Seeds of Faith 4 Women

RECOMMENDED BOOK LIST and STARTING A SEEDS OF FAITH BOOK GROUP

Below please find list of books that Seeds of Faith for Women have reviewed and rated. Discussion questions are available where author has not included and/or some additional ones are suggested. The rating scale is 1 to 5. 1: ‘Didn’t get through it’ to 5: “Best book I’ve read’. There is a range in rating to reflect the input from different groups.

Books are listed in alphabetical order by author.

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Mary, Chosen of God

by Diana Wallis Taylor

Mary is ordinary girl from Nazareth. She helps her mother with household chores, she daydreams about a handsome carpenter's son named Joseph, and at night she lies on the roof and contemplates at the stars. But one evening, a heavenly visitor comes with unexpected news—and her life is changed forever.

Seeds of Faith groups rated this book: 3 to 3.75

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Bread of Angels

by Tessa Afshar

Purple. The foundation of an influential trade in a Roman world dominated by men. One woman rises up to take the reins of success in an incredible journey of courage, grit, and friendship. And along the way, she changes the world.

Seeds of Faith groups rated this book: 4 to 4.25

Questions included in book.  

 

Mary Magdalene

by Diana Wallis Taylor

Long maligned as a prostitute or a woman of questionable reputation, Mary Magdalene's murky story seems lost to the sands of time. Now a portrait of this enigmatic woman comes to life in the hands of an imaginative master storyteller.

Seeds of Faith groups rated this book: 3 to 3.50

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Thief of Corinth

by Tessa Afshar

First-century Corinth is a city teeming with commerce and charm. It's also filled with danger and corruption--the perfect setting for Ariadne's greatest adventure. After years spent living with her mother and oppressive grandfather in Athens, Ariadne runs away to her father's home in Corinth, only to discover the perilous secret that destroyed his marriage: though a Greek of high birth, Galenos is the infamous thief who has been robbing the city's corrupt of their ill-gotten gains.


Seeds of Faith groups rated this book: 4.2 to 5.

Questions are included in book.

Counted with the Stars [Out from Egypt]

by Connilyn Cossette

Novelist Connilyn Cossette treats readers with a unique take on the plagues that beset Egypt as God called his people from slavery. Counted With the Stars (Bethany House) introduces readers to a young Egyptian slave girl, Kiya, who is caught up with the Hebrews as they flee Pharaoh and her eyes are opened to the one they call Yahweh. Publisher Bethany House

Seeds of Faith groups rated this book: 4.3 to 4.50

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Pearl in the Sand

Pearl in the Sand tells Rahab's untold story. Rahab lives in a wall; her house is built into the defensive walls of the City of Jericho. Other walls surround her as well--walls of fear, rejection, and unworthiness.

A woman with a wrecked past; a man of success, of faith...of pride. A marriage only God would conceive! Through the heartaches of a stormy relationship, Rahab and Salmone learn the true source of one another's worth and find healing in God.

Seeds of Faith groups rated this book: 4.5 to 5.

“In Peal and the Sand, Tessa Afshar has created compelling characters that bring new meaning to this well-loved tale.” Jill Eileen Smith, bestselling author of Michael and Abigail.

“Pearl in the Sand, the story of Rahab the harlot who became an ancestor of Christ, delivers a very powerful truth within its pages: forgiveness, redemptions, and the changing power of God. An unforgettable read, Novel Journey and I give a high recommendation.” Anne Mulligan, editor of Novel Rocket.

Land of Silence

Before Christ called her daughter... No physician can cure her. No end is in sight. Until she hears whispers of a man whose mere touch can heal. After so many years of suffering and disappointment, is it possible that one man could redeem the wounds of body... and soul?

Seeds of Faith groups rated this book: 4.25 to 4.75.

“No one brings the Bible to life like Tessa Afshar. Land of Silence grabs hold of the woman who stole healing by touching Christ’s hem in a way that brings us all to a place where we can recognize that we, too, are daughter of the Kings.” Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

"Tessa Afshar’s novels draw you in so that you’re both captivated and changed by the power of story. Land of Silence is no exception. You’re in for a treat with this one-enjoy!" Susie Larson, National speaker, radio host and author of Your Beautiful Purpose.

Questions included in book.

In the Field of Grace

Without wealth or family, the widow Ruth left her people and followed Naomi, her beloved Hebrew mother-in-law, to rebuild Naomi's home in Israel. Provisions gone and starvation at the door, Ruth used all that she had left--a strong back and a willing heart--to gather grain in a field, abandoned after the harvest.

Seeds of Faith groups rated this book: 4.25 to 4.75.

“Afshar writes unforgettable biblical fiction.” Romantic Times

“This is one of my favorite books of the year. Beguiling, exciting, romantic, and a much-needed reminder of the Creator’s steadfast faithfulness, even to hose the world deems undeserving." Novel Crossing

Harvest of Rubies

The prophet Nehemiah's cousin can speak numerous languages, keep complex accounts, write on rolls of parchment and tablets of clay, and solve great mysteries. There is only one problem: she's a woman in a man's court.

Catapulted into the center of the Persian court, Sarah is working too many hours, rubbing elbows with royalty, and solving intrigues for the Queen. Ironically, it isn't failure—but success—that causes Sarah to lose her only source of external validation.

Sarah soon learns that she has something of worth to offer beyond her ability with languages and sums; her very being proves to be a blessing to others, particularly the aristocrat Darius, whom she is given to in marriage.

Seeds of Faith groups rated this book: 4.25 to 4.75.

"There is so much depth to HARVEST OF RUBIES that readers will happily drown in its message of God’s unfailing love and mercy, while diving headfirst into the captivating plot and precarious romance. Characters are realistically flawed, likable and earthy. Emotions run the gamut from insecurity and fear to passion, pain and the indescribable joy that can only come with the realization of God’s grace. This is a great read!"

Harvest of Gold

Although his mother was an Israelite, Darius remains skeptical that his Jewish wife is the right choice for him, particularly when she conspires with her cousin Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Ordered to assist in the effort, the couple begins a journey to the homeland of his mother's people. Will the road filled with danger, conflict, and surprising memories, help Darius to see the hand of God at work in his life-and even in his marriage?

Seeds of Faith groups rated this book: 4.5 to 4.75.

“Engaging. Inspiring. Heart-stopping and heart-rendering. A fabulous biblical novel that sent me straight back to God’s Word!” Meus Andrews, Award winning author

“Afshar has created a treasure of a book. Brilliant characterization, adventure, intrigue, and humor coupled with deep emotional impact garner a solid five stars.” CBA Retailers & Resources

Harvest of Gold (Book 2) A hidden message, treachery, opposition, and a God-given success will lead to an unlikely bounty.

In Harvest of Gold (Book 2), the scribe Sarah married Darius, and at times she feels as if she has married the Persian aristocracy, too. There is another point she did not count on in her marriage—Sarah has grown to love her husband. Sarah has wealth, property, honor, and power, but her husband’s love still seems unattainable.

Questions included in book.

Esther

When an ambitious tyrant threatens genocide against the Jews, an inexperienced young queen must take a stand for her people. Purposely violating an ancient Persian law, she risks her life in order to save her people…and bind her husbands’ heart.

Seeds of Faith groups rated this book: 3.75 to 4.25.

“With carefully researched, richly rendered historical details, Hunt breathes new life into the biblical blueprint. The result is a chilling tribute to Ester’s bravery that is sure to grip and surprise readers.” - Booklist

“The biblical tale of Ester is a story often hold, but here it is enhanced and elaborated with scholarly insight…Esther is a good read for those who love Bible accounts come to life.” - RT Book Reviews

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A Lineage of Grace

By Francine Rivers

The Christy Award-winning Rivers compilation of five books in the best-selling A Lineage of Grace series shares the stories of the five unlikely women who changed eternity. Tamar, betrayed by the men who controlled her future, she fought for her right to believe in a loving God. Rahab, a woman with a past to whom God gave a future. Ruth, who gave up everything, expecting nothing, and God honored her. Bathsheba, her beauty stirred the passion of a king, her pain moved the heart of God. Mary, all eternity had been waiting for this moment and she responded in simple obedience to God’s call. Each was faced with extraordinary —even scandalous— challenges, each took great personal risk to fulfill her calling, and each was destined to play a key role in the lineage of Jesus Christ.

Seeds of Faith groups rated this book: 3.75 to 4.5.

"A Lineage of Grace series, readers can savor not only an engrossing, well-written, beautiful novella, but a Bible study as well as one that readers will love and learn from!” —Romantic Times

Questions included in book.

A Passionate Hope

By Jill Eileen Smith

Hannah and her husband, Elkanah, share a deep and abiding love, for each other, for their God, and for his tabernacle at Shiloh. Greatly disturbed by the corruption of the priests, they long for restoration and pray for a deliverer. But nothing changes as the years pass. Years that also reveal Hannah to be barren.

Pressured by his family to take another wife, Elkanah marries Peninnah, who quickly begins to bear children. Disgraced and taunted by her husband’s new wife, Hannah turns again to prayers that seem doomed to go unanswered. Do her devotion and kindness in the face of Peninnah’s cruelty count for nothing? Why does God remain silent and indifferent to her pleas?

Travel back to the dusty streets of Shiloh with an expert guide as Jill Eileen Smith brings to life a beloved story of hope, patience, and deliverance that shows that even the most broken of relationships can be restored.

A WONDERFUL NOVEL RICH WITH HISTORICAL DETAIL

Seeds of Faith groups rated this book: 3.75 to 4.25.

“A Passionate Hope is a wonderful novel rich with historical detail about real people who suffer the heartache that comes from stepping out ahead of God, and the miracle of grace that comes when we cry out to Him.” —Francine Rivers, bestselling author of Redeeming Love

"Smith weaves a fascinating biblical fiction story about Hannah, her husband, and his second wife...A Passionate Hope: Hannah's Story, is rich in history and details and is a wonderful addition to a great biblical fiction series." —RT Book Reviews

The Prophetess

By Jill Eileen Smith

Outspoken and fearless, Deborah has faith in God but struggles to see the potential her own life holds. As an Israelite woman, she’ll marry, have a family, and seek to teach her children about Adonai–and those tasks seem to be more than enough to occupy her time. But God has another plan for her. Israel has been under the near constant terror of Canaan’s armies for twenty years, and now God has called Deborah to deliver her people from this oppression. Will her family understand? Will her people even believe God’s calling on her life? And can the menace of Canaan be stopped?

With her trademark impeccable research and her imaginative storytelling, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the story of Israel’s most powerful woman in a novel that is both intriguing and inspiring.

Seeds of Faith groups rated this book: 3.75 to 4.25.

"SWEPT AWAY BY THE DANGER AND SUSPENSE"

"This thrilling retelling of how Deborah’s faith and vision lead to victory is skillfully intertwined with the edge-of-your-seat story…. Readers, even those deeply familiar with the biblical tales of Deborah and Jael, will be swept away by the danger and suspense. Smith excels at writing fiction that brings women in from the margins of biblical history and allows their achievements to shine." — Booklist, starred review

"A TALE OF STRENGTH AND FAITH"

"At last, the mystical figure of Deborah comes to life! With obvious research and attention to detail, Jill Eileen Smith gives vivid voice to the women at the center of Israel’s victory over Canaan. A tale of strength and faith that bears relevance even today. Not to be missed!" — Tosca Lee, author of The Legend of Sheba and multiple New York Times bestsellers

Sari

By Jill Eileen Smith

Sarai, the last child of her aged father, is beautiful, spoiled, and used to getting her own way. Even as a young girl, she is aware of the way men look at her, including her half brother Abram. When Abram finally requests Sarai’s hand, she asks one thing–that he promise never to take another wife as long as she lives. Even her father thinks the demand is restrictive and agrees to the union only if Sarai 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?

Seeds of Faith groups rated this book: 3.25 to 4.

"SKILLFULLY CAPTURES. . . THE ESSENCE OF LIVING IN OLD TESTAMENT TIMES."

"The Scriptural account of Abraham and Sarah is not only a testament of God’s faithfulness to His promises, it’s a story of love. Smith skillfully captures both and the essence of living in Old Testament times by combining biblical facts with research-based interpretation and her own imagination to create a detailed drama that will leave readers eagerly awaiting the second book in the series." — CBA Retailers and Resources

"Readers who enjoyed Anita Diamant’s best-selling The Red Tent (1997) will also enjoy this story of women and their struggle with leaving their old gods for the God of Abraham." — Shelley Mosley, a starred review from Booklist

Martha

By Diana Wallis Taylor

Perhaps one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented characters of the New Testament is Martha. Often painted in the colors of reproach, Martha seems to be the poster child for how not to be a follower of Jesus. From the mind of Diana Wallis Taylor comes this touching, well-researched portrayal of Martha of Bethany, sister of Mary and Lazarus. Through Taylor's lush descriptions and inspired combination of imagined and recorded dialogue, Martha's world--her trials, triumphs, and loves--vibrantly comes to life.

Seeds of Faith groups rated this book: 3.25 to 4.

“Diana Wallis Taylor has a gift for bringing Biblical people to life. She gives them great depth and helps contemporary people to understand them. This is a delightful read, filled with inspirati. I did not want this book to end. I see Martha in a whole new light...Taylor opens the Bible to all.” -Rita G. for Readers' Favorite

"Set in a vividly depicted first century, this absorbing debut novel is populated with charming characters." -Library Journal

Journey to the Well

By Diana Wallis Taylor

One of the most well-known and loved stories of Jesus's ministry is the encounter with the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well. Now the creative mind of Diana Wallis Taylor imagines how the Samaritan woman got there in the first place. Marah is just a girl of thirteen when her life is set on a path that will eventually lead her to a life-changing encounter with the Messiah. But before that momentous meeting she must traverse through times of love lost and found, cruel and manipulative men, and gossiping women. This creative and accurate portrayal of life in the time of Jesus opens a window into a fascinating world. Taylor's rich descriptions of the landscapes, lifestyles, and rituals mesh easily with the emotional and very personal story of one woman trying to make a life out of what fate seems to throw at her. This exciting and heart wrenching story will fascinate readers and lend new life to a familiar story.

Seeds of Faith groups rated this book: 3.75 to 4.25.

“This story has been waiting two thousand years to be told. It is a beautiful love story background for one of the classic New Testament passages, “The Woman at the Well”. Realistic, exciting, it makes the Bible come alive. I wish I had written it.” -Dr. Sherwood Wirt, Decision Magazine

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