Y'all know I am a fairly avid reader. One of the hardest parts of moving from our sticks and bricks home to our RV was leaving behind my rather HUGE collection of books and periodicals! I have pretty eclectic reading tastes (much like tastes in music, crafting, decor, places to vacation, etc. are eclectic), but there are some genres that I lean toward an one of those would be historical fiction, particularly if it's Christian.
That being said, when I saw that Tessa Afshar had a new book coming out, I was anxious to get my hands on it. She's written several novels I've enjoyed in the past, Harvest of Rubies and Pearls in the Sand, to name two, so I knew Afshar's ability to tell a tale against a historical/biblical backdrop, and do it well.
Land of Silence did not disappoint. The story is set outside of Jerusalem and in Capernaum, and is that of the woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years. It can be found in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, but the account in Luke 8 is my favorite . . .
43 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone. 44 She came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased.45 And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround You and are pressing in on You!” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched Me, for I perceive that power has gone out from Me.” 47 And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before Him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”
Not a lot to go on, right? If ever there was a passage ripe for 'embellishing', this is one! This encounter with Jesus, set smack dab in the middle of the story of Jairus and the healing of his daughter, has always fascinated me and I've always wondered about the woman. Who she was, why she had an issue of blood, where was her family, why couldn't the physicians heal her, and how did she come upon Jesus and think that touching His garment would heal her. And while I know the account in Land of Silence is pure speculation, it does give me some clues as to how her predicament could have come about.
Afshar does a marvelous job of weaving the tale of "Elianna" and her story as 'the woman who was healed by touching the garment of Jesus'. It was a wonderful read and I highly recommend it to fans of romance, historical fiction and Christian fiction alike!
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