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The net of Hitler's Third Reich begins to close around the Jews in prewar Europe, and millions are trapped in the sinister web. Kristal Nacht, the Night of Broken Glass, shatters the last illusions for the thousands who hoped to escape the Nazi terror. As the synagogues of Berlin burn and Jewish homes are plundered, two families face the grim reality of life in the New Germany. Anna Lindheim's sister Helen and her pastor husband Karl Ibsen are arrested for helping the Jews. The Ibsen children, Lori and Jamie, must find a way to escape their Nazi pursuers and get past the iron gates that keep them imprisoned in the Reich. Young Peter Wallich, with his mother, sister and baby brother, faces the same dilemma. How can he, a Jew, get them out of Berlin to safety? How can they reach Danzig, the one place that offers hope, the promise of freedom? And then there is Lucy, in such desperate straits herself. How can she possibly help these children?
Rachel Lubetkin had survived the Holocaust, but only at a great personal cost. Joining the thousands of Jewish people streaming into Israel after the Nazi desolation, she is smuggled into the besieged Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem, where she discovers members of her long-lost family. Rachel decides she cannot leave the Old City or the people who stand as one thin line between its survival. When secrets of her past are uncovered, she is discredited before the very people she wants so desperately to help. Alienated from her own people and left in despair, she is not aware of the enemy forces that threaten her very life.
AS SPRING 1940 UNFOLDS IN PARIS, war is inevitable. AP journalist Josephine Marlow is asked to undertake a dangerous journey back into the borders of the Reich--just when the Führer is gathering his forces for another invasion. If she is successful, a child will live. If not, he will die. And many other children, too. French colonel Andre Chardon knows that the undefeated Führer will not hold back his Blitzkrieg long from France. But the plan of attack revealed in a coded message is so audacious that no one believes Andre. Whom can he convince? Who will have the courage to act before thousands of innocents are slaughtered? And is a miracle at Dunkirk Harbor possible?
this is the story of Mary and Joseph and the story of Jesus birth.
Spiritual and political darkness shroud the world's holiest and most turbulent city. Ruled by Rome and manipulated by religious rulers with only selfish interests in mind, the people of Jerusalem wonder if their Deliverer will ever come. Susanna and Manaen desperately search for hope and meaning - in a world where their love is forbidden. Others pray and wait for light, the True Light of Messiah, to dawn. Peniel the beggar, Marcus the Roman Centurion, Zadok the Chief Shepherd of Israel, and his three adopted orphan boys - all long for a vision of hope. Now a healer named Yeshua walks the streets of Jerusalem. Is he the true Messiah? Or only another imposter, like so many before him?
Back Cover: Ellie Warne, a young American photojournalist, finds herself in Jerusalem in 1947. She unwittingly becomes a pawn in a political chess game when she photographs some ancient scrolls discovered by Bedouins. Who would guess that a few innocent photos could entangle her in such a desperate web of intrigue and peril? David Meyer seems to love her dearly, but Moshe Sachar has a purpose and commitment in life that intrigues her more than she can say. Through it all, Ellie discovers a people, a spirit, and a person who profoundly change the direction of her life.
An unforgettable story and a wonderful new historical fiction series that moves from beautiful green mountains in the mid-America Valley of Shiloh to a neighborhood in an industrial town. A land of promise seems more like a land of hopelessness and tragedy, but the characters learn that God's eye always remains upon the sparrow.
For Jews in prewar Europe, the terrifying truth is uncovered: Truly they have no place to go. Escape or perish, but escape to where! As Central Europe is taken over by the Nazis under celebrated headlines of Peace in Our Times, hundreds of thousands pay the price for Hitler's international deception. In Jerusalem Interlude, Leah and Shimon Feldstein finally reach the Promised Land. They enter their new life under the shadow of the Western Wall, only to find that a longer, more sinister shadow is casting its darkness over the Holy Land. Will they ever find true peace, a resting place for their spirits? Or will their time in Jerusalem be only a brief interlude in the ongoing struggle for a homeland?
the fourth book in the Zion Legacy series, the husband-and-wife team surprise readers with a new spin, creating a story within a story and swapping time periods. It's 1948 when the tale opens, and flames are engulfing the Jewish Quarter. The battle for Old City Jerusalem is lost. Moshe Sachar and Alfie Halder escape the chaos through a secret passageway that leads to a cavernous, subterranean library, where the most sacred Jewish texts lie safely hidden. As Moshe prepares for their long confinement, he finds a tightly rolled papyrus scroll inscribed with the names Miryam and Marcus. He reads, and the scene shifts to the first century A.D., where a love story unfolds.
The year is 1948. Jewish and Muslim forces battle each other for the Holy City they are all willing to die for. Because this is a book about war, readers should be prepared for gruesome descriptions of violence in some parts of this historical fiction novel.
It is May 23, 1948, in the maelstrom of the conflict between Jewish and Muslim forces. Nine days of brutal fighting have passed since the new State of Israel was proclaimed, the Zion Gate is closed, and supplies for the patriots are quickly running out. Inside the city, the spirit of the valiant defenders threatens to fail. Moshe Sachar is trapped in enemy territory and races desperately to reach those still fighting for the Old City, including his pregnant wife, Rachel. Her grandfather sees a prophecy of hope for Jerusalem, but can Moshe reach them before the attacks overtake them and it is too late?
Jerusalem's Hope, the final volume in the Zion Legacy series, continues the story-within-a-story of the Jerusalem Scrolls and Stones of Jerusalem. Israeli strategist Moshe Sachar has taken refuge in a secret tunnel, beneath the Temple Mount, from the battle chaos of the 1948 war of independence. Now, he opens another of the temple's ancient scrolls and plunges into the supreme drama of the first century A.D. As word spreads of the miracles performed by a charismatic but mysterious prophet, Yeshua, people whose lives he has touched are caught up in destiny. A Roman centurion--in love with a Hebrew beauty--is torn between admiration and duty. Three "sparrows," ragamuffin orphan boys in hiding with Yeshua, are his vital messengers to a shepherd in Bethlehem. As all these characters converge on the dangerous road to Jerusalem at Passover, Jerusalem's Hope delivers the timely and sweeping climax fans have been waiting for.
Back Cover: Rabbi Lebowitz has waited a lifetime for this moment. No Jew has held the key to the Gate of Zion since AD 70. Yet on May 14, 1948, the day of Israel's statehood, the British will turn that key--the symbol of his hope for the nation--over to him. But before the British evacuate, full scale fighting breaks out. Five Middle Eastern nations gather around Palestine to divide it among themselves. Caught in the middle, the native Palestinians flee. Is there any hope for peace? for stopping the bloodshed?
Book Jacket: The fourth book in THE ZION CHRONICLES, A Light in Zion opens in April 1948, only six weeks before the final evacuation of the British from Israel. The dream for the rebirth of the Jewish nation now appears doomed to extinction. The British have almost totally withdrawn from any interference between the battles of the nearly unarmed Jews and the Arab soldiers of Haj Amin Husseini. The eve of Passover finds the Jewish sector of Jerusalem being starved into submission by an Arab siege. While Moshe and his Jewish troops risk their lives to open the Arab-held pass of Bab el Wad for a food convoy to save their people, David and Ellie search the Mediterranean for a freighter loaded with weapons for the Muslim Jihad and the bands of Arab soldiers who still vow to drive the Jews into the sea. And Rachel's mother-heart yearns over her fever-ravaged infant...
England teeters on the brink of war. It's no longer a question of if. It's a matter of when. IN THE DARK FALL OF 1939, the hopes of the Polish people fade as Nazi bombers strafe the beloved city of Warsaw. Politicians debate while hundreds stand in lines at the British Embassy, desperate to flee the country before Hitler's ground forces arrive. Mac McGrath, a veteran American photographer, recorded the landslide toward war with dedication, believing that if he told the truth, the world would rise up and put a stop to Hitler's evil plans. Now his foolish idealism embarrasses him. Outside the embassy gates, Jewish schoolteacher Eva Weitzman prays for a miracle. Without a British passport, she will fall into the Nazis' clutches. Who will live and who will die? Will anyone dare to stand against the apathy of nations?
It was after mass on the first day of Advent that old Mad Molly Fahey told everyone that a great miracle was coming to visit the poor of Ballynockanor Ireland.
AMERICAN JOURNALIST JOSEPHINE MARLOW knows firsthand the horrors of war-the bombs, the senseless slaughter when Warsaw fell to the Nazis. Now assigned to the Paris AP office, Josie sees the impending danger. Spies have already infiltrated the countries of Belgium and Holland and stand ready to assist with the invasion. As French civilians are evacuated from the countryside to Paris and the cadets at the Ecole de Cavalerie prepare for war, French colonel Andre Chardon heads a top-secret project. It could turn the tide of the war. .. but will the discovery be too late?
Book Jacket: The old city of Jerusalem is under siege in February 1948. Food, fuel, and weapons are scarce. The U.S. arms embargo against the Jews is still in effect--although the British openly sell weapons to the Arabs. David Meyer is given a dangerous assignment--to hire pilots and buy planes that could fly to Palestine the instant statehood is declared. It could cost him his U.S. citizenship, and Ellie, his bride, would be in harm's way. David had signed up for the war, but not to carry the weight of a nation. Especially when betrayal swirls in the air.
Who could have known their way of life would be blown away with the wind... in one day? <P> In the autumn of 1931, Birch and Trudy Tucker are proud of what they've built with their love and labor in Shiloh, Arkansas. The farm produces fine cotton. The pantry and cellar are full of food for the winter. Tom and Bobby are old enough to help with the family chores but young enough to get into mischief. Little Joey is the joy of his mother's heart. <P> To the Canfield family--once sharecroppers--Shiloh is a dream come true. Jefferson and Lily, their babies, and his parents, Hock and Willa-Mae, are reunited, and Jefferson farms his own land. Then, on October 1, 1931, disaster strikes. The cotton market collapses in Memphis, and the little town of Shiloh is hit hard. It will take a miracle to save what Birch and Trudy and so many others have labored to build. Yet even the forces of nature seem to conspire against them... <P> Based on the lives of Bodie's grandparents, Shiloh Autumn is an inspiring story of courage, faith, love, and the healing strength of forgiveness in the face of loss and betrayal.
Trudy, Birch, and Jefferson become caught in the vortex of their country's unrest after World War I and the countdown to the big Crash. On separate paths and through tragic situations, all three must come to terms with their circumstances and find their own faith and direction. Thoene has been awarded three Gold Medallion Book Awards for Fiction in the past four years.
In Jerusalem Vigil, Book One of The Zion Legacy series, Bodie and Brock Thoene transfixed the readers of their blockbuster Zion Chronicles and Zion Covenant series and captured a host of new ones. Their dazzling new novel continues the story of the world's most sacred city at its momentous turning point. Thunder from Jerusalem opens on May 19, 1948. The state of Israel is five days old, and--under attack from all points of the compass--its life hangs by a thread. After months of privation the siege of Jerusalem's Old City is lifted as patriot soldiers break through Zion Gate. But it is only the beginning of a long battle, as harrowing as it is glorious, for this ancient enclave. There unfolds a tale of heroism and tragedy, of romance, pathos, and triumph. Thunder from Jerusalem is unforgettable in its timely blend of superb storytelling, historical authenticity, and spiritual adventure.
Book 1 in the compelling Zion Covenant series. Her own identity was safely disguised. But what about those she loved most. They would soon disappear with all the others unless....
Having overrun Czechoslovakia, the iron baton of Hitler's Third Reich is poised to orchestrate a requiem for Warsaw. Foreshadowing an international nightmare the world will never forget, millions are imperiled, destined to be caught and crushed in the Führer's grasp. Lori Ibsen and Jacob Kalner, along with Jamie, Mark and Alfie, take refuge in Danzig, hoping they will be safe there while awaiting a ship to England. Peter Wallich escapes to Warsaw, desperately seeking a place among the Jews in Muranow Square. Lucy Strasburg, about to deliver her "S.S. child," stays behind in Danzig, hoping to evade the clutches of Wolf von Fritschauer. But there is no safe place in prewar Europe. Hitler's bombers hover over Danzig and Warsaw, a dark shadow of terror of death. In London, Helen Ibsen and her sister Anna Lindheim wait and pray for the safe release of the Ibsen children. But as they wait, the sinister cloud of Hitler's wrath spreads across the Channel like poisonous gas, ready to annihilate all those who oppose the extension of the Führer's power.
Why was Jesus made to wear a crown, and why was it made of thorns? This book considers the crown that Jesus wore, the significance of crowns to the Romans, and considers the relevance of every aspect of Easter week. Easy-to-read, fascinating, instructive, inspiring.
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