Land of Silence
By Tessa Afshar
Before Christ called her daughter . . .Before she stole healing by touching the hem of his garment . . .Elianna is a young girl crushed by guilt. After her only brother is killed while in her care, Elianna tries to earn forgiveness by working for her father’s textile trade and caring for her family. When another tragedy places Elianna in sole charge of the business, her talent for design brings enormous success, but never the absolution she longs for. As her world unravels, she breaks off her betrothal to the only man she will ever love. Then illness strikes, isolating Elianna from everyone, stripping everything she has left.No physician can cure her. No end is in sight. Until she hears whispers of a man whose mere touch can heal. After so many years of suffering and disappointment, is it possible that one man could redeem the wounds of body . . . and soul?
In the midst of our sufferings we find a God who is tender. He knows our hearts. He sees our needs. In His grace we learn to let go of our desire to earn our worth, and achieve our own forgiveness.
Why the author wrote this book:
Jesus only addressed one person as daughter in all four gospels: the woman who had bled for twelve years and found no cure. I wanted to tell her story, before she became sick, and after. I wanted to know why Jesus addressed her in such a tender way.