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A Lineage of Grace: Five Stories of Unlikely Women Who Changed Eternity

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4.49  ·  Rating details ·  10,946 ratings  ·  736 reviews
The complete biblical historical fiction compilation by the New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love and A Voice in the Wind.

The Bible is filled with inspiring stories of unlikely candidates God chose to change eternity. This bestselling compilation in one volume contains five novellas about such people--women in the family tree of Jesus Christ.

Tamar. Rahab. Rut
Paperback, 542 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published 2001)
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Alishia I think some of the historical themes would be a bit advanced so if you're going to let a 12 year old read it I suggest guidance for interpretation. O…moreI think some of the historical themes would be a bit advanced so if you're going to let a 12 year old read it I suggest guidance for interpretation. Otherwise some of the concepts will be difficult to follow - for example, Tamar's need to sleep with her father-in-law etc.(less)
Cynthia I would say to read it with the parent or trusted aunt, someone with whom they read the "hard parts" of the Bible. …moreI would say to read it with the parent or trusted aunt, someone with whom they read the "hard parts" of the Bible. (less)

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Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
A magnificent book. Francine Rivers has told the story of five biblical women: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary. Rivers has fleshed out of their stories to guessimate their feelings, hopes, fears and eventual understanding of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings. Unputdownable.
Jul 25, 2011 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
Natalie Weber
Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Sarah Marie
Unveiled- the story of Tamar and Judah was told in a different way, but was immersed in historical context and Biblical truth. 5 stars
Unashamed- the story of Rahab and Salmon (the spy who goes to Canaan). This story was suspenseful and founded on hope and faith. I loved the intensity and Rahab's character. 5 stars
Unshaken- the story of Ruth and Boaz (as well as Naomi). The only book based off of an entire book in the Bible instead of a chapter or passages. This story is well-known and I enjoyed
Jan 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! The story of Mary (Unafraid) was especially moving to read right before Christmas!
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
We follow 5 empowering females that changed the biblical world and it was beautiful.
It was more of a retelling with a fictional aspect but she alwaysdoes an amazing job.
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious
Beautifully written and easy to comprehend, this book gives the stories of five prominent women of the bible and their struggles. Rivers does an excellent job of putting biblical allegory in laymen's terms and even includes studies at the end of each story. I highly recommend this book. The only reason it didn't receive 5 stars is because the study questions were not as thought provoking as they could have been. I suppose I was looking for a study that was a little more atypical, however, the qu ...more
Lucy Fifield
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book for my birthday- and adored it! Francine Rivers went through stories of different women throughout the lineage of David and Jesus in the bible and dramatized their stories. We heard the artist's interpretation of the lives of Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and, of course, Mary. While I think that some things were a little off from my personal interpretations, I still loved this book. I especially appreciated the questions and verses provided in a study guide format after each cha ...more
Micaela Rojas
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness. I absolutely loved this book! This has got to be one of my favorite books I've ever read. Five stories of women in the lineage of Jesus: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary. It adds color, details and life and sparked my imagination to familiar Bible stories. I couldn't put it down. Highly recommend! ...more
Saralee Amason
Some of the stories were really helpful in understanding the depth and seriousness of the stories of these women. But parts were not as biblically true as I wished. Example; the story of Ruth there are certain details that were not aligned with the details given in the Bible and I just couldn’t really get past that. The story of Rahab and Mary was fantastic and even brought me to tears a points
Sheila Dailie
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical-novel
I was well into the fourth novella before I realized how Francine Rivers had woven all of these books together. One of the things I really appreciate about her writing is the way she intertwines Scripture into the stories, not word for word, but enough that I could find the verses if I looked a minute or two.

From now on, the "rest of the story" gaps that Francine has filled in will help me understand these women of the Bible a little better than ever before.

If you love to learn about the women o
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. ...more
Oct 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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!!!
Megan Lewis
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a book. I feel driven to God’s word as I read this book. Yes, it is only one author’s interpretation of scripture BUT there is so much truth in it too that the stories have such meaningful life. The way that the biblical tales are retold brings new animation and it makes my mind consider what it was actually like to be in Biblical times and in the shoes of these women.

Beautifully written.
Kristi Kunselman
Amazing, amazing stories featuring women of the Bible. This brings stories to life!
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book includes five women in the lineage of Christ in fictional accounts by the author. This is the second book I have read by this author, the first was “Redeeming Love.” The author is highly esteemed with reviewers as a Christian writer. Here are my thoughts on this reading:

Pros: I was glad to read again about these important women; Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary and their faith and trust in God during difficult circumstances. Especially noteworthy was that three of these women wer
Cassie Durrance
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Francine Rivers really brought these stories to life for me. She follows the scripture closely, but fills in the gaps with her own estimation of conversations, feelings and general life at that time. Her vivid descriptions of the time really put the scriptures into the proper context for me. I was really able to connect with these women from the Bible. I could feel their struggles and emotions deep in my soul. This book just left me so awestruck at what an awesome God we serve ...more
Nick S.
I can't even explain the spiritual effect that book had on me. Yes, it was just a book full of old, some well known, others not as familiar Bible stories of women as perceived by one author. But if anything is clear about this book it's that God used it in my life. May God bless every person who uses there talents for the good of His Kingdom. I highly recommend this book, as well as the author, to anyone who enjoys reading. ...more
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was an enjoyable read - definitely brought out some aspects of the Bible stories I hadn't thought of before and helped me see even more how incredible it is that God writes each of our stories. Also, the study guides for each story were comprehensive and thought-provoking - they'd be perfect for small groups or books clubs. ...more
The stories were slow in spots and I felt like she may have embellished a little to much in other spots. It was difficult to read it side by side with the Bible story because it was easy to confuse the two.

Overall fun to get more of the feel for what the women's live could have been like. It was worth it.
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Lineage of Grace, in my humble opinion, is a must read. Francine Rivers does a phenomenal job coming up with back stories for each woman essential to the coming of JESUS. She takes you through the stories of Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary and helped, in my opinion, to understand what went on in those times in clearer writing. A 10/10 must read.
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such redemption and grace! Each story has grace, mercy and love woven throughout the pages. You’ll laugh, cry and smile as you read this book. Definitely a reminder of the beauty God can bring when we give him our ashes (pain and hurt) in exchange for his beautiful grace and mercy.
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Loved how the author made their stories relatable and personable while staying true to the Bible's account. ...more
Ruth Llandeg
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was given this as a gift...wasn't sure I would like it but lived it...those old bible stories with a female twist...excellant.... ...more
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars. I just did not like Bathsheba’s story, but the rest were pretty good.
Erin Powe
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She did a wonderful job with this. Amazed at God's strange, gracious and redeeming love/choices in the crafting His family line, the family line of Jesus! ...more
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New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers continues to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her numerous bestsellers include Redeeming Love, A Voice in the Wind, and Bridge to Haven, and her work has been translated into more than thirty different languages. She is a member of Romance Writers of America's coveted Hall of Fame as well as a recipient of the Lifetime ...more

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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)
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