Our bookgroup discussed this book last night...a compilation of five short stories of five unlikely women God chose to play key roles in the lineage of Jesus Christ. So timely (Advent) to reflect on how God sovereignly wove this lineage throughout HIStory into a tapestry of amazing(!) grace.
The author builds her stories on biblical facts but uses creative license to fill in details that are not available there. She weaves cultural insight into each story that allows the reader to relate on a personal level to the characters portrayed. The only downside I see to reading Christian fiction of this nature is that if readers aren't familiar w/ the actual Biblical accounts, it would be difficult to decipher fact from fiction - but I really like that the author acknowledges that the Bible itself is the ultimate authority on people of the Bible & encourages her readers to read it for themselves to gain a greater understanding of its continuity, consistency & confirmation of God's plan for the ages ... that includes them!
I also like that the book includes Jesus' death & resurrection bc I've learned that when people ask questions such as Why/How could a loving God allow ______________ (fill in the blank w/ whatever comes to mind & I can assure you it will have been caused by - &/or the result of - someone's sin at some point in HIStory) one needs only to point them to the cross to help them understand the great length God went to - to provide a Savior ...
John 3:16 - 18