Biblical fiction, Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Fiction, Historical fiction, Religious

Beyond the Purple Sky – review

Beyond The Purple Sky by Eunice Cooper-MatchettMy rating: 5 of 5 starsIn dramatic scenes fueled by an informed imagination, Cooper-Matchett takes us into a little-known time in Israel’s history. The Jews are in exile in Babylon. Zerubbabel—a brilliant Jewish lad and companion of Nebuchadnezzar’s successor Belshazzar and sister Belshalti-Nanner, is being groomed for service to… Continue reading Beyond the Purple Sky – review

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Israel Trip – Day 9 (Jerusalem on foot)

Day 9 on our itinerary was a “Free Day” with no scheduled tours. Our tour guide had the day off and offered anyone interested a several-hour walking tour to places in Jerusalem we had not yet visited. Hubby and I jumped at this opportunity. Our guide took us first to view some tombs from the… Continue reading Israel Trip – Day 9 (Jerusalem on foot)

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Israel Trip – Day 7 (Jerusalem and Bethlehem)

Our day of exploring  the King David’s City part of Jerusalem (Sunday, June 16) began at a beautiful brass harp sculpture. Our guide explained the layout of the land, the need for a water source, and the importance of Gihon Spring. He told of how at least two tunnels have been dug to bring water… Continue reading Israel Trip – Day 7 (Jerusalem and Bethlehem)

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Israel Trip – Day 6 (The Jerusalem of Jesus’ passion)

We started Day 6 (Saturday, June 15th) of our “pilgrimage” at the top of the Mount of Olives From this vantage point we got a panoramic view of the Kidron Valley, with its generations of tombs directly in front of us with, above that the Dome of the Rock and the city. From here I… Continue reading Israel Trip – Day 6 (The Jerusalem of Jesus’ passion)

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Israel Trip – Day 5 (Galilee, Jordan Valley, Jerusalem)

We began Day 5 (Friday, June 14, three weeks ago today) boarding our bus with all our luggage for a day of sightseeing and a move to Jerusalem. Yardenit Our first stop, a very short one, was at Yardenit, a baptismal site on the Jordan River. No one from our group had requested to be… Continue reading Israel Trip – Day 5 (Galilee, Jordan Valley, Jerusalem)

Biography, Book Reviews, Non-fiction

Appointment in Jerusalem (review)

Appointment In Jerusalem by Lydia Prince My rating: 5 of 5 stars In December of 1926 Lydia Christensen was a successful 36-year-old Domestic Arts teacher in the city of Korsor Denmark. However, just before Christmas when her longtime friend and colleague Soren asked her to marry him, she couldn't answer "yes." She was fond of… Continue reading Appointment in Jerusalem (review)

Biblical fiction, Book Reviews, Fiction

Return to Me (review)

Return to Me by Lynn Austin My rating: 4 of 5 stars In Return to Me Lynn Austin returns to writing in the genre--biblical fiction--where I first met her. This story is set in the time of the exile and follows the priest Iddo and his son Zacharias as their family returns to a ravished… Continue reading Return to Me (review)