Monday, September 7, 2020

"Trouble in the Ruins" by Author: C.L. Smith Book Tour and GiveAway

About the Book

Book:  Trouble in the Ruins
Author: C.L. Smith
Genre: Biblical fiction
Release Date: September 2019

Return to the turbulence of ancient Canaan in Book Three of The Stones of Gilgal. Even the raging floods of the Jordan could not stop the Israelites from crossing the river and setting up camp near Jericho. Canaanite kings and kingdoms—even the Anakim giants—are in turmoil. Former enemies jostle for power in new alliances, united only in their determination to destroy the Israelite invaders.
When the massive fortifications of Jericho collapse, Salmon rushes into the ruins to save Rahab, the beautiful harlot who had rescued him and his fellow spy from certain death. But saving her from her own city is not so easy. And that is only the beginning of the trouble, treachery and devastating ruins they and their friends face as they settle into their new life in the Promised Land.

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 "Trouble in the Ruins" by  Author: C.L. Smith is the third book of this series and it is the story of  Jericho's collapse and Rahab.  This series gives the reader a more in-depth look at the characters that lived in this time of history. It is fictional, so some of it might be not the exact way it happened but I like Biblical fiction because it focus me to really think about things that could have happened and  why it did happen the way it did.  There were times, I felt I was there watching the characters instead of just reading about them.

I really like the account of the seven times around the way and how the kings were watching and wondering why they weren't attacking.

I recommend reading this series in order, but if you don't it is still a good read.  The author portray the characters as they are. Some of this book had scenes that were hard to read, but since it is based on the Bible, we have to accept that because the Bible isn't alway fun to read either. The Bible also has stories of human sacrifices and war and etc.  We all know that the main character of the Bible is a sacrifice, Jesus was a willing sacrifice. Not sure why I put that in this review but I am going to leave it.

This series is a good way to learn about how God keeps His word.

I received as complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit and these are my own opinion.

About the Author

C.L. SMITH, former missionary, retired junior high English/history teacher, has captivated audiences around the world for years with the timeless thrill of biblical tales. Now her six-part Stones of Gilgalsaga brings the mayhem and miracles of the book Joshua to life. Well researched and beautifully written, the author weaves her lifetime love of learning and people into the fabric of the biblical text, creating a tapestry of rich scenes and colorful characters the reader will not soon forget.
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More from C.L. Smith

The Stones of Gilgal biblical novels follow the epic adventures of a group of ordinary young Israelites. As they battle evil together, they sink their roots deeper and deeper into the bedrock of God’s Truth and Love, slowly growing from a stand of saplings to a forest of giants.

Two of the seven young characters in my series have to deal with a lot of Trouble in the Ruins in this bookLots of trouble. Lots of ruins.

Rahabthe Harlot barely escapes the ruins of Jericho, but the ruins of her former life threaten to keep her ever an alien among the people of Yahweh.

Abihailis Acsah’s best friend from childhood, but she is also a fictionalized daughter-in-law of the biblical Achan. Her life is slammed with heart-rending trouble and ruin as that horrific Old Testament drama unfolds.

The Title: Trouble in the Ruins
The inspiration for this title comes from a couple of “plays on words” in Hebrew.

Trouble:The name Achan in Hebrew sounds very similar to the word Achormeaning trouble. The story of the biblical character Achan is forever tied to the word trouble at the end of Joshua 7 when the valley where he was stoned and buried under a “monument” of rocks received the name the Valley of Achor.

Ruins: Achan’s sin led to defeat at a little fortress known as Ai which means ruin. Some scholars suggest that the fortress was built on or near the ruins of a city destroyed in an earlier time. Following the glory of the crossing of the Jordan and the crumbling walls of Jericho—the Hebrew mind would find great dramatic irony in Israel being defeated by a “ruin.” The story jolts us out of complacency, underscoring the life and death consequences of obedience versus breaking covenant with God.

Blog Stops

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For Him and My Family, September 3
Sara Jane Jacobs, September 4
Emily Yager, September 4
Artistic Nobody, September 5 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
deb’s Book Review, September 7
Inklings and notions, September 8
Betti Mace, September 9
Batya’s Bits, September 11
Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 12
Mary Hake, September 12


To celebrate her tour, C.L. Smith is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!! (U.S. Only)
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


Caryl Kane said...

Great review, Debbie! Sounds like a must read. Thank you for sharing.

Debbie P said...

This sounds like a great book.

marisela zuniga said...

this sounds really good, thanks for sharing

James Robert said...

I appreciate hearing about your book, thanks and for the giveaway also. Thanks so much!

Bea LaRocca said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful review and the book and author details, this sounds like an excellent book and series.

bn100 said...

nice review