Title: Land of Silence
Author: Tessa Afshar
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
My rating is 5 stars.
Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from www.bookfun.org
I am a big fan of Tessa Afshar’s writing as for me she makes stories of the Bible come alive in her fictional tales! This novel is the fictional account of the woman who had a bleeding disorder for twelve years before Jesus miraculously healed her.
Elianna is the oldest of three children. When she is around twelve years old, she is charged with looking after her 4-year-old brother. Her father is busy running his business as a textile dyer and her mother is busy around the house. Elianna really doesn’t want to watch him, but agrees. What happens next will change their family forever and cause a rift between Elianna and her father. She has worked alongside him and now due to his inattention, she takes over his business.
Her betrothed Ethan has been waiting for her to reach an age where they are both ready to marry. Elianna is finally of age, so Ethan wants to marry. Elianna has been enjoying the freedom of running her father’s business with Ethan’s help and puts Ethan off. Events occur that cause Elianna heartache almost beyond bearing, and then the bleeding starts.
I loved Elianna’s work ethic, compassion for others and willingness to sacrifice her wants and needs to provide or protect those she loved. All of the trials in her life could have caused her to be a very bitter woman, but through the gift of Scripture provided by Gamaliel she feeds her soul with the word of God. She learns about his character and what He wants for His children. She has suffered greatly in addition to her bleeding disorder, she is ostracized because she is unclean and she carries a heavy burden of shame and guilt as well as anger before she discovers God in His word. She is then able to look back at her hardships, see how God was at work and to be faithful in those hardships. Ethan also was a treasure with his patience, thoughtfulness and protectiveness. What great lessons for all of us! I can’t wait to see what Tessa writes next!