Unveiled: The Biblical Story of Tamar (Lineage of Grace Series Book 1) Historical Christian Fiction Novella with an In-Depth Bible Study

by Francine Rivers

Hardcover, 2000



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Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (2000), Edition: 6th Printing, 192 pages

Original publication date



Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:Book 1 in the 5-book biblical historical fiction series by the New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love and A Voice in the Wind. Betrayed by the men who controlled her future, she fought for her right to believe in a loving God. Meet Tamar, one of the five women in the lineage of Christ. She risked her life and her reputation to be the woman she was called to be. Her story serves as an example of how God uses our circumstances and our steps toward Him, however faltering, to fulfill His plan. Unveiled is book one in the popular Lineage of Grace series about five unlikely women who changed eternity. "Francine Rivers utilizes her expertise as master storyteller to unveil Tamar's saga, a tale of deception, betrayal, and ultimately hope." �Romantic Times This novella includes an in-depth Bible study perfect for personal reflection or group discussion..… (more)


Audie Award (Finalist — 2014)
Christian Book Award (Winner — 2001)
Christy Awards (Nominee — 2001)


Original language


Physical description

192 p.; 7.25 inches


0842319476 / 9780842319478



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LibraryThing member bookworm12
The Lineage of Grace series consists of 5 books, all fictional accounts of biblical women in the genealogy of Christ. Rivers does a good job portraying each of the famous characters and giving their point of view in the unique situations. Most people are familiar with at least some of these
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stories, but reading a personal account shines a different light on the well-trod ground. The five books are listed below with the title and the woman they feature.

Unveiled – Tamar
Unashamed - Rahab
Unshaken - Ruth
Unspoken - Bathsheba
Unafraid - Mary

My favorite two of the series are Unveiled and Unshaken. I’ve always loved Ruth’s story and I knew very little about Tamar’s story. My lease favorite was Unspoken, which tells the story of David and Bathsheba. It was hard to connect to the characters' selfish motives.

One aspect I really like about the books is the fact that River prints the complete Biblical passage at the end. That allows the reader to see what she took from scripture and what she fictionalized. There’s also a devotional with relevant questions at the end of each book. I think they would be perfect for a small women’s Bible study or something similar, because the questions could spark good discussion.
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LibraryThing member MrsLee
Picked this up at 11:00pm and finished it at 2:30am. A fascinating glimpse of the very real people in the Bible.
LibraryThing member bluenichols
great book. great job of bringing tamars story to life and know what the time was like
LibraryThing member rfewell
I read this book for a Library School course called "Reading Interests of Adults". It was the book that I picked for our Christian Fiction genre week. I was not impressed by the book. I'm a huge fan of Diamant's _The Red Tent_, so this trite little re-telling of Tamar rung a little hollow to me.
LibraryThing member TammyPhillips
I really like Francine Rivers because her stories bring Biblical stories to life for me. I appreciate the way she provides details of the setting and fills in the gaps with dialogue so that I can visualize, "hear", and "feel" with the characters. One of my biggest obstacles when it comes to reading
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the Bible is not being able to identify with the characters and the times. Francine Rivers bridges that gap for me without embelishing too much so that we stray from the Biblical message. It is important for me that an author stays as true to the Biblical story as possible. I am not interested in turning the Bible into a soap opera like some re-telling authors do. I am looking for just enough dialogue and detail to bring the characters to life and make them memorable. Francine River's stories do that for me.
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LibraryThing member RPerritt
This was a wonderful book. It was so inspiring. I learned alot that I intend to apply to my life. Tamar was a couragious, faithful woman who got what she intended to get. I wish I were more like her. When I get to heaven I am going to find her and thank her for her persisance.
LibraryThing member nlpolak
This was an interesting read that achieved the objective to make the historical characters have more depth than the way they come across just when reading the Bible accounts for Judah and Tamar and their respective families. The only lament I have is that the book could have been longer, but I
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understand that that is out of the author's control - she could only write what is recounted. I get that. Despite it all, the story was very engaging, very believable, and true-to-life, reminding me of the same sort of writing by Kacy Barnett-Gramckow, whose Genesis Trilogy was the first time I'd read anything that portrayed biblical characters.

Traditionally, not much is ever said about Tamar, Judah's daughter-in-law, except to say that she was married to two of his sons, and then widowed and childless. But then, not a whole lot is mentioned about Judah, either. Francine Rivers did a good job of "fleshing" them out to create a backstory that filled in the gaps in logical fashion - both in their thoughts and motives, and in how they interacted with one another. I can't say I ever thought much about them having much of a conversation until I read this book!
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LibraryThing member vintagebeckie
My Bible study/book club, Faith And Fiction, chose Unveiled as an easy summer study. We spent 6 weeks studying the scripture guide at the end of the novella. The questions are easily accessible for all people at all stages in their faith journey. While not terribly in-depth, they did promote great
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conversations. I chose to do the study first, and then read the fictional account of Tamar and Judah so that I wouldn’t color my perception of the scripture. I did like Rivers’ take on Tamar and Judah. These two flawed characters were fleshed out realistically and credibly. I always have a lot of what-ifs about Biblical figures, and Unveiled helped me imagine the culture that the two were part of. It also fueled my imagination about Judah’s son Er’s wickedness. Rivers did a great job detailing all the possibilities with his personality and attitudes. Of course with Biblical fiction there is a lot of filling in the gaps, and Unveiled is no exception. But I did not find anything that was inconsistent with the Biblical record. A short and quick read (I read it in an afternoon), the novella and accompanying guide is a good place to begin exploring the women who are named in Jesus’ genealogy.


Audience: adults.

(I purchased this book from Amazon. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
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