Our Most Anticipated Biblical Fiction Novels of 2015

The Crimson CordThe Crimson Cord: Rahab’s Story (Daughters of the Promised Land #1) by Jill Eileen Smith
Publisher: Revell

Publication Date:  February 17, 2015

What it’s about:  Wife to a gambler who took one too many risks, Rahab finds herself sold as a slave to cover her husband’s debt. Forced into prostitution by Dabir, counselor to the Syrian king, Rahab despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her house, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime. In one risky moment, she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities. When the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab hopes they will keep their promise, but she has no idea what kind of challenges await her outside Jericho’s walls–or if she will ever know the meaning of love.

Why we want to read it:  Marisa says, “I first read a re-telling of Rahab’s story while reading Francine Rivers’s Lineage of Grace series and have looked for more ever since. Francine’s novels set a high standard for anyone attempting Biblical re-tellings, but The Crimson Cord is already receiving high praise from many in the industry. I am eager to try out a new author and to return to a story that set me upon my Biblical fiction journey.”

 

The Tomb cover finalThe Tomb: A Novel of Martha by Stephanie Landsem
Publisher:  Howard Books
Publication Date:  March 17, 2015

What it’s about:  In this captivating retelling of a classic biblical story, Jesus shocks the town of Bethany with Lazarus’s resurrection from the dead, leading Martha—a seemingly perfect woman trapped by the secrets of her past—to hope and a new life.

Everyone in Bethany admires Martha—the perfect Jewish woman. She feeds and clothes her loved ones, looks after the family farm, and meticulously follows every precept of the Pharisees’ strict laws. But Martha is hiding a secret. At her sister’s marriage feast, she gave her heart and her innocence to a young musician who promised to return and marry her, but instead betrayed her love and abandoned her.

Seven years later, only two people in Bethany know of Martha’s secret sin: her brother, Lazarus, and Simon, the righteous Pharisee to whom Martha is betrothed. When Lazarus falls ill, Martha is faced with a choice: send for Jesus to save her dying brother—risking the wrath of Simon who threatens to betray her—or deny Jesus’ healing power and remain trapped in her tomb of secrecy and lies.

Meanwhile, on the shores of Galilee, Isa roams the wilderness, tortured by demons and knowing only that someone is waiting for him. When he is healed by Jesus, he finds that seven years have passed since his descent into madness. Isa journeys home to Bethany only to find he is too late to win back Martha’s love.

When Martha risks all to heal Lazarus, will Jesus arrive in time, or will he—like Isa—come too late?

Why we want to read it:  I actually just finished this one, and I am a big fan of the entire Living Waters series. Her stories have great depth, and I love how she makes her characters genuine and relatable to readers. I really appreciate that she is careful to retain the integrity of the Biblical narrative, especially scenes that include Jesus.

 

The Pharaoh's Daughter ResizedThe Pharaoh’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews
Publisher:  WaterBrook Press

Publication Date:  March 17, 2015

What it’s about:  Anippe has grown up in the shadows of Egypt’s good god Pharaoh, aware that Anubis, god of the afterlife, may take her or her siblings at any moment. She watched him snatch her mother and infant brother during childbirth, a moment which awakens in her a terrible dread of ever bearing a child. Now she is to be become the bride of Sebak, a kind but quick-tempered Captain of Pharaoh Tut’s army. In order to provide Sebak the heir he deserves and yet protect herself from the underworld gods, Anippe must launch a series of deceptions, even involving the Hebrew midwives—women ordered by Tut to drown the sons of their own people in the Nile.

When she finds a baby floating in a basket on the great river, Anippe believes Egypt’s gods have answered her pleas, entrenching her more deeply in deception and placing her and her son Mehy, whom handmaiden Miriam calls Moses, in mortal danger.

As bloodshed and savage politics shift the balance of power in Egypt, the gods reveal their fickle natures and Anippe wonders if her son, a boy of Hebrew blood, could one day become king. Or does the god of her Hebrew servants, the one they call El Shaddai, have a different plan—for them all?

Why we want to read it:  Another confession – I’ve already read and loved it! Mesu’s story of the woman who found Moses in the Nile is fascinating, and I was hooked form the opening scene. Her handle on both Biblical and historical details and a winning plot insured that The Pharaoh’s Daughter is a favorite of 2015 for me!

 

Shadow of the MountainExodus (Shadow of the Mountain #1) by Cliff Graham
Publisher:  Bethany House
Publication Date:  May 5, 2015

What it’s about:  Caleb and Joshua Roar to Life in this High-Impact Old Testament Saga.

Two men were brave enough to tell the truth about what awaited the Hebrews in Canaan. This is their story. From the slave pits of Egypt to the efforts of an eighty-five-year-old Caleb as he drives out the last of the giants, Shadow of the Mountain is a vivid portrait of two of God’s chosen champions, and a meditation on masculine mentorship and the challenges and blessings of growing older.

For the sake of his new God and his loyalty to his friend Joshua, Caleb will not spend his twilight years resting, but taking the battle to the enemies of God’s people until his dying breath. From his early days as a mercenary for Pharaoh in Egypt watching the Hebrews suffer under the yoke of slavery, all the way through a desperate fight with giants in the dark forests of the hill country, this is a story filled with epic battles, gritty intensity, and supernatural events that made Graham’s Lion of War series a hit. Shadow of the Mountain is sure to ignite a love for the Old Testament in popular culture.

Why we want to read it:  Melissa says, “Cliff’s Lion of War series is based on David and his thirty mighty men. It’s realistic, bloody, suspenseful and grounded solidly in scripture. The spiritual elements have been fantastic and brought to life with strong characters living their faith. I anticipate that Cliff will bring all these elements to this new series. I can hardly wait!”

 

BethshebaBathsheba: Reluctant Beauty (Dangerous Beauty #2)
Publisher:  Bethany House

Publication Date:  August 1, 2015 

What it’s about:  After sending his army to besiege another king’s capital, King David forces himself on Bathsheba, a loyal soldier’s wife. When her resulting pregnancy forces the king to murder her husband and add her to his harem, Bathsheba struggles to protect her son while dealing with the effects of a dark prophecy and deadly curse on the king’s household.

Combining historical facts with detailed fiction, Angela Hunt paints a realistic portrait of the beautiful woman who struggled to survive the dire results of divine judgment on a king with a divided heart.

Why we want to read it:  While I haven’t read the first Dangerous Beauty book yet, I have always been intrigued by fictional accounts of Bathsheba. Angela has published many novels but hasn’t often written in the Biblical fiction genre. This one sounds like it will be a realistic, thought-provoking portrayal of what it might have been like to deal with the aftereffects of King David’s actions.

 

OnThisFoundation_mck.inddOn This Foundation (The Restoration Chronicles #3) by Lynn Austin
Publisher: Bethany House

Publication Date:  October 6, 2015

What it’s about:  When news that the wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire, Nehemiah, Jewish cupbearer to King Artaxerxes in Persia, seeks God’s guidance. After fasting and prayer, he’s given leave to travel to Jerusalem and rebuild the city wall, not anticipating all the dangers that await him on his arrival.

The leaders of the surrounding nations become his fierce enemies, plotting to assassinate him and halt the work. A drought, meanwhile, has left the country impoverished, many families resorting to selling their children as bondservants just to keep from starving.

Capturing the rebuilding of the wall through the eyes of a number of characters, On This Foundation is a powerful exploration of faith in the midst of oppression, and hope that, in spite of appearances, the gracious hand of God is upon those who believe.

Why we want to read it:  Marisa says, “Austin has long been one of my favorites authors, and I find her Biblical fiction, in particular, to stand out amongst the other novels on my shelves. I found the two other books in her Restoration Chronicles to be so good that I read them within a week each. With rich history, powerful lessons, and beautifully written characters, I have high hopes that On This Foundation will be just as good of a novel as her previous ones.

 

AD 33A.D. 33 & The Forgotten Way by Ted Dekker
Publisher: Center Street
Publication Date:  October 6, 2015

What’s A.D. 33 about:  New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker continues the epic story of a woman who rises to become a queen of the desert when she meets Jesus.

Maviah is an outcast once again. For two years, she has wandered the desert, trying to unite her people who have been defeated and scattered in the wake of a devastating attack by their enemies. Maviah wants to bring peace, following the path she learned from a man named Yeshua who many are calling the son of God. Now she stands on the outskirts of the city of Dumah that she once called home, where both her father and the man she loves are being held hostage. Surrounded by a few tribal leaders and far more orphaned children than warriors, she hopes to come to terms of peace and gain relief for her people.

Instead, she finds more betrayal and loss. To save those she loves, she must return to Palestine to find Yeshua. Surely he will show her the fullness of His way once again. But she is not prepared for the fact that this time His way will cost His life.

What’s The Forgotten Way about:  The Forgotten Way: A.D. 30 tells the story of Maviah, the outcast daughter of a powerful Arabian sheik who is called to protect the very people who rejected her. When enemies launch an attack, she escapes with the help of her father’s warriors. Their journey takes her to a brutal world ruled by kings where she must form an unlikely alliance with King Herod of the Jews. Maviah’s path also leads her to Yeshua, who offers her a way of life more powerful than any kingdom. Though following him may present an even greater danger, it may be the only way for Maviah to save her people–and herself.

Why we want to read it:  Melissa says, “Ted’s first venture into Biblical fiction last year with A.D 30. was really good. I enjoyed how he portrayed Jesus by really not portraying him at all. Ted set the background and let scriptures show Jesus. I’m looking forward to whatever Ted has in store this time. It’s sure to be dramatic and thought-provoking.”

 

That’s our list of upcoming Biblical fiction! With titles from both new and seasoned authors alike, 2015 is sure to be a promising year for Biblical fiction. Which of these titles are on your to-read list for the year?

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