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Tokens of Promise [Kindle Edition]

Teresa Pollard
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Christian Fiction


Inspired by The Bible, Genesis 38, "Tokens of Promise" is an imagination of the love story of Judah and Tamar.


“Beware, Prince of Hebron, her witching ways are strong.” Ben Qara’s evil words still rang in his ears. Judah is sure he was bewitched by the beautiful Tamar. She is all he can think about. But no, it must not be. He will not break his vow to Yah. He already has a wife, and he will have only one. Tamar must marry Er.


Rescued from disgrace by the handsome Judah, Tamar is already in love with the kind stranger. She eagerly followed Emi’s advice on how to win him. It almost worked. He’d promised. If only his servant hadn’t come at that moment, she’d be his wife now instead of going home with him to be his daughter-in-law. Why had her father agreed to this? Surely he could see her destiny was with Judah?


We recommend that this fictional story be reserved for readers aged 18+, due to the non-graphic inclusion of sexual themes.


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About the Author

Teresa Pollard is from Richmond, Virginia, and was saved at a young age. She has a Masters degree in English and Creative Writing from Hollins College, and has served as a Sunday School teacher and children’s worker for most of the last forty years. Married for forty years, she was devastated by divorce and the death of her youngest daughter, but God has blessed her with a new home and another grandson, and she now resides in Dacula, Georgia. Her website is www.TeresaPollardWrites.com HopeSprings Books has also published “Not Guilty” by Teresa Pollard and Candi Pullen.

Product Details

  • File Size: 578 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1938708148
  • Publisher: HopeSprings Books (June 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D5YVN90
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,612,835 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Tokens of Promise, (based on Genesis 38) is the story of Tamar and Judah. Author Teresa Pollard puts this story, steeped in ancient laws and customs, to the page in language I could easily understand and enjoy. Author’s notes and a chapter by chapter Group Discussion Guide makes this book an educational and insightful tool for group as well as individual pleasure. Solid research coupled with author’s well written imagination transforms the bare facts of their story into a tale of romance, intrigue, and God’s plan to involve them in the direct genealogical line of Jesus Christ. A Wonderful Read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tokens Of Promise October 20, 2013
Format:Paperback
"Beware, Prince of Hebron, her witching ways are strong." Ben Qara's evil words still rang in his ears. Judah is sure he was bewitched by the beautiful Tamar. She is all he can think about. But no, it must not be. He will not break his vow to Yah. He already has a wife, and he will have only one. Tamar must marry Er.
Rescued from disgrace by the handsome Judah, Tamar is already in love with the kind stranger. She eagerly followed Emi's advice on how to win him. It almost worked. He had promised. If only his servant hadn't come at that moment, she'd be his wife now instead of going home with him to be his daughter-in-law. Why had her father agreed to this? Surely he could see her destiny was with Judah?

My Review:

Judah was portrayed as a man with a noble heart. He was not a man without mistakes or regrets, but he was a man chosen by God to be part of His lineage. Every human emotion was explored in this book - love, joy, anger, hatred, bitterness, regret, lust, jealousy, hypocrisy, sorrow, long suffering, faith, perseverance, and hope to name a few. I found the language to be neither vulgar or typical of Christian fiction, but somewhere in between.

This is most certainly a book you want to keep from young eyes. For the adult eyes that see this; the relationship between men and women is written quite vividly. I will caution that if your imagination in particular tends to run rampant, you must be careful when reading this novel. There is a note from the author that explains her reasons for using graphic detail in her work, but if you like reading Biblical fiction, this is a very nice addition to the genre.

This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tamar's Story October 12, 2013
By Jill H.
Format:Paperback
"Tokens of Promise" is a novel based on Genesis 38 from the Bible. Any parts in this novel not directly taken from the Bible or the Talmud have been fictionalized. It is the story of Tamar and others in Tamar's life, such as Er, Onan, Judah, Hirah, etc. Tamar believes in the God of Israel. She calls him "Yah", which Teresa Pollard choose because some of the other names of God might be offensive to people or didn't sound right for this novel. The end of the story will have readers wondering what happened after the Genesis 38 story ends, after her sons Perez and Zerah are born. Readers should also be aware that there is a handy discussion guide that is located in the back of the book that can be used for group or individual purposes.

This novel brought the story of Tamar alive for me. I suggest that readers read the "Author's Notes" section in the back of the book before they begin the novel if they want more of a background on the story of Tamar. By the time I read the "Author's Notes" section I could see how the story was pulled together beautifully from Genesis 38 after reading that Biblical reference. The "Author's Notes" will also help readers with the symbolism of where the "Tokens of Promise" name came from for this book. This book also spoke about a festival called the Festival of Shepherds which I was not familiar with before reading the novel and I later learned from Teresa Pollard that it was a very early Hebrew spring festival.

This book is definitely for people who want to try to visualize more about the story of Tamar in Genesis 38, to expand their mind more on what life could've been like for her and other people in her story.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from BookCrash. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Piece September 6, 2013
Format:Paperback
This book surprised me.
Honestly, I didn't expect to have been so engrossed and entertained by a Bible story I knew all too well. Only one time has this story been re-told that I appreciated it as much--Francine Rivers' Unveiled in the Lineage of Grace series. But even though Francine Rivers is my favorite author, this story by Teresa Pollard was better told--simply my opinion!
The role of every kind of human emotion/character that could be involved in a love story--love, hatred, anger, bitterness, jealousy, regret, lust, hypocrisy, sorrow, perseverance/longsuffering, faith, hope and joy--were seen at work here. Teresa intricately wove them into the story and its characters in way that produced a masterpiece.
Tamar was young and very brave. Not that she had a choice, but it was inspiring and touching to follow how she tackled life. She knew what her heart wanted and she stepped forward accepting what was offered her in life, believing everything would work out for the best. For me, I think the most powerful part of the story is Tamar's strength of faith. The nasty events didn't destroy her faith in Yah (God) nor her ability to love.
Judah was my favorite in this story. His character struck me the most. He wasn't perfect, but he had a very noble heart. It was interesting to watch how he frequently managed to find his way around his emotional conflicts and chaos to making some smart decisions. This doesn't mean he never made mistakes or didn't do things that he utterly regretted. He did in fact. His character however, was powerful, alluring and interesting to follow.
The language of the book is not exactly traditional Christian fiction. There are no swear words or strong language, and it is neither raw nor vulgar but somewhere in-between. It is unrefined in some ways.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing read.
Does this book keep you turning pages?...yes! A creative weave that places the reader back in time to witness the lives of Judah and Tamar. Read more
Published 1 month ago by My two cents
4.0 out of 5 stars It really was like this. She brings our imaginations to life with ...
The fact that Teresa plucked the story of Tamar and Judah from the Bible and plunged herself, and her readers, into their extraordinary yet daily lives makes for enjoyable reading. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Linda Hughes, author
5.0 out of 5 stars Judah and Tamar
Love this story. Easy-to-read. The story of Israelite, Judah, the Jacob's son. He left his brothers and his father and went to live in the land of Hira of Addulam. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Vik Tory Arch
5.0 out of 5 stars Tokens of Promise
This is an amazing story; the emotions I felt after reading it can't be put into words. The historical facts that are given at the end of the book blew me away.
Published 15 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A good page-turner
This inspirational novel, set in Israel at the time of the patriarchs, is the story of Judah (son of Jacob, grandson of Isaac) and Tamar, his daughter-in-law. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Felicia C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
Teresa Pollard took a simple story from the Old Testament and fleshed it out to give us an idea of what really happened between Tamar and Judah. Read more
Published 17 months ago by virginia winfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed by Deborah Piccurelli
Biblical fiction always fascinates me, because of the extensive research that must have gone into each story. Read more
Published 17 months ago by TWJ Magazine
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Rescued from an abusive husband, Tamar must now fight her feelings for her rescuer, especially since he does not want to break his vow of having only one wife. Read more
Published 20 months ago by PhillipCole
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Teresa Pollard is from Richmond, Virginia, and was saved at a young age. She has a Masters degree in English and Creative Writing from Hollins College, and has served as a Sunday School teacher and children's worker for most of the last forty years. Married for forty years, she was devastated by divorce and the death of her youngest daughter, but God has blessed her with a new home and another grandson, and she now resides in Dacula, Georgia. Her website is TeresaPollardWrites.com

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