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The Tomb - A Novel of Martha

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In this captivating retelling of a classic biblical story, Jesus shocks the town of Bethany with Lazarus's resurrection from the dead, leading Martha--a seemingly perfect woman trapped by the secrets of her past--to hope and a new life. 
Everyone in Bethany admires Martha--the perfect Jewish woman. She feeds and clothes her loved ones, looks after the family farm, and meticulously follows every precept of the Pharisees' strict laws. But Martha is hiding a secret. At her sister's marriage feast, she gave her heart and her innocence to a young musician who promised to return and marry her, but instead betrayed her love and abandoned her. 
Seven years later, only two people in Bethany know of Martha's secret sin: her brother, Lazarus, and Simon, the righteous Pharisee to whom Martha is betrothed. When Lazarus falls ill, Martha is faced with a choice: send for Jesus to save her dying brother--risking the wrath of Simon who threatens to betray her--or deny Jesus' healing power and remain trapped in her tomb of secrecy and lies. 
Meanwhile, on the shores of Galilee, Isa roams the wilderness, tortured by demons and knowing only that someone is waiting for him. When he is healed by Jesus, he finds that seven years have passed since his descent into madness. Isa journeys home to Bethany only to find he is too late to win back Martha's love. 
When Martha risks all to heal Lazarus, will Jesus arrive in time, or will he--like Isa--come too late?

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"Stephanie Landsem has a gift for telling stories of eternal significance through the eyes of ordinary people. Powerful and tender, "The Tomb" carries us from the shadow of the valley of death to the glory of the resurrection, while keeping the hopes and dreams of its characters relevant to today's readers."--Regina Jennings, author of A Most Inconvenient Marriage and Caught in the Middle

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"Once again, Stephanie Landsem weaves a masterful tale of danger, intrigue, and love as she draws from the familiar story of two sisters, Mary and Martha, and their brother, Lazarus. Landsem pulls the reader into unexpected corners of history as this humble family does their best to figure out who Jesus really is and what his radical message means for them. She pulls from scripture and traditions passed down through the centuries to explore the human experience behind these beloved characters, breathing new life into the story in clever and surprising ways."--Laura Sobiech, author of Fly a Little Higher

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"In Stephanie Landsem's latest novel, Martha, Mary, and Lazarus are real enough to invite you into their Bethany home, sit you before the fire, and fill your belly with barley stew and warm bread. "The Tomb" is an enthralling tale, impeccably researched, full of delightful characters. As women, we have always been told to emulate Mary, the sister who chose to worship at Jesus' feet. But Landsem's Martha has much to teach us, about love, loyalty, honor, faith--and the true measure of a family."--Carole Towriss, author of In the Shadow of the Sinai

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"A compelling story and vivid characters immediately come off the page and into your heart as Stephanie Landsem brings ancient Jerusalem to life in her enthralling second novel, "The Thief." As you run through the streets with the little thief, Mouse, or dip in the Pool of Siloam with the secretive Nissa, a masterful tale full of adventure, heartbreak, and hope unfolds. A must-read for anyone who loves a good book they simply can't put down."--Laura Sobiech, author of Fly a Little Higher

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"Filled with memorable characters, "The Thief" is a tale of hopelessness turned to hope, of high stakes made higher, and ultimate love. What happens when a character at the lowest rung of society crosses paths with the most well-known figure in history? The story of "The Thief." I couldn't stop reading."--Tosca Lee, New York Times bestselling author of Iscariot

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Library Journal starred review.;In this captivating retelling of a classic biblical story, Jesus shocks the town of Bethany with Lazarus's resurrection from the dead, leading Martha--a seemingly perfect woman trapped by the secrets of her past--to hope and a new life. Everyone in Bethany admires Martha--the perfect Jewish woman. She feeds and clothes her loved ones, looks after the family farm, and meticulously follows every precept of the Pharisees' strict laws. But Martha is hiding a secret. At her sister's marriage feast, she gave her heart and her innocence to a young musician who promised to return and marry her, but instead betrayed her love and abandoned her. Seven years later, only two people in Bethany know of Martha's secret sin: her brother, Lazarus, and Simon, the righteous Pharisee to whom Martha is betrothed. When Lazarus falls ill, Martha is faced with a choice: send for Jesus to save her dying brother--risking the wrath of Simon who threatens to betray her--or deny Jesus' healing power and remain trapped in her tomb of secrecy and lies. Meanwhile, on the shores of Galilee, Isa roams the wilderness, tortured by demons and knowing only that someone is waiting for him. When he is healed by Jesus, he finds that seven years have passed since his descent into madness. Isa journeys home to Bethany only to find he is too late to win back Martha's love. When Martha risks all to heal Lazarus, will Jesus arrive in time, or will he--like Isa--come too late?--;Provided by publisher.

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"It's a rare story that you can't put down. Even rarer is a story that compels you to set it aside, reflect, and pray before you can go any further. Stephanie Landsem takes a tale you think you know and leaves you breathless with unexpected discoveries. I found myself stunned by "The Well "and humbled and inspired by the faith journey of her characters. This is a masterpiece."--Regina Jennings, author of Sixty Acres and a Bride

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"Stephanie Landsem breaks into historical biblical fiction with an intriguing and compelling story. "The Well "is sure to win the hearts of readers, and Landsem is a welcomed new voice to the publishing world."--Rachel Hauck, bestselling, award winning author of The Wedding Dress and Once Upon a Prince

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"In "The Well "Stephanie has written a biblical novel that tells about a little known woman's encounter with Jesus that will resonate with readers. I felt I was right there, struggling with Mara, aching with her in all her agonies and cheering for her to struggle through them. Stephanie Landsem is a writer to watch."--Lauraine Snelling, author of the Red River of the North series

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"WOW! LOVE IT!!! I started reading on my way home from a conference and was so engrossed in the book I almost missed the flight! "The Thief" stole my heart and lifted my spirit. Masterfully told, this story of a Roman centurion and a Jewish girl explores familiar New Testament passages but plumbs new spiritual depths. A powerful message of faith and hope intersecting at the foot of the cross."--Mesu Andrews, author of In a Broken Vessel

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"Powerful and moving, Landsem grabs hold of the soul and never lets go. As compelling a portrait of mercy as I have ever read. Don't miss this one!"--Siri Mitchell, author of The Messenger

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"Stephanie Landsem delivers a fascinating perspective on Martha, Mary, and Lazarus. Gripping yet tender, "The Tomb" weaves these Bethany siblings into the lives of supporting Gospel characters, beckoning readers to that poignant moment when the Son of God wept. Satisfying. Inspiring. Beautiful."--Mesu Andrews, award-winning author of Love Amid the Ashes

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"Landsem creates a beautiful tapestry of familiar New Testament stories, woven together with fresh insight into what it looked like to walk alongside Jesus, encountering both the mundane and the mysterious in the man who brought the kingdom even to small villages."--Tracy Higley, author of The Queen s Handmaid"

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"Triumphant! Landsem's words resound with hope and healing, with freedom from the chains which bind us all."--Siri Mitchell, author of Like A Flower in Bloom

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""The Tomb" by author Stephanie Landsem brings the story of Martha, the over-anxious sister of Mary and Lazarus, into a dramatic and unexpected light. Often when we read the biblical story, we don't stop to think about who these people were, what they thought, how they lived, especially when we are unfamiliar with the culture of the day. "The Tomb" gives us a rich glimpse into that culture and into the lives of these characters, their hopes, their joys, their fears. You will never see Martha quite the same way again. An intriguing, fascinating read."--Jill Eileen Smith, bestselling author of the Wives of King David series

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"Once I picked up The Tomb" I couldn't put it down. Landsem's novel about Martha is not only a riveting page-turner; it's a profound and uplifting story about people transformed by faith."--Rebecca Kanner, author of Sinners and the Sea

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"A vivid retelling of a Bible story we've all heard but perhaps never completely understood in all its facets until now. With a main character human enough for us all to identify with, The Tomb" is a poignant tale of secrets too long guarded, the tenacity of love, and the freeing power of grace."--Tosca Lee, New York Times bestselling author of Iscariot


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1451689128
9781451689129
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8 3/10"  (21.0 cm) x 5 2/5"  (13.7 cm) x 0 9/10"  (2.28 cm)
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2015

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