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Before Christ called her daughter...

Before she stole healing by touching the hem of his garment...

Elianna is a young girl crushed by guilt. After her only brother is killed while in her care, Elianna tries to earn forgiveness by working for her father's textile trade and caring for her family. When another tragedy places Elianna in sole charge of the business, her talent for design brings enormous success but never the absolution she longs for. As her world unravels, she breaks off her betrothal to the only man she will ever love. Then illness strikes, isolating Elianna from everyone, stripping everything she has left.

No physician can cure her. No end is in sight. Until she hears whispers of a man whose mere touch can heal. After so many years of suffering and disappointment, is it possible that one man could redeem the wounds of body...and soul?

©2016 Tessa Afshar (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Different story than you think!

When I read the plot summary, as I eagerly waited for Tessa Afshar's newest book, I thought I had a general idea of where this book was headed. I was wrong. She weaves together a story of a woman's life that is full of heart ache and disappointment but instead of letting bitterness take root she makes the choice time after time to rely on the Lord. The story is proportioned differently than you would think given that the impression is that the story is about her healing. This story is about her loss and the wounds that needed to be healed.

Usually I physically read Afshar's books and find them to be full of meaty theological nuggets however this one was more story driven. That is not a bad thing just different from what I expected. I wonder if my listening to this book caused me to miss some of those statements. This is the only reason I gave it four stars instead of five. Basically a departure from the style I have come to love but still a solid read. The performance was also quite good.

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  • Sara
  • Savannah, GA, United States
  • 11-06-16

Magnificent story of redemption and Grace

This story, based on the real life Bible encounter of the woman with the bleeding disorder and JESUS, will change the way you view your own life. While we know little about this woman's journey to the side of CHRIST, we know it was fraught with tears and rejection.

Tessa Afshar's fictional recounting beautifully brings this story to life in an unforgettable manner. You will laugh at Aliana's spirit and weep with her despair.

Even more, though, you will rejoice with her when her body, soul, and spirit were healed with the touch of her Savior.

This is an unforgettable story, beautifully depicted by a gifted storyteller. I will never forget it's telling and neither will you.


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Kept my attention

Enjoyed this book from beginning to end. When I was done I went back to read what the Bible said.

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Beautiful story. Much to ponder......

Beautiful story that will touch the hearts of many who share Elianna's struggles with self - worth, feelings of guilt and unreturned love from a parent or just plain rejection.
although one feels at times that the course of her life is unrealistically cruel, it is completely possible for some to suffer so much heartache. The lessons hidden in thus book, however leaves one thinking and pondering long after the book is finished.

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Stilted, unemotional narration of a great story

I am a huge fan of Tessa Afshar's novels, however the whispersync narration was so annoying, I had to turn it off. Suzy Jackson's reading detracted from the character's anguish by her stilted, unemotional reading. Read the book...skip the audio.

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Excellent in all respects

What are releaf to be able to listen to a book and not worry about foul language or profanity. To just relax and enjoy the story knowing that values will good ones and all the characters in spite of their foibles and their flaws will have an outcome that I would want for my own life. I will definitely listen to more from this author. The narrator never distracted from the story but added to it.

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  • Marva
  • Gaithersburg, MD, United States
  • 12-29-16

Land of Silence

What did you love best about Land of Silence?

Ethan and Vetreoto ... These dynamic duos saved the book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Land of Silence?

Ethan's return...

Which scene was your favorite?

When the Roman Cavis came to Elianna's home and her friend, Vetreoto? stood at the door. Loved when Titus showed up at the door as well and the effects that moment had on Cavis.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

This could have been a decent book, however, it was far too long on the front end. Where the real good part came to light was two hours before the end of book. I think the writer spent far to much time with Eliana's long and drawn sadness. So much so, it became depressing because she went from one low point to another, to another. Understandable, but the writer should have brought Jesus' part on the scene sooner.

But, Ethan saved the day and was the great balance to the book. His character was incredible and his love, unwavering. In my opinion, readers should consider reading/listening to the abridged version vs. the unabridged version.

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Love it

I love Tessa Afshar books. She is an amazing writer. As I listen to her books I visualize the movie.

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depressing

Too much drama! I got very irritated with Elianna, the main character. Enough is enough. Her lousy attitude and too many things going wrong. Almost didn't finish it. It did have a happy ending which is typical of this author.

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couldn't put it down

so captivating walking through the eyes of a woman with such a hard road for a past. wow in the end it is all worth it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful