The Stones of Gilgal novels

Experience a little-known slice of biblical history as never before in this well-researched and highly imaginative epic. The Stones of Gilgal novels chronicle the journey of the Children of Israel out of the wilderness and into the Promised Land. While prophets, priests, and kings jostle for power and cultures collide, a new generation of Israelites struggles for survival as they reclaim the land of Canaan which has been help captive by the forces of evil for centuries.



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Balaam’s Curse

The rebellion, plague, and war unleashed by the evil prophet Balaam eradicates the last of the Exodus generation and plunges the naive wilderness-bred young people of the next generation into a vortex of violence and upheaval beyond anything they could have imagined.

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A River to Cross

Although human eyes see only a river separating Israel from the Promised Land, primordial powers of darkness are gathering to prevent a crossing that will change the world.

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Latest Blog Posts

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When “All I Can Do Is Pray,” Prayer Is More Than Enough!

How often when tragedy strikes, do we say a quick prayer and then flail about, grasping for something we can do to make things better? To human eyes, the physical realm often eclipses the spiritual—even to believers who affirm that God is the ultimate,  everlasting, unchanging reality. Prayer too often seems our last resort. The writer of […]

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Dreams and Visions and Waiting for Gold

Balaam’s Curse begins with a celebration on the border of the Promised Land. If ever a people chased the end of a rainbow and found gold, it was this people, this time, this place. They were a people on a quixotic venture. They themselves were the fulfillment of an impossible dream born when God told one childless man […]

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Warriors needed. Armed and ready

“Some people call us victims. Some call us survivors. I like the term warriors.” Matt Sandusky stated yesterday at the “Not A Target” symposium for the prevention of child sexual abuse in Sonora, California. Victim. Yes, sadly, for nine years. Survivor, yes, in spite of trying to escape his personal hell through risky behaviors and eventually an […]

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About the Author

C. L. Smith, beloved junior high school English and history teacher, has been captivating audiences around the world for years with the timeless thrill of biblical tales. The "Stones of Gilgal" novels weave the author’s lifetime love of learning and people into the fabric of obscure ancient texts from the books of Numbers, Joshua, and Judges creating a tapestry of rich scenes and colorful characters that will enchant readers for years to come. Learn more