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lineage of grace book coverReviewed by Amanda Schafer

Lineage of Grace follows Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary through their lives as they are each intricately woven into the Lineage of Christ.

The story of Tamar is one of a woman betrayed, yet a woman determined to do what is right in the eyes of God. Rahab, a harlot, shows that no matter the sin, God can still do wonderful things in each of our lives. Ruth is an example of a love story of epic proportion. We see the love given from daughter-in-law to mother-in-law, but we also see the love shown from a man to a woman as Ruth takes her rightful place as the wife of Boaz. With Bathsheba, we again see how God can turn a sin into something that is for His glory, if only the participants are willing. And finally, with Mary, we get an interpretive look into the live of Jesus’ mother and the struggles she went through watching her son, whom she knew to be the Christ, grow up and be rejected by a world that was supposedly waiting for his arrival.

Lineage of Grace is a compilation of five separate books written by Francine Rivers several years ago. Each book included a section at the end called “Seek and Find” where the reader could take a deeper look at the Scriptures pertaining to each story. There were questions to consider and ideas to ponder in order to gain a better understanding of the story itself, but also of how the story and the Scriptures might apply to the reader’s spiritual life. Thankfully, the “Seek and Find” sections are included in this new publication as well!

Granted, each book is a fictional expansion of what the Bible gives to us, with Rivers using her imagination to add details. But the details added are historically accurate and do not take away from the basic story told within the Scripture. Rivers simply takes the verses from the Bible and puts the story into ‘real life’ for the reader to gain a better understanding of what it might have been like to actually live that life.

I read this set of books when they first came out and loved them, but I gained new meaning and learned different things reading them again. They are easy to read and are the kind of book a person could read every few years and gain something new from them each time. Francine Rivers did an excellent job in her research for these books and in writing them. I look forward to reading her other series based on men of the Bible called Sons of Encouragement.

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband and two boys. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

This book was provided free of any obligation by Tyndale House Publishers. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.