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Unspoken: Bathsheba [Hardcover]

Francine Rivers
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June 28 2001 Lineage of Grace (Book 4)
The compelling story of Bathsheba and David as told by award-winning author Francine Rivers. Readers will see the familiar biblical account unfold in a whole new light through the eyes of Bathsheba. This timeless story has contemporary meaning for today's readers. A study on the biblical text is included for personal or group study.

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In award-winning writer Francine Rivers's five-book Lineage of Grace series about women in the family tree of Jesus Christ, perhaps the most compelling installment is Unspoken, the love story of David and Bathsheba. This Old Testament saga of adultery, power, and battles fought both on the field of combat and in the human heart touches on the cost of poor choices, the need for forgiveness, and finding ultimate fulfillment--themes that are relevant today. Rivers writes poignantly of how Bathsheba falls in love with David as a little girl, and of her bitterness when she comes of age and is given in marriage to Uriah, one of David's mighty warriors. Love cannot be commanded, however, and it's not long before the sexual tension between David and Bathsheba reaches its logical conclusion, with disastrous results. Rivers adeptly brings the biblical account to life, portraying the difficult struggles of good people, the corrupting influence of power, and God's love for those who make mistakes--even big mistakes. --Cindy Crosby

About the Author

Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market, and her books were highly acclaimed by readers and reviewers. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, a mother of three, and an established romance novelist.

Francine and her husband, Rick, live in Northern California and enjoy the time spent with their three grown children and every opportunity to spoil their grandchildren.

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"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want." Thus begins one of the greatest psalms ever written, and is the strong message I received from this spirit-filled novel. The description of Bathsheba, the fourth woman figure in the lineage of Christ, is a vivid example of God's redemption and unconditional love. The first outhstanding feature is the introduction of Bathsheba. Although history surrounds her name with stories of adultery, scandal, and murder, the examination of her emotions in the novel gave a complete understanding of the encounter and cost of sin. True, at a first glance at the basic story, it would seem Bathsheba and David deserved what the received for their sin. But the novel shows the greater importance that God places on repentance. And even more so, it shows that He grants unlimited restoration! One word of caution. The novel is written in bold simplicity and detail. It calls for open-minded students of God's word, those who are willing to examine God's will as just and marvel in His judgement. From the inspiring presentations of David, the meritorious behavior of Uriah, the admirable personality of Abigail, and the redeemed portrayal of Bathsheba, the story causes those who are willing to lose the "bad-girl" appraisal of Bathsheba. Though these biblical characters' faults and triumphs, God contiues to demonstrate His providence. And that, indeed, is everything we need.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bathsheba's story is an example of ... grace? July 24 2001
In River's latest novella, she recreates the scandalous and steamy story of King David and Bathsheba. Brought up a "good girl", the story of David and Bathsheba seemed so unrelated and removed from my life. While reading Unspoken, however, I found myself in Bathsheba, matching her emotion for emotion, and for the first time, actually understanding her. The stone that I had been holding against her slipped out of my hand, as through this book, I heard Jesus whisper, "Let he without sin throw the first stone". For the first time, I am fully aware of why God put this tale of adultery/betrayal/murder in His sacred Book. Bathsheba's story, as I previously thought, is NOT about sex or murder. Rather, it is a shining example of how God's grace and mercy covers all sin, separating it from us as far as the east is from the west, and working through our failures. Bathsheba's story is our own story each and every time we fail, with the promise that redemption beyond anything we could ever earn is within our grasp, held out by the Holy One. Bathsheba's name, infamous for her sin, should instead be known for the forgiveness and mercy that she received. This story, coupled with the self - examining Bible study in the back of the book, makes this a real find.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bathsheba and the sin you cant put down March 21 2004
This book is based on the romance between Bathsheba and King David, from the bible. It is full of emotion and just written fabulously. The emotion Francine Rivers puts in to the book is just so grabbing. In it, bathsheba is madly in love with David. She is so in love with him, that it hurts; and the way ms rivers describes that made me fall in love with David! Bathshebas story is all about Gods mercy and his neverending grace. Bathsheba and David commited a terrible sin, and had to pay for it dearly; bathshebas own family disowned her and she was spat upon is hatred, plus her first born son died and she had to watch her beloved love, david share his affection with dozens of other wives and concubines! Nevertheless, Bathsheba sought out God and raised her children to be great children of God. Gods mercy was spread upon both Bathsheba and David as they repented and got a taste of Gods love and tender mercy. A must read for any believer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best of the series July 30 2002
I honestly think that this is the best book of the series--but of course, I haven't read the last one yet. There is a humanness to Bathsheba and David that I didn't get out of the Biblical version. The author portrays David as a humble man, who forgets his role as king and spiritual leader of his people to focus on his own physical desires. This leads to chaos. David eventually comes back to his true role as king.
Bathsheba was a little girl with a dream. She grew into a woman who was forced to marry against that dream, and then betrayed that marriage. But after all the heartache that she had and that she caused, she came to have a relationship with God that allowed her peace of spirit.
The end of the book brought tears to my eyes. I think that everyone should read this book and learn how one action can change the destiny of an entire people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Women of the Bible come to life! Dec 31 2001
Francine Rivers continues her series of Lineage of Grace, with the story of Bathsheba, one of the best examples we have of the power of God's forgiveness. Bathsheba's early life is described, from her admiration of David to her love for her grandfather Ahitophel. She grows up and unwillingly becomes the wife of Uriah, still clinging to her love for David. The Biblical events of her affair with David are narrated, along with the guilt they feel from betraying Uriah. Even after Bathsheba and David are married, their troubles do not end. Family intrigue becomes a way of life and a tragic death mars their marriage. Bathsheba learns in a painful way the price of disobeying God, but as the book continues we see her redemption and her realization that her first love and loyalty must be for
her Heavenly Father.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs Up for Francine!
Unspoken is a poignant Biblical love story between Bathsheba & King David (one of the most beloved Biblical characters). Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2004 by Arlena Flanders
5.0 out of 5 stars a great series
What else can I say? Francine Rivers is awesome and so is this entire series. Easy reading that you can't put down until you are finished.
Published on March 1 2003 by Rena
5.0 out of 5 stars a great series
What else can I say? Francine Rivers is awesome and so is this entire series. Easy reading that you can't put down until you are finished.
Published on March 1 2003 by Rena
4.0 out of 5 stars Unspoken
This is a hard book to read, in many ways. It shows the devastation which happens when we allow coveteousness to grow and are not nurturing contentment and faith in God's... Read more
Published on April 26 2002 by J-- S--
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Francine Story from the Biblical Past
Once again, Francine Rivers brings a bible story to life with all of its reality and wonderful characters. Read more
Published on March 6 2002 by S. Benedetti
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Story...
Very good story. First you need to read the story in the bible then read Rivers book to fill in the spaces. Excellent Read!!!
Published on March 2 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Wonderful!
Read this book and you'll be hooked on the entire Lineage of Grace series. Rivers' perspective brings new light to these bible stories.
Published on Feb. 15 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Read!!!
It teaches you about history, love, and God. It would touch the heart of any woman living. Today or in the future. God's Word is always valid and usefull. Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2002 by R. Marks
5.0 out of 5 stars What an imagination!
Francine gives the reader an idea about what it must have been like in Bathsheba's time and how similar us humans really are even over thousands of years we never fail to be... Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2002 by Blanca
5.0 out of 5 stars So Blessed
This was the best book I have read in a while. It stired my emotions and made me reflect on how God has moved in my own life to bring me from my own selfish ruin to a blessed women... Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2001 by Pam Tisdale
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