and away from the hands of Pharoah. Aaron heard God's voice but was despised by the people who thought him to be a traitor.
#2 Caleb (The Warrior) Caleb rallied around Joshua, increasing his faith and confidence to lead the people after the death of Moses. Caleb's leadership abilities did not go unnoticed.
#3 Saul (The Prince) Honor is important to him and he is concerned with pleasing of his men, however in the midst of battle one cannot discredit their enemies. Sauls son Jonathan sees much and he is God fearing. He (Jonathan) joins forces with David. After David's marriage to Michal Saul becomes violent.
#4 Amos (The Prophet) Amos was a shepherd carer of lambs and goats who felt cheated by the temple. Joram the temple overseer was interested in amassing great wealth through wool. God helped Amos and showed him a vision of what is to come. Amos kept his faith strong but he was bullied by others who were oblivious of what was to come.
#5 Silas (The Scribe) Secretary to Peter, Silas could write as well as speak both Hebrew and Greek fluently. He spoke of being present when Jesus taught and was eyewitness to the crucifixion.

Watching these men "come alive" through the writing of Ms. Rivers was quite enjoyable as I was transported to another time period. My favorites were Amos and Saul. I recommend this series to others as these are novellas which can each be read in a sitting.
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