Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Review: In the Shadow of Lions

In the Shadow of the Lions is a book that will sweep you back in time to the days of Henry the VIII. I'm a huge history buff, and remember reading so many biographies as a teen on the wives of Henry and then on his daughters. There's something captivating about royalty!

As I read this book I could smell the odors of London - Ugh, and see the setting. It was richly drawn in all its glory and brutality. This book reveals a portion of the history of getting the Bible into the hands of plow boys and fulfilling the vision of a man named William Tyndale, but who was known as William Hutchins at that time.

There is a fine line in this book between fiction, fictionalized biography and history. What I love about it, is the thirst to know which parts were true and which weren't will drive me back to the biographies. The what if that starts it all is intriguing: What if Anne Boleyn was a martyr?

Finally, there is a over-arching story that ties the chapters together. It was strong enough on its own to keep me flipping pages to see what the Scribe would reveal next. And the end to that story was quite satisfying!

Here's more:

"I am the first writer, The Scribe. My books lie open before the Throne, and someday will be the only witness of your people and their time in this world."

So begins the narration of one such angel in this sweeping historical tale set during the reign of England's Henry VIII. It is the story of two women, their guardian angels, and a mysterious, subversive book ... a book that outrages some, inspires others, and launches the Protestant Reformation.

The devout Anne Boleyn catches the eye of a powerful king and uses her influence to champion an English translation of the Bible. Meanwhile, Rose, a broken, suicidal woman of the streets, is moved to seek God when she witnesses Thomas More's public displays of Christian charity, ignorant of his secret life spent eradicating the Bible, persecuting anyone who dares read it.

Historic figures come alive in this thrilling story of heroes and villains, saints and sinners, angels and mortals ... and the sacred book that will inspire you anew. Fans of Francine Rivers and Karen Kingsbury will love Ginger's intriguing combination of rich character development, artful settings, and inspiring historical insights.

If you would like to read an excerpt from In The Shadow Of Lions, go HERE

Ginger Garrett is the critically acclaimed author of Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther, which was recognized as one of the top five novels of 2006 by the ECPA, and Dark Hour. An expert in ancient women's history, Ginger creates novels and nonfiction resources that explore the lives of historical women.

Her releases include Beauty Secrets of the Bible, (September 11, Thomas Nelson) based on the historical research that began in her work on Chosen. The book explores the connections between beauty and spirituality, offering women both historical insights and scientific proofs that reveal powerful, natural beauty secrets.

A frequent radio guest on stations across the country, including NPR and Billy Graham's The Hour of Decision, Ginger is also a popular television guest. Her appearances include Harvest Television, Friends & Neighbors, and Babbie's House. Ginger frequently serves as a co-host on the inspirational cable program Deeper Living.

In 2007, Ginger was nominated for the Georgia Author of the Year Award for her novel Dark Hour. When she's not writing, you may spy Ginger hunting for vintage jewelry at thrift stores, running (slowly) in 5k and 10k races, or just trying to chase down one of her errant sheepdogs. A native Texan, she now resides in Georgia with her husband and three children.

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