Sometimes I like to just relax and read a good fiction book.
Recently an acquaintance of mine mentioned an author with whom I was not familiar and a specific series. So I was able to get the first book in the series through our local library and read it this weekend. The author is Francine Rivers and the book is Unveiled. It's the first in the Lineage of Grace series. This series provides books about Tamar, Rehab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary - women in the lineage of Jesus Christ.
I don't know about you, but a lot of times when I read genealogies in the Bible, they don't mean a lot for me. Sometimes I'll have thoughts like how I'm so blessed that God made sure that the Bible, written in a male dominated culture, included women's names in the lineage. I'll even take some satisfaction in noting that the women in the line of Jesus weren't all upstanding citizens (this pleases me because I relate to sinners a lot better than saints). But, aside from a few passing thoughts, I don't think a whole lot about genealogies.
It's not just genealogies that I don't always have expanded thoughts concerning. Sometimes there will be a Bible account where a person is mentioned, a few things are said concerning that person, and then the account goes on. What Francine Rivers has done is taken those few things we do know about the person from the Bible, and then she's researched the culture of the time and come out with historical fiction novels that fill in the account with details that very well could have happened. These are of course not scripture and are fiction; but the one novel I've read so far, Unveiled, has helped increase my insight into lots of ramifications of the story of Tamar as well as Ruben.
The story itself is captivating. From the first page I read, I couldn't stop reading until I finished the book. I laughed and cried when reading the book. I both identified with Tamar as well as found her an inspiration that I want to emulate in some regards.
What about you, have you read any good books lately?