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Welcome to my stop on the Ordinary Women of the Bible Blog Hop! OWB is an exciting series of biblical fiction featuring twenty-four little-known women from the Bible. I was privileged to be invited by the publisher, Guideposts, to write The Dream Weaver’s Bride: Asenath’s Story, which involves Joseph’s Egyptian bride. As an avid reader, I’ve devoured each and every novel within the series! I found each book completely relatable and even life-changing. For my story on Joseph, I studied scripture and spent countless hours researching archeology to bring the ancient world of Egypt to life. Joseph’s forgiveness of his brothers happens to be one of my favorite biblical stories. I’m excited to share more of Asenath’s and Joseph’s world with you.
Blog Hop Details: Participating is easy! Just hop over to each of the ten blogs listed here by October 11, read what they’ve written about their books, and write down the keyword in their blog post. The blog hop starts Monday, October 4th at 12:01 AM for you early birds! You don’t need to follow any particular order. When you have all ten keywords, just fill out the entry form. You’ll be entered into a drawing for all twenty-four books in the Ordinary Women of the Bible series, many of them with autographed bookplates. The drawing will be conducted on October 12, so get your entry in before then. Plus, some of the authors are giving away their own goodies, so be sure to read every post!
Now, about my book…
The Dream Weaver’s Bride: Asenath’s Story is the story of Asenath and Joseph described in Genesis 41-48.
As the daughter of the high priest of On, Asenath has a solid vision of her future. Her education with the royal scribe is a luxury not usually afforded to women, and even though she is betrothed to the pharaoh’s half-brother, she has dreams of something more. But every-thing changes when the pharaoh has troubling nightmares that only a prisoner named Joseph can interpret. Suddenly, Asenath finds herself married to this foreigner, who demands that no god but his own be worshipped in his house. Despite her fears, Asenath is touched by Joseph’s kindness and humility, even as he steps into his newfound power.
Can Asenath trust the God of Joseph and forsake her old deities? Can she learn to love this stranger from another land, a stranger with scars from a painful past? As a famine sweeps across Egypt and the surrounding lands, Asenath and Joseph find themselves face-to-face with the men who caused Joesph’s suffering. Can Asenath embrace the power of El Shaddai and help her husband forgive?
What I learned while writing this book: I was blown away with a particular research tidbit. The Priests of On were primarily responsible for the interpretation of Pharaoh’s dreams! How ironic that Asenath, daughter of the High Priest of On, ended up given in marriage to the only man who could interpret the king’s dreams. Joseph, a Hebrew, had little status with the Egyptians. Only God could arrange a divinely scheduled interview with Pharaoh. Joseph was a former slave and imprisoned because of the false accusations of a spiteful woman. God raised Joseph to become second in command and save Egypt and the surrounding nations from a widespread famine.
I couldn’t help but wonder what Asenath thought of Joseph? Was it difficult to trust Joseph’s God? How did she raise her two sons, who were later included with the Twelve Tribes of Israel? These questions led the way to write The Dream Weaver’s Bride. I’m amazed at how God redeemed Joseph’s terrible situation. Isn’t it encouraging to realize that God can take the broken threads of our lives and mend them into something beautiful?
My Giveaway: I’m giving away ONE autographed copy of The Dream Weaver’s Bride: Asenath’s Story and also ONE Egyptian brain puzzle to test your building skills! To enter the drawing, just leave a comment below. I’ll draw names on October 12 and notify you if I draw your name. If you win the Blog Hop grand prize of all 24 books in the OWB series, you can select another of my books instead. Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter to receive a free novella, No Mountain Too High, and sneak peaks at upcoming projects! My special giveaway is for USA and Canadian residents only.
Other Cool Stuff About this Book:
Curious to see how I envisioned Asenath and Joseph?
Asenath might have been a nobleman’s daughter, possibly even a relative of Pharaoh. Pharaohs often extended the best positions to family and friends in an effort to consolidate power. It’s safe to assume she was young and highly privileged.
Most Egyptians prized their makeup and clothing regardless of wealth or status. Wigs, like the example above, were made of human hair for the wealthy. The poor resorted to wearing animal hair or papyrus wigs. Burials often included makeup utensils since beauty played a religious role.
The editors at Guideposts wished for readers to immediately recognize Joseph on the book cover. A fabulous idea since Asenath’s name isn’t always easily recognized! Hence, Joseph wears his multicolored coat while inspecting the granaries. Viziers would have normally worn fine white linen.
Middle Kingdom Egyptian fashion followed tight lines for the women, not unlike our skinny jean trend. See the above sketch of the sculpture displaying a snug beaded dress. Would you be bold enough to try such a trend?
My Blog Hop Keyword: BROTHER
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Happy reading, friends!
Asenath Photography by Johnny González of New Creation Studios, art by Jenelle Hovde, priest picture by Pixabay Stock Photos.