First Line Fridays: Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar

First Line Fridays: Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar


Happy Friday friends!

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

Since it’s Friday, it’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line.

The book I’m featuring today is:

Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar


I’m skeptical when it comes to Biblical fiction because I don’t like being confused by the Scriptures being taken out of context or moved around to better the story, as well as all of the added detail that isn’t found in the Bible itself. Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar did not disappoint. In fact, this is the first novel that I have read by her and it most certainly won’t be my last.

This story is engaging, raw, and beautiful all at the same time. When I found out that the author was writing about the account with the woman with the issue of blood mentioned in 3 of the Gospel accounts, I wondered how she was going to do with it so little information other than that she had been bleeding for 12 years and that Jesus healed her. I was impressed with how she did it. The author takes a character that we hardly know anything about and gives her a story that is so passionate, heart-gripping, and beautiful.

Check out my full review here.

And now what you’ve all been waiting for!

Today’s first line is:

When I think of the ruin my life has become, the slow wrecking of my dreams, the destruction of every love, I always return to the bee.

Let me know your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating! Join us too!



28 responses »

  1. I wouldn’t say that I’m skeptical about Biblical fiction, but I am very cautious and try to read the Biblical account before or after it to make sure I’m not accepting things that aren’t so. I think it is wise to be careful when reading other people’s interpretation of Scripture like that. But thank you for sharing about this book. It sounds very intriguing. and I will look into reading it.

    I had the pleasure of reading Holding the Fort recently. From the very first line I was captivated.

    June 1885 Wichita, Kansas

    The fumes of the gaslights at the foot of the stage protected Louisa Bell from the more noxious odors of her audience.

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    • That’s more of what I meant to say about the book. A lot of times Biblical fiction makes me pull out my Bible and that’s one of the things I love about the genre. This was a fun read and I love that the author encourages her readers to read the Scriptures for themselves as opposed to just taking her word for it.

      Ooh, that’s an interesting first line. I’ll have to check that one out. Thanks for sharing Phyllis! 🙂


  2. On my blog I’m sharing the first line from Gina Holder’s debut novel “Whither Shall I Go?” so do stop by and check that out! I’ll share with you here the first line of a book that has been on my TBR for several months, I really loved this book!
    “The little hairs on the back of Allegra Spencer’s neck stood at attention. He was behind her.”
    -Count Me In (An Emerald City Romance #1) by Mikal Dawn

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  3. Happy Friday!

    My first line is from the book I’m reading next, Like Moonlight at Low Tide by Nicole Quigley….

    People never ask me the right question when they ask me what happened the beginning of my senior year. They always ask what his last words were.

    Have a great weekend!!

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  4. I’ve seen the cover of this book before, and it looks really interesting. I read the Left Behind series years ago, and while it is considered fiction, it really helped me understand the book of Revelation better. It’s nice that Biblical fiction can help us better understand the people or events that took place in the Bible by adding a human touch we can relate to. Happy Friday!

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    • That’s one of the things I love about Biblical Fiction. It can give a whole new perspective on what could have been going through a person’s mind or the circumstances. I still need to read the Left Behind series. I’ve heard they’re really good! Happy Friday Heather! 🙂


  5. I understand what you mean about Biblical fiction. I want it to deepen my understanding of Biblical times, not just share a nice historical story. I haven’t yet read any of Tessa Asfar’s books, but your recommendation has inspired me!

    I’m sharing from The House on Foster Hill by Jamie Jo Wright on my blog, but had to put it down because nighttime and suspense and a need to sleep. So I’m currently reading something a little lighter: Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings. I see from the previous comments that I’m not the only one!

    The weather forecast for the weekend is looking bright and sunny, so I’m planning to get back into The House on Foster Hill when the sun comes out 🙂

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    • Aww yay! Glad I could inspire you Lola! Hope you have the opportunity to read it soon.

      Completely understand suspense and sleep at night. Haha, I’m probably going to have to check out Regina Jennings judging by the comments. Thanks for sharing, Lola!

      Hopefully the sun comes out soon for ya. 🙂


  6. Hmm. The bee. That’s a neat intro!

    Here’s the first line of my current read: “Reba Farwell wasn’t planning on being there that long.” – One Christmas in Winter by Bell Renshaw

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  7. I’ve not read any of Tessa’s books yet but have heard great things (which you’ve now confirmed)

    Here’s the first line of the book I’m currently reading: “Who am I?” From His Forgotten Fiancee by Evelyn M. Hill

    Have a great weekend!


    • Hi Suzie! I hope you have the opportunity to check her books out soon. I really enjoyed this one. 🙂

      Ooh, that’s an interesting first line. I wonder what that question is referring to. Thanks for sharing Suzie! 🙂


  8. I love Tessa Afshar novels, and this is my most favorite of the ones I have read so far.

    I am sharing the first line from the YA Christian Dystopian novel All Things Now Living by Rondi Bauer Olson on my blog. Here I will post the first two lines from the novel I am starting next, Count Me In by Mikal Dawn:

    “The little hairs on the back of Allegra Spencer’s neck stood at attention. He was behind her.”

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    • Aww yay! I need to read Tessa’s other books. This one is definitely a favorite. 🙂

      That is an intriguing line that I want to know more about. I really need to up that book in my TBR. Thanks for sharing Nicole! 🙂


  9. I feel the same as you do about biblical fiction. That first line is interesting mostly because of the “bee”. Lol! It begs answers to questions. I’ll share the first line from a nonfiction book I’m currently reading. Pastoral Letters by Robert Murray McCheyne. “To all of you, my dear friends, and people who are beloved of God and faithful in Christ Jesus, your pastor wishes grace and peace from God the Father, and Jesus Christ our Lord.” Sounds like the beginning of an epistle in the Bible, doesn’t it? He was an amazing man of God who accomplished much in the short span of life given to him.

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    • I love when first lines immediately draws you in, wanting to know more. That happened to me with Tessa Afshar’s book because of the bee. Haha.

      That looks like an interesting book to check out. Definitely reminds me of how Paul opens his letters. Thanks so much for sharing Anneliese! 🙂


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