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TESSA AFSHAR MUST READ LAND OF SILENCE 3 BOOK GIVEAWAY

Land of Silence
By Tessa Afshar
Tyndale Publishers
ISBN#978-1-4964-0646-0
389 Pages

Back Cover: Before Christ called her daughter . . .
Before she stole healing by touching the hem of his garment . . .

Elianna is a young girl crushed by guilt. After her only brother is killed while in her care, Elianna tries to earn forgiveness by working for her father’s textile trade and caring for her family. When another tragedy places Elianna in sole charge of the business, her talent for design brings enormous success, but never the absolution she longs for. As her world unravels, she breaks off her betrothal to the only man she will ever love. Then illness strikes, isolating Elianna from everyone, stripping everything she has left.

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?

REVIEW: This story grabbed my heart from the beginning, “When I think of the ruin my life has become, the slow wrecking of the dreams, the destruction of every love, I always return to the bee. That one tiny sting, which robbed my place of favor in my father’s heart and changed the course of my destiny.”

Oh, wow, I was hooked. This author pens a compelling thought-provoking novel that encouraged and touched my soul. I like the author notes to readers when she shares that nothing is known about the woman with the issue of blood; but what is known was this woman was called daughter. The author states, “This was, the only time Jesus addresses a woman as daughter.” She explains the situation around this woman’s healing and how Jesus doesn’t just throw around words. The novel builds up to the moment where Jesus stops everything he is doing to ask, “Who touched me?” The people he was traveling with and the disciples thought this was a bizarre question to ask since the crowd was pressing in on every side. But Jesus knew someone was healed physically and he wanted to give them more than they were seeking.

This story is a powerful, gripping and emotional read I couldn’t put down.It reminded me of Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. Eilanna is like the female lead in Francine’s book. She is a woman beaten down by life’s blows and is left with nothing. Both of these women were strong, desperate for love and were willing to risk it all to get a touch of Jesus to heal their bodies and their souls.

Elianna (the woman with issue of blood) represents us and our journey in darkness, trying to make it on our own. This author brilliantly shows readers the many ways God reveals himself to us and desires to love us beyond our wildest dreams; it’s ours if we let him in our heart. He desires to heal us from the inside out. I enjoyed how this author brought scripture to life and included other bible characters into the mix to interact with Elianna. It was surprising to read about the “Jewish purity laws” and how they were in forced on daily basis. It could make a person crazy. Grin! I loved how this story naturally flowed and wasn’t preachy!

The author said that her story line revolved around a few questions I hadn’t given much thought to. The first was, “Why would Jesus delay an urgent procession to save the life of a little girl in order to find out who had touched him? The second was, “Why would he take time, they did not have to call a destitute woman daughter?” This writer pulls out all the stops as she delves into the answers to these questions and gives the reader a profound look at the heart of Jesus.

I was fascinated by the role women played in society back then. I grew to deeply care for Eilanna as she searched for answers. This young lady who was forever changed by a chain of events that were out of her control to fix. Heart sick and desperate to be healed of a sickness that plagued her body and shaped her life. What a remarkable journey!

There are twelve discussion questions to enhance your book club experience. This is the first novel I’ve read by this author, it won’t be the last. This is an amazing story that would be great for your book club. I highly recommend this novel to everyone. It’s a must read. 


2014


ABOUT AUTHOR: TESSA AFSHAR was voted "New Author of the Year" by the Family Fiction sponsored Reader's Choice Awards 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. Her book, Harvest of Rubies was nominated for the 2013 ECPA Book Award in the fiction category and World Magazine chose Harvest of Rubies as one of four notable books of the year. Her novel, Harvest of Gold was nominated for the 2014 Christy Award. Tessa was born in Iran to a nominally Muslim family, and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She moved to England where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last fifteen years in full-time Christian service in New England.



ICRS 2014
THANKS Tesss for the interview that will be featured in Book Fun Magazine next month. So, Excited you are on the front cover!


Thanks to Tyndale for the THREE BOOK GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY. 


QUESTIONS FOR READERS: (Must answer one to be entered into drawing)

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1. Have any of you read other books by this author? If so, which ones touched your heart? Brought scripture to life? Just enjoyed!

2. What do you look forward to about reading biblical fiction?

3. What do you look out for while you are reading this type of story?


4. If you’ve read about the woman with the issue of blood that Jesus heals, what stands out to you about that story in the bible? 

BONUS ENTRY Head on over to Book Fun Magazine www.bookfunmagazine.com  

Let me know if an article catches your eye. If so, 
give me the page number for your extra bonus.

TELL ME of an AD in the Magazine that catches your eye and why you liked it for another BONUS!


CONTEST ENDED MAY 21st
NAMES DRAWN BELOW
Lucy Reynolds
Shayla Logan

Rachel Stark 

CHECK OUT TESSA'S Up-Close and Personal interview in the JUNE Issue of Book Fun Magazine. www.bookfunmagazine.com 

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84 comments:

  1. 1. I've not read anything by this author but I've heard so much about this book that it's piqued my interest.
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  2. The ad for God's Not Dead2 caught my eye. I've talked to several people that's already seen the movie and loved it. It's on my list of must sees.
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    1. I can't wait to see that movie Gail. I saw the first movie and loved it.

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  3. I've heard my pastor say more than once "God does give us more than we can handle because he wants us to ask for his help." So that article on page 60 is a must read.
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    1. Thanks for that reminder. I'll Amen that one. If we had it all handled we wouldn't need him.

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  4. These Biblical fiction stories make the people in the Bible more real to me. I sense personalities that make them realistic.
    But I also make sure the basic scripture telling in the Bible is accurate in the fiction depiction.

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    1. This story and the event that surrounds the women with the issue of blood in the bible will blow you away when you read it Gail. It was profound!

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  5. I have not read any book by this author or heard of her. Page 24 Following the Apostle Paul's Footsteps by James Goll caught my eye, because I know him. The ad on page 23 for joining Love to Read. com caught my eye.
    Becky Smith from Missouri. lelandandbecky@reagan.com

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    1. Thanks for checking out the Magazine and letting us know what caught your eye. Grin!

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  6. I have not read any books by this author. I enjoy biblical fiction as they help me understand that time period better. Karen kj.scholten@sbcglobal.net

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    1. I like biblical fiction for that reason too Karen!

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  7. #2--I love to read biblical fiction. Just to know that the person actually lived on this earth and experienced what the author describes, inspires me. Bonus entry: the Sylvia Bambola story/article-- I did not know that she has written several books. I have only read two of hers. I will have to check out the rest. Jacquir613@gmail.com

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    1. I enjoy biblical fiction for this reason too. It helps me walk in the shoes of people in that time period and brings the message to life and reliant to my life today.

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  8. I love Biblical fiction....it makes the characters come alive, as well as, showing what society was like in the time frame.
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    1. Tessa's new novel does who how society was back then and brings scripture to life. I had no idea how powerful and profound the event of Jesus healing the woman with the issue of blood was! Thanks for stopping by everyone!

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  9. #1 I haven't read anything by this author yet, but it looks so good. I'm excited to see how she works to bring this biblical account to life. kathrynlvoss@gmail.com

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    1. This author does an amazing job of describing how society for women were back then. It also spot lighted the woman with the issue of blood in a way I'd never thought about before. The story is powerful and the message will touched your soul!

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  10. I like biblical fiction because it takes me to an era and helps me visualize what it was like during that time. It also tells a story that really opens my eyes and makes me think.
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    1. This author does an amazing job of helping readers visualize the moment the woman with the issue of blood touched Jesus and he turned around and asked who touched him. WOW, you'll never look at that event in the same way.

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  11. 2. I like biblical fiction, helps makes the people in the Bible seem more real.

    Bonus Entry: I liked the article on page 212.

    Extra entry: I liked the ad on page 139.

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    1. I have found that the case too. The woman with the issue of blood was made real and her struggle unimaginable. I loved how the author described one of the possible reasons she didn't talk to Jesus about her issue but knew that if she touched him she would be healed. Powerful!

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  12. When I read Biblical fiction, I enjoy learning more about the background & customs of the story. When I later read the Bible passages that these stories are from, I remember these & it makes the story come even more alive!

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    1. I liked how this author had readers walk in the time period allowing them to experience the culture with bogging down the story. It does come alive!

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  13. I have not read any books by Tessa but would love to. I have read good things about this book.
    Bonus: I would love to read The Quaker Bride Stories by Lyn Cott spoken of on page one.
    Thank you for the chance. God bless.

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    1. I haven't read any books by this author either. Once you've read this novel you'll definitely be checking out her other books.

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  14. I forgot my email is
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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  15. 1 I have Pearl in the Sand to read on my Kindle. I don't think I've read one of her books yet..

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    1. I'm going to be checking out that book soon! Can't wait!

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  16. I've read two of Tessa's books, Pearl in the Sand and In the Field of Grace. The first is the story of Rahab and I read this one as an Audible book. The reader was fantastic and brought the story to life. The first book I read, though, was In the Field of Grace, the story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz. It was amazing. Tessa almost seems to "fill in the blanks" left open by the biblical stories.Few writers can bring as much emotion to their characters as she does. I definitely recommend her as an author!!
    wesnpam@fulton-net[at]speednet[dot]com

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    1. I felt that way reading this book. I'm excited to know it is the same with her older books!

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  17. I really enjoy Biblical fiction. Especially how it brings to life the times people lived in with details on home life, towns, circumstances etc... I have not read any books by this author but have always wanted to. thanks for the opportunity. amylsmith AT bledsoe DOT net

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Aimee! This author is definitely one to ADD to your summer reading list!

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  18. I have always loved this incident in the Bible. What faith this woman had to believe if she just touched the hem of His garment she would be healed! I want that kind of faith. Am so excited to see this woman's story fleshed out and can't wait to read this book. Thank you for the interview!

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    1. I didn't really grasp the "faith" issue of the woman until I read this story through this authors eyes. WOW! Tessa has a powerful interview in Book Fun Magazine in the JUNE Issue. It's a MUST READ! www.bookfunmagazine.com

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  19. I haven't read anything by this author but would love to.
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  20. The interview with Frank Barbbehenn pages 8 - 17 caught my eye. Interesting part about suicide in it. thedanielsr(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. Thanks for checking out the magazine Vicky. Fran Barbbehenn is a special guy!

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  21. My introduction to Tessa Afshar was the book Harvest of Rubies and I LOVED it! I remember getting emotionally invested in the characters and I love when a book can do that for me. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. I love when that happens to Rachel. Thanks for sharing about Tessa's book Harvest of Rubies!

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  22. I forgot to leave my email!
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  23. I've not read anything by this author and am excited to do so. Biblical fiction makes that whole time period become so alive and real. ba.wood@live.com

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  24. 4. If you’ve read about the woman with the issue of blood that Jesus heals, what stands out to you about that story in the bible?

    This is my favorite healing story in the Bible - a faith that is so strong that it takes no words for healing, a malady so bad that it is taboo to talk about, a hope so strong that even the threat of defiling Jesus was not considered. And once healed - she is happy to share all that happened, and accept the truth about her healing.

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  25. I forgot my email: posbus4me@gmail.com

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  26. For extra bonuses - the article on page 212 caught my eye and I like the ad on page 48 because the books are shown in "stamp" squares and I love to collect stamps. :D

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  27. Actually, one of my all-time favorite books is written by Tessa - Pearl in the Sand. I borrowed it from the library then went out and bought it and read it again. I had never considered the blending of cultures that had to occur by Rahab. The shame that she lived with throughout her life was something I understood. I even wrote one of the phrases from the book in the front of my Bible. Loved it! (terra.price@gmail.com)

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  28. One of my all-time favorite books is written by Tessa - Pearl in the Sand. Written from Rahab's point of view, it resonated deeply with me. I even wrote a line from the book in the front of my Bible. Loved it! (terra.price@gmail.com)

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  29. 3. When I am reading this type of story, I always look out for passages that really bring me closer to God. To me Biblical fiction is special in the way that it makes stories from the Bible come alive and let us experience God's love and miracles in a new way.

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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  30. In the Book Fun magazine, I loved the article on page 200 (What God Birthed in Me While My Wife was in Labor). Such a powerful testimony of everything that is possible through God and faith! Very inspiring!

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  31. I loved the ad for Art-SoulWorks on page 34. Akiane's paintings are simply amazing!

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  32. 2. I love knowing the books will be clean and seeing how the author makes the characters real.
    Thereadmaster@me.com

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  33. Biblical Storytelling helps bring the WORD alive to me and closer to HIM. It helps me with how to better deal with issues I'm facing at just the right time too.

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  34. I have not yet read anything by this author. fishingjan[at]aol[dot]com

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  35. #2 I love the Word taught by Biblical storytelling. It brings it to life for me and touches me in my own life, esp. when I'm dealing with something that the author is bringing you back to the Word for. It brings me back to HIM and HIS WORD and sometimes is even used to make a change in my own heart and life!!! Can't get better than that.

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  36. If you’ve read about the woman with the issue of blood that Jesus heals, what stands out to you about that story in the bible? Her determination to do whatever it took to be healed! psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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  37. The Bleeding Woman is one of my favorites interactions with Jesus and a woman. He stopped everything to find out who drew power from him. How powerful and impact full that momenthe was. He noticed her because of her faith.
    The article that got me was that will give you more than u can hsndle. Page 60. God goal is reconciliation with us so we will go through things to root out everything that hinders that reconciliation
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  38. 2. What do you look forward to about reading biblical fiction?
    Learning some new insight/feeling more of the possible emotions and motivations for people in Bible times.

    3. What do you look out for while you are reading this type of story?
    Misinformation.

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  39. 2. I love to read Biblical fiction. I like to find "the rest of the story" fill-ins that are in well researched and written Biblical fiction.

    As to the magazine article: "Watching My Wait" on page 20 was a good read for me. In the last year and a half I have lost over 100 pounds. At times it was harder than others. Now I find myself concerned that I will put the weight back on so the article was spot on. (Though I must say there are several others that caught my eye.)

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  40. #2 - I look for Biblical fiction to make me see the Bible stories I've read in the Bible in a whole new way.
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  41. I enjoy (well-done) Biblical fiction because it helps to flesh out the Bible story to me, making the people more relatable. Thanks for the giveaway! Danandlyndaedwards (at) msn (dot) com.

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  42. Wow! The synopsis of this book sounds powerful! I wonder about characters in the Bible & what his/her story is--with details! And now, we have a powerful novel, building up suspense -- even though we know the story! THANKS! Badawson16 at AOL dot com

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  43. I have read Pearl in the Sand, Harvest of Gold, Harvest of Rubies, and In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar. All of these wonderful books brought scripture to life and inspired me to delve more deeply into God's Word. For my bonus entries, I was drawn to the article "Living a Romance Novel" on page 36. For another bonus entry, the ad on page 109 for T. J. Jakes' book Woman Thou Art Loosed! caught my eye. The photo of the hand and raindrops got my attention, and I have always enjoyed works by the author. My email address is kathy.didomizio@gmail.com. Thank you for the chances. I would be thrilled to win a copy of Tessa's new booK!

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  44. Believe you me, I know all about the issue of blood so I can sympathize with her. What sticks out in my mind is that Jesus also lost blood for our sins. She was healed of her disease and so can we if we call upon the name of the Lord to be saved from our disease (sin).
    Janet E.
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  45. I am very new to Biblical fiction. I have previously avoided it, but have been swayed by some favorite bloggers. Tessa Afshar is a definite favorite and with her new release, I am wanting to dive in. Especially after reading the synopsis when it went up for pre-order.

    Since I am a fan of Rachelle Dekker, her article on page 66 of Book Fun Magazine was especially interesting.

    The ads on pages 2-3 caught my eye, because they are three new book releases that I am very interested in!

    tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  46. 2. Reading Biblical fiction helps me better understand the stories I read in my Bible. Sometimes I'm left with more questions than answers and they really help me understand the customs and times. Thanks for the chance to win. vjameson@perkinscenter.org

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  47. I really enjoy biblical fiction as the story comes to life and most often, not at all in the way I envisioned it. I love having my mind challenged and being forced to think bigger and dig deeper on the bible stories. You are a new author for me and I would be honored to read your book! pattimccord@sbcglobal.net

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  48. When reading Biblical fiction -- I look for the interaction between the characters and see a beautiful rendition of what life may have been like for these individuals. I love reading Biblical fiction!

    I look for how close it follows the biblical passages that are relevant to the characters.

    Catherine Young -- cyoungsvt@gmail.com

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  49. #4 her faith. We need to have that much faith today.

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  50. I love to feel like I am living back in the days of the setting of biblical fiction that has been well researched. Little known facts that bring the time period to life are wonderful for keeping readers engaged in reading stories they may have heard all their lives.

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  51. Q#2 I love reading Biblical fiction because it brings the story and characters to life. As I read a Biblical fiction, I look forward to how the author places the characters in the setting, and how realistic the story is.

    I have read all of Tessa's books so far and they are absolutely awesome!
    Blessings
    Joy

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  52. I love to feel like I am living back in the days of the setting of biblical fiction that has been well researched. Little known facts that bring the time period to life are wonderful for keeping readers engaged in reading stories they may have heard all their lives.

    I enjoyed the article about hospitality and the ad pages at the back for Elk Lake, especially the large lead page with the beautiful scene from nature.

    jsmithg(at)hotmail(dot)com
    Thanks for entering me with bonus points, too!

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  53. I have not read a book by this author but it looks like one I will want to recommend to my book club as a future selection. Also, I scanned the magazine yesterday. I was especially interested in the article about Reelfoot Lake. I grew up in that part of the country. The article was on pages 58-60. I am going back to print it for my sister who lives in the area.

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  54. 2. I have loved Biblical fiction ever since I read The Robe in High School years ago. Biblical fiction especially those books set in Christ's time on earth, help me to imagine myself more easily in His presence! rosemccauleywrites(@)gmail(dot)com

    The article on pg. 170 caught and held my attention as a woman whom God has called to minister.

    The ad on pg. 5 caught my attention since we had recently gone to see this movie which was even better than the first one!

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  55. I have not read anything by this author, but your review lets me know that I have been missing something. I would love to read this book.

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  56. I don't think I have ever read a book by this author; but, it sounds like a book I would enjoy reading! I have always like the account of the woman who reached out in faith and touched Jesus' robe and was healed. This has the similar flavor to it only fictional. :-)

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  57. forgot to leave an address bonnijean(dot)marley(at)gmail

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  58. I just love Biblical fiction. For me, it makes the bible come alive.

    I have read the story about the lady with the issue of blood. This story makes me realize how important it is to believe that Jesus heals - all we have to do is believe and have faith!

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  59. 1. No, I haven't read any of Tessa's books.
    2. When I read biblical fiction, I find myself going to my Bible to check facts and I ususlly gain new insights about the story.

    Bonus
    I enjoyed reading Darlene Franklin's article Running Full on an Empty Tank p. 6-11.

    I also enjoyed Getting To Know Lee Mancini p. 52-55

    The ad for Healthy Life Press on p. 37 was very interesting!

    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  60. Colleen RichardsonMay 20, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    2. I enjoy biblical fiction as I always get something out of it that touches my heart and my soul. Thank you for the chance to win and read this book! Lvfrogs57@aol.com

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  61. I've not read anything by this author but I'd love to read this. This kind of fiction makes the Bible come alive for me.

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  62. I love Biblical- themed fiction when it flashes out the personal details of characters and pulls me deeper into the culture of the time - but with careful attention to the Biblical account. dsks88(at)gmail.com

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  63. What do you look forward to about reading biblical fiction?

    What I look forward to when reading biblical fiction is for a compelling and uplifting reimagining of the stories in the bible. I especially enjoy books that urge me to refer back to the bible for more insight and a deeper look!

    Shayla.Logan11@gmail.com

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  64. What do you look forward to about reading biblical fiction?

    What I look forward to when reading biblical fiction is a compelling and uplifting reimagining of the stories from the bible. A great book to me is one that urges me to go back to the word of God and revisit the stories for deeper meditation and understanding.

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  65. 2. What do you look forward to about reading biblical fiction? I look forward to the moment of change, inspiration or challenge that happens through one of the characters. Sometimes it's through the person in the story that I barely noticed or the one I did not care for. But there usually is a redemptive or convicting moment, and I walk away changed.

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  66. 2. I love to read biblical fiction that feels real. I love to be able to feel what the characters actually experiences and felt. I want to be inspired and grow in my knowledge of the character. rk25bk@gmail.com

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