I just finished a good book. Well, it’s actually five books compiled into one. Each story is inspired by a woman from Scripture. They are about the lives of Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary — women that are in the geneology of Jesus. Incredibly flawed and used in incredible ways. Here’s what I wrote about it on Good Reads.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am a big fan of historical fiction, and historical fiction that stirs my affection for the Lord is even better. I really enjoyed these five stories. In each book I was struck by how awesome God is — that he would use such broken, unremarkable people in such amazing ways. A prostitute, a foreigner, an adulteress, a peasant — all used by God, ultimately leading to the birth of the son of the God of the Universe.
The stories themselves are also enjoyable and quick reading. I am familiar with each woman as they are written about in scripture, but have never been able to relate to them as actual people as much as I have through Rivers’ stories. They were real women who experienced grief, uncertainty, significant times of waiting and suffering. Women who experienced deep shame and deep love, and who were beautifully redeemed by God’s grace — again and again.
A good read.
Pretty different from The Brothers Karamazov (which I still have trouble spelling, even after reading all seven-hundred-something pages).
I think I want this to be the next novel I read: