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A Lineage of Grace: Five Stories of Unlikely Women Who Changed Eternity Paperback – October 1, 2009
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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.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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FYI - this book is a collection of 5 stories of women in the lineage of Jesus. Each novella focuses on one of those 5 women.
I really wasn't excited about the book and knew nothing of the author. However, I wanted to be supportive of the effort, so I started on the first section. Francine clearly states that she has fictionalized some of the details, but she is true to the Scriptures on the big stuff. The story of Tamar was interesting and really gave the mindset of women living in those times. Now that was truly an eye-opener! The author caught my attention with that aspect. I had never really thought about it that way.
The following novellas on Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary captured my imagination as I thought about how they were viewed and how they relied on God. Overall, I highly recommend this book. While I know the stories from the Bible, Francine Rivers really put skin and bone on them.
-Francine Rivers, A Lineage of Grace
Francine Rivers has done it again. I came across this series of five books on Goodreads and immediately became interested. I read it as different stories within one book, however, you can read each story as a separate novella if you would like. It was gripping and interesting that I wanted to read them back to back in one book rather than continually going back to purchase each individual novella. I am going to post the five stories separately.
Each novella chronicles an account of five women in the Bible and their struggles they face. Rivers retells history beautifully that you truly remember these women as real people with tangible problems. Although these women lived in a time we can’t begin to understand their circumstances, their legacies are told in such a way that you begin to understand who they are and why they are important.
The figures are ordinary, but are paramount to the lineage of Jesus Christ. Yes, they are all ascendants of Jesus, hence the term “lineage” in the title. Beginning with Tamar and ending with Mary, mother of Jesus.
The books in order are:
1 – Unveiled : Tamar
2 – Unashamed : Rahab
3 – Unshaken : Ruth
4 – Unspoken: Bathsheba
5 – Unafraid: Mary
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I love this book so much, I now buy a copy and include it in gifts to other ladies that are in situations where reading helps pass the time (hospital stays, caregivers, etc.).
I was surprised to find out how interesting I found the books. While I intended to read just one of the chapters a day, I would often allow myself to be talked into reading "just another," because I wanted to hear what happened next too!
I like the way that Ms. Rivers sticks strictly to Biblical facts on anything directly spoken of in the Bible. I also like that -- where the fiction part takes over -- it is obviously well-researched, tends to be quite believable, and never contradicts the Biblical text. The author always treats the stories with great respect.
And, of course, as my willingness to be talked into reading another chapter shows, the writing is also quite interesting.
Lineage of Grace presents five women who also experienced difficulty in finding their place as woman of faith. In different ways, each adapts her circumstances as she is able within her culture to develop her own special relationship with God. Admittedly fictionalized, these accounts are well researched and offer a plausible explanation for actions the modern Bible reader cannot understand without further clarification of the lives of biblical women within their cultural context. The examples of these five women you have shared helped make the personal transformation we each find through Christ more meaningful.