Hello reader friends! Welcome to my Spring Into Reading Event! Every day this month I’m going to feature a new release (or will be released) book for you to add to your TBR. There will be guest posts, giveaways, book excerpts, and more! So make sure you come back daily and see what book is in the spotlight next! And if you’ve missed any, be sure to click on the “Spring Into Reading” tab and look at the other posts!
Today I am excited to spotlight a biblical fiction novel from Barbara Britton. Book Two of The Daughters of Zelophehad, Heavenly Lights: Noah’s Journey is a book that I cannot wait to read. (I see the kindle version is on sale today – yay!) I really have come to enjoy biblical fiction in the past several months. It just makes me want to dive deeper in to the Word, and I love to how authors are able to bring it to life! Oh, I’m getting chills just thinking about it. Better keep going….
So Barbara has graciously offered to giveaway book one AND two in this series! Thank you Barbara!! And PS – book three just released as well, and I see that is on sale through Amazon as well. Hint, hint……
ABOUT THE BOOK
Noah bat Zelophehad might have broken tradition by being able to inherit her father’s land, but her heart’s desire is to have the finest herds in all of Israel, something an orphaned and unmarried woman has never achieved.
Jeremiah ben Abishua cannot speak, nor hear. God has made his thoughts captive to his mind. But he can communicate with one shepherdess, a woman who sees his skill with animals and treats him like a man worthy of respect.
When their people disobey God and incur his wrath, Noah and Jeremiah must overcome tragedy in order to change perceptions in the tribes of Israel. Will their kinship desire to care for one another and the four-legged creatures God has placed in their care, be able to flourish in a land filled with enemies of the One True God?
BEHIND THE STORY
Discovering Groundbreaking Girls
Have you done a read-through-the-Bible challenge? Each spring our pastors encourage us to read through the Bible in a year. Since technology still scares me, I opted for the paper list and avoided the app. I was so proud of myself when I completed the Bible reading. I even made it through Leviticus. Imagine how shocked I was when a friend started talking about girls in the Old Testament who asked to inherit their deceased father’s land. Wait? I didn’t remember a story about five orphaned sisters requesting land.
After Bible Study, I went home and opened the book of Numbers. Sure enough, there was a lot of Scripture on Zelophehad’s daughters—Mahlah, Noah (A female one), Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. Did I sleep through this portion of reading? Or just zone out? After all, this is the book after Leviticus, and it’s filled with lists of names.
As a former chapel teacher, I wished I had stumbled upon this story sooner. The bravery and faith of these girls is inspiring. They went into an assembly of men and asked for something never before given to girls—land. Moses, in all his wisdom, asked God for the answer. God said the girls were right! In Numbers 27:8 God says, “If a man dies and leaves no son, turn his inheritance over to his daughter” Wow! Talk about a shocker for the men assembled at the Tent of Meeting.
What’s a chapel teacher to do with this story? I wasn’t teaching anymore, but I was writing books. I wrote an account of the daughters of Zelophehad and their big “ask.” When the book “Lioness: Mahlah’s Journey” was finished, I thought I was done with the girls. But…the girls didn’t have their land. Not yet, anyway. Canaan had to be conquered. I wrote two more books and followed the sisters through the book of Joshua. “Heavenly Lights: Noah’s Journey” tackles Joshua, chapters 5-8. The girls get their land in a book titled, what else, “Claiming Canaan: Milcah’s Journey.” No, I didn’t write five books, but every girl gets a happy ending.
I’m so glad my friend mentioned the faith of the daughters of Zelophehad. Many Christians are unfamiliar with their story like I was. I hope after reading Scripture, and my stories, that the faith of these girls is championed forever.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Barbara M. Britton lives in Southeast Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. She writes Christian Fiction for teens and adults. Barb enjoys bringing little-known Bible characters to light in her stories. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers of America and Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. Barb has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate.
Find out more about Barb and her books on her website: www.barbarambritton.com.
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