About the Book
A River to Cross
Although human eyes see only a river separating Israel from the Promised Land, primordial powers of darkness are determined to prevent a crossing that will change the world.
In the thrilling sequel to Balaam’s Curse,
Acsah, Othniel, Jonathan and their friends sort through the rubble of the Midianite war for pieces of the simple and innocent life they’ve lost. But there is no going back. While nearly drowning in personal rivers of disappointment, grief, and fear, they hardly notice the Jordan River slowly rising to an impassable, raging torrent. By the time they do, Moses is dead. Yahweh has made it clear that Joshua is his chosen replacement, but the people have little faith that this hesitant man can lead them into Canaan.
To bolster confidence, Joshua sends Salmon and another young spy across the river in a reconnaissance mission that plunges them into a world where evil prowls in broad daylight and death waits in the darkness. They escape the depraved city of Jericho only by the quick thinking of a Canaanite girl who risks her life in exchange for a promise of rescue. Now her life and the future of the world depend on crossing that river.
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This book is a very captivating tale of the Israelites journey just before they crossed the Jordan. I like that some of the scriptures are part of the novel, ( the references isn't included) but if you know them they are easy to spot and flow in the story so well.
I really like that while reading this book we are able to image just a fraction of what these Biblical characters experienced and felt. Yes, I know we need to read the Biblical account as well, but reading Biblical Fictional helps us see things in a different way and brings out the Scriptures in a clearer light. I know, we had to remember that these books are fiction and liberities were taken, and if there are any doubts, we need to take what the Bible says as truth. I am not saying, I found anything wrong in this book, just stating a fact and adding that a reader shouldn't get all their facts from Biblical Fiction but from the Bible,God's own word. Yes, with saying that, I recommend this series and other Biblical Fictional.
These books can be read as standalones but I strongly recommend reading them in order.
I knew that Moses wasn't going to enter the Promised Land, but reading this book really caused my heart to be saddened for him in a way I have never felt before while reading this in the Bible.( maybe it's because in the book , he has a grandson that is grieving for him. If I have heard about this grandson before, I had forgotten).
It is always fun and interesting to read Biblical Fiction and gain insights about characters, you never knew or had forgotten.
I am eagerly awaiting the other books in this series.
I received a complimentary copy from the author and Celebrate Lit.About the Author
C.L. SMITH, former missionary and junior high English/history teacher, has been captivating audiences around the world for years with the timeless thrill of biblical tales. Now in her retirement years she is writing The Stones of Gilgal
biblical novels. The books weave her lifetime love of learning and people into the fabric of obscure ancient texts, creating an unforgettable tapestry of rich scenes and colorful characters.
The narrative unfolds from the viewpoint of six minor biblical characters who experienced the miracles and mayhem of the era of Joshua (stories recounted in the last half of Numbers through parts of Judges) bringing this ancient world to life. This deeply-researched telling, of old stories makes them new again and relevant to our world today. She has completed three of six books in the series. The books are chronological, each adding layers to our understanding of the characters and their life situations, but each book can be enjoyed as a story complete within itself.
Learn more at www.stonesofgilgal.com
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HAVE YOU EVER?
- tried reading Old Testament stories and wondered why such violence is found in the Good Book?
- heard anyone say, “I like Jesus, but the God of the Old Testament seems so blood-thirsty and vengeful”?
- wondered how Joshua’s army—slaughtering whole towns because God told them to—was different from ISIS and other militant religious armies today?
Have you ever wished you had good answers for people who ask those questions?
a story that deals with those questions and reads like the high adventure of an epic fantasy novel. Well, you don’t have to imagine. The Stones of Gilgal novels tackle those tough questions.
A River to Cross
is the second book of The Stones of Gilgal series––but plunge right in! Each book can be read as a story complete within itself.
Background from book one
: The children of Israel celebrate their arrival at the border of Canaan, their long-awaited Promised Land. But the evil prophet Balaam has been hired to stop them. His plot turns their joyful celebration into a nightmare. Balaam’s Curse threatens the very existence of God’s people on earth, leads to the death of the last of the Exodus generation, and leaves their children reeling.
Setting for book two:
The crisis is past. Acsah, Othniel and friends begin picking up the pieces of their shattered lives. Their parent’s generation is gone, but against all odds, they survived the rebellion, plague, and war initiated by Balaam’s Curse. Like a loving grandfather, Moses gathers his people together for his final words. He reviews the covenant law and appoints Joshua as their new leader. The people grieve the loss of their mountain of strength. But inspired by the passion of his farewell speeches, the people look to the future with fiercely bright hope. They will cross the Jordan and claim their inheritance. What could possibly go wrong?
Six of the major characters in this series are minor but real people found in scripture. They all came of age during the era of Joshua, experiencing the transition from the Wilderness Wanderings to finding a home in the Promised Land. They all crossed the Jordan, witnessed the fall of Jericho and the sun standing still at a word from Joshua—life-changing events shaping them for leadership roles as mature adults in the book of Judges.
- Othniel, who becomes the first hero-Judge of Israel––Judges 3:7-11
- Acsah, only daughter of the heroic Caleb––Judges 1:12-15
- Rahab, the courageous Canaanite harlot not only saved by faith but honored with a place in the lineage of King David and Jesus Christ. Joshua 2
- Salmon, prince of the tribe of Judah, future husband of Rahab––only found in genealogies: Ruth 4:18-22, Matthew 1:5
- Phinehas, grandson of Aaron, warrior of righteousness and future high priest––Numbers 25, 30, Joshua 22, and Judges 20,
- Jonathan, grandson of Moses––Judges 17-18
- Plus Abihail, fictionalized daughter-in-law of the biblical Achan, Joshua 7
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