Unafraid, Lineage of Grace Series #5   -     By: Francine Rivers
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Unafraid, Lineage of Grace Series #5

Tyndale House / 2001 / Hardcover

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Abused women, prostitutes, teenage mothers . . . unlikely candidates for the ancestry of Christ. Yet God used them mightily! In Rivers's latest, you'll meet Mary, the young girl who was obedient to God and became the most revered woman in history---the mother of Jesus. Gain a deeper appreciation of her dramatic story! 165 pages, hardcover from Tyndale.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 165
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2001
Dimensions: 7 X 5 (inches)
ISBN: 0842335994
ISBN-13: 9780842335997
Availability: In Stock
Series: Lineage of Grace

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Publisher's Description

Mary is one of the most revered women in history, but she was an ordinary woman striving to please God in the same way that women still do today. Readers are sure to gain a new appreciation of the familiar story through Francine's signature style. A study on the biblical text is included for personal or group study.

Library Journal

In this conclusion to Rivers's series about Jesus' matrilineal ancestors (e.g., Unshaken), Mary is not the serene Madonna historically depicted in art. She is instead a willful child, an unwed pregnant teenager thrilled that the long-awaited Messiah will come from her and failing to understand why people won't believe her when she tells them of her vision of an angel of the Lord. Only after God appears to Joseph does he believe and wed Mary. From then on, even though she loves her whole family, Jesus is Mary's sole focus, almost her obsession. Before her faith can become strong enough to endure his crucifixion, Mary must learn that her son was never really hers and that she was the vessel through which God worked his grace. The Christy Award-winning Rivers provides a fresh look at the historical Mary in much the same way Ellen Gunderson Traylor (Mary Magdalene, Mark) and Thom Lemmons (Daughters of Faith series) have done with other biblical figures. A solid addition to all collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Publisher's Weekly

In her fifth and final Lineage of Grace novella, renowned Christian writer Rivers tackles the most celebrated woman in Christian history Mary, the mother of Jesus - with mixed results. Using the biblical account of Jesus' life as a framework, Rivers adds such imaginative scenes as Mary watching the young Jesus healing his little sister, Anne, or Mary pondering Jesus' ability to see that there is always enough bread and oil in the larder to keep the family afloat. There are warm mother-son exchanges ("You're so thin!") and personal details ("Jesus had Mary's chin... but no one ever said Jesus had her eyes...."). The stakes are higher here for Rivers than in previous novellas. While Christians may not mind Rivers taking inventive liberties with characters such as the prostitute Rahab (Unashamed), the same grace might not be extended to her fictionalization the revered Mary and Jesus. At the same time, Rivers having taken the plunge in choosing Mary could have risked a little bit more. Disappointingly absent from this novella are any undercurrents of sexual tension between Mary and Joseph, which Rivers conjectured so well with other characters in the series (particularly Ruth and Boaz in Unshaken). The result is a more lackluster offering. Rivers's writing, however, is excellent. If Christian readers can accept the imaginative episodes without rejecting the lessons embedded in the story, Rivers may succeed in giving them courage through Mary's example of strong faith. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 4, 2010
    Carmel Robason
    These books of River's are the very best and informative books on Bible people I have ever read and I'm putting them in the church library - I just need 2 more of the men. Thanks Rivers and Christian Books.Carmel
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 18, 2008
    Roeli Dehoop
    Francine Rivers is an excellent writer,although the bible tells us how Jesus suffered exually from birth on, she writes so magnificant about a mothers heart,it touches you own emotions.
  3. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    July 3, 2008
    W. D. Drummond
    Very inspiring and down-to-earth. Gives good insight into the the possible circumstances our Lord Jesus endured in order to carry out our Father's will, which insight helps us while reading the New Testament. Our Lord Jesus deserves our total love for doing what He has done for us.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 28, 2008
    Liz McQuiston
    Fantastic book! It was a little slow at first, but the middle and end sections moved me to tears. I loved the portrayal of Jesus from a baby to young man... it gave me a newfound appreciation for what He went through as God and Savior, and His amazing love for us, as seen by the eyes of His mother, Mary. She too is portrayed wonderfully... she is not perfect, but was never supposed to be.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    December 19, 2007
    Sherry Cunningham
    I enjoyed this story of Mary. It took her out of the shadows and clothed her with a very human face, with a mother's heart.
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