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.



Trouble in the Ruins

The Children of Israel are eager to claim the Promised Land after their miracle crossing of the Jordan River. And when the walls of Jericho come down, it seems that victory will be theirs. But surrounded by hostile nations, they will have to learn to rely on their faith as never before.

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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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Valentine-style Love

You have probably heard the legend of St Valentine—a young man chained in a Roman prison, writing a letter to the girl of his dreams and signing it “from your Valentine” shortly before he was beheaded for his faith. The actual history of the man is murky at best. There are records of three different […]

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Abihail—a broken heart mended, a character reborn

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t yet read Trouble in the Ruins, and don’t want to know how Abihail’s story will play out, STOP HERE. Abihail is the only fictional character among the set of seven youthful protagonists in The Stones of Gilgal saga. She was originally created to be a tragic character, the daughter-in-law of the Biblical […]

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Sikh Festival, Seeking Insight

“Sikh and ye shall find.” What I learned at the Nagar Kirtan festival in Yuba City last weekend.

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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