Francine Rivers is my favorite modern author. Since I discovered her books about 2 years ago, I have become spoiled with amazingly well-written, life-changing, inspirational fiction. All of her historical books are so well researched that you feel like you're truly there. This is no fiction that was written quickly... it was well thought out and will change your life.
Even though all of that is so true, I was wary to read "Sons of Encouragement." That's because I love reading about women... I can relate to them so much more than men, naturally! But I wound up at the library hungry for something new from Francine Rivers or George MacDonald (my favorite non-modern author). All they had to choose from was "Sons of Encouragement" or... "Sons of Encouragement." So, I chose.
And my low expectations were so off! The fact that the main characters of these books are men didn't do anything to diminish my enjoyment of these stories. They drew me back to the beginning of God's word and to the Stories of these 5 men who really were just regular men but who were chosen by God for something great. I love Miss River's books because they show you so clearly God's plan, His goodness, His sovereignty... all in a new way that will make God and the people whose lives we see in the pages of the bible so much more real to you. "Sons of Encouragement" includes 5 novellas that were originally published as separate books. Here, you have them all together which is much more convenient. All of their stories come together to make one marvelous story.
The book includes the stories of Aaron, Caleb, Jonathan, Amos, and Silas. None of these men are as well-known as the ones they encouraged (Moses, Joshua, David, Israel, and Paul) and we don't hear as much about them as others. Each of these stories remain as true to the bible as possible, and the author combines accurate history and culture with her own imagination to bring their stories alive and touch your heart.