We’re in the last two weeks of school, so everyone here is in “finals frenzy!”
I won’t be on the computer much, if at all, during this time-frame! In fact, I’m being called away now!!! Bye!🙋♀️
Upon the death of her mother, Rosalind Standford’s life shatters. She is forced into a betrothal to a cunning banker close to her father’s age.
Cowboy Trent Easton, Rosalind’s childhood friend, returns to his roots in Boston society to find her engaged to another. Though she once rejected him, when Trent learns she’s in danger, he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe—even taking her to the altar in the black of night. But will his name and the remote wilds of his Texas ranch be enough to protect her? Or will freedom cost them their lives?
THE RESCUE, the first book in Tanya Eavenson’s brand new series, All Roads Lead to Texas, is set to release this September! I can’t wait to read it!!
P.S. Isn’t the cover gorgeous?
Recently, over the course of a few months, a spate of historical fiction books arrived in my box. I love historical and Biblical fiction. I enjoy history, and books like these bring the time period alive for me. However, because of my PTSD, I am unable to review them, which greatly saddens me. They are all written by great authors, and some are even sequels, which makes the situation doubly sad.
Authors, please know, I love your books and so enjoy reading and reviewing them. Sometimes, I just can’t. Please accept my apologies and know I pass the books on to other enthusiastic readers.
Fay Lamb’s book, Delilah, deals with many daunting issues. Some almost everyone faces, some others have faced, some people are still dealing with-issues like child abuse, alcoholism, homelessness and abandonment. However, you aren’t left with despair because the story models forgiveness, kindness, charity and Christ-like love.
Today, I chose to mention homelessness. One portion of Delilah’s story highlights the plight of the homeless. Over the winter, I had an experience with someone homeless. We don’t have many homeless in our town. A combination, I believe, because of its size and lack of anywhere for these poor souls to go. Though my story, https://captivedreamswindow.wordpress.com/2018/12/04/strange-and-unusual-encounter/, doesn’t have the ending Delilah does and focuses on a slightly different aspect, the plight of homelessness is poignant and vital for us to consider.
Read Delilah; you’ll be so glad you did!!
1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
8 And they remembered his words,
9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.
1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:
2 And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
6 And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.
7 And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.
8 Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.
9 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value;
10 And gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me.
11 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.
12 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.
13 Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?
14 And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.
15 Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.
16 And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.
17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?
18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.
20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
21 The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.
22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.
23 And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.
24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.
28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.
31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.
32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.
33 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,
34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.
35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
36 And sitting down they watched him there;
37 And set up over his head his accusation written, This Is Jesus The King Of The Jews.
38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.
39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,
40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,
42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.
43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
44 The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.
45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.
48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.
49 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.
50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
55 And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:
56 Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedees children.
57 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple:
58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.
59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.
61 And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.
Every now and then I read a book that really touches me deep inside. To say that Fay Lamb’s books touch me on the deepest level possible would be an undervaluation of the impact of her books.
Delilah, in addition to other books Fay has written, left an indelible print (no pun intended!) on me. Because of its influence, I decided to do “Buzz” About Delilah every few days through the remainder of April. Today is the first one.
She’s definitely changed. I don’t know why or how. She’s still self-confident. She’s bright. Maybe a little too brash at times, but I’ve seen her tone it down a notch or two.” Who’d have thought he’d be defending Delilah James?
Mesu Andrew’s name comes up frequently in groups I’m involved in, and her books always sounded good. However, I had never read one of her books. I consider this a travesty of major proportions!
I only recently discovered Biblical historical fiction and enjoy it almost as much as I enjoy historical fiction. One thing that holds me back from the same enthusiasm for Biblical historical fiction as opposed to historical fiction is the possibility of significant inaccuracies. Mesu Andrew’s story left questions that I feel she answered to my satisfaction at the end of the story.
Of Fire and Lions takes you on an incredible, fantastic journey into the story behind the Scriptures found in the book of Daniel. The story is meticulously researched, and each chapter is headed with citations from Daniel or books such as Proverbs, Jeremiah or Song of Solomon. Of Fire and Lions is underpinned by historical research and flows naturally from Scripture.
I cannot begin to express the awe and excitement I felt as I read Of Fire and Lions. There were portions of the novel that gave me goosebumps. I read excerpts to anyone who would listen! The thing I love about historical fiction is how the story comes alive instead of being dry, dull and filled with dates and names that have little to no significance to my life. (This doesn’t hold true for Biblical historical fiction for obvious reasons!) Mesu Andrew’s book is neither dull nor insignificant. From start to finish Of Fire and Lions pulsates with exhilaration, trepidation and truth. The characters are living, breathing beings with feelings, thoughts and fears similar to our own. The writing reveals them as both ordinary and extraordinary, God-chosen people.
I received the book from WaterBrook. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.
Some elements of the book may be triggering to anyone, like myself, who suffers from PTSD.
The Old Testament book of Daniel comes to life in this novel for readers of
Lynn Austin’s Chronicles of the Kings series or Francine Rivers’ Mark of the Lion series.
Survival. A Hebrew girl first tasted it when she escaped death nearly seventy years ago as the Babylonians ransacked Jerusalem and took their finest as captives. She thought she’d perfected in the many years amongst the Magoi and the idol worshippers, pretending with all the others in King Nebuchadnezzar’s court. Now, as Daniel’s wife and a septuagenarian matriarch, Belili thinks she’s safe and she can live out her days in Babylon without fear–until the night Daniel is escorted to Belshazzar’s palace to interpret mysterious handwriting on a wall. The Persian Army invades, and Bellili’s tightly-wound secrets unfurl with the arrival of the conquering army. What will the reign of Darius mean for Daniel, a man who prays to Yahweh alone?
Ultimately, Yahweh’s sovereign hand guides Jerusalem’s captives, and the frightened Hebrew girl is transformed into a confident woman, who realizes her need of the God who conquers both fire and lions.
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