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An old story told a new way.The events Rivkah witnessed changed history. As a young shepherd girl, she accompanied her father to a Bethlehem stable where she held the baby Jesus. She watched Mary and Joseph flee to Egypt, met the strange visitors from the East who'd followed a star, and watched Herod's soldiers kill the children of her village. Experience life in Roman Jud ...more
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Published January 4th 2014 by Cape Arago Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Wyndy
An excellent story. Among the shepherds who hear the angels is a young girl and boy. They go with the shepherds to see the baby Jesus. This is the story of that girl and the boy who fall in love but are separated by one of the temple rebellions. The chapters alternate between the two as their lives unfold in such different ways, he a Roman slave, she a spinster shepherdess in a small village near Bethlehem. It was a gripping story, not in a who-dun-it manner but rather in a way that made me want ...more
Molly
May 04, 2010 Molly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!!
Recommended to Molly by: FIRST
As I sat reading this truly powerful start to a new Biblical series, the first thing that I thought of was Roseanna White's A Stray Drop of Blood. This book was as powerful and moved me as much as Roseanna's book did.

E.G. Lewis did a marvelous job at researching Biblical times to create a book that not only brings us memorable characters in Rivkah and Shemu'el, but also a plot that pulls you in and makes you a true part of history all those thousands and thousands of years ago, when a baby was
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Sharon
I am going to say right up front that this is not ordinarily the sort of book I would pick up; I'm not big on "Christian fiction," because it is oftentimes very preachy. However, the plotline here sounded interesting, and I'm glad I gave it a shot.

Rivkah is the daughter of a shepherd, and she is with her family watching sheep during lambing time when she (and many others) have a vision that the Messiah has been born. Yep, you probably know the story.

What follows is not the story of Yeshua/Jesus
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Amanda
I have mixed feelings about this book. As a lifelong Christian, I was interested in finding out how the events going on during the time of Christ would affect everyday people. However, that kinda fell as a backdrop to a romance novel. Yosef, Miryam, and Yeshua make an appearance at the beginning of the novel for his birth, and the last 10% or so of the novel is devoted to the events surrounding his crucifixion. I'm not really into romance -- I was more into the historical fiction part -- so it d ...more
Adam Collings
Rivkah and Shemu'el are young shepherds. This story opens by giving us a glimpse into their life in first century Israel. One night they are visited by angels that tell them of the birth of a child. Their experience that night, meeting the baby promised to be Messiah impacts them in a way that will influence their entire lives.

This is not a re-telling of the life of Jesus, it is a story of ordinary people who witnessed some of the key events of the gospels, and how it affected their lives. Jesus
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Jill Williamson
Review by Jill Williamson

Rivkah’s mother died long ago. It’s just her and her father, who is a shepherd. Rivkah wants to be a shepherd too, though many of the boys tease her that girls cannot be shepherds. Only Shemu’el is her friend. Rivkah just knows in her heart that Shemu’el is going to marry her someday. Years pass, and the day comes when Shemu’el travels with his family to Jerusalem so that he can become a man. But when some Jews protest outside the temple and Roman guards attack, Shemu’el
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Gail
Apr 16, 2010 Gail rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone, especially history buffs
My favorite book of all time. Really. This book allowed me to experience First Century Judea through the eyes of Rivkah, a little shepherdess who lived it. She wanders into a stable in Bethlehem while her father and other shepherds wait outside talking to Joseph. She asks to hold the baby and with Mary's help, she does.

This is not a story of Jesus, however, but of the people who lived during his time and how events affected them. Rivkah sees many famous and infamous things, but the story of her
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E.G. Lewis
Mar 12, 2010 E.G. Lewis rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Life is good for young Shepherd girl Rivkah. Her father gave her a lamb to start her own flock; Shemu'el, a local shepherd boy said he wants to marry her, and she's been released from household chores to stay in the fields with the shepherds.
That night angels appear announcing the birth of the Mashiach. Rivkah accompanies the other shepherds into Bethlehem. While the men pass time talking withYosef, Rivkah tiptoes into the stable. As any young girl would do, she asks to hold the baby. Miryam a
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Sheila
Witness, book one of the Seeds of Christianity series, starts with a masterful scene. Delightful details set stage and character, time and temperament; young Rivkah tends her flock and tries to obey the dictates of Yahweh and her Abba while village boys throw insults and lion roars.

There’s a beautiful innocence to Rivkah and her thoughts, and the author has a gentle way with words, explaining with just enough detail to intrigue, leading with just enough hints to entice. The story unfolds from wo
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Bruce Judisch
"An Old Story told in a New Way--" goes the tagline on the back cover of E.G. Lewis's Witness. The only thing that description leaves out is "--and told really well." I had the pleasure of reading the manuscript of Witness during its development. I then had the pleasure then of reading the final product. The Law of Diminshing Returns suspended itself in this case. The second read was as enjoyable--if not more so--than the first.

Ed Lewis has crafted an wonderfully entertaining, thought-provoking,
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Lillie
Witness is an amazing book on many levels: It is touching romance, an intriguing look at history, and a moving spiritual story.

I loved it so much that I did something I almost never do. I immediately went to Amazon and downloaded the other three books in the series. I had picked up Witness when it was free, and I have almost 500 free unread books in my Kindle. Yet, I hurried to pay full price (albeit an extremely reasonable price) for three more books and read them right away. I would have love
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Stephen
I am cautious of biblical fiction that applies fictional accounts to real individuals. This one is not really about personages in scripture although the parents of Jesus enter briefly. It is about Jewish peasants of the first century for whom exposure to the new faith is "news" or personal encounter. An enjoyable, engaging read.
Pegg
Unique is the best way I can describe this story. Part love story, part historical, and part spiritual, it wraps together to make an intriguing read. The main characters, Rivkah and Shemu'el, are both likable and believable. Mr. Lewis does a wonderful job with the setting, enough information to put you in the scene without slowing down the story. While a wonderful glimpse into the past, both the good and the bad, I wouldn't recommend this book for younger readers. There is quite a bit of adult c ...more
Paul
This is a very good read, it place you in a diffrent time where you get confronted with the everyday living that was going on during the birth of Christ, we seldom think of what the lives of the people where like in those days and how all the things regarding the Romans effected even the shepards in the field.The story brings a very real and hard reallity to live as you go from page to page following the life of a young women named Rivkah that trust God for the right Husband as she becomes older ...more
Tera
I liked this book well enough. I enjoyed how well versed the author was with the times. the characters were easy to become invested in and care about but I would have liked a little more dimension to them. The ending seemed rushed to me. we spend 2/3rds of the book exploring a handful of years and then fast forward atleast 20. All that said I would easily pick up the next one if it became available to me.
Barbra
I loved this story. Such a sweet and refreshing perspective of how life may have been for the young shepherd girl and her family under Roman rule. I imagined how it would have felt to know that you had once held baby Jesus in your arms. Although the book is not about Jesus, it gives a blessing to the reader in just imagining how His life touched others as a child and then too, as He came into His own time.
Flsunluvr
This book was my first taste of historical fiction for adults (I'd read many stories w/my kids) so I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm so glad I took the chance and downloaded this story to my Kindle! Rivkah was such a wonderful character that it took no time at all to become part of her world. Had a hard time putting this one down and look forward to the others from EG Lewis.
Trudy Matus
Rivkah's telling of the birth of Jesus and his crucifixion lends a female perspective to the retelling. Her ability to relate to Christ's mother Mary was very touching, and it was interesting to hear the young Shepherdess's thoughts on life and love during a time period when women were usually thought of as property.
Cindy
I loved the fact that the author really researched that time of history. I loved the story of this shepherdess. I cannot even imagine being there are a shepherd and seeing the Christ child. What joy!
Redlanternlady
Really enjoyed this book - it made the life of a Jew awaiting the Messiah living in Israel through Jesus lifetime (birth to death) come alive...highly recommend it.
Linda Barnett-johnson
Enjoyable read about a young shepherdess that experiences the life during the Birth of Jesus and other Bible events. Well written and enjoyable.
Melissa K
picked this one up for free, so I wasn't expecting much. But I loved it! Definitely recommend to anyone who likes historical Christian fiction.
Marybeth Hay
A thoroughly enjoyable read ... A great way to re-live Christ's early beginnings through the eyes of one who was there.
Margie Martin
I liked it alot. It made me feel like I understood the customs, etc. of Bible times.
Tina Ambury
absolutely fantastic. made me cry,
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Edward (E. G.) Lewis was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a young man he lived and worked in Kentucky and traveled the back roads of its Appalachian hill country for many years. Memories of this wonderfully wild place and its people became the inspiration of his novel, PROMISES.
A former newspaper editor and publisher, his articles have appeared in many national and regional magazines. He
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