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Unveiled (Lineage of Grace #1)

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2001 Christy Award finalist!
"Unveiled" is the story of Tamar, one of the women in the lineage of Jesus. Francine brings the story to life in her trademark style, showing the grace of God in the life of Tamar and her father-in-law, Judah. "Unveiled" is the first in the Lineage of Grace series of five novellas covering the stories of Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary.
Paperback, Large Print, 231 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Christian Large Print (first published April 6th 2000)
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Katie
I picked this book up and when I had a few hours to wait this afternoon, and was delighted with this little novella. It made for an easy read -- I finished it in one sitting -- and yet it had a lot of heart behind it, too.

I have always been intrigued about Tamar's story in the bible. I often wonder what she must've been thinking as she was given first to Er, then to Onan, and then promised to the youngest son...but the promise was never fulfilled. Francine Rivers view of how this young woman mig
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Tandra
I picked up this novella by chance from the free table at my local library, and I am so glad I did. I've never really read a novelization of biblical stories before, but I'm going to have to get the rest in this series.

Unveiled is a beautiful and uplifting story about the Canaanite woman Tamar, who was married to the great-grandsons of Abraham and the daughter-in-law of Judah. Although Christianity is often disparaged for the poor treatment and bland roles of women, this novelization points out
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Cortney
This book was great...a quick read as well. It is a fictional story based on scripture regarding Joseph's brother Judah. I enjoy Francine Rivers writing because she does studies at the end of her books and states this is her perception based on scripture.
There is a series of these books of women in the Bible. I can't wait to read the next one!
Shelly
I had never studied Tamar. I could not put this down.
Ruby
My local librarian was reading this and told me it was great. it was her first Christian fiction book and might be my first too. Francine Rivers does an excellent job keeping the reader captivated with the story. It was a fast paced book. The Bible reference she bases the whole story from is in Genesis 37,& 38. The foundation is solid in my opinion. She adds a bible study at the end. I found it very interesting she also added a genealogy chart for Jesus the Christ and explains that the five ...more
Mandy J. J.
In the Bible there are many accounts of lives that are summarized in only a few short verses. It's easy to read them and keep going without giving them much thought. I am not saying that we need to read more into them then is there, but there are times we don't really meditate on the passage to the fullest. Francine Rivers takes a passage like that and turns it into a novel that explores what MIGHT have been. Remember, this is fiction based on a few facts...so while the skeleton may be truth, th ...more
Nina
In the bible Tamar is only mentioned once in 1st Mose 38, so one does not really get to know her story. Francine Rivers tells it as it could have happened by considering the ancient customs and the circumstances of life of this period.

This book is dedicated to all people who are being
used and abused and to all people who yearn for rightousness since the
central figure, Tamar, had to suffer a difficult fate but
never gave up her hope.

It's hard to believe that she could have stayed so kind and patie
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Adrienna
Unveiled: Tamar's story of being unloved but not forgotten. It was believed that she had a curse on her husbands, or the first two line of Hebrew men since it was there custom on both sides (Canaanite and Hebrew Jew) to marry next male child in line if your first husband dies. She had to dress and become a harlot to get what was rightfully hers; to carry the seed of her husband. It showed disobedience can be life-threatening, but she held on to the promise regardless of the lie Judah told her in ...more
Caroline Alicia
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Ellen
Like the other Francine Rivers' books I have read, Unveiled brings light to a person in the Bible, getting me to think about them in more than a two-dimensional fashion. This was true of Gomer's story in Redeeming Love and also to some degree with Tamar in this book. I admit that I never considered why Tamar made the choices she did in Judah's family. She simply fell into a little box in my head of "bad people making bad choices." Simplistic, I know. Rivers skillfully points out the many sinful ...more
Rachel
"Her name meant "date palm," and like her namesake, Tamar hoped to survive the harsh environment she was placed in: to bend but not to break. Rubbed with scented oil and arrayed in wedding finery, 14-year-old Tamar is thrust into a world of abuse, betrayal, and disillusionment when she is given in marriage to an evil, idol-worshiping man. In the face of her suffering, she must make choices: Will she let her new husband, Er, destroy her innocence and corrupt her? Will she leave the religion of th ...more
Sherri Hayes
It is a good thing that i wear waterproof eye makeup! I listened to the last section of this book on my to to work. Although this book is mostly fiction in the dialog and some of the storyline, the core of it is 100% scripture.
This is a great story of a strong, courageous, and righteous young Canaanite woman who found a great faith in the Unseen God of Abraham. Isaac, and Jacob. it is also a remarkable and wonderful story of the redemption of a man named Judah .
I love the way Francine uses scrip
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Camie Fisher
This was not the most interesting book I've read. But of course this isn't one of my favorite Bible stories.
Tatuu
"Tamar. Her name meant date palm. It was a name given to one who would become beautiful and graceful. A date palm survives the desert and bears sweet, nourishing fruit, and the girl came from a fertile family. A date palm sways in the desert winds without breaking or being uprooted, and this girl had to face Ers quick, irascible temper. A date palm could survive a hostile environment, and Judah knew Bathshua would see this girl as her rival. Judah knew his wife would pit herself against this you ...more
Paige S.
River's fiction is one of those odd gray areas to me. She deals with real life problems (sexuality, idolatry, adultery, rape, etc.) very openly, yet as discreetly as possible. I'm not sure how I feel about it.

Unveiled was a good book. I appreciate the amount of research she must've done... she didn't neglect to explain and develop the cultural background of the time period. Her interpretation of Tamar's story even sounds very plausible! Overall, I enjoyed the story. I urge readers to proceed wi
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Wendy Broyles
I appreciate the purpose of the five-book series to which this book belongs, a series focusing on the women mentioned in Matthew chapter 1. I also appreciate the dramatization of Tamar's story, which I have always skimmed quickly over in Genesis (it seemed to be entirely about shame and deceit). This story, while perhaps not entirely accurate, provides some further insight to help us see Tamar as real person -- with hopes and fears and struggles -- who overcomes the shame and deceit of her life ...more
Tracy
Nov 03, 2014 Tracy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women
Shelves: women-personal, bible
Another Lineage of Grace reread! I can read and reread anything Francine Rivers writes. This novella is the first of the Lineage of Grace series, although, I think I read them out of order both times. These novella do stand alone if the reader doesn't have all four.
Unveiled is the Bible history of Judah, Er, Onan and Tamar retold in narrative fiction format. Mrs. Rivers has a wonderful ability to bring the facts of the Bible and make them come alive with cultural and characters true to the time
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Tammy
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Melissa
The Lineage of Grace series consists of 5 books, all fictional accounts of biblical women in the genealogy of Christ. Rivers does a good job portraying each of the famous characters and giving their point of view in the unique situations. Most people are familiar with at least some of these stories, but reading a personal account shines a different light on the well-trod ground. The five books are listed below with the title and the woman they feature.

Unveiled – Tamar
Unashamed - Rahab
Unshaken
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Auntie
Our new little Book Club decided to read this Francine Rivers biography of the Biblical figure, Tamar, the hapless daughter-in-law of Judah (the older brother of Joseph (coat of many colors fame.)I had previously discounted this little series of books as worth my time and money. I was SO WRONG!

Francine Rivers works her magic to help us to see a woman that God chose, as He walked the hallway of human history, to show us how to persevere and to ultimately delight in learning to trust in the God o
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The other John
I think there's a whole new genre I've gotta get into--Biblical fiction. It's when an author will take a story from the Bible, or a setting from the same, and fill in the details to flesh out the tale. I've read three different books like that in my daughter's curriculum, and enjoyed each one. And now along comes Unveiled, an expansion on the story of Judah and Tamar in Genesis 38. That tale stands on its own, of course, but I tend to fill in the blanks with my own 20th Century American worldvie ...more
Janet Poppema
I like the way Ms. Rivers allowed Tamar to tell her own story which can be found in Gen. 28. It takes a real talent and a sense of empathy to look at a more obscure person found in the text and bring them to life. So often, we can read the Bible and simply "skim" the story, while never really taking to heart what is being said. For me, Tamar is now a "real" person who LIVED not just a mere mention in the Gen. story. I am looking forward to reading the other books that can be found in this series ...more
L
I had always thought this was one of the saddest and strangest stories in the OT. Francine Rivers offers a portrayal of Tamar in this novel that lessened the strangest and explained why Tamar might have made the decision she did as far as tricking Judah. Rivers also painted a very logical picture of the guilt Judah had carried all his life for what he allowed to happen to his brother Joseph. Another novella in the Lineage of Grace series.
Adrienne Yockey
(My phone is acting wonky and won't let me give this books higher than 2 stars.)
A novella in length, this book was a simple read that gave more insight to a small event in the Bible. I was wary to begin, as I'd never read Christian fiction before nor had I read Francine Rivers. I also tend to prefer male authors. But I'd definitely recommend this book. The version I had came with a "discussion" in the back, which I enjoyed.
Joanie Standridge
Just finished this book! It is an excellent read! I love how Francine Rivers really fleshes out this story. When reading the Bible, it sometimes seems so dry and quick when reading the history. But this author really brings the story to life. There is so much detail and the characters and their emotions see so life-like...this fiction story makes the true story so much more relatable. Love it! Going to continue reading through this series...
Madeleine Treschitta
Tamar's story is truly moving in so many ways. It grabs the reader right from the beginning and gives us a first hand look at what a woman's life was like back then. We see how God guides Tamar's life and helps Tamar. It is inspiring to see a woman who came up in a different religion and culture have so much faith in the God of the Hebrews. God sees her faith and persistence in finding Him, so He protects Tamar and saves her from her evil husbands and mother in law. At the end of the book, we ca ...more
Natalie Tansky
Tamar is a great, very moving book about becoming a woman of Christ. My mother recommended this book for me and I really enjoyed it. I was hesitant to start reading it at first, but once I began I could not put it down. It was so good I read it during school, which I never do. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys christian novels or learning about becoming a true woman.
Carla Harris
Disturbing story of Tamar. She was abused by everyone in her family and her husbands family. However, she still was faithful. Makes you understand how hard it was to be a woman in biblical times. We've come a long way, but there are still countries that treat women the same way, especially regarding birthing male heirs.

I'm ready to start Book 2 - Unashamed.
Jules Q (Nolatari)
I have been intending to read this series of novellas for several years now, but as I read them this summer I realize that I may not have been ready earlier for all God is now teaching me. I have been learning much in recent years about the times of the patriarchs, and these small books focusing on the five women noted in the genealogy of Christ have given me greater insight than I ever imagined. From Tamar’s desperate attempts to awaken Judah’s sense of obligation, to Rahab’s great faith in the ...more
Lilyleia78
Probably my favorite in the Lineage of Grace series, Tamar and her struggles feel the most real to me. I love how Rivers takes the biblical account and fleshes it out with real human frailties, emotions, struggles and triumphs without ever making me feel that she has 'made something up' or strayed from the letter or intent of the Bible.
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New York Times best-selling 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 highly acclaimed by readers and reviewers. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter ...more
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