New Biblical Fiction Summer 2016

I was unsure about reading biblical fiction. After all is it really even biblical to mess around with bible stories?

For this reason I began reading these books with some trepidation, looking our for misinterpretations of scripture. But although I didn’t agree with everything these authors wrote, I found that reading these books gave me a greater understanding of the stories they were based on and left me reaching for my bible.

Yes, some artistic licence had been used, but reading these books got me excited about the bible stories in a new way and truly blessed me. I am sharing these reviews as  I am certain they will bless other women as well.

 

cover80016-mediumLand of Silence by Tessa Afshar

I’ve read the story of Jesus healing the woman who suffered from the disease of the blood so many times. But I never really  thought about the life of the woman Jesus healed, or how deeply this illness would have affected her.
How she would not be able to simply hug her friends, how people would be considered unclean after sitting in the same chair as her, how she would have to have become such an outcast.
This story, although a work of fiction, really opened my eyes to the life that woman might have led, and the huge impact Jesus restoring would have had on her life, not only healing her physically. (like I had previously imagined) but restoring her dignity, and in the process, giving her a whole knew life as well.
I highly recommend this, the story of Elianna, a tale of heartbreak and hope, to anyone. Read it and be reminded how Jesus transforms lives if we just take a risk and reach out to him.

cover79750-mediumCounted with the Connilyn Cossette

This book started out brilliantly, it was so interesting reading about the plagues from the point of view of an Egyptian slave girl, Kiya.
This book really made me think about the story in a new light, the faith of the Hebrews and the fear that must have been running through the hearts of the Egyptians as  all they had worked for fade away.
This part of the story was definitely the strongest for me.  The second half, focused on the Exodus, was fun to read, but became more of a romance set against the backdrop of history, it was still interesting, but just not as good as the first half.
I would definitely recommend this book, for the interesting point of view, and the way it may me think about a very familiar story in a new way.

Have you ever  read any biblical fiction? Are there any books you would recommend?

These books were both received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

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14 thoughts on “New Biblical Fiction Summer 2016

  1. Be careful though… unless you really know Scripture well, little inaccuracies can lead you down some bad paths. I’ve always been concerned about putting Biblical figures in my fiction as I did not want to misrepresent them, then one day look them in the eye in heaven and cringe…

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  2. Ally, First of all, I love that you do book reviews. If I’m in need of something to read (I LOVE reading!), then I know I can check out your blog for ideas. Second, I’m a big fan of biblical fiction. Like you, I was hesitant in the beginning, which was years ago. Also like you, the fictional stories made me want to dig into the biblical story. My recommendation is Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. This is a MUST read. Really anything by this author, but this book is a ten. Read it and let me know what you think.
    Blessings,
    Beckie from Spotlight, https://beckielindsey16.com/

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  3. I haven’t really read Biblical fiction LOL the only one I’ve read is this really old series about an Amish girl (it was great though!) LOL Those look like good books though!

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