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A Lineage of Grace (Lineage of Grace #1- 5)

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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 Savio ...more
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Published 2002 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published 2001)
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Feb 20, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of historical fiction, and historical fiction that stirs my affection for the Lord is even better. I really enjoyed these five stories. In each book I was struck by how awesome God is -- that he would use such broken, unremarkable people in such amazing ways. A prostitute, a foreigner, an adulteress, a peasant -- all used by God, ultimately leading to the birth of the son of the God of the Universe.

The stories themselves are also enjoyable and quick reading. I am familiar with eac
Meredith White
Mar 11, 2011 Meredith White rated it it was amazing
Overall, this book was a terrific read, and it was difficult for me to put it down, because it was easy, intriguing and engaging. I appreciated the addition of the Bible study incorporated at the end of each novella, even though I did not engage myself in them. I was more interested in reading the book rather than lengthen the time by engaging in the Bible study at this time.

Particularly, I am looking for leadership principles and this gave five women, each of historic and Biblical validity and
Natalie Wickham
Dec 28, 2012 Natalie Wickham rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
A Lineage of Grace profiles the lives of Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary with imaginative and fictional stories created by the author. Sometimes the accounts seem overly romanticized and probably more true to modern western thinking than historic Jewish culture. It is helpful, though, to remember that these biblical women were real people. It’s also a good reminder that God uses the humble, lowly, sinful ones among us to be part of His overarching plan of redemption.
This is all five stories via five women and how they find the grace of the Lord including the lineage of Jesus Christ. I believe this is the first time I read this author and loving it so far!

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
Dec 22, 2011 Hallie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! The story of Mary (Unafraid) was especially moving to read right before Christmas!
Jan 21, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it
This book is a mixture of 5 different women's stories from the Bible. I think the biggest obstacle for any writer tackling the Bible is turning it into somewhat of a fiction story while still keeping the original message in tact. I loved the first two stories immensely (Tamar and Rahab). Not a lot of information is in the Old Testament about the two women and the way Francine wove in historical information and their faith really inspired me. Ruth was decent, but by Bathsheba, I was losing intere ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These 5 woman in the linage of Christ are simply amazing ladies! Francine Rivers tells their stories in such a heart warming way. You laugh, cry, get angry and truly feel for each of them. I have read their stories several times over the years in the Bible account but never really felt that I understood them like I do now! Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary. It's no wonder they are listed in the blood line of Christ. Francine follows the Biblical account but has researched the historical asp ...more
Jun 23, 2011 Caylene rated it liked it
Francine Rivers is the only Christian fiction author I can stand to read. She develops plots and characters in an enchanting way. This collection of stories is particularly wonderful because it is Rivers' interpretation of the lives of five women who made up the lineage of Christ. Rivers reconstructs what their lives must have been like in biblical times and the struggles they overcame to bring a royal Messiah into the world.
Kristi Kunselman
Amazing, amazing stories featuring women of the Bible. This brings stories to life!
Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
This book told the stories of Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary from their point of view. It was amazing to see what these women went through on a daily basis just to survive. I can't imagine the strength these women had to withstand the treatment they received from society, men, and even other women. The author's writing is powerful and engaging. The book shows you different aspects of their lives, both good and bad. You get a true sense of how these women felt, and you will feel for them ...more
Lori Twichell
Oct 22, 2013 Lori Twichell rated it it was amazing
A compilation of Francine Rivers’ previous ‘mini-books’, Lineage of Grace shares the lives of the women who are in Christ’s bloodline. What some readers may recognize as the books Unveiled, Unashamed, Unshaken, Unspoken, and Unafraid are now all firmly ensconced in one cover for your reading pleasure.

Rivers writing remains strong, insightful, beautiful and touching. With deep revelation and understanding about the lives of these women, Rivers touches on common sense ideas that most wouldn’t cons
Oct 15, 2014 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This contains the story of 5 unlikely women, Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary, whom God used to bring about His promised Messiah. Each woman is portrayed, I believed, accurately based on Scripture, but with some imagination from the author to "flesh" them out and fill in the gaps of their stories. One thing I love about the Bible is that it doesn't shy away from people's faults. This book also shows these women and the things they did well, and not so well. I loved it. These were real wom ...more
Mar 28, 2016 GlobalStorm rated it liked it
In this five-part series, each novella depicts a key women from the lineage of Jesus Christ. Francine Rivers does a solid job preserving the truth of each woman's story, while unveiling a little more of the heart within.

You know those little details in Bible stories that we always skim over? The ones that seem a little out of place, random almost? Well, it turns out they have significance (no, really?) that is often very contextual. That is one of the treasures of Biblical fiction. I am no anci
Georgia Herod
Nov 04, 2015 Georgia Herod rated it it was amazing
Rivers has chosen to write about surprises in the ancestry of Jesus.
Surprise number one: The five “unlikely women who changed eternity” are the only five women named in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1. Surprise number two, each of the women is “unlikely” because her life bears scandal, real or imagined. Tamar—the betrayed daughter-in-law; Rahab—the whore of Jericho; Ruth—the Moabite widow; Bathsheba—the adulteress; Mary—the innocent, obedient unmarried, pregnant peasant girl. Surprise numbe
Aug 07, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Each story was compelling and well-written, but my favorites surprised me. I went in expecting Ruth and Mary to be the winners, but Bathsheba stole the show. Rivers' take on her story charmed me from the beginning and allowed me to follow the thread of grace throughout her life. After reading, I was inspired to do extra study, and was amazed by how biblically and culturally correct her account was. Tamar was most exciting, maybe because I've always found the biblical account perplexing. I don't ...more
Apr 05, 2015 Cathleen rated it liked it
I'm torn between giving this book 3 or 4 stars. On one hand, I have enjoyed reading personal stories about these 5 women, even if occasionally their actions or sentiments seem too modern for their time, as another reviewer pointed out. I feel that in some instances that I understand, and even have greater reverence for, Bible stories I've read all my life - in particular the walls of Jericho falling. The way that story was told in Rahab was absolutely riveting to me; it came alive in my mind and ...more
Chris French
Jul 31, 2014 Chris French rated it it was amazing
A Lineage of Grace is five stories, but one thought. It details the lives of five of Jesus’ female ancestors: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary. Obviously Rivers has taken some poetic license with these stories. We don’t know much about any of these women, but the assumptions she makes about these woman are well-studied and most likely the truth. For example, we’re not told that Rahab marries one of the spies she hid on her roof, but it kind of makes sense that they would have a special con ...more
Jul 03, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: beautiful-books
A wonderful book. Definitely worth the read.

In short its five novellas as you know consisting of five women from the bible. What I did not know coming into it was that these women, who we've grown up knowing their stories, are apart of the lineage of Jesus Christ.
That fact with Ruth I knew. Its that fact with Bathsheba and Rahab that blew me away. These were not the type of women you associate in that light but, as usual, Francine has an incredible way of bringing humanity to 'fallen' women.

I en
Aug 04, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing
i loved this book. i am, in general, a francine rivers fan, but i thought this was some of her best work. it's five short novels about five of the women in jesus' lineage. the author makes them REAL people. i think a lot of times i romanticize biblical characters, and although FR is a romance novelist, she does a really good job in this series particularly of showing how broken these women are, and how messed up life is, yet how God works amidst them. refreshing and encouraging.
Oct 13, 2010 Joan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am just about done with this book.... and I LOVED it! (love it...since I am still in the midst of the last story about Mary). The first story just kind of....ended. However as you read the following stories, they are much more in depth and very well written. Although it is historical fiction...I understand so much more about these women and why they may have made the decisions they made. Very well written, very intriguing. And that cover! Beautiful!!!
May 30, 2013 Beckynovacek rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Francine Rivers and her writings. That being said, I went into this without high expectations for some reason. I just finished the last story last night and I am in awe. Although this is fiction, I was really impressed with all of her insights and observations about very familiar Bible stories.
Tori Moore
Aug 17, 2014 Tori Moore rated it really liked it
I read these stories quickly but they still had a huge impact on me. I've always been a fan of Francine Rivers and the stories she tells of Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary were so real to me. We know the stories as they are told in the Bible but I particularly liked how the author gets inside these ladies' heads and helps us see them from a very human perspective - especially Mary. I'm not sure I've ever given a lot of thought to how Mary would have wrestled with her own pride as the mot ...more
Mar 14, 2014 Jena rated it really liked it
Awesome book. The names Tamar, Ruth, Rahab, Bathsheba, and Mary were recognizable, and I loved the story approach to sharing the depth of character and lives that these women in the Bible might have held. Francine Rivers wrote in the Forward that she took liberties with conversations, characters, and some details but also strove to hold true to the biblical foundation of the character/story. It impacted the way I think about the history Bible, the lineage of Jesus, and even how I pray, oddly eno ...more
Sarah Nelson bauer
Aug 20, 2015 Sarah Nelson bauer rated it really liked it
Overall an interesting read that encouraged me to go into the Bible and read the original story of each of these women. I did struggle with the authors license to flesh out the stories of what could have been, enjoyed it nonetheless.
Jul 05, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
I was given this book as a Christmas gift from a small group at the church I first became a member on my own, Daybreak church, and loved it! To learn more about the individuals in the Bible is truly remarkable. I would recommend this book to anyone, man or woman, who wants encouragement and to learn more of those in the Bible. I plan on reading more of Francine Rivers books. I currently got The Scarlet Thread from the library and cannot put it down. I did not start to read it right away, but onc ...more
Mar 02, 2016 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating is 4 1/2 stars. An amazing look at the 5 women in the lineage of Christ. Especially interesting as I started reading on the plane to Israel! I was walking/had recently walked in many of the locations mentioned which was a little mind blowing.

My only complaint was with Mary's story, but it's not really a valid complaint. There really wasn't much about Jesus or the crucifixion...but it's Mary's story, not Jesus'! With that said, it never occurred to me how confused Mary must have bee
Victoria Green
Feb 27, 2014 Victoria Green rated it it was amazing
Francine Rivers always brings the life of each person ALIVE once again! Tamar, Rahab,Mary, Bathsheba, and Ruth! She does an exqusite work with weaving into the TRUTH of the WORD, more dynamic to each of their lives but follows scripture careful not to add principal that would change the Truth of the Word! Tamar very brave and yet afraid showing the reader we can trust in a solid Rock that does not move; God the One and Only God she kept believing in. She showed me it's Ok to fear as you walk ste ...more
May 05, 2013 Daiana rated it it was amazing
Muy bueno! Super recomendable, ayuda a pensar y meditar mucho más profundamente sobre personajes que nos pueden enseñar un montón y a veces los pasamos por alto...
I liked the stories of Tamar, Rahab & Ruth, but the stories of Bathsheba & Mary had a little bit too much creative license for me.
Apr 10, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! It made me look at Tamar and especially Bathsheba in a new way.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Lineage of Grace (5 books)
  • Unveiled: Tamar (Lineage of Grace #1)
  • Unashamed: Rahab (Lineage of Grace, #2)
  • Unshaken: Ruth (Lineage of Grace, #3)
  • Unspoken: Bathsheba (Lineage of Grace, #4)
  • Unafraid: Mary (Lineage of Grace, #5)

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