Seeds of Faith 4 Women

RECOMMENDED BOOK LIST and STARTING A SEEDS OF FAITH FOR WOMEN 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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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.

Daughter of Rome

by Tessa Afshar

When the daughter of a prominent Roman general meets a disinherited Jewish immigrant, neither one can dream of God’s plan to transform them into the most influential couple of the early church. Nor can they anticipate the mountains that will threaten to bury them.

Their courtship unwittingly shadowed by murder and betrayal, Priscilla and Aquila slowly work to build a community of believers, while their lives grow increasingly complicated thanks to a shaggy dog, a mysterious runaway, and a ruthless foe desperate for love. But when they’re banished from their home by a capricious emperor, they must join forces with an unusual rabbi named Paul and fight to turn treachery into redemption.

With impeccable research and vivid detail, Daughter of Rome is both an emotive love story and an immersive journey through first-century Rome and Corinth, reminding readers once again why Debbie Macomber has said that “no one brings the Bible to life like Tessa Afshar.”

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

Questions are included in the book.

Harvest of Gold

by Tessa Afshar

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.

Questions included in book.

“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.

Harvest of Rubies

by Tessa Afshar

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.

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In the Field of Grace

by Tessa Afshar

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.

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“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

Land of Silence

by Tessa Afshar

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.

Questions included in book.

“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.

Pearl in the Sand

by Tessa Afshar

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.

Questions are included in book.

“In Pearl in 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.

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.

The Pharaoh’s Daughter

by Mesu Andrews

In this epic Biblical narrative, ideal for fans of The Bible miniseries, a young woman taken into the prophet Isaiah’s household rises to capture the heart of the future king.

Isaiah adopts Ishma, giving her a new name—Zibah, delight of the Lord—thereby ensuring her royal pedigree. Ishma came to the prophet’s home, devastated after watching her family destroyed and living as a captive. But as the years pass, Zibah’s lively spirit wins Prince Hezekiah’s favor, a boy determined to rebuild the kingdom his father has nearly destroyed. But loving this man will awake in her all the fears and pain of her past and she must turn to the only One who can give life, calm her fears, and deliver a nation.

“Andrews (The Pharaoh’s Daughter) offers her unique brand of in-depth Bible knowledge and storytelling flair ... [she] is gifted at bringing the past to life...”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Seeds of Faith groups rated this book: 4 to 4.25.

Questions are included in the book.

The Edge of Mercy

by Heidi Chiavaroli

Two women, three hundred years apart, must face the devastation of all they hold dear...

Suspecting her husband is having an affair, Sarah Rodrigues fights to appear unbroken while attempting to salvage her family. Though distracted by her own troubles, Sarah is summoned to an elderly friend’s deathbed for an unusual request—find a long-lost daughter and relay a centuries-old family story. Determined not to fail her friend, Sarah pieces together the story of her neighbor’s ancestor, Elizabeth Baker, a young colonist forced into an unwanted betrothal but drawn to a man forbidden by society. While Sarah’s family teeters on the edge of collapse, her world is further shaken by the interest of a caring doctor and a terrible accident that threatens a life more precious than her own.

Inspired by the unconditional love she uncovers in Elizabeth’s story, Sarah strives to forgive those who’ve wounded her soul. But when light shines on the dark secrets of her neighbor’s past and the full extent of her husband’s sins, will looking to a power greater than herself rekindle lost hope?

Seeds of Faith groups rated this book: 4 to 4.5.

Questions are included in the book.

Freedom’s Ring

by Heidi Chiavaroli

Boston, 2015
Two years after nearly losing her life in the Boston Marathon bombing, Annie David is still far from “Boston strong”. Instead she remains isolated and defeated―plagued by guilt over her niece, crippled in the blast, and by an antique ring alongside a hazy hero’s face. But when she learns the identity of her rescuer, will he be the hero she’s imagined? And can the long-past history of the woman behind the ring set her free from the guilt and fears of the present?

Boston, 1770
As a woman alone in a rebellious town, Liberty Caldwell finds herself in a dangerous predicament. When a British lieutenant, Alexander Smythe, comes to her rescue and offers her employment, Liberty accepts. As months go by, Alexander not only begins to share his love of poetry with her, but protects Liberty from the advances of a lecherous captain living in the officers’ house where she works.

Mounting tensions explode in the Boston Massacre, and Liberty’s world is shattered as her brother, with whom she has just reunited, is killed in the fray. Desperate and alone, she returns home, only to be assaulted by the captain. Afraid and furious toward redcoats, Liberty leaves the officers’ home, taking with her a ring that belonged to Alexander.

Two women, separated by centuries, must learn to face their fears. And when they feel they must be strong, they learn that sometimes true strength is found in surrender.

A 2018 Christy Award finalist!

Seeds of Faith groups rated this book: 4 to 4.5.

Questions are included in the book.

The Tea Chest

by Heidi Chiavaroli

Boston, 1773
Emma Malcolm’s father is staunchly loyal to the crown, but Emma’s heart belongs to Noah Winslow, a lowly printer’s assistant and Patriot. But her father has promised her hand to Samuel Clarke, a rapacious and sadistic man. As his fiancée, she would have to give up Noah and the friends who have become like family to her―as well as the beliefs she has come to embrace.

After Emma is drawn into the treasonous Boston Tea Party, Samuel blackmails her with evidence that condemns each participant, including Noah. Emma realizes she must do whatever it takes to protect those she loves, even if it means giving up the life she desires and becoming Samuel’s wife.

Present Day
Lieutenant Hayley Ashworth is determined to be the first woman inducted into the elite Navy SEALs. But before her dream can be realized, she must return to Boston in order to put the abuse and neglect of her childhood behind her. When an unexpected encounter with the man she once loved leads to the discovery of a tea chest and the document hidden within, she wonders if perhaps true strength and freedom are buried deeper than she first realized.

Two women, separated by centuries, must find the strength to fight for love and freedom… and discover a heritage of courage and faith.

Seeds of Faith groups rated this book: 4 to 4.5.

Questions are included in the 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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Shadow of the Storm (Out from Egypt #2)

by Connilyn Cossette

Having escaped Egypt with the other Hebrews during the Exodus, Shira is now living in freedom at the foot of Mt. Sinai, upon which rests the fiery glowing Cloud containing the shekinah glory of God. When the people disobey Yahweh and build a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to learn the arts of midwifery. Although her mother wishes for her to continue in the family weaving trade, Shira's gifts shine brightest when she assists with deliveries. In defiance of her mother, Shira pursues her heart's calling to become an apprentice midwife.

When a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself bound to a man who betrayed her, the caretaker of three young children, and the target of a vengeful woman whose husband was killed by Shira's people, the Levites. How can she let go of all that has defined her to accept the love she's denied herself and embrace who she truly is?

Seeds of Faith groups rated this book: 3.75 to 4.

Questions are included in the book.

The Medallion

by Cathy Gohlke

For fans of bestselling World War II fiction like Sarah’s Key and The Nightingale comes an illuminating tale of courage, sacrifice, and survival, about two couples whose lives are ravaged by Hitler’s mad war yet eventually redeemed through the fate of one little girl.

Seemingly overnight, the German blitzkrieg of Warsaw in 1939 turns its streets to a war zone and shatters the life of each citizen―Polish, Jewish, or otherwise. Sophie Kumiega, a British bride working in the city’s library, awaits news of her husband, Janek, recently deployed with the Polish Air Force. Though Sophie is determined that she and the baby in her womb will stay safe, the days ahead will draw her into the plight of those around her, compelling her to help, whatever the danger.

Rosa and Itzhak Dunovich never imagined they would welcome their longed-for first child in the Jewish ghetto, or that they would let anything tear their family apart. But as daily atrocities intensify, Rosa soon faces a terrifying reality: to save their daughter’s life, she must send her into hiding. Her only hope of finding her after the war―if any of them survive―is a medallion she cuts in half and places around her neck.

Inspired by true events of Poland’s darkest days and brightest heroes, The Medallion paints a stunning portrait of war and its aftermath, daring us to believe that when all seems lost, God can make a way forward.

Seeds of Faith groups rated this book: 4 to 4.5.

Questions are included in the book.

Until We Find Home

by Cathy Gohlke

For American Claire Stewart, joining the French Resistance sounded as romantic as the storylines she hopes will one day grace the novels she wants to write. But when she finds herself stranded on English shores, with five French Jewish children she smuggled across the channel before Nazis stormed Paris, reality feels more akin to fear.

With nowhere to go, Claire throws herself on the mercy of an estranged aunt, begging Lady Miranda Langford to take the children into her magnificent estate. Heavily weighted with grief of her own, Miranda reluctantly agrees… if Claire will stay to help. Though desperate to return to France and the man she loves, Claire has few options. But her tumultuous upbringing―spent in the refuge of novels with fictional friends―has ill-prepared her for the daily dramas of raising children, or for the way David Campbell, a fellow American boarder, challenges her notions of love. Nor could she foresee how the tentacles of war will invade their quiet haven, threatening all who have come to call Bluebell Wood home and risking the only family she’s ever known.

Set in England’s lush and storied Lake District in the early days of World War II, and featuring cameos from beloved literary icons Beatrix Potter and C. S. Lewis, Until We Find Home is an unforgettable portrait of life on the British home front, challenging us to remember that bravery and family come in many forms.

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

Questions are included in the book.

Esther

by Angela Hunt

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.

Questions included in book.

“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

The Faith Club

by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner

A groundbreaking book about Americans searching for faith and mutual respect, The Faith Club weaves the story of three women, their three religions, and their urgent quest to understand one another.

When an American Muslim woman befriends two other mothers, one Jewish and one Christian, they decide to educate their children about their respective religions. None of them guessed their regular meetings would provide life-changing answers and form bonds that would forever alter their struggles with prejudice, fear, and anger. Personal, powerful, and compelling, The Faith Club forces readers to face the tough questions about their own religions.

Pioneering, timely, deeply thoughtful, and full of hope, The Faith Club’s caring message will resonate with people of all faiths.

Seeds of Faith groups rated this book: 3.5 to 4.2.

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.

Questions included in book.

“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

A Voice in the Wind

by Francine Rivers

The first book in the beloved Mark of the Lion series, A Voice in the Wind brings readers back to the first century and introduces them to a character they will never forget―Hadassah.

While wealthy Roman citizens indulge their every whim, Jews and barbarians are bought and sold as slaves and gladiators in the bloodthirsty arena. Amid the depravity around her, a young Jewish slave girl becomes a light in the darkness. Even as she’s torn by her love for a handsome aristocrat, Hadassah clings to her faith in the living God for deliverance from the forces of a decadent empire.

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

Questions are included in the book.

An Echo in the Darkness

by Francine Rivers

From the New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love and A Voice in the Wind comes the “compelling” and “emotionally charged” (Booklist, starred review) second installment of the story of Hadassah, a courageous Christian slave girl with unrelenting faith, and Marcus, the Roman aristocrat who claims her heart.

Believed dead, Hadassah finds employment helping a doctor in the poor section of first-century Rome and discovers an ability to heal others through the power of her faith. When Julia falls ill, Hadassah is forced to confront a difficult decision: should she return to the Valerian household, risking exposure and death, to help her former tormentor in the Christian tradition?

Continuing to search for meaning and faith, Marcus turns away from the opulence of Rome, led by a whispering voice from the past into a journey that could set him free from the darkness of his soul.

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

Questions are included in the book.

As Sure as the Dawn

by Francine Rivers

Book 3 in the 3-book historical Christian fiction series by the New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love and A Voice in the Wind. The thrilling conclusion to the Mark of the Lion series.

With Hadassah confined to the cells below the arena, facing death once again, and his sister Julia dying of a strange new illness and longing for a forgiveness beyond her reach, Marcus goes in search of God. Meanwhile, Atretes, the Germanic warrior, vows to move heaven and earth to find his son―the baby he thought was dead and whose life Hadassah saved―and take him back to Germania. Only one thing stands in his way: Rizpah, a Christian widow who has cared for the baby since his birth. Atretes did not count on Rizpah’s fiery resistance to having “her son” taken away, nor is he prepared for the woman’s strength and beauty. From their first meeting, the two are caught in a stormy battle of wills.

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

Questions are included in the book.

Life-Giving Choices

by Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Someone once told me, “Don’t settle for the good when you can choose the best.” And so began my lifelong quest for that which brings life, joy, and meaning. And the courage to choose it. Of course, I have both stumbled and soared in the process. Discovering that while there are myriad ways we can choose to spend our lives, only a few essentials truly matter. Life-Giving Choices will help you:

  • Be empowered to simplify and focus on the essentials.
  • Identify challenges you face in juggling responsibilities.
  • Find freedom to release the pressure of striving to do it all.
  • Learn scriptural truths reinforcing your identity as God’s beloved.
  • Begin daily steps to pursue specific action.
  • And more!

Will you invest the next sixty days in pursuing changes that will last? Join me in becoming that wise woman who embraces a full life with both serenity and strength.

Seeds of Faith groups rated this book: 4.25 to 5.

Questions are included in the book.

Soul Strong

by Lucinda Secrest McDowell

How do I know my life makes a difference? How am I supposed to balance life when it seems I can’t catch a break? How do I move forward spiritually and with purpose?

The answer to these questions and more is in learning how to live Soul Strong. The journey of faith is truly “a long obedience in the same direction”. It’s a deep commitment and an even deeper empowerment. It’s making mistakes while standing daily in need of God’s grace and mercy. Seven key decisions can give you soul strength for the story God calls you to live.

God wants to give you strength of soul for the story He has called you to live. Let these practical guidelines and prompts help you live authentically and love extravagantly. You can choose today to live Soul Strong!

Seeds of Faith groups rated this book: 4.25 to 5.

Questions are included in the 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.

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

Questions are included in book.

A WONDERFUL NOVEL RICH WITH HISTORICAL DETAIL

 “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

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.

Questions are included in book.

“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

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.

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“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

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.

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“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

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.

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“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

Mary, Chosen of God

by Diana Wallis Taylor

Mary is an 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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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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