Love amid the ashes : a novel

From Ginny Pisciotta
Author:  Mesu Andrews
Love amid the ashes : a novel
Love Amid the Ashes is a fictionalized account of the biblical story of Job, as told through the eyes of Dinah, daughter of Jacob. Dinah, according to apocryphal writings, became Job’s wife after his first wife Sitidos died.  Early in the story, Dinah travels with Job’s caravan to Uz to become the second wife of one of his sons.  As Job loses everything, including all his grown children, Dinah stays on as part of his household faithfully tending to the needs of Job and his wife.  She uses her knowledge of herbs to care for Job medically.

In this gripping novel , familiar biblical characters are mixed with fictional characters and become more alive with the added detail.  We see bits and pieces of the lives of other biblical characters woven into the story of Job.  The continuing rivalry of Jacob and Esau, the treachery of Simeon and Levi, even Joseph finds his way into the story as Jacob’s family travels to Egypt for survival.

If you enjoy biblical fiction you should like this book which is full of intrigue and suspense.  You will hold your breath at times, even though you know the final outcome for Job is good.

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Pearl in the Sand : a novel

From Ginny Pisciotta
author: Afshar, Tessa
Pearl in the Sand : a novel
This gripping novel is faithful to the biblical account while elaborating on the story of Rahab, a Canaanite prostitute in Jericho who aided the Hebrew spies, joined the Israelites, and went on to become the mother of Boaz (the husband of Ruth) and the great grandmother of King David. This book has it all – action, romance and deep spiritual insight.  My one gripe would be that at times you wished it didn’t take so long for Rahab and Salmone to understand each other (even after they married).

The centurion’s wife

From Ginny Pisciotta
author: Bunn, Davis
The centurion’s wife
If you like biblical fiction you should enjoy this book.  Experience the drama of the earliest days of Christianity through the eyes of Leah and Alban. Although born to wealth and power, Leah is now working as a servant in the household of her uncle, Pontius Pilate. She is dreading an arranged betrothal to Alban, an ambitious centurion who is sent by Pilate to find out what happened to the body of Jesus, and whether the disciples were planning a revolt against Rome.  Procula, Pilate’s wife, sends Leah on a similar mission.  Revisit familiar biblical characters, and meet new fictional ones in this novel filled with danger, intrigue, romance and life-changing faith.