Thursday, April 7, 2011

F is for "The Fisherman's Wife"


Author: Dianne G. Sagan
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Buoy Up Press
Paperback: 107 pages
Price: $11.95

Would you like to travel back to biblical times and experience the life of the wife of a fisherman from Capernaum? Then you would enjoy “The Fisherman’s Wife” by Dianne Sagan.

Dianne Sagan’s historical fiction is rich in Jewish customs and traditions. After formalized negotiations between their fathers, Simon asked for Johanna’s hand in marriage.

“Simon took her hand and placed a gold coin in herm palm as a sign of their betrothal. He said, ‘Behold, you are consecrated unto me with this token according to the law of Moses and Isreal.’”

Johanna’s happiness eventually soured after repeated tries to give birth ended in disappointment and shame. Her inner turmoil was matched by the society turmoil that existed from the cruel treatment by the Roman Empire.

“Johanna heard screaming and thundering horse’s hooves in the street….. One of the soldiers threw a net over two men running in front of them. The two men fell and rolled in the net like fish trying to swim free.”

When Johanna’s husband and several others left their boats to follow a traveling Rabbi, Johanna was left wondering who would provide for her and her sick mother. Bitterness grew in her heart. Johanna faced the biggest decision of her life.

“The Fisherman’s Wife” will captivate those eight years old and up. As a retired teacher I recommend this book for home, school and church libraries.

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Matthew Vanacore said...

Great blog! And your posts are all fantastic. I give you credit for highlighting a new book with each letter (if that is your theme). And kudos for being so well read!

kathy stemke said...

Thanks Matt. I love your site too. I did some graduate work in television production and loved it. I tried to follow you and so did my husband Anthony Stemke, but our follows are messed up-they are kind of cobined????

doreen said...

I enjoyed that review. What a way for kids to learn biblical history.