The Land of Silence starts off during a beautiful day of joy and playfulness… Tessa Afshar’s prose is witty and the personality of our main character Elianna comes right off the page as she interacts with her brother Joseph. However, quite quickly things change for Elianna and the story takes off. Following family tragedy, she has to find distraction, they all do just to continue to go on in everyday life. Things need to be done, and Elianna wants to make up for a debt she thinks that is her fault and throws herself into any task and finds some solace there.
Tessa, I’m delighted you’re here to share about your new book, Land of Silence. Tell us a bit about yourself and what you have written. I was born in the Middle East and spent the first thirteen years of my life there. When I read the Bible, it comes to life through the web of my memories. Growing up in the land that the Bible calls Persia influences the way I read the Scriptures. I know the quality of the sun, the dryness of the air, the love for the rains when they come, the deep sense of hospitality, the profound affection for children and family, the commitment to friendship by the people of the Middle East. I have been touched by that world in a very personal way. I suppose it is inevitable that I write biblical fiction. My first four novels, including Harvest of Gold, which won. . .
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Wife to a gambler who took one too many risks, Rahab finds herself sold as a slave to cover her husband’s debt. Forced into prostitution by Dabir, counselor to the Syrian king, Rahab despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her house, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime. In one risky moment, she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities. When the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab hopes they will keep their promise, but she has no idea what kind of challenges await her outside Jericho’s walls–or if she will ever know the meaning of love.
This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing In The Field of Grace River North; New Edition edition (July 1, 2014) by Tessa AfsharABOUT THE AUTHOR: TESSA AFSHAR was voted “New Author of the Year” by the Family Fiction sponsored Reader’s Choice Award 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. She was born in Iran, and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She moved to England where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last thirteen years in full-time Christian work. ABOUT THE BOOK Destitute, grief-stricken, and unwanted by the. . .
One of my favorite things about being a published writer is the letters and comments from the fans. I am constantly astounded by the power inherent in a story to touch lives, to call forth new hope and insight. Another blessing about being published is that it’s a lot easier to connect with people in the industry and have new contracts.
Can true love overcome a legacy of betrayal?
Rachel wants nothing more than for her older half sister Leah to wed and move out of their household. Leah wishes her father would find a good man who would love her alone. Unbeknownst to either of them, Jacob is making his way to their home, trying to escape a past laced with deceit and find the future God has promised him.
But the past comes back to haunt Jacob when he finds himself on the receiving end of treachery. The man who wanted only one woman ends up with sisters who have never gotten along and now must spend the rest of their lives sharing a husband. In the power struggles that follow, only one woman will triumph . . . or will she?
Combining meticulous research with her own imaginings, bestselling author Jill Eileen Smith not only tells one of the most famous love stories of all time but will manage to surprise even those who think they know the story inside and out.
The daughter of a pagan priestess believes Noah’s prophecy…especially when she discovers the horrifying secret behind her city’s primary export.
Belief in the One God is dangerous in Cainlan, a technologically advanced city founded on the worship of the god Cain. But when Eliana meets the son of a religious fanatic she is drawn to Shem’s caring manner and deep faith. She believes his assertion that the One God will wipe the earth clean of the corruption that fills it, especially when she discovers a terrifying secret known only to those high in the government’s ruling council.
Though destined to escape her destiny, Eliana’s life has been preordained. Not even Shem’s God can rescue her from the fate for which she was born – becoming the next high priestess to Cain.
Readers will be whisked through marbled palaces, dusty marketplaces, and idyllic Italian villas as they follow the unlikely path of a woman who warrants only a passing mention in one of the Gospel accounts. Diana Wallis Taylor combines her impeccable research with her flair for drama and romance to craft a tale worthy of legend.
What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? I decided to write Christian fiction when I realized I wanted to write the story of Mary Magdalene. Because of my first publisher’s request, I ended up writing two books set in the Old Testament first. I liked doing those books, but I LOVED writing Mary’s story. I am so glad that Worthy decided to publish it. Are there any other Historical Fiction books that you wrote and think your readers would enjoy? I wrote forty six novels before I tackled the story of Mary. I wrote many historical romances set in the regency period of English history; I wrote two medieval mysteries; I wrote a trilogy of books about Dark Ages Britain; I even wrote a trilogy of books set in pre-historic times, when the great cave paintings were done in France and Spain.. . .
The brilliant first novel in a new multi-volume series reflecting the times of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus, from award-winning, bestselling authors Brock and Bodie Thoene.
Hosea has been charged by God with a difficult task–marry a prostitute in order to show God’s people the nature and depth of his love for Israel. When Hosea goes to Israel to proclaim God’s message, the prostitute God tells him to marry turns out to be his childhood friend Gomer. He finds her broken and abused, unwilling to trust Hosea or his God. But when marrying Hosea becomes her only choice, Gomer does what she’s good at–she survives. Can Hosea’s love for God and God’s love for Israel heal Gomer’s broken spirit?
With her potent combination of in-depth research and masterful storytelling, Mesu Andrews brings to life a complex and fascinating biblical story of the power of love and forgiveness in the face of utter betrayal.
Can love heal the rift between two souls?
When her beloved father dies and she is left in the care of her conniving brother Laban, Rebekah knows her life has changed forever. Though she should be married by now, it’s clear that Laban is dragging his feet, waiting for a higher bride-price to line his pockets. But then Rebekah is given a chance to leave her home to marry Isaac, a cousin she has never even seen, and her hope for the future is restored. Little does she know what a wondrous and heart-wrenching journey she is beginning.
As Rebekah experiences the joy of young love and the bitterness of misunderstanding and betrayal, her resolve is tested. When the rift between Isaac and her grows so wide it is surely too great to be mended, can she trust the God of Isaac’s father Abraham to bridge the gap?
Join bestselling author Jill Eileen Smith as she fills in the blanks around the life of the enigmatic Rebekah.
One woman desperate for hope. One Savior with the power to heal.
A beautiful girl blossoming into womanhood, Mary has high hopes for a life filled with learning, family, and young love. In one dreadful night, all of that changes. The nightmares come first, then the waking visions of unspeakable terror, until Mary hardly remembers her dreams for the future.
Can the Most High deliver her from this torment? How long must she wait for healing?
This vivid portrait of the enigmatic Mary of Magdala comes to life in the hands of an imaginative master storyteller. Diana Wallis Taylor introduces you to a Mary who is both utterly original and respectful of the biblical account, opening your eyes to a redemption that knows no bounds.