A Lineage of Grace (978-0-8423-5632-9) by Francine Rivers

“A Lineage of Grace” by Francine Rivers, is a book of five stories of unlikely women who changed eternity. Based on the Bible, Rivers take us through five powerful stories that trace the line of the Messiah right up to his birth and beyond. First is Tamar (“Betrayed by the men who controlled her future, she fought for her right to believe in a loving God”), next is Rahab (“A woman with a past to whom God gave a future”), then Ruth (“she gave up everything, expecting nothing, and God honoured her”), after her is Bathsheba (“Her beauty stirred the passion of a king. Her pain moved the heart of God”) and the last is Mary (“She responded in simple obedience to God’s call.”) These are the five significant women who carried Jesus’ lineage. (Matthew 1:1-16)

I first read this book a couple of years back. It was a solid read alright but that was it for me. I put the book down after I was through and that was it. Not another thought on it, until recently, I mentioned it in a conversation with a writer friend and then proceeded to find and read it again. The plan was to take my time reading it because I had picked it up at a period when I was very busy writing new stuff. But one morning I started this book and halfway through Tamar, I felt a poem (“The Veil”) coming up. It was a very intense kind of inspiration that grew as I read on. The minute I was done reading the last sentence, the poem flowed. It was then that I knew and felt that I was in for a different reading experience from what I had during the first.

Five amazing stories birthed five poems which I will be sharing with you after this review; poems that re-tell the story of faith, love, grace and redemption.

Stay tuned for the review of the story of Tamar.


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