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Unveiled: Tamar (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.
Hardcover, 173 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published April 6th 2000)
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Riobhcah It is inaccurate to characterize this book as "Christian" when it is about Judaic history, long before the term "Christian" ever was heard by anyone.…moreIt is inaccurate to characterize this book as "Christian" when it is about Judaic history, long before the term "Christian" ever was heard by anyone. During the time when Jesus the Judaean Jew lived, no one ever used called themselves "Christians" -- that came much later. I don't believe that Jesus even intended to start an entire new religion, but to set the Jewish faith back on track -- back on the spiritual path since they had become too legalistic. (less)

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Tandra
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 Davis
Dec 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had never studied Tamar. I could not put this down.
Mandy J. Hoffman
Jun 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Katie
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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Jerry
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Tamar isn't exactly a beloved Bible character, but this novel makes for a good historical read. Still, the ending was too pat, and the study notes in the back matter were dull.
Caroline
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Auntie
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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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
Sherri Hayes
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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Tatuu
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"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 rated it it was amazing
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.
Charlotte
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rivers can eleborate on a biblical story so that it truly comes alive as a real person living their day-to-day lives during that time. She certainly did her homework with customs and culture, and it is still a quick, light, easy read. Then she ties it all to the bigger picture of the lineage of Christ. Bravo!
Chelle
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
what an amazing fictional account of Tamar. This was a quick read and I love the authors writing style. I read this for a book club and so glad I did. can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Rebeca Salazar
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book! It shows the consequence of disobedience, the outcome of an unequal yoke marriage
and the great mercy of our Lord! It's a must-read! Highly recommend!
Kari Greenaway
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was an enjoyable and fast read. I felt myself caught up in the story and by the end of it wishing I had the courage and insight that Tamar had. I was able to easily imagine in my mind the scenery and story as it unfolded. I cheered for her and for her Father in law throughout and I learned lessons along the way.

I find it uplifting when I see others turning to the Lord for guidance and acting as role-models for future generations.

Fables&Wren
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
WrensReads Review:

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 actua
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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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Ellen
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Tracy
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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Rev. Linda
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.
Joanie Standridge
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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...
Lori
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Lin #Historical lover...❤️
Francine Rivers has ruined me for other authors!!


These books are so powerful that It is hard to return to secular books that only offer entertainment at best.

I am speechless! This does not happen often!!!
Naomi
Sep 02, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Rebecca
Tamara.

Meno Tamara má hebrejský pôvod.
Znamená ďatlová palma.
Tak ako aj ďatlová palma prežije na púšti a dokáže sa vysporiadať s mnohými útrapami počasia, tak dokázala aj nositeľka tohto mena a zároveň hlavná hrdinka prežiť všetky útrapy a vzoprieť sa osudu, ktorý sa zdal už vopred určený.
Manžela jej vybral otec. Jeho rodina patrila k inému ľudu. Jej manžel bol tyran. Ponižoval ju.
Keď Tamaru neponižoval a nebil on - Er, tak sa toho ujala jeho matka. Jej švagor Onan po nej neustále zízal. Svokor s
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Natasha Polak
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting read that achieved the objective to make the historical characters have more depth than the way they come across just when reading the Bible accounts for Judah and Tamar and their respective families. The only lament I have is that the book could have been longer, but I understand that that is out of the author's control - she could only write what is recounted. I get that. Despite it all, the story was very engaging, very believable, and true-to-life, reminding me of the ...more
Naomi
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've been reading a much heavier book, but wanted something a little lighter and quicker to get me through this week. I picked this up on paperbackswap.com (yeah, technically I have a hardcover version), and as it's a novella, I thought it would be just right. It was!

Like the last book by Francine Rivers that I read (Redeeming Love), it's a fictional work based on a Biblical story. Tamar was a Canaanite woman who married a Hebrew, and her marriage was not all happily ever after. The Biblical st
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Bethany Geffken
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it
An insightful perspective on a culture so foreign to my world. Rivers gave heart and emotion to the facts we're given in Genesis and I'll appreciate the color filled in between the lines when I see the passage in scripture. Tamar was a Caananite woman given in marriage to the eldest son of Judah who fled his family and reminders of his guilt for selling his young brother Joseph into slavery. She was determined to be given her right to bear a child through Judah's line even after two of his sons ...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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