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.



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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Hunger Inflicted by a Plague of Locusts

Swarms! Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes . . . the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm —Joel 2:2,25 We all experience times when we are hungry for a word from God, but scripture just seems like so many words on a […]

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Rahab—A Name Redeemed

Rahab of Jericho~ the best known of the primary characters in THE STONES OF GILGAL novels. How odd—since she is a foreigner, a Canaanite girl, joining a cast of six young Israelites. Although the lives of these six Israelites impacted the future of their nation in significant ways, their stories lie buried beneath the dust of time. Othniel, Acsah and […]

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Acsah—an inspiration for International Women’s Day

The Stones of Gilgal novels retell the powerful stories of the era of Joshua from the viewpoint of seven real (but minor) biblical characters including two very strong women, Rahab and Acsah. In honor of International Women’s Day, may I introduce Acsah  (Judges 1:12-15) Daughter of Joshua’s closest friend, the heroic Caleb. Future wife of Othniel, the greatest […]

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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