From what I can tell, biblical fiction is about the skin.
We read the facts of the Bible. Like bones we see the structure of the being. We read the stories of the saints who came before us adding the flesh and then poetry applies the emotion. But how does the Bible relate to our world in the 21st century? Biblical fiction frames Bible stories in a way that the reader can connect with the characters.
The reviewer from Relz Reviews put it this way in her assessment of Harvest of Gold:
“Tessa peels back the layers of biblical history to provide a fascinating account of the fate of Jerusalem and her people as they struggle to take back what they lost following the destruction of their city. Continue reading / Leave a comment…
Jungle Fire by Dana Mentink has been called “full of mystery, twists, turns and vivid descriptions of the jungle.”
Queen of Sheba is a classic biblical novel by the acclaimed Roberta Kells Dorr.
Threads of Change by Jodi Barrows is a work of historical fiction that at least one reader said she couldn’t put down.
Mysterious Signal is the fifth book in Lois Walfrid Johnson’s beloved Freedom Seekers series.
Harvest of Gold by Tessa Afshar is a biblical novel said by one reviewer to be “a wonderful story that will build your spirit up and enlarge your heart.”
We’re excited about these books and we hope you are, too! Continue reading / Leave a comment…
For Harvest of Gold, Tessa Afshar had what every author dreams of for a book launch: a packed house, a significant location, and an enthusiastic response. Tessa now holds the honors of the first book launch and first event by a Christian author in the history of the Mark Twain House, the Connecticut home of the classic American author. In fact, she was featured in the Mark Twain House’s summer reading brochure, along with Stephen King!
More than 230 people attended the launch, leaving standing room only in the auditorium, where they listened to Tessa speak with moderator Lucinda Secrest McDowell. Continue reading / Leave a comment…
Written by Tessa Afshar, author of Harvest of Gold
Thanks to advances in neuroscience, we can now look inside people’s brains while they read fiction. I don’t know who came up with the idea first. A bored neuroscientist? A neuroscientist who moonlights as a novelist? In any case, according to an article in the New York Times (Your Brain on Fiction, March 17, 2012), scans show that evocative metaphors and emotional exchanges in a story can stimulate the brain and even change the way you live your life.
“The brain, it seems, does not make much of a distinction between reading about an experience and encountering it in real life; in each case, the same neurological regions are stimulated.” (Ibid) Which is probably why people who read a lot seem to have a greater ability toward understanding others and experiencing empathy. Continue reading / Leave a comment…