Author: clsmithsword

Time to Celebrate

At the sound of Joshua’s shofar and the breathtaking touch of Yahweh’s hand, the walls of Jericho fall. But dire trouble rises from the ruins. Trouble in the Ruins chronicles a period just over fifty days, spanning the spring grain harvests of Canaan. The Israelites are eager to celebrate their new life in the Promised Land, and God has already […]

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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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Be Inspired!

The Stones of Gilgal Novels follow the epic adventures of a group of ordinary young Israelites. As they battle evil together, they sink their roots deeper and deeper into the bedrock of Truth and Love, slowing being transformed from a stand of saplings to a forest of giants, Oaks of Righteousness for the display of God’s splendor. […]

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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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Stories Endure Forever

Have you ever pictured God the Father as a storyteller? Of course, we know that Jesus liked stories. The gospels are packed with parables. But God? Hmmm. Think about God’s Book. Sixty six books really. Primarily story, right?  God chose to  weave the threads of individual lives over and under the warp threads of events […]

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