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Subject: Francine Rivers
Date Posted: 5/11/2008 6:50 AM ET
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Thank You all who talked about this author. I just started Redeeming Love and it is wonderful. Has a few hard parts but it is soooooooo well written. I am on page 155 and will be reading it today :) 

Gods Blessings

Subject: francine rivers
Date Posted: 5/11/2008 2:32 PM ET
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I loved that book. I read it twice. All of her books are great!!

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 4:55 PM ET
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I just started Redeeming Love too.   I am on page 83.  I love it so far.

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 6:34 PM ET
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I thought Redeeming Love was wonderful!  I am reading the Mark of the Lion series--just ready to start book 3.  I'm so glad for those of you who recommended it, and for the suggestion that I have Book 2 on hand to start reading immediately when Book 1 was finished. These books are so inspiring and reading them makes me want to be a better Christian.  My husband, who has studied a lot about ancient Rome and enjoys learning about that time, is also reading the books as I finish them.  I have 2 other books by Francine Rivers in my TBR pile--And the Shofur Blew and The Scarlet Thread.  One thing I really appreciate about Francine Rivers, at least in the books I've read so far, is her attention to authenticity and the depth of research she obviously has done, to write her books. 

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 6:35 PM ET
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I loved that book! Have you read "The Last Sin Eater"? It is my favorite of hers so far. 

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 1:19 AM ET
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Maydayzee couldn't of said it any better! I started book 3 of Mark of the Lion lastnight! I loved Redeeming Love but the Mark of the Lion series has truly spurred me on in my faith!! I also recommend the Last Sin Eater (way better than the movie) and When the Shofur Blew.  I have not read the Scarlet Thread yet but might have to look into it.

I also enjoy her Lineage of Grace series about the 5 women who are listed in the geneaology of Jesus. They are quick reads and enjoyable!

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 11:30 AM ET
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I've only read Redeeming Love and the Mark of the Lion trilogy, and both are excellent.  You girls who are reading book 3 of Mark of the Lion will have to let me know what you thought.  I didn't love it as well as the first two, although I still really liked it.

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 8:12 PM ET
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I think I have read Redeeming Love about 5 times and every time I cry. It is so awesome!

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 9:47 PM ET
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I have read and loved most all of the FR books listed above.  I wasn't too crazy about And The Shofur Blew. But I read it during breaks while I was on jury duty... that could be why :)  I just recently read Leota's Garden, I couldn't put it down... loved it. 

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 2:33 AM ET
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Loved "Leota's Garden"; haven't read the Mark of the Lion set yet, but it sounds as if I need to get them on my list pronto.

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 10:40 AM ET
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I have read all but three of her books--And the Shofar Blew, The Last Sin Eater, and The Scribe--but I really need to catch up.  So far, I must admit that every single book she's written I have loved!!!  My dad read And the Shofar Blew recently and loved it, so I need to get on to reading that one soon.  It's on my bookshelf waiting to be picked up.  :o)

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 8:11 PM ET
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I love Francine Rivers books. I recently saw the movie adaptation of The Last Sin Eater: Excellent. I needed tissues.

Date Posted: 5/15/2008 5:07 PM ET
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I really liked Leota's Garden also!  It was the first Francine Rivers book I read.

Date Posted: 5/23/2008 4:26 PM ET
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I just finished Redeeming Love and it was wonderful. I so understood those voices in her head..... I felt worthless too. I cryed and laugh and will read more of her books.

Thank You all for talking about her. I feel I found a great author I will enjoy :)

Date Posted: 5/28/2008 7:21 PM ET
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I discovered Francine Rivers years ago when I was in the Crossings book club and forget to send back the card and was send "The Last Sin Eater". I am so glad I didn't send that card back.  I have read all most everything and loved each one.  I want to reread the Mark of the Lion books, but my TBR pile is so tall they will have to wait.  My husband feels the same way about most of her books.  I envy you who have just discovered her, you have some wonderful reading ahead of you.

God Bless

susan

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 7:26 AM ET
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what are these like? are they tear jerkers? I see several posts about  needing tissues...I'm newish to Christian fiction and have been looking for stuff about women going through changes in their lives, preferably with some humor but sometimes I like something a little deeper..

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 11:27 AM ET
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All of Francine River's books are different but with depth and meaning.  You will want her books published after Redeeming Love which her first book after becoming a Christian (she was a writer before).  I think that is why I like her so much-- Like me, she was not always a Christian, but now you can see what Christ has done in her life.  I also really like Lynn Austin's books and I just found Linda Nichols, only read one so far but really enjoyed it.  If you want humor, try Phillip Gulley's Harmony Series, about a Quaker pastor in a small town.

 

susan

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 8:13 PM ET
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I am just starting The Last Sin Eater with the group read..... I think this will be good. Then when I am done I see the movie.  How did you who saw the movie like it ??? Is the book better, like it always is :)   ?

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 9:19 PM ET
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thanks Susan!

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 6:28 PM ET
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If anyone is interested and doesn't have a no pets/no smoking condition, I have a copy of And the Shofar Blew, hardcover in like-new condition (I think it may be a book club edition), on my shelf. It had a wish list when I posted it, every single person on the list has cancelled it.

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 9:32 PM ET
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Susanna--I can only tell you about the 3 books that I've read by Francine Rivers--Redeeming Love, and the first two books of the Mark of the Lion Series.  I don't really think that any of those offer much in the way of humor.  There are some very intense and sad parts.  I did occasionally need a tissue when I was reading Redeeming Love.  Also, I may be wrong, but perhaps you are looking for contemporary fiction.  The 3 I've read were not contemporary and were set in different periods of history. 

 

For humor, I enjoyed Gilbert L. Morris'  What the Cat Dragged In (The first book in the Jacques and Cleo series).  I've put the next two books on my WL.

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