Title: Judah’s Wife Series: The Silent Years, #2 Publisher: Bethany House Publish Date: January 2, 2018 ISBN: 978-0764219337 Source: Publisher Pages: 384 Purchase: Amazon ~ CBD ~ B&N About The Book Seeking peace and safety after a hard childhood, Leah marries Judah, a strong and gentle man, and for the first time in her life Leah believes she can rest easily. But the land is ruled by Antiochus IV, descended from one of Alexander the Great’s generals, and when he issues a decree that all Jews are to conform to Syrian laws upon pain of death, devout Jews risk everything to follow the law of Moses. Judah’s father resists the decree, igniting a war that will cost him his life. But before dying, he commands his son to pick up his sword and continue the fight–or bear responsibility for the obliteration of the land of Judah. Leah, who wants nothing but peace, struggles with her husband’s decision–what kind of God would destroy the peace she has sought for so long? The miraculous story of the courageous Maccabees is told through the eyes of Judah’s wife, who learns that love requires courage . . . and sacrifice. My Thoughts Oh my… Read more »
Tag: Biblical Fiction
About the Book: Name of book: Lydia Author: Diana Wallis Taylor Genre: Biblical Fiction Release Date: October 3, 2017 Smart, strong, and a follower of the Jewish God, Lydia has nonetheless quietly conformed to the expectations of the wealthy Roman society into which she was born. Her father marries her off at age fifteen to a much older man whom she dislikes. Despite an unpleasant wedding and a marriage that doesn’t improve with age, Lydia remains a dutiful and faithful wife. When her husband is killed, years later, Lydia vows to remain single and returns to her father’s house in Thyatira with her twelve-year-old daughter. There, a new life begins to emerge as she is trained in the family dye business. Lydia displays an aptitude for trade in the male-dominated world of first century commerce. Her brother, who had chosen service in the Roman army rather than work in his father’s business, is at odds with his sister. Jealous of her quiet success as she learns the dye business, he’s especially befuddled by what he considers to be Lydia’s obsession with the Jewish religion. When their father dies, Cassius inherits the family’s home; Lydia inherits the business, and unbeknownst to… Read more »
Mary Magdalene Diana Wallis Taylor Revell Books June 1,2012 384 pages Amazon|BN|Deepershopping provided by publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books One woman desperate for hope. One Savior with the power to heal. A beautiful girl blossoming into womanhood, Mary has high hopes for a life filled with learning, family, and young love. In one dreadful night, all of that changes. The nightmares come first, then the waking visions of unspeakable terror, until Mary hardly remembers her dreams for the future. Can the Most High deliver her from this torment? How long must she wait for healing? This vivid portrait of the enigmatic Mary of Magdala comes to life in the hands of an imaginative master storyteller. Diana Wallis Taylor introduces you to a Mary who is both utterly original and respectful of the biblical account, opening your eyes to a redemption that knows no bounds.
Love’s Sacred Song Mesu Andrews Revell Books March 1, 2012 443 pages Amazon|B&N|Deepershopping provided by publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books Wisdom came as God’s gift, but sacred love was forged through passion’s fire. Standing in the shadow of his famous father, young King Solomon wavers between fear and bravado, longing for a love that is true and pure–a love that can be his cornerstone. A shepherdess in the northern city of Shunem, Arielah has known since she first laid eyes on Solomon that it was her destiny to become his bride. When her father secures a promise from Solomon to marry Arielah as a treaty bride to help unite the kingdom, it seems her dreams will come true. But how can this simple shepherdess live as part of Solomon’s harem? Can Solomon set aside his distractions to give himself completely to just one woman? Or will he let duty, deception, and the daily routine divide his heart? Mesu Andrews expertly weaves the words of the Song of Solomon into this touching story of the power of love from a master storyteller. About The Author: Mesu Andrews is the author of Love Amid the Ashes and is an active speaker who… Read more »
I’d like to welcome Mesu Andrews to Reviews By Molly! She’s stopping by during her Revell Books Blog Tour for the release of her newest novel, Love’s Sacred Song. I absolutely adore her work and she’s here today to answer a few questions for us. Welcome, Mesu! Tell us about Mesu Andrews and the story behind Love’s Sacred Song. I started writing in hopes of publishing a Bible study to accompany the retreat/conference topic I taught on Song of Solomon. In the late 90’s and early 2000’s I traveled quite a bit, speaking to (mostly) women’s groups, teaching an allegorical form of the Solomon story. Women would come to me after the talks and ask for a study guide, so I began seeking publication. No go. I was a non-credentialed pastor’s wife with a small platform. In 2002, my health took a severe dive, and I spent six months in bed. THAT’S when my writing career really began. When there was nothing to do except peck away at my laptop, I was forced to sit still and write. Tough for an extrovert. Because I still deal with chronic illness issues, I continue to keep a limited speaking schedule, but my… Read more »
Sarai Jill Eileen Smith The Wives of the Patriarchs, #1 Revell Books March 1, 2012 317 pages Amazon|B&N|Deepershopping provided by publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books He promised her his heart. She promised him a son. But how long must they wait? When Abram finally requests the hand of his beautiful half sister Sarai, she asks one thing–that he promise never to take another wife as long as she lives. Even Sarai’s father thinks the demand is restrictive and agrees to the union only if she makes a promise in return–to give Abram a son and heir. Certain she can easily do that, Sarai agrees. But as the years stretch on and Sarai’s womb remains empty, she becomes desperate to fulfill her end of the bargain, lest Abram decide that he will not fulfill his. To what lengths will Sarai go in her quest to bear a son? And how long will Abram’s patience last? Combining in-depth research and vivid storytelling, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the beautiful and inscrutable Sarai in this remarkable story of love, jealousy, and undaunted faith. About The Author: Jill Eileen Smith is the author of the bestselling Michal, Abigail, and Bathsheba, all part of… Read more »
About the Book:She has spent her life caring for others–will she ever find someone who will cherish her? Martha’s entire life is marked by her responsibilities to her family. In the absence of her mother, she runs the household, makes the meals, cares for her father, and attempts to keep her absentminded younger sister on task. In the midst of her duties, will she ever find time to live her own life–or find her own love? This touching, well-researched portrayal of Martha of Bethany, sister of Mary and Lazarus, unveils the woman within the Bible character. Through Diana Wallis Taylor’s lush descriptions and inspired fusion of imagined and recorded dialogue, Martha’s world–her trials, triumphs, and loves–vibrantly comes to life. Follow Martha as she navigates the complicated worlds of family, faith, and love . . . and you’ll never read her story the same way again. About the Author:Diana Wallis Taylor is a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries and is currently working toward her MA in biblical studies at Bethel Seminary. She is the author of Journey to the Well, has published many articles, and has contributed stories to several books. Taylor lives in California. Find out more at www.dianawallistaylor.com. My Review:Diana… Read more »