A Lineage Of Grace (Paperback)Francine Rivers
In this compilation of the five books in the best-selling Lineage of Grace series by Francine Rivers, we meet the five women whom God chose—Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. Each was faced with extraordinary—even scandalous—challenges. Each took great personal risk to fulfill her calling. Each was destined to play a key role in the lineage of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World.
About the Author
Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market and her books were awarded or nominated for numerous awards and prizes. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, mother of three, and an established romance novelist. Shortly after becoming a born-again Christian in 1986, Francine wrote Redeeming Love as her statement of faith. First published by Bantam Books, and then re-released by Multnomah Publishers in the mid- 1990s, this retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea set during the time of the California Gold Rush is now considered a classic work of Christian fiction and continues to be one of the Christian Booksellers Association’s top-selling titles; it has held a spot on the Christian bestseller list for nearly a decade.
Since Redeeming Love, Francine has published more than 20 novels with Christian themes - all bestsellers- and she has continued to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her Christian novels have been awarded or nominated for numerous awards including the RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, and the Holt Medallion in Honor of Outstanding Literary Talent. In 1997, after winning her third RITA award for Inspirational Fiction, Francine was inducted into the Romance Writers’ of America Hall of Fame. In 2007, the feature-length film version of her novel The Last Sin Eater was released in theaters by Fox Faith. In March 2010, Francine officially became a New York Times bestselling author, when Her Mother’s Hope debuted at #12 on the hardcover fiction bestsellers lists. The sequel, Her Daughter’s Dream, debuted at #12 on the same list just 6 months later, in September, 2010. Francine’s novels have been translated into nearly thirty different languages and she enjoys best-seller status in many foreign countries including Germany, The Netherlands, and South Africa.
Francine and her husband Rick live in Northern California and enjoy the time spent with their three grown children and every opportunity to spoil their five grandchildren. She uses her writing to draw closer to the Lord, and that through her work she might worship and praise Jesus for all He has done and is doing in her life.
Size152 x 229 mm
Number of Pages550 pp
PublisherTyndale House Publishers
Chapter OneWhen Tamar saw Judah leading a donkey burdened with sacks and a fine
rug, she took her hoe and ran to the farthest border of her father’s land.
Sick with dread, she worked with her back to the house, hoping he would
pass by and seek some other girl for his son. When her nurse called her,
Tamar pretended not to hear and hacked harder at the earth with her hoe.
Tears blinded her.
“Tamar!” Acsah puffed as she reached her. “Didn’t you see Judah? You
must return to the house with me now. Your mother is about to send your
brothers after you, and they’ll not take kindly to your delay.” Acsah grimaced.
“Don’t look at me like that, child. This isn’t of my doing. Would you prefer a
marriage with one of those Ishmaelite traders on his way to Egypt?”
“You’ve heard about Judah’s son just as I have.”
“I’ve heard.” She held out her hand, and Tamar reluctantly relinquished
the hoe. “Perhaps it will not be as bad as you think.”
But Tamar saw in her nurse’s eyes that Acsah had her own grave
Tamar’s mother met them and grabbed Tamar by the arm. “If I had time,
I would beat you for running off!” She pulled Tamar inside the house and
into the women’s quarters.
No sooner was Tamar through the doorway than her sisters laid hands
upon her and tugged at her clothing. Tamar gasped in pain as one yanked
the cover carelessly from her head, pulling her hair as well. “Stop it!” She
raised her hands to ward them off, but her mother stepped in.
“Stand still, Tamar! Since it took Acsah so long to fetch you, we must
The girls were all talking at once, excited, eager.
“Mother, let me go just as I am!”
“Straight from the fields? You will not! You will be presented in the finest
we have. Judah has brought gifts with him. And don’t you dare shame
us with tears, Tamar.”
Swallowing convulsively, Tamar fought for self-control. She had no
choice but to submit to her mother and sisters’ ministrations. They were
using the best garments and perfume for her appearance before Judah,
the Hebrew. The man had three sons. If she pleased him, it would be the
firstborn, Er, who would become her husband. Last harvest, when Judah
and his sons had brought their flocks to graze in the harvested fields, her
father had commanded her to work nearby. She knew what he hoped to
accomplish. Now, it seemed he had.
“Mother, please. I need another year or two before I’m ready to enter a
household of my own.”