Land of Silence

Land of Silence Before Christ called her daughter Before she stole healing by touching the hem of his garment Elianna is a young girl crushed by guilt After her only brother is killed while in her care Elianna tri

  • Title: Land of Silence
  • Author: Tessa Afshar Suzy Jackson
  • ISBN: 9781501924835
  • Page: 323
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Before Christ called her daughter .Before she stole healing by touching the hem of his garment .Elianna is a young girl crushed by guilt After her only brother is killed while in her care, Elianna tries to earn forgiveness by working for her father s textile trade and caring for her family When another tragedy places Elianna in sole charge of the business, her taBefore Christ called her daughter .Before she stole healing by touching the hem of his garment .Elianna is a young girl crushed by guilt After her only brother is killed while in her care, Elianna tries to earn forgiveness by working for her father s textile trade and caring for her family When another tragedy places Elianna in sole charge of the business, her talent for design brings enormous success, but never the absolution she longs for As her world unravels, she breaks off her betrothal to the only man she will ever love Then illness strikes, isolating Elianna from everyone, stripping everything she has left.No physician can cure her No end is in sight Until she hears whispers of a man whose mere touch can heal After so many years of suffering and disappointment, is it possible that one man could redeem the wounds of body and soul

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    1. Land of Silence was an excellent book. I was drawn to this story for a few reasons; One, It was written by Tessa Afshar! Two, The main character is based on one of my favorite accounts of Jesus, the woman with the issue of blood. Tessa did a wonderful job of fleshing out the back story of this woman. Which in itself is so amazing, because there was so limited info about the woman. I guess that's where prayer and creativity comes in. :-)Tessa really captured the history, Law, and culture of the t [...]

    2. I am very particular about the authors that I follow when it comes to Biblical fiction. Tessa Afshar is one author whose books I will always pick up and expect to be enthralled by the story. Land of Silence grabbed my heart from page one. She created a provocative, engrossing story for the woman with the issue of blood. When I first heard that this would be the basis for her new book, I admit, I did wonder how she was going to make it work. I wasn’t worried, of course, but I did wonder how she [...]

    3. I enjoyed this book of Christian historical fiction. It tells the story of the woman subject to bleeding for 12 years mentioned in 3 of the Gospel accounts. Most of the details are obviously fictional as we know little about her other than her medical condition and Jesus' healing of her. The story was full of twists and turns and kept my interest. It was easy to read with explanations for all of the cultural issues that arose in the narrative.The book is mostly clean--free of bad language, there [...]

    4. Tessa Afshar is such a talent with Biblical Fiction. This beautifully told story was filled with hardship. I thought of Job as I read Elianna's story. The length of time and magnitude of tragedies were well beyond what the average person could endure. Elianna is a character to revere. Likewise, for the main male character Ethan. Ethan was a compassionate, loving and strong man.I highly recommend this novel for fans of Biblical Fiction.

    5. Not being fan of Biblical fiction in the past, I was skeptical when I picked up this book but I loved it! The author did such a beautiful job bringing the setting and characters to life! The spiritual aspects are so touching. This novel is wonderful. I highly recommend it!

    6. This is quite frankly one of the best historical novels that I have ever read. I think what makes this so good is that Tessa Afshar was born in Iran, grew up in a nominal Muslim Family and later moved to the West and came to know Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.She brings a very fresh look at Biblical stories and also brings a great understanding of Anthropology and Sociology in regards to the Biblical Times when Jesus Christ walked the shores of Galilee.In this story we trace the life of a [...]

    7. Rich in descriptive prose and emotionally supercharged, Tessa Afshar’s latest novel Land of Silence takes biblical fiction to new heights. Derived from a story that graces three of the four canonical gospels, Afshar puts flesh and bone on the woman with the issue of blood. Elainna’s story proclaims how we all possess worth in Christ and by Him we are made whole and well.Following the death of her brother, 16 year old Elianna becomes imprisoned by her shame as well as her father’s grief. Li [...]

    8. This story grabbed my heart from the beginning, “When I think of the ruin my life has become, the slow wrecking of the dreams, the destruction of every love, I always return to the bee. That one tiny sting, which robbed my place of favor in my father’s heart and changed the course of my destiny.”Oh, wow, I was hooked. This author pens a compelling thought-provoking novel that encouraged and touched my soul. I like the author notes to readers when she shares that nothing is known about the [...]

    9. I have always stayed away from reading biblical fiction because I didn't want it to skew how I read the Bible. I am so glad I read this though and look forward to reading more. I came away with a better understanding of the cultures and laws that varied between the Jews and Romans. It taught me a lot about the work that went into dyeing and creating fabrics. It was all very fascinating. Although, I found the middle of the story to slow down in pace, I appreciated that the author took the time to [...]

    10. Another great offering from the writer of Pearl in the Sand. Tessa Afshar has taken the short reference to the woman who had been bleeding for twelve years, and given this woman a name, a life and a story. Now her name is Elianna, favored by God, but instead of God's favor, Elianna feels cursed. Her young life is full of guilt, sorrow, and rejection from the people who mattered the most, and even running her father's workshop, creating new designs and sourcing new dyes, can only dull the pain.As [...]

    11. 4 1/2 stars. Content: Near rape scene. The MC is grabbed and groped. There are several scenes of one jerk forcing her to kiss and being rough with her. Lots of angst, sorrow and loss. Stressful scenes involving Elianna’s illness, barbaric treatments for it and several skimmed over physical examinations.Note: I did feel there was historical inaccuracy in how Elianna and Ethan kissed/hugged/cuddled before marriage. While a Jewish betrothal meant much more than the weddings engagements that we ar [...]

    12. Not often do I give a book 5 stars but this one book was so intriguing, captivating and so touching. I have always been curious about the woman with the issue of blood who was healed simply by touching Jesus' robe. The author did a superb job of using fact and blending "what could have happened" without losing spiritual integrity. I think that I have found a Christian author who writes with a depth that I enjoy, especially Christian fiction.

    13. Tessa Afshar has long been one of my favourite authors, and so I met the news of her latest novel, "Land of Silence", with excitement. And let me tell you that this novel certainly lived up to my expectations! I have long been fascinated by the Biblical account of Jesus healing the woman who had been bleeding for 12 years, but I've never spent much time thinking about how she came to the place of reaching out in the crowd to touch Jesus' cloak, desperate for a healing. Afshar has succeeded at br [...]

    14. This is one of the most beautiful novels I have ever read. God is SO much more than my puny brain could ever comprehend. What a perfect, well-written story. I most appreciate that something that takes a few lines in the Bible has now be blown wide open. God is love. This book is amazing. I highly recommend this novel.

    15. After reading one Tessa Afshar book that I enjoyed, I decided to pick up another, not realizing I had digitally borrowed the audio version of Land of Silence . But since I had, I want to say kudos to the narrator. Pleasant voice, and it was read so well. I could envision each character clearly, and each inflection and emotion were true to the book's intention. I'd definitely listen to Suzy Jackson again, happily.The story was about the life of young Jewish girl in Judea, Elianna, from age 18 to [...]

    16. My first biblical fiction and I absolutely loved it. What an amazing author!I enjoyed Afshar's description of the time and place, the textile trade & dyes and also the way different sections of the society viewed each other. It is interesting to read about Jesus from the perspective of his contemporary, even though it is fictional. I expected the book to be a tearjerker and it is. The story starts with a low and when things starts looking up, there is another blow and the pattern repeats for [...]

    17. If the LORD had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. (Psalm 94:17 ESV)Land of Silence is the first book I’ve read by Tessa Afshar. Her writing style is superb, and she moves the story forward with purpose and an elegant smoothness. Although little is said in the Gospels about the woman with the twelve-year bleeding issue, Ms. Afshar gives a compassionate, fictional account of her life prior to the miracle of healing that occurred as she reached out in faith a [...]

    18. Elianna's past is marked with tragedy and sorrow. She makes the ultimate sacrifice to save the life of her fiance, but looses him in the process. Now she's years into a debilitating disease the robs her of strength and human contact. She's tried every doctor and has almost completely exhausted her resources. Her last hope is this strange man reported to heal people. Elianna knows that she is unclean. But if she can just touch Him, she hopes that she'll be relieved of her physical burden.Afshar i [...]

    19. The story of the woman who bled for 12 years is my absolute favorite miracle in the Bible. In her fifth book Tessa takes what little is known about her prior to being healed and creates a life around her, gives her a name, Elianna which means favored by God. She is the only one called Daughter by the Master. When she touched the hem of His garment she was healed physically, and spiritually. The writing was so visual that I felt as if I was in Galilee watching from above. This story is special to [...]

    20. I’m skeptical when it comes to Biblical fiction because I don’t like being confused by the Scriptures being taken out of context or moved around to better the story, as well as all of the added detail that isn’t found in the Bible itself. Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar did not disappoint. In fact, this is the first novel that I have read by her and it most certainly won’t be my last.This story is engaging, raw, and beautiful all at the same time. When I found out that the author was wri [...]

    21. Loved this story!! Ms. Afshar did an excellent job as usual. Elianna's story is a sad one in many ways, but is redeemed by Jesus' healing & love.

    22. The short takeWell-researched and with a lyrical flow to the writing, Elianna's story is a moving one - from heartbreak and loss, to physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Full reviewThis story was filled with such heartache, and yet also such hope. Once I got into the story I pretty much read it in one sitting because it was too difficult to leave Elianna under the weight of her burdens, knowing what was in store for her; which, as it turned out, was more than just physical healing.Land of [...]

    23. Once in a great while I happen upon a book that can be described as nothing less than a stunning masterpiece written by an exceptionally gifted author. The Land of Silence is that book and Tessa Afshar is that author. I've read Afshar's other four books and was beyond excited to read her newest book.This fictionalized story is the biblical account of "the woman with the issue of blood" found in the gospels. In the opening chapter, I was transported back in time to a hillside in Jerusalem where I [...]

    24. Wowjust wow! I need to stop saying I'm not into biblical fiction because I keep finding great authors who write in this genre. Land of Silence held me spellbound. In fact it made a huge impact on me. Touched my heart in such a profound way.Told exclusively from Elianna's point of view this story drew me in from the very first page. Rich details bring this time period to life in vivid detail -- from everyday life and customs to the intricacies of all the aspects of the textile trade. And the way [...]

    25. For this story, Tessa Afshar should win more Christy awards, or any other award that can be conjured. This is the best story I have been privileged to read all year because this story ministered to my soul. I could enjoy a book for entertainment but rarely does a book minister. This story did. Afshar brilliance as a writer is commendable as she immersed the reader into a contextual story for the woman widely known just “ the woman with the issue of blood”. Evidently well researched and divin [...]

    26. If the Lord had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. When I thought, "My foot slips," your steadfast love, O'Lord, held me up'? . guilt is gone, replaced by grace. I think that if I have such an undeniable mercy, whom am I to withhold it from you? By the time I got between the pages of the Land of Silence, I had forgotten what had drew me into another of Tessa Afshar historical fiction. In not knowing all the details, it leaves the heart open to experience the [...]

    27. Release Day Today !Emotionally poignant story had me fully engaged with characters and situations. A page turner.An emotionally deep story, Elianna's grief over the loss of her brother while in her care is just the beginning of unhealed wounds she carries. Affecting her personally and relationally, her choices, reactions and actions, all accrue to more losses. I was entirely impressed with Ethan, her betrothed. Strong physically and emotionally; able and willing to support her in the day to day [...]

    28. "Land of Silence" is biblical fiction about the woman of Mark 5 who was "subject to bleeding for twelve years." The author stuck with the facts found in the Bible and then came up with a backstory to explain why Jesus decided to confront her and specifically chose to call her daughter.I was pleased that the story was historically accurate since it takes an effort to get these details as close to correct as possible. These historical and cultural aspects were woven into the story and helped drive [...]

    29. Easily one of my favorite reads of 2015! I have always liked the story of Jesus healing the woman with the bleeding issue. She is unnamed and was considered unclean for 12 years, but she was the only woman in the Bible who Jesus called "Daughter." Tessa Afshar gives this woman a name and a story and fleshed out her character, but she remained true to the Bible. In a culture where wealth was status and women were not valued, Jesus on His way to a wealthy man's house, stopped at the touch of an un [...]

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