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A Lineage of Grace- Unveiled: Tamar / Unashamed: Rahab / Unshaken: Ruth / Unspoken: Bathsheba / Unafraid: Mary Paperback – July 30, 2003
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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.
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ONE EXCEPTION WHICH CHANGED MY GOOD RATING to this series would be the story of St. Mary. Even though it is called fiction, the writer should not change Christian beliefs so freely. She has St. Mary having children with St. Joseph. I was shocked when I read it. I know that the bible could be interpreted in many ways. The bible mentions Jesus as first borne, so I believe that writer assumed St. Mary to have more children. But if St. Mary would have more children and Jesus would have brothers and sisters, for sure we would know about them from the bible without questions being raised. The Virgin Mary was portrayed as a fiction character and not Holy Mary. This was the last story in that series. If the series would not include the story of St. Mary, I would give five stars. I do not know how the last story got even published. It should have never been published as Christian fiction since it brings a lot of offense to the Catholics and others.
The first few books of this series about Tamar and Rehab were my favorite, as I knew less of their stories than the others. I've never been a big reader, especially of fiction, but I found myself unable to put the books down. Far better than the best of movies, and I love a good movie. Now, I work 3 jobs, so my downtime is few and far between, and I've never considered myself a fast reader by any means. In fact, I always found my mind to wander when reading, often having no recollection of what I've just read, but that wasn't the case with these books. Instead, I found myself flying through each book in a matter of days, excited to get back to the book every chance I got.
I've read all of the new testament, but I struggle in reading the old testament. These books obviously cannot replace God's Word, but I've found that in reading them, I'm better able to understand the Era in which the Bible was written. In the past 5 weeks, I've completed 11 books (all historical Christian fiction) and I've just started on my 12th. As I mentioned before, I've never been much of a reader, so hopefully this goes to show how powerful these books are, as well as easy to read.
NOTE OF IMPORTANCE: Before starting a book from a new author I read the "about author" section as well as reviews from readers. For me personally it is important for the author to include scripture and have a relationship with God. If the author is a scholar but not a Christian I tend to choose a different author, one who has a vast knowledge of history and scripture, who uses their talent to entice their readers to crave more of God's Word, and dig deeper into the Bible with a new appreciation for it. Francine Rivers, Mesu Andrews and Jeanette Oke are three authors, whom I feel God has given this gift. I hope to find many more as I engulf on this journey of historical Christian fiction. May God bless you and draw you closer to Him, as you read this book.
I still think Francise Rivers is an awesome author
-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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