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Francine Rivers is an American author that writes Christian fiction. Born in 1947 to a police officer and a nurse, she went to Amador Valley High School and the University of Nevada. After graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in English and Journalism, she worked as a newspaper reporter.
Order of Mark of the Lion Series
|1||A Voice in the Wind||1993||Description / Buy|
|2||An Echo in the Darkness||1994||Description / Buy|
|3||As Sure as the Dawn||1995||Description / Buy|
Order of Lineage of Grace Series
|1||Unveiled: Tamar||2000||Description / Buy|
|2||Unashamed: Rahab||2000||Description / Buy|
|3||Unshaken: Ruth||2001||Description / Buy|
|4||Unspoken: Bathsheba||2001||Description / Buy|
|5||Unafraid: Mary||2001||Description / Buy|
Order of Sons of Encouragement Series
|1||The Warrior: Caleb||1998||Description / Buy|
|2||The Priest: Aaron||2004||Description / Buy|
|3||The Prince: Jonathan||2005||Description / Buy|
|4||The Prophet: Amos||2006||Description / Buy|
|5||The Scribe: Silas||2007||Description / Buy|
Order of Marta's Legacy Series
|1||Her Mother's Hope||2010||Description / Buy|
|2||Her Daughter's Dream||2010||Description / Buy|
Order of Francine Rivers Standalone Novels
|1||Kathleen||1979||Description / Buy|
|2||Rebel In His Arms||1981||Description / Buy|
|3||Heart's Divided||1983||Description / Buy|
|4||This Golden Valley||1983||Description / Buy|
|5||Sarina||1983||Description / Buy|
|6||Heart In Hiding||1984||Description / Buy|
|7||Not So Wild a Dream||1985||Description / Buy|
|8||Pagan Heart||1985||Description / Buy|
|9||Sycamore Hill||1985||Description / Buy|
|10||Outlaw's Embrace||1986||Description / Buy|
|11||Fire in the Heart||1987||Description / Buy|
|12||Redeeming Love||1991||Description / Buy|
|13||The Scarlet Thread||1995||Description / Buy|
|14||The Atonement Child||1997||Description / Buy|
|15||The Last Sin Eater||1998||Description / Buy|
|16||Leota's Garden||1999||Description / Buy|
|17||And The Shofar Blew||2003||Description / Buy|
|18||Bridge to Haven||2014||Description / Buy|
|19||The Masterpiece||2018||Description / Buy|
|20||The Lady's Mine||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of Francine Rivers Short Stories/Novellas
|1||The Shoe Box (Short Story)||1999||Description / Buy|
|2||Earth Psalms||2016||Description / Buy|
Order of Francine Rivers Short Story Collections
|1||A Lineage of Grace||2001||Description / Buy|
|2||Bible Stories for Growing Kids||2007||Description / Buy|
|3||Sons of Encouragement||2008||Description / Buy|
Order of Francine Rivers Non-Fiction Books
|1||A Path to Redeeming Love: A Forty-Day Devotional||2020||Description / Buy|
|2||Redeeming Love: The Companion Study||2020||Description / Buy|
In a way, she was already fulfilling her dream. Francine knew at an early age that she wanted to pursue writing as a career. But she wasn’t tempted to experiment with fiction until a family member came along and lent her some romance novels.
The books introduced the author to the joys of fiction, and she realized that novels were her true calling. She put her talents to good use in the mid-70s when she published her first book. It did not take Francine long to make her mark.
The steamy historical stories she told secured the author a loyal following of readers, some of whom were quite surprised when she abandoned secular stories for Christian fiction. Even though she grew up in a Christian family, the author wasn’t particularly devoted to her faith until she became a publishing success.
Francine knew that her obsession with writing wasn’t healthy. Her identity was intimately intertwined with her career as a novelist. Francine’s husband would often joke that, given a choice, she would choose writing over her children.
When she became a born-again Christian, everything changed. This development came at a pivotal time in Francine’s life. Her marriage to Rick (Husband) was holding on by a thread. The couple had migrated to northern California because they hoped that living near family would improve their situation.
Instead, they met new neighbors that kept inviting them to church until Francine surrendered. She remembers attending the church and being gobsmacked by the teaching. Before long, she had asked the pastor to organize a Bible study group in their house, and her husband was attending.
But once she became a born-again Christian, the author found that she couldn’t write. Francine had practically worshipped her career for years, and now that she had replaced the activity with God, the author couldn’t bring herself to tell the same romance stories that made her a success.
It took her three years to understand the message God was imparting to her. God did not want Francine to abandon writing. Instead, he wanted the author to write for him, to use her gifts for his glory.
She did just that, penning ‘Redeeming Love,’ her most famous novel. She based the book on the story of Hosea from the Bible. In the decades since it came out, ‘Redeeming Love’ has become a classic, attracting interest from Christians and non-Christians.
Francine Rivers Awards
Francine has Christy and Rita Awards. She has also won the Holt and ECPA Gold Medallion.
Francine Rivers Books Into Movies
‘The Last Sin Eater’ and ‘Redeeming Love’ received live-action movie adaptations.
Best Francine Rivers Books
People love the author’s work because she tackles gritty subjects that Christian fiction usually ignores. Francine’s best books include:
Redeeming: Angel lived a tragic life. She was still a child when they sold her into prostitution. Her experiences taught her to despise men. She saw them for what they were: weak, arrogant, and treacherous.
But Hosea was different. She wanted to reject him, to expose his lies. But Hosea defied her worst expectations and, in doing so, thawed the ice surrounding her heart.
Hosea was not foolish. He knew that most men would flee from Angel once they learned of the demons she carried. But Hosea was a man of God. God had commanded him to love Angel unconditionally, and he was determined to obey.
A Voice In The Wind: Hadassah was just a slave girl, a survivor of the massacre that claimed her family. But she was determined to make a difference, especially when she realized that the hedonistic Julia Valerian was her new master.
To Julia, Hadassah was just a toy, a target for his reckless impulses. But the slave girl was strong. More importantly, she wanted live according to the teachings of Jesus, who had commanded her to treat her masters in ways they did not deserve.
But following in the footsteps of Jesus in a society that expected her to hide her religious identity was easier said than done.
When Does The Next Francine Rivers book come out?
Francine Rivers doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Lady's Mine and was released on February, 8th 2022.