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In this five-book compilation of the Sons of Encouragement series, New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers illuminates the lives of five Biblical men who stood behind the heroes of the faith and quietly changed eternity. Aaron, Caleb, Jonathan, Amos, and Silas each faithfully sought after God in the shadows of His chosen leaders. They answered God's call to serv In this five-book compilation of the Sons of Encouragement series, New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers illuminates the lives of five Biblical men who stood behind the heroes of the faith and quietly changed eternity. Aaron, Caleb, Jonathan, Amos, and Silas each faithfully sought after God in the shadows of His chosen leaders. They answered God's call to serve without recognition or fame. And they gave everything, knowing their reward might not come until the next life.


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In this five-book compilation of the Sons of Encouragement series, New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers illuminates the lives of five Biblical men who stood behind the heroes of the faith and quietly changed eternity. Aaron, Caleb, Jonathan, Amos, and Silas each faithfully sought after God in the shadows of His chosen leaders. They answered God's call to serv In this five-book compilation of the Sons of Encouragement series, New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers illuminates the lives of five Biblical men who stood behind the heroes of the faith and quietly changed eternity. Aaron, Caleb, Jonathan, Amos, and Silas each faithfully sought after God in the shadows of His chosen leaders. They answered God's call to serve without recognition or fame. And they gave everything, knowing their reward might not come until the next life.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This collection is a nice companion to Francine Rivers' "Lineage of Grace" series. Though I personally enjoyed "Grace" more than "Encouragement." Both sets are written from a biblical character's point of view - which I like. Novels like these show the Scriptures in another perspective. Instead of listing an account of history you're there with the person living the history. This greatly helps to understand the period in which the events take place. It can get kind of tricky writing books of this This collection is a nice companion to Francine Rivers' "Lineage of Grace" series. Though I personally enjoyed "Grace" more than "Encouragement." Both sets are written from a biblical character's point of view - which I like. Novels like these show the Scriptures in another perspective. Instead of listing an account of history you're there with the person living the history. This greatly helps to understand the period in which the events take place. It can get kind of tricky writing books of this kind so close to biblical verse and the author handled it pretty well. My only criticism is directed towards two particular novels: The Priest (Aaron) and The Prince (Jonathan). We know a whole lot about these two guys in the Bible so the books leave little to be explored. This is not a bad thing at all, more praise to her for being so precise and careful with the source material, but reading them was a long and almost dry going. On the other hand the other three, The Warrior (Caleb), The Prophet (Amos) and The Scribe (Silas), engaged me more because we know minuscule information about them, which makes the author's view on who they were especially fun to read. But please remember that these stories are just a companion to Scripture. They do not replace the inspired Word of God at all and for that reason Francine Rivers gets extra points for including Bible studies after each novel.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nay Denise

    The entire book gets a 3.75 star rating. This was a hassle to read and get through. I ended up wanting to DNF if it partially through and then opted to listen to the audiobooks. Didn't truly meet my expectations, but that's my own personal fault. The Priest - I'm going with a 3.75 star rating for this novella. I enjoyed it, but I felt like it dragged too much which is why I can't give it a full 4 star. Moses is amazing in leading the people. Though they complained and griped he still followed God The entire book gets a 3.75 star rating. This was a hassle to read and get through. I ended up wanting to DNF if it partially through and then opted to listen to the audiobooks. Didn't truly meet my expectations, but that's my own personal fault. The Priest - I'm going with a 3.75 star rating for this novella. I enjoyed it, but I felt like it dragged too much which is why I can't give it a full 4 star. Moses is amazing in leading the people. Though they complained and griped he still followed God's command and led the people. He did have his downfall when he allowed man to drag him down. Miriam irritated me with how she acted entitled. Aaron was easily influenced by others and acted like a brat. All three reminded me of how much we can fail as humans no matter how much good we believe we are doing. Man will always fail. The focus was on Aaron as the spokesperson for Moses during the ten plagues and the exodus. Aaron was an annoying character for me. He whined, acted like a little child and was easily swayed by the opinions of others rather than sticking to his faith. I was more so intrigued by Moses and Joshua than I was for Aaron. ---------------------------------- The Warrior - I feel like the beginning of this book was far fetched and so I have to settle on a 3 star rating. This follows Caleb, but it starts from the time of him living in Egypt under his Egyptain name. I was completely thrown off guard with the first three chapters and didn't really like how Joshua was written as an indecisive, weak person. The way Joshua was portrayed seemed to bother so much that it completely took me out of the story. The last two chapters did grip my attention, but overall, I was just not invested. ---------------------------------- The Prince - This was an excellent biblical fiction story on the life of Jonathan, son of King Saul and friend of David. Giving this a solid 4 star rating! I loved the characters and how true to their nature they were. I loved the bond between David and Jonathan. I loved how much Jonathan tried to stay with his father. I loved seeing the scripture played out. From chapter one to the epilogue I was sold and hooked on to each word. My favorite thus far!!! ---------------------------------- The Prophet - Going with a 3.75 star rating for this. Wanted to give it a full 4, but that ending was very anticlimactic so I just couldn't give it that full star. Amos was an interesting prophet and his story was a bit all over the place. I enjoyed seeing him have visions and seeing him go against the "norm" of his people's ways. ---------------------------------- The Scribe - Giving this a solid 4 because I love the way Silas told the story of Jesus, Peter and Paul. I felt like I was sitting with him as he was speaking about what he learned and saw. I was pulled in from beginning to end. This was scripture heavy, but was written in such a fantastic way. ---------------------------------- Overall, this is an okay novella. Glad I own it, but don't see me re-reading the first two novellas ever again. The last three were pretty good!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nay Denise

    The entire book gets a 3.75 star rating. This was a hassle to read and get through. I ended up wanting to DNF if it partially through and then opted to listen to the audiobooks. Didn't truly meet my expectations, but that's my own personal fault. The Priest - I'm going with a 3.75 star rating for this novella. I enjoyed it, but I felt like it dragged too much which is why I can't give it a full 4 star. Moses is amazing in leading the people. Though they complained and griped he still followed God The entire book gets a 3.75 star rating. This was a hassle to read and get through. I ended up wanting to DNF if it partially through and then opted to listen to the audiobooks. Didn't truly meet my expectations, but that's my own personal fault. The Priest - I'm going with a 3.75 star rating for this novella. I enjoyed it, but I felt like it dragged too much which is why I can't give it a full 4 star. Moses is amazing in leading the people. Though they complained and griped he still followed God's command and led the people. He did have his downfall when he allowed man to drag him down. Miriam irritated me with how she acted entitled. Aaron was easily influenced by others and acted like a brat. All three reminded me of how much we can fail as humans no matter how much good we believe we are doing. Man will always fail. The focus was on Aaron as the spokesperson for Moses during the ten plagues and the exodus. Aaron was an annoying character for me. He whined, acted like a little child and was easily swayed by the opinions of others rather than sticking to his faith. I was more so intrigued by Moses and Joshua than I was for Aaron. ---------------------------------- The Warrior - I feel like the beginning of this book was far fetched and so I have to settle on a 3 star rating. This follows Caleb, but it starts from the time of him living in Egypt under his Egyptain name. I was completely thrown off guard with the first three chapters and didn't really like how Joshua was written as an indecisive, weak person. The way Joshua was portrayed seemed to bother so much that it completely took me out of the story. The last two chapters did grip my attention, but overall, I was just not invested. ---------------------------------- The Prince - This was an excellent biblical fiction story on the life of Jonathan, son of King Saul and friend of David. Giving this a solid 4 star rating! I loved the characters and how true to their nature they were. I loved the bond between David and Jonathan. I loved how much Jonathan tried to stay with his father. I loved seeing the scripture played out. From chapter one to the epilogue I was sold and hooked on to each word. My favorite thus far!!! ---------------------------------- The Prophet - Going with a 3.75 star rating for this. Wanted to give it a full 4, but that ending was very anticlimactic so I just couldn't give it that full star. Amos was an interesting prophet and his story was a bit all over the place. I enjoyed seeing him have visions and seeing him go against the "norm" of his people's ways. ---------------------------------- The Scribe - Giving this a solid 4 because I love the way Silas told the story of Jesus, Peter and Paul. I felt like I was sitting with him as he was speaking about what he learned and saw. I was pulled in from beginning to end. This was scripture heavy, but was written in such a fantastic way. ---------------------------------- Overall, this is an okay novella. Glad I own it, but don't see me re-reading the first two novellas ever again. The last three were pretty good!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Yari

    Extremely happy that Rivers used Amos as one of the "sons of encouragement." Amos was a man of few words. He encouraged me because despite his brevity, God used him to deliver a strong message. He was the "blue collar" man, the prophet among the common people to show that God uses the meek; He gets all the glory! God selects what people reject. From Rivers' story I can see how it may not have been easy for Amos to say yes to the call to prophecy. However, his humble profession did not disqualify Extremely happy that Rivers used Amos as one of the "sons of encouragement." Amos was a man of few words. He encouraged me because despite his brevity, God used him to deliver a strong message. He was the "blue collar" man, the prophet among the common people to show that God uses the meek; He gets all the glory! God selects what people reject. From Rivers' story I can see how it may not have been easy for Amos to say yes to the call to prophecy. However, his humble profession did not disqualify him from the call nor did it excuse him from ministry. That I can be as obedient as Amos is my prayer.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lillie Russell

    Started reading Nov. 6, 2019 🙃 not as engaging as lineage of grace.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    A set of 5 historical/biblical novelisations of the characters Aaron, Caleb, Jonathan, Amos and Silas. Having started with many reservations, I won't say I've become a Francine Rivers fan... but it wasn't too bad! I do enjoy the way this kind of retelling draws out the flow of the biblical story in ways that can sometimes be obscured by the genre of the biblical books (not always being narrative) or by our bible reading habits (reading a few chapters a day). To make it work Rivers has to highlig A set of 5 historical/biblical novelisations of the characters Aaron, Caleb, Jonathan, Amos and Silas. Having started with many reservations, I won't say I've become a Francine Rivers fan... but it wasn't too bad! I do enjoy the way this kind of retelling draws out the flow of the biblical story in ways that can sometimes be obscured by the genre of the biblical books (not always being narrative) or by our bible reading habits (reading a few chapters a day). To make it work Rivers has to highlight overarching themes, character developments and plot twists. Sometimes this is great, when these are biblical -- for example, Israel's continual struggle ('contending with God') vs God's endless grace is very clear in the first 2 stories. The 'suffering prophet' image of Amos was helpful, and I loved the depiction of the network of relationships between the apostles and missionaries in the Silas story. However, sometime Rivers has to draw some fairly unlikely biblical conclusions -- or flat out make stuff up -- in order to craft a convincing story (in the early lives of Caleb or Silas for example) and this undercuts the credibility of those stories. Finally, I don't think Francine Rivers was quite able to make the transition from her usual female audience to a male readership. The overall tone was a bit feathery and fluffy with plenty of emotional introspection -- which meant I just wasn't highly motivated to pick the book up and read it, making it a bit of an exercise in discipline. I mean really, how many blokes want to read about (the promo line) "five men who quietly changed eternity"?! I suspect this is a book aimed at women who want to buy a book for their husbands. And while it didn't tick all the boxes for me, it was worth reading none the less.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hilary

    I really enjoyed these. 5 novellas, each about a lesser-known person from the Bible: Aaron, the priest, who encouraged and stood behind Moses; Caleb, the warrior, who stood and fought beside Joshua; Jonathan, the prince,who stood between his father Saul and his friend; Amos the prophet, who spent years pleading with the Israelites to turn back to God; Silas, the scribe, who traveled with Paul and Peter to spread the Good News. I often find that these Biblical retellings make me much more aware o I really enjoyed these. 5 novellas, each about a lesser-known person from the Bible: Aaron, the priest, who encouraged and stood behind Moses; Caleb, the warrior, who stood and fought beside Joshua; Jonathan, the prince,who stood between his father Saul and his friend; Amos the prophet, who spent years pleading with the Israelites to turn back to God; Silas, the scribe, who traveled with Paul and Peter to spread the Good News. I often find that these Biblical retellings make me much more aware of timelines - how long people travel, or how long a war goes on, or how old people are when certain events happen - and that gives me even more insight into the motivations and possible thoughts at the time. These were no exception. Each was very well written, and very close to the information you'll find in the Bible. (I think Silas was the most fictionalized, but really she just rolled other unnamed characters into "Silas" because we know so little about him.) And the best part, for me, wasn't the discussion questions (though those will be good another time) but including the relevant Bible passages at the end of each story, so you can read the truth for yourself and immediately see where certain details came from. This is one to buy!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mandy J. Hoffman

    MY REVIEW: Can I just tell you how much I love this book? Okay! Well let me share! Francine Rivers makes you feel as if you are back in time as these men of faith - Aaron, Caleb, Jonathan, Amos, and Silas - are living their lives. While it is a combination of Biblical facts woven into her well researched imagination, it offers a glimpse of what was and what might have been making the Bible come alive in your mind and heart. Understanding the Bible times on such a personal level helps you understa MY REVIEW: Can I just tell you how much I love this book? Okay! Well let me share! Francine Rivers makes you feel as if you are back in time as these men of faith - Aaron, Caleb, Jonathan, Amos, and Silas - are living their lives. While it is a combination of Biblical facts woven into her well researched imagination, it offers a glimpse of what was and what might have been making the Bible come alive in your mind and heart. Understanding the Bible times on such a personal level helps you understand the mercy and grace of God and how it has spanned time to apply to your life even today. Francine's writing is real, fresh, and inspiring! Some portions of this book can be a little detailed and hard to read through, but most anyone will enjoy this book even if they have to skip a page or two! This is a great book for both teens and adults.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ClaraBelle

    Honestly I wasn’t as impressed by this series as I usually am by Rivers. But here’s my thoughts on each novella! AARON: Didn’t like Aaron but loved how earthy Moses and Miriam were portrayed Rating: 1 Star out of 10 stars Warning: graphic details about the plagues, Aaron’s sons deaths, and leprosy. Some racism against Moses African wives... CALEB: Didn’t like Caleb but loved his 2 wives Warning : Caleb is a tyrannical narcissistic monster Rating: 2 out of 10 stars JONATHAN: Totally loved him and Honestly I wasn’t as impressed by this series as I usually am by Rivers. But here’s my thoughts on each novella! AARON: Didn’t like Aaron but loved how earthy Moses and Miriam were portrayed Rating: 1 Star out of 10 stars Warning: graphic details about the plagues, Aaron’s sons deaths, and leprosy. Some racism against Moses African wives... CALEB: Didn’t like Caleb but loved his 2 wives Warning : Caleb is a tyrannical narcissistic monster Rating: 2 out of 10 stars JONATHAN: Totally loved him and the entire plot/characters Rating: 10 stars Warning: graphic details about war, sorcery, and murder attempts AMOS: Loved him but(SPOILER ALERT)was sad he was murdered by his own people who didn’t like his prophecies Warning: his tragic murder at end of the book SILAS: Kinda redundant but hey, it had romance ! Warning: none Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

  10. 5 out of 5

    Steve Donoghue

    Even the wooliest atheist stands a good chance of liking this collection volume! Here's my review: http://www.openlettersmonthly.com/now... Even the wooliest atheist stands a good chance of liking this collection volume! Here's my review: http://www.openlettersmonthly.com/now...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Musings of a Middle-aged Mum

    This book was lent to my by a friend from church. It is fiction, but follows the stories of five Biblical men and imagines what they would have thought, said and done. It is very cleverly written, and really brought the characters to life, as well as linking in other people who were around at the time, and plenty of Biblical truths during their conversations. At the end of each book (this is actually five books in one), there is a chapter that can be used for personal or collective Bible study o This book was lent to my by a friend from church. It is fiction, but follows the stories of five Biblical men and imagines what they would have thought, said and done. It is very cleverly written, and really brought the characters to life, as well as linking in other people who were around at the time, and plenty of Biblical truths during their conversations. At the end of each book (this is actually five books in one), there is a chapter that can be used for personal or collective Bible study or reflection - I confess to having skipped straight over those bits. I was reading this as my fiction book, rather than a study book. At first I found the book to be very slow, and if I'm honest, I didn't like Caleb's story to be immediately after Aaron's because I felt that a bit too repetitive. (Caleb's and Aaron's stories are interlinked, and the order of these books follow the order of the Bible, so chronologically it is correct.) However, I think both of these points could be because I was reading a real book (dun dun dunnnnnn!), and being five books in one, it is a hefty size! In the end, I bought the Kindle version myself, returning the original to my friend, and that made everything go a lot smoother and much more enjoyable. The five books are all independent, and follow secondary characters to those written about in the Bible itself. It allows for some poetic license, but Francine really brings the characters and struggles of these people to the forefront. I particularly enjoyed the story about Amos. In the Bible, Amos is a fairly short book, all about prophesy, encouraging the Israelites to repent and return to God. There is not much there about the character of Amos himself, so it was good to spend some time thinking about what he could have been like as a person, following God's will, spreading a message that many others did not want to hear. Would I recommend this book? Yes. I'd go so far as to say that you don't have to be a Christian to enjoy these stories. If you have the slightest interest in the Bible or ancient history, then this book would be a good read to help set the scene and see the different challenges that would have been faced in those times, but even if you don't, the writing is good enough to draw you into the story and relate to their experiences. I do have to repeat that this is fiction, but highly recommend that if you enjoy it, you read the Bible itself afterwards, so you can see how accurate it is for yourself.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ely Nuku

    I picked this book after reading ‘Lineage of Grace’ with high hopes and expectations. I found it winding and too wordy, didn’t enjoy it as much. Favourite stories were Jonathan and Silas. I found a poignant central truth running through the stories of Aaron, Caleb, Jonathan, Amos and Silas and it is this - the nature of man is constantly at war with the righteousness of God and it takes the man willing to enslave themselves to Christ to win this battle. Favourite quotes “They all seemed intent o I picked this book after reading ‘Lineage of Grace’ with high hopes and expectations. I found it winding and too wordy, didn’t enjoy it as much. Favourite stories were Jonathan and Silas. I found a poignant central truth running through the stories of Aaron, Caleb, Jonathan, Amos and Silas and it is this - the nature of man is constantly at war with the righteousness of God and it takes the man willing to enslave themselves to Christ to win this battle. Favourite quotes “They all seemed intent on taking care of their immediate needs that they scarcely looked up.....they were busy drinking the water God had provided to stop and thank God for providing it. “ “It is not enough to want to fight. All me have it in them to fight! You must know the One who leads you into battle.” “The old moaned and mourned, grumbled and groaned, and died. The young praised and practiced, rejoiced in and reverence’s God, and lived.” “Men without God put their trust in a spider’s web , not even knowing they had been captured and bound.” “The safest place I can be is in the will of God” “Of course. Life is hard. Knowing God makes a vast difference in how we live.” “Forgive me Lord. Forgive me. I’m afraid. I admit it. I’m terrified. Not of death, but of dying. “ “It is not easy to look back..... but sometimes we must look back before we can move forward.” “Even those who have accepted Christ and received the Holy Spirit contend with the sin nature......the problem, my young friend, is not to break the chains-God has already done that- but the willingness to enslave ourselves to Jesus, who sets us free.”

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I read Francine Rivers’ A Lineage of Grace many years ago and loved (and have reread it several times since) but I only recently became aware that there was a similar version for 5 of the men of the Bible. The first 4 stories are of Old Testament men of God - Aaron (Moses’ brother), Caleb (one of the 2 spies of “the land flowing with milk and honey” fame), Jonathon (King Saul’s son and David’s friend) and Amos (the prophet), and the last story is that of Silas (secretary and companion to Peter an I read Francine Rivers’ A Lineage of Grace many years ago and loved (and have reread it several times since) but I only recently became aware that there was a similar version for 5 of the men of the Bible. The first 4 stories are of Old Testament men of God - Aaron (Moses’ brother), Caleb (one of the 2 spies of “the land flowing with milk and honey” fame), Jonathon (King Saul’s son and David’s friend) and Amos (the prophet), and the last story is that of Silas (secretary and companion to Peter and Paul) after the executions of Paul and Peter, but looking back over the time when Jesus was first starting his ministry and onward from there. As I read this, I was continually reminded anew of how events of Old Testament times prepared the people and pointed the way toward the coming of Jesus, with Old Testament happenings foreshadowing how we live in Christ after the resurrection. I was also reminded that although times change, people’s attitudes don’t, as I could see similar attitudes of sin in my life as the Israelites struggled with in their time - the specifics change, the basics stay the same. I also like the final section describing Silas’ travels with Paul and Peter - Paul passionate conviction in his letters often intimidates me and Francine Rivers describes some of the people that Paul and Silas meet or work with also feeling a little intimidated by Paul, so I’m glad that other people are similar to me in that respect!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    In this five-book compilation of the Sons of Encouragement series, New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers illuminates the lives of five Biblical men who stood behind the heroes of the faith and quietly changed eternity. Aaron, Caleb, Jonathan, Amos, and Silas each faithfully sought after God in the shadows of His chosen leaders. They answered God’s call to serve without recognition or fame. And they gave everything, knowing their reward might not come until the next life. Man planned In this five-book compilation of the Sons of Encouragement series, New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers illuminates the lives of five Biblical men who stood behind the heroes of the faith and quietly changed eternity. Aaron, Caleb, Jonathan, Amos, and Silas each faithfully sought after God in the shadows of His chosen leaders. They answered God’s call to serve without recognition or fame. And they gave everything, knowing their reward might not come until the next life. Man planned but God prevailed Whew I finally finished this book. I don’t know why but this book took me a while to get through. Over a year to be exact. I enjoyed the stories though and I took my time going through the Bible studies between each of these sons. I love the way this author tells stories. It really. Rings scripture to life and think about emotions they probably felt. I don’t know about you but when I read the Bible I don’t often take time to think about how the person writing must have felt. The last story is probably stretched quite a bit because scripture doesn’t tell us a lot about Silas but I found it very intriguing to think about the grief and struggle Christians must have felt back then, constantly seeing their leaders and co laborers being killed as martyrs. This book wasn’t as good as her others but I still liked it I rate this book a 3 out of 5 stars.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laura Stevenson

    Between 3 and 4 stars for me. Priest This book helped to humanise Aaron, and what his experiences as a child and adult may have been as Moses' brother. Some parts of the history felt drawn out, while others were barely skimmed. Warrior Again, the pace of this didn't feel right to me. I like the perspective of how Israel was formed and first began to respond to the laws they had received. Prince An interesting journey into the life of Jonathan, his deep friendship with David, and the resulting tension Between 3 and 4 stars for me. Priest This book helped to humanise Aaron, and what his experiences as a child and adult may have been as Moses' brother. Some parts of the history felt drawn out, while others were barely skimmed. Warrior Again, the pace of this didn't feel right to me. I like the perspective of how Israel was formed and first began to respond to the laws they had received. Prince An interesting journey into the life of Jonathan, his deep friendship with David, and the resulting tension with his father Saul. Prophet I really liked this one, especially the life of a shepherd and the way he cared for his sheep. There are so many obvious comparisons to how God cares for his people, and also the way Amos grew to care for the people he was called to. Scribe A potential glimpse into the early church, and missionary journeys with both Paul and Peter. This was one of the better novellas in the series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Wissel

    This book is actually a compilation of 5 books on the Bible characters of Aaron, the priest, Caleb, the warrior, Jonathan, the prince, Amos, the prophet, and Silas, the scribe. It is fiction. That being said, Rivers takes the scripture and bases the story of their lives on the Biblical facts but in writing her narratives adds things that might have happened as in the time period as well as dialogue and emotions. It makes their stories come alive. However, I think it is very important to go back This book is actually a compilation of 5 books on the Bible characters of Aaron, the priest, Caleb, the warrior, Jonathan, the prince, Amos, the prophet, and Silas, the scribe. It is fiction. That being said, Rivers takes the scripture and bases the story of their lives on the Biblical facts but in writing her narratives adds things that might have happened as in the time period as well as dialogue and emotions. It makes their stories come alive. However, I think it is very important to go back to the scriptures to see what is actually true, so that you don’t confuse fact and fiction. I felt like, in reading this, I came away with how incredibly rich the lives of these men were as well as an appreciation for their faith and dependence on God in hard times. It makes me want to strive to be more godly.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cindi

    Wow, just wow!! Another amazing novel by my absolute favorite author. This is five books in one. All well researched and wonderfully written. There is something special in the way that these stories are told. Francine Rivers brings these men to life with such detail, I feel as though I actually knew them, personally. Even though these stories are fictional, the characters are not. Reading this book has given me a greater understanding of God's word and I feel that His message is clearer having rea Wow, just wow!! Another amazing novel by my absolute favorite author. This is five books in one. All well researched and wonderfully written. There is something special in the way that these stories are told. Francine Rivers brings these men to life with such detail, I feel as though I actually knew them, personally. Even though these stories are fictional, the characters are not. Reading this book has given me a greater understanding of God's word and I feel that His message is clearer having read Sons of Encouragement. I highly recommend anyone who wants to grow closer to the Lord and/or enjoys biblically based fiction.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Casey Daniels

    A compilation of five retellings of stories in the Bible, each one centering on a man who wasn't necessarily the star of the story in scripture. Aaron, Caleb, Jonathan, Amos, and Silas. The author takes some liberties with fictionalizing the account, but the majority is based in scripture and most of it is quoted from the Bible. This book was a great way to dive deeper into the Bible and imagine the characters as they were - men of God, humans who made mistakes but honestly lived out their faith A compilation of five retellings of stories in the Bible, each one centering on a man who wasn't necessarily the star of the story in scripture. Aaron, Caleb, Jonathan, Amos, and Silas. The author takes some liberties with fictionalizing the account, but the majority is based in scripture and most of it is quoted from the Bible. This book was a great way to dive deeper into the Bible and imagine the characters as they were - men of God, humans who made mistakes but honestly lived out their faith. It's a slow read but worth the time for those who want to better understand the important people who helped found the Christian faith.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dede Gafa

    I read this book with great delight. Francine draws our attention to five people who played important roles in history but were not at the centre of the Biblical narrative: Aaron, Caleb, Jonathan, Amos, and Silas. In this book we learn a great deal through the fictional account and also in the Bible study section. My favorite stories are that of Jonathan and Silas, even though I love each of the five stories.

  20. 5 out of 5

    FRED GARTNER

    Excellent stories Ms. Francine Rivers has written 5 stories from characters from t he Bible. These people are not the main characters such as Moses, David, etc. She has taken poetic licence in their stories to make them come alive for us and we are better for it. I must with all humility say that I enjoyed each one. I recommend this book which has all the "Sons of Encouragement" series books and/or each individual book of each story. Excellent stories Ms. Francine Rivers has written 5 stories from characters from t he Bible. These people are not the main characters such as Moses, David, etc. She has taken poetic licence in their stories to make them come alive for us and we are better for it. I must with all humility say that I enjoyed each one. I recommend this book which has all the "Sons of Encouragement" series books and/or each individual book of each story.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tammi M

    True to form, Rivers delivers biblically and historically sound perspectives of these men of God. She again illustrates her ability to capture the truth of humanity and the issues that plague us today in her fictional re-telling of the lives of those living in age-old stories. This is a genuine GoodRead every time.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Hawker

    I loved this series and now am reading the bible with new eyes on these wonderful characters of God's Word. To read all at once takes a while (I don't have a ton of time to read) but I love the fresh perspective that Francine Rivers gives. High recommend. I loved this series and now am reading the bible with new eyes on these wonderful characters of God's Word. To read all at once takes a while (I don't have a ton of time to read) but I love the fresh perspective that Francine Rivers gives. High recommend.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jonas Stephan Johnson

    Good day all is well i faith we should rely only through the lord god bless really have it good.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Great read.....

  25. 5 out of 5

    Yza Santiago

    Good read! Though work of fiction, the reflection of characters can be applied in modern day real life. Highly recommended for entertainment and reflection for men of God.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Priestino

    It taught me so much about parts of the Bible. It was very educational and inspirational

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Reading this one in a monthly "bible study" book club. Book contains 5 novellas. Reading this one in a monthly "bible study" book club. Book contains 5 novellas.

  28. 4 out of 5

    James Seman

    Amazing series! Love these books! I recommend them for both men and women. If you read the scripture along with the book it’s even more amazing!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    I have just found this author and am VERY Much enjoying her Christian knowledge & writings.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lerato Moyo

    It was a long read because it was a series of 5 books but I loved it. Really amazing to see things threw the eyes of those who "supported" great men who in turn were great themselves. It was a long read because it was a series of 5 books but I loved it. Really amazing to see things threw the eyes of those who "supported" great men who in turn were great themselves.

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