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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers; International Paper Edition edition (Oct. 15 2007)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 1414309856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414309859
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 12.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,361,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Bible Stories Made Interesting Oct. 17 2006
By Deborah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'll admit it. When I read my Bible, I tend to skip the minor prophets. Except for Jonah, I don't think the majority of people can even remember their naems. Luckily Francine Rivers has made Amos into a novel (Book 4 in her Sons of Encouragement series) so we can learn about his story. Amos is a shepherd who is appalled at the way God's people have become in the days after the nation has split. God gives Amos visions of what will happen to the enemies of his people and to his people themselves. When Amos goes to Bethel to tell them, they first rejoice at hearing of the destruction of their enemies but then after hearing what will happen to them, they turn against Amos. Even though near death at times, Amos stays true to his word warning the people to repent and leave the ways of the false gods and priests. The people don't listen and God sends down his punishments.

I liked how the story could be related to people in today's world. If we're not careful we'll end up just like the kingdom of Israel. Another thing I liked was the cameo of Hosea, another prophet, here as a young man. His story is hinted at and can be told fully in as a parable in another of River's books, Reedeming Love. This book is recommended if you have trouble understanding the book of Amos. It's amazing how fiction makes historical and biblical event more clear.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
delightful biblical biographical fiction Aug. 2 2006
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The sacrifice demanded by the Priests required using only the best most perfect sheep; yet though a child he is confused and somewhat appalled to observe his family insures that a flawed animal is given to the Priest. He wonders why as his father and older brothers tell him to keep quiet; they state why give away a perfect animal for sacrifice when damaged goods will do the trick. Amos does not understand as during this period of plenty his family has prospered. He concludes his family and the priests have cheated God; soon he believes a day of reckoning will come for those who prosper from their ill gains.

As he grows into adulthood, Amos sees more practices that disturb him. He detests the necessary trips to Jerusalem where he notices that even the Priests break the holiest of laws and only finds comfort tending his flock. God sends him to Bethel, a place he loathes more than Jerusalem. His mission to spread the message that these may be the good times thanks to the Lord, but they will end if the people continue to break the Torah. Amos does his Lord's bidding though he knows before he begins that the message will make him a pariah.

The fourth Sons of Encouragement biblical biographical fiction (see THE PRINCE, THE WARRIOR and THE PRIEST) is a delightful look at the fascinating Amos, whose message is rejected by those he tries to reach. Labeled a "minor prophet", he talks of gloom and doom judgment day coming (an early democrat) to the Northern Kingdom of Samaria during a time when the ecomony was expanding by selling the torah's values under the label of growth (an early republican). Readers will appreciate his message that still holds true today.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Bible stories for enjoyment April 23 2013
By sandra poynter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I Knew that I would like this book.
I have read a few of Francine Rivers books and she did not disappoint with this one.
She keeps to the Bible but brings you right into the story and leaves you wanting to read more of her books.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A nice read but a bit slow in a few places Sept. 26 2010
By Books & Such - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The author has used her wit for this book and it has shown. The idea for the book was great! We usually think of Jesus being the Shepherd, but Francine Rivers used it well for another man of the bible, Amos. A man chosen was not perfect but followed the calling of God. He cared for the people like a shepherd for his sheep. Analogy made between the two clearly has shown throughout this book. The book was really well planned and was nicely carried out. Vivid descriptions take you to a different time and place. The book slowed a bit in a few places, but that did not take away from the story.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Nice, for younger adults Jan. 17 2009
By MrsK - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Its a nice story. You get to hear how Francine Rivers contrasts a sheepherder with the city life of the herd mentality. It is not a must read, because it is slow. But it is a nice read.


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