Author: Bill Kassel
Genre: Biblical Fiction
What if your brother was the most controversial figure in the history of the world and your job was to protect him? That’s the challenge faced by Rabbi James of Jerusalem, whose kinsman, the Nazarene prophet, Jesus, is stirring debate and anxiety. James’ only hope of fulfilling a deathbed promise to his father, Joseph, is his relationship with Pilate, the Roman governor, who turns to James for guidance in matters of Jewish law. Protecting Jesus becomes the focus of James’ life as his brother runs afoul of temple authorities, and Zealot rebels attempt to exploit his growing popularity — their goal to foment a revolution against the hated Romans. But even such a widely admired man of honor and learning as James can’t calm the fears of change aroused by Jesus and his movement, or counteract the forces of greed, corruption and violence that loom over a nation ready to explode.
Author: Angela Hunt
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Paul, Apostle of Christ is the story of two men. Luke, as a friend and physician, risks his life every time he ventures into the city of Rome to visit Paul, held captive in Nero's bleakest prison cell. Before Paul's execution, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of "The Way" and the birth of what will come to be known as the church. But Nero is determined to rid Rome of Christians.
Paul has survived so much--floggings, shipwreck, starvation, stoning, hunger and thirst, cold and exposure--yet as he waits for his appointment with death, he is haunted by the shadows of his past. He wonders if he has been forgotten . . . and if he has the strength to finish well.
Two men struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to bequeath the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.
Author: Jean Hoefling
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Cain’s wife: the nameless spouse of the world’s legendary first murderer. What if this woman's journey was not so different from your own?
Akliah and the other children of Adam and Eve know well the story of their parents’ fall from innocence and banishment from the Garden of Eden for eating forbidden food. But God's ancient promise to Eve gives them hope; that Cain, the privileged first-born son, will soon crush the Serpent, who turned their parents from the heart of God.
Fiercely in love with Cain, Akliah is determined to be his wife. But her schemes are shattered when Cain murders his brother, Abel, and abducts Akliah to Nod, east of Eden. There, Cain spirals into delusion through his alliance to a beautiful fallen angel and Akliah bears Cain's child and meets a man who offers genuine love and redemption. But she is torn between an honest confession of her family history and her longing to be admired.
Against the backdrop of a city devoted to dark powers, Akliah must finally try to regain her integrity. But will she lose her life in the attempt?
igniting a war that will cost him his life. But before dying, he commands Judah to pick up his sword and continue the fight--or bear responsibility for the obliteration of Israel. 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.
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? Will 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.
Get a front-row seat to the confrontation between the Jewish high priest Caiaphas and the Roman governor Pontius Pilate.
Understand as never before the horror of the decision to save a brutal terrorist in order to condemn the peaceful Jew to death.
If you've heard the story of Passion Week so often it's become stale, now is the time to rediscover the terrible events leading from Jesus's humble ride into the city to his crucifixion. The Soldier Who Killed a King will stun you afresh with how completely Christ's resurrection changed history, one life at a time.
Author: Connilyn Cossette
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving.
Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious, wounded woman among the Canaanite casualties. Compelled to bring her to a Hebrew healer back at their camp, he is soon confronted with a truth he can’t ignore: the only way to protect this enemy is to marry her.
Unused to being weak and vulnerable, Alanah submits to the marriage—for now. As she comes to know and respect Tobiah and his people, however, she begins to second-guess her plans of escape. But when her past has painfully unanticipated consequences, the tentative peace she’s found with Tobiah, the Hebrews, and Yahweh is shaken to the core. Can Alanah’s fierce heart and strength withstand the ensuing threats to her life and all she’s come to love?
How did Lazarus and Martha cope with the new creation back home?
Mary, Martha, and Lazarus were real, flawed people. They laughed, they hurt, and Jesus called them friends. Walk with them through the most important decade in history.
Reviewer: Beverly Wallin
Come to Me is the story of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. It's not only scripturally accurate, but also adds a wonderful insightful story from Mary's perspective about her conception and life with her son, the Son of God. It really brings alive the possibility of the fictional account, as if it were completely true.
Reviewer: Chris Lambert
What a delightful story! This book takes place many years after the resurrection, with Luke and Matthew visiting Mary to ask about her life raising Jesus.
Mary is shown to be a complex person, at times laughing, sad, fearful. It’s a refreshing change from the traditional, rather boring, presentation of Mary (and Joseph) as serene and serious.
I am familiar with some of the stories, and found it fun and interesting to read them from Mary’s point of view. There are other stories that fill in some gaps, such as Joseph’s courtship of Mary and her friends in Nazareth. A very interesting read and I recommend it to any Christian as an entertaining and thoughtful read of a different point of view.
Reviewer: Cierra Loften
I read this novel around late December, which I believe made it all the more enjoyable. I loved the fact that the Biblical story that we have all grown up with and heard was being taken on my Mary's point of view, which attracted me to reading it. The cover is simple, yet lovely. There's nothing gawky or overbearing about it and it's easy on the eyes. Character wise, the author did a great job filling in the gaps with certain mannerisms and personality traits of well-known Bible characters. That's not an easy task and while reading, I felt like I was able to truly grasp the emotions and thoughts of each character. The plot also earns a 10 for me. You know, with a story so etched in people's minds for centuries, that a majority of the people know the basis story of Christ and if the author misses a certain detail or changes some things around, readers will take notice. However, in this case, it's obvious that Davis really did her research and even if someone is new to the faith and new to their relationship with God, they can easily understand the references and refer back to the verses mentioned (They're footnoted). Style also brings out a 10 from me. I liked how short the chapters were (makes me feel like I'm reading faster), the story flowed very easily, and the text size was perfect. Addictiveness gains a 10, as well because I really was excited and determined to finish this one. I found Mary's perspective to be really insightful and intriguing and it was a fresh look on a classic story. As mentioned above, in my opinion, the author really worked hard to get all the details right. Therefore, the content also earns a sold 10! Come to Me earns a 5 star rating from me.