Carol Stream, IL — Behind five men of the Bible who helped shape history are the heroes who changed it forever. In Sons of Encouragement, a compilation of the five-novella Sons of Encouragement series, bestselling novelist Francine Rivers explores and illuminates the lives of five biblical men who stood behind heroes of the faith and quietly changed eternity. In May, 2011 Tyndale House Publishers will release Sons of Encouragement in one volume.

In Sons of Encouragement, Francine Rivers shines a spotlight on five men: Aaron,
the priest who stood in Moses’ shadow but had the courage to cover his brother’s
fears; Caleb, the warrior whose words stirred men’s hearts and brought God’s people
to the Promised Land; Jonathan, the prince whose humility led him to befriend
David, the man who would become king in his place; Amos, the prophet who heard
when God called and spoke to a nation unwilling to listen; and Silas, the scribe who
surrendered his wealth to record God’s word.

Each of the five stories features a six-part Bible study, with questions and elements for reflection, suitable for individual or group study.

“The five stories told in Sons of Encouragement are about five Eastern men who lived
in ancient times, and yet their stories apply to our lives and the difficult issues we
face in our world today,” observes Francine Rivers. “These men were on the edge.
They had courage. They took risks. They did the unexpected. They lived daring
lives, and sometimes they made mistakes – big mistakes. These men were not
perfect, and yet God in His Infinite mercy used them in His perfect plan to reveal
Himself to the world.”

Francine Rivers has been writing for thirty years, and for more than a decade,
several of her novels, including A Lineage of Grace and Redeeming Love have
consistently appeared on CBA bestsellers lists. In 2010, she became a New York
Times’ bestselling author with the launch of Her Mother’s Hope and Her Daughter’s
She has received numerous awards, including the Gold Medallion for her novel, The Last Sin Eater.

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About The Author

Francine Rivers' Christian novels have been awarded or nominated for numerous honors, including the RITA Award, Christy Award, ECPA Gold Medallion, and Holt Medallion in Honor of Outstanding Literary Talent. In 1997, she was inducted into the Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame. Francine and husband Rick live in northern California and enjoy time with their three grown children and their grandchildren.