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Eine Frau der Hoffnung - Tamar (Lineage of Grace #1)

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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 m ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published May 15th 2001 by johannis (first published April 6th 2000)
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Courtney Hall I also feel that the book is appropriately categorized as "Christian." Although the story of Tamar is in the Old Testament, the Old Testament…moreI also feel that the book is appropriately categorized as "Christian." Although the story of Tamar is in the Old Testament, the Old Testament comprises more than half of the Bible, which is the religious text of Christianity. This particular series by Francine Rivers highlights women within the lineage of Jesus. It would be inappropriate to categorize any book in this series as "Jewish" because the Jewish religion does not recognize Jesus as the Messiah. Additionally, the term "Biblical" could be used to accurately describe any story taking place within the Bible - Old or New Testaments - so it would not be more descriptive than "Christian."(less)
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Jul 06, 2012 Tandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 08, 2009 Cortney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jul 16, 2013 Shelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had never studied Tamar. I could not put this down.
Dec 26, 2012 Ruby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. Hoffman
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 while the skeleton may be truth, th ...more
Feb 28, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Sep 17, 2013 Auntie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sherri Hayes
Mar 27, 2014 Sherri Hayes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
"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
Leslie Reed
Jun 28, 2015 Leslie Reed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-2015
Francine Rivers does it again. She is truly my favorite Christian author. She can retell a bible story to make it come alive. I enjoy the biblical history of her books so much! Tamar lived a difficult life, but she didn't let it consume her. She dealt with daily struggles and seemed to find answers through the one true God.
Sep 21, 2010 Nina rated it it was ok
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
Jul 25, 2011 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Carissa Norris
Jun 24, 2016 Carissa Norris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One reason I like to read Biblical fiction is because it makes you consider what things might have been like for Biblical characters. I had always assumed Tamar was selfishly trying to get what she wanted, even though it was her right according to the culture. Rivers made me take a step back and really consider what it was like for her, a young girl in her time married off to two wicked men, no children by which to secure a future for herself. She was desperate and her act was one of desperation ...more
Wren (WrensReads)
Honestly, I love Francine Rivers’ writing with all my heart.

She is so on FIRE for Christ and you can see that buried in her words.

This series is an interesting one that I would recommend to anyone who wants to learn more about the Bible and those stories about women. She puts her own twist on her versions on this story, but she doesn’t take out any truth to the story. What I mean by that is even though we don’t know it happened the way she wrote it, doesn’t mean it didn’t actually happen the way
Nov 03, 2014 Tracy rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Ivie Isler
Jan 19, 2015 Ivie Isler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
Many readers know Francine Rivers from her book Redeeming Love. I enjoyed that book so much that I picked up Unveiled: Tamar thinking it would be along the same lines. It is different from Redeeming Love in that it is not a parallel story based on the same bible plot points but with different characters, but rather a direct interpretation from the bible told from Tamara's point of view.

I didn't know who Tamara was, so a book about her and her importance made me want to read it, especially if she
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...
Dec 12, 2015 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
An interesting Christian historical fiction based on Gen 38. Reading this made me really appreciate not just the freedoms but the respect woman have in the area of the world I have lived. I absolutely can not imagine what it must have been like to be a woman at that time. To be treated worse than an animal in many ways. Nothing in my world could even touch the depth of sorrow, betrayal, grief and loneliness that these woman endured.
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.
Linda Hunt
Mar 06, 2015 Linda Hunt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book I enjoyed much more than the two I recently read by this author. As I finished it, I went to Genesis and read the Biblical account of Tamar - I feel that Ms. Rivers has done an excellent job in fleshing out the characters, and in putting them in the perspective of the customs and traditions of the era. Tamar never faltered in her knowledge of her duty to Judah's family, in spite of their treatment of her, and became a strong, righteous, and admired woman. I believe the temperament desc ...more
This was not the most interesting book I've read. But of course this isn't one of my favorite Bible stories.
Really liked it. She did a great job at telling the story of Tamar as she saw it. I can tell she did a ton of Bible digging also.
Paige S.
May 10, 2014 Paige S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-books
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
Wendy Broyles
Feb 25, 2014 Wendy Broyles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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 lif ...more
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Aug 08, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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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