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date submitted 29.04.2010
date updated 07.03.2012
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Jericho

Gwen Chermack

A concise, Biblically accurate, humorous and touching account of the two spies sent into Jericho, and their dealings with Rahab the harlot.

 

‘Jericho’ is a touching narrative illustrating how God can use seemingly insignificant things to reach us. The lives of two young Hebrew men are forever changed as they are sent to spy out Jericho.

They encounter a pagan harlot who somehow believes in their God, Adonai. She is being courted by one of the King’s officers, who is deeply in love with her and proposes on a regular basis. Now that she is serving the Hebrew God, she must turn her back on everything she has known.

The two spies hide at her house, and then in a cave where God spares their lives through a miracle of nature. They leave with no usable information about Jericho. As they march around the city for six days, and violate many of the laws Moses laid down in the Torah, the Children of Israel have a crisis of faith. When Joshua asks them to do it again on the Sabbath, they cannot believe it.

As the two young men stand in front of her intact house and window, with the rest of the wall laid flat, they wonder if SHE was the reason God sent them there in the first place.

 
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klouholmes wrote 1476 days ago

Hi Gwen, This is an engaging dramatization of the time. The dialogue is “modernized” but in a way that doesn’t hinder the time – as if in translation. Since young people aren’t usually associated with this story, the perspective on Moses is interesting. The rendering of Rahab and her goddess also brings another dimension to the historical story. Smooth reading! Shelved – Katherine (The Swan Bonnet)

Yonatan wrote 1513 days ago

I am familiar with the Biblical story (Jews just read that story as part of the Haftorah- additional reading from the Prophets after Torah reading- in the Saturday morning synagogue service last Saturday (because the Torah reading was about the Spies Moses sent, so the additional reading was the corresponding story of the spies Joshua sent). I enjoyed the dialogue- it brought the characters to life!

Author apart from the rest wrote 1524 days ago

Gwen,

What a touching and fresh perspective on this story! The humor, and characters of your story bring to life the real life Bible account of the walls of Jericho. I had to support ya!

Rob

Famlavan wrote 1528 days ago

This has a very authentic and congruent feel and it is told with such spirit and style you engage with this straight away. Very well researched and related. - Brilliant read.

Raymond Nickford wrote 1522 days ago

It's very refreshing and gives depth to more formal biblical accounts, when we see a fictionalised drama involving the relation between Simeon and Nathan, and then between Zidon and Rahab.
When Zidon prays to Astarte to bring Rahab to him it is fascinating to see how potent superstition was at tghat time and we also wonder what the response might be.
The short paragraphs, natural dialogue and obvious background research make this a very original contribution to Christian fiction.

Backed
Ray
(A Child from the Wishing Well)

she  wrote 735 days ago

I enjoy this and hope you return to finish it.

aurorawatcher wrote 865 days ago

I enjoyed reading your story. Your descriptions are striking and I like the interactions between the characters. I especially like Rahab. She is very true to life, something I know because I grew up in an Alaskan frontier community where a lot of the ladies of society were actually former prostitutes. I don't know who you modeled her after, but I applaud the bold choice. Often writers in the Christian genre shy away from nuance. You didn't and that's a great thing.

There seemed to be a chapter missing between 4 and 5 and I'm thinking you still need to finish the story -- or upload the ending, but this is a great effort and a strong beginning.

Lauri (Lela Markham, The Willow Branch)

JamesRevoir wrote 871 days ago

Hello Gwen:

I read the first four chapters of Jericho and was impressed by your articulate writing style and storytelling. This account fills in a lot of blanks while remaining wholly true to the original account.

Blessings to you as you bring the Word of God to life.

James

Gwen Chermack wrote 1418 days ago

Thank you. I appreciate the comment! I greatly enjoyed writing it.
~Gwen



Hi Qwen, I think I backed this a long while ago, but didn't comment. Now that I have read a bit more I can see the great depth of thought and writing prowess involved. Well done.

David Kidd wrote 1418 days ago

Hi Qwen, I think I backed this a long while ago, but didn't comment. Now that I have read a bit more I can see the great depth of thought and writing prowess involved. Well done.

Gwen Chermack wrote 1469 days ago

Hi Barry,

Thank you for taking the time to read one of my chapters. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)
When I have a bit of time, I'll return the favor.

Blessings to you today,
~Gwen

Hi Gwen, I read Period of Mourning, chapter 4.
I liked the way you dissemble the Biblical stories of Moses into the thoughts of Simeon. It's very effective.
Backed.
Best wishes,
Barry
LITTLE KRISNA AND THE BIHAR BOYS

Barry Wenlock wrote 1469 days ago

Hi Gwen, I read Period of Mourning, chapter 4.
I liked the way you dissemble the Biblical stories of Moses into the thoughts of Simeon. It's very effective.
Backed.
Best wishes,
Barry
LITTLE KRISNA AND THE BIHAR BOYS

Gwen Chermack wrote 1476 days ago

Hi Katherine,

Thank you SO much for taking the time to read and comment on Jericho! I appreciate it.
I struggled with how to keep the dialogue from sounding like King James English..but didn't want to go too far and make it totally modern. Thank you for the kind words!
I will take a look at The Swan Bonnet as soon as I can.

Blessings to you,
~Gwen

Hi Gwen, This is an engaging dramatization of the time. The dialogue is “modernized” but in a way that doesn’t hinder the time – as if in translation. Since young people aren’t usually associated with this story, the perspective on Moses is interesting. The rendering of Rahab and her goddess also brings another dimension to the historical story. Smooth reading! Shelved – Katherine (The Swan Bonnet)

klouholmes wrote 1476 days ago

Hi Gwen, This is an engaging dramatization of the time. The dialogue is “modernized” but in a way that doesn’t hinder the time – as if in translation. Since young people aren’t usually associated with this story, the perspective on Moses is interesting. The rendering of Rahab and her goddess also brings another dimension to the historical story. Smooth reading! Shelved – Katherine (The Swan Bonnet)

Gwen Chermack wrote 1505 days ago

Hi Daniel,

Thank you. I hope you enjoy reading Jericho. I would like to read your book, also.

Blessings to you today,
~Gwen


I have added Jericho to my wathclist and am going to spend some time with it as soon as I can - it looks absolutely fascinating. If time allows, please check out Deluge - my fictionalized version of the Noah and the Flood story. All Best Luck with Jericho - Daniel Diehl

Daniel Diehl wrote 1505 days ago

I have added Jericho to my wathclist and am going to spend some time with it as soon as I can - it looks absolutely fascinating. If time allows, please check out Deluge - my fictionalized version of the Noah and the Flood story. All Best Luck with Jericho - Daniel Diehl

Gwen Chermack wrote 1510 days ago

Hi David,

Thank you! I hope you enjoy reading it. :)

Blessings to you,
~Gwen


Hi Gwen, I need to give this a good read, but i like it already. Backed! regards David

David Kidd wrote 1510 days ago

Hi Gwen, I need to give this a good read, but i like it already. Backed! regards David

Gwen Chermack wrote 1513 days ago

Hi Yonaton,

Thank you so much for reading Jericho and for the comments. My sincere hope is that this book will be accepted and enjoyed by the Jewish community as well as the Christian. I believe it is a faithful re-telling of scriptural events. Thank you again.

Blessings to you,
~Gwen

I am familiar with the Biblical story (Jews just read that story as part of the Haftorah- additional reading from the Prophets after Torah reading- in the Saturday morning synagogue service last Saturday (because the Torah reading was about the Spies Moses sent, so the additional reading was the corresponding story of the spies Joshua sent). I enjoyed the dialogue- it brought the characters to life!

Yonatan wrote 1513 days ago

I am familiar with the Biblical story (Jews just read that story as part of the Haftorah- additional reading from the Prophets after Torah reading- in the Saturday morning synagogue service last Saturday (because the Torah reading was about the Spies Moses sent, so the additional reading was the corresponding story of the spies Joshua sent). I enjoyed the dialogue- it brought the characters to life!

Gwen Chermack wrote 1515 days ago

Hello Famlavan,

Thank you for the kind comments on Jericho!

Blessings to you,
~Gwen


This has a very authentic and congruent feel and it is told with such spirit and style you engage with this straight away. Very well researched and related. - Brilliant read.

Gwen Chermack wrote 1515 days ago

Hello Rob,

I appreciate you taking the time to read Jericho and leave such kind comments about it!

Blessings to you,
~Gwen



Gwen,

What a touching and fresh perspective on this story! The humor, and characters of your story bring to life the real life Bible account of the walls of Jericho. I had to support ya!

Rob

Gwen Chermack wrote 1515 days ago

Hello Ray,

Thank you for reading Jericho and taking time to comment on it. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
I'll read your book also, as soon as I have time.

Thank you again,
~Gwen



It's very refreshing and gives depth to more formal biblical accounts, when we see a fictionalised drama involving the relation between Simeon and Nathan, and then between Zidon and Rahab.
When Zidon prays to Astarte to bring Rahab to him it is fascinating to see how potent superstition was at tghat time and we also wonder what the response might be.
The short paragraphs, natural dialogue and obvious background research make this a very original contribution to Christian fiction.

Backed
Ray
(A Child from the Wishing Well)

Raymond Nickford wrote 1522 days ago

It's very refreshing and gives depth to more formal biblical accounts, when we see a fictionalised drama involving the relation between Simeon and Nathan, and then between Zidon and Rahab.
When Zidon prays to Astarte to bring Rahab to him it is fascinating to see how potent superstition was at tghat time and we also wonder what the response might be.
The short paragraphs, natural dialogue and obvious background research make this a very original contribution to Christian fiction.

Backed
Ray
(A Child from the Wishing Well)

Author apart from the rest wrote 1524 days ago

Gwen,

What a touching and fresh perspective on this story! The humor, and characters of your story bring to life the real life Bible account of the walls of Jericho. I had to support ya!

Rob

Famlavan wrote 1528 days ago

This has a very authentic and congruent feel and it is told with such spirit and style you engage with this straight away. Very well researched and related. - Brilliant read.

Gwen Chermack wrote 1529 days ago

Hello Burgio,

Thank you for reading Jericho. I appreciate your kind comments!

Blessings to you,
~Gwen

JERICHO
This is an interesting remake of a bible story. Your writing style brings the characters to life. Makes it an enjoyable read. I’m adding this to my shelf. Burgio (Grain of Salt).

Gwen Chermack wrote 1529 days ago

Hello Melxx,

Thank you for reading it, and thank you for the kind words.

Blessings to you,
~Gwen

This is certainly a unique read with the biblical accounts to enhance your plot. It's very well written and keeps the reader engaged from the start.

An intriguing premise that ensures this will be much sought after.

Happily shelved
Melxx
Impeding Justice

Melcom wrote 1530 days ago

This is certainly a unique read with the biblical accounts to enhance your plot. It's very well written and keeps the reader engaged from the start.

An intriguing premise that ensures this will be much sought after.

Happily shelved
Melxx
Impeding Justice

Burgio wrote 1530 days ago

JERICHO
This is an interesting remake of a bible story. Your writing style brings the characters to life. Makes it an enjoyable read. I’m adding this to my shelf. Burgio (Grain of Salt).

Gwen Chermack wrote 1532 days ago

Good Morning Zan,

I don't have TV, but I did hear that there was a totally unrelated series by the same name. I labored over another title, but this still seemed the best option. Thank you for the kind comments about my writing. I struggled with the 'tone' of how they should speak. I wanted it to be relatable, but tried to remove modern 'slangs' and figures of speech. Maybe I was not thorough in doing so...?

I have seen many movies and books that have taken the Biblical account and changed/altered/enhanced them. I've always wondered why they thought that was necessary. The Scriptural account of this story has plenty of drama, action, and adventure to make a great complete plot. I am also a visual person, so putting faces to names helps me remember how things went. It was more difficult than I expected to add characters and flesh-out the plot while still staying true to the actual events.

I used the blue ink throughout the book whenver the reader is seeing things from Zidon't perspective. On paper, that seemed to make it a lot easier to follow. Maybe that isn't the case online...I'm not sure.

Again, thank you for taking time to read it and comment. I am very grateful!

Blessings to you,
~Gwen

Jericho
Gwen Chermack

Gwen,
I like your title. There was a television series started a couple years ago with this exact title.
My only concern about this being a "Biblically accurate" account is that plot-wise, there will be little or no originality because it would have all been done for you thousands of years ago. I may be wrong - but just thought it prudent to mention this. Your writing and reconstructions are brilliant and you are most competent at this. The writing is easy to read, engaging with good dialogue and entertaining little bits which made me chuckle. Part of the text in your HC chapter 2 upload is in blue ink - with the rest in black. You might want to fix this. I think this shows intensive Biblical research which is a credit to you. However, the language seemed very modern so I am not sure whether you were going for something authentic, or your intention was to modernise the thing. Great effort here with lots of potential and I was happy to give this a spin on my shelf. All the best in finding a publisher.
Zan

zan wrote 1532 days ago

Jericho
Gwen Chermack

Gwen,
I like your title. There was a television series started a couple years ago with this exact title.
My only concern about this being a "Biblically accurate" account is that plot-wise, there will be little or no originality because it would have all been done for you thousands of years ago. I may be wrong - but just thought it prudent to mention this. Your writing and reconstructions are brilliant and you are most competent at this. The writing is easy to read, engaging with good dialogue and entertaining little bits which made me chuckle. Part of the text in your HC chapter 2 upload is in blue ink - with the rest in black. You might want to fix this. I think this shows intensive Biblical research which is a credit to you. However, the language seemed very modern so I am not sure whether you were going for something authentic, or your intention was to modernise the thing. Great effort here with lots of potential and I was happy to give this a spin on my shelf. All the best in finding a publisher.
Zan

Gwen Chermack wrote 1532 days ago

Hello Joffrey,

Thank you for taking a look at it. I appreciate you taking the time to leave me feedback. I'll double check the commas. :)

Blessings to you,
~Gwen

Gwen, good job on this amusing, first chapter. Don't forget your commas in direct address: "Good move (comma needed here) Nathan.."

Happy to back this.

Joffrey (The Silver Spoon Effect)

lionel25 wrote 1532 days ago

Gwen, good job on this amusing, first chapter. Don't forget your commas in direct address: "Good move (comma needed here) Nathan.."

Happy to back this.

Joffrey (The Silver Spoon Effect)

Gwen Chermack wrote 1534 days ago

Hello,

Thank you so much for reading it, and for the kind words! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Blessings to you,
~Gwen



Very gook. I like historical fiction and biblical ffiction as well. You do not disappoint. very competent writing.
best

yasmin esack wrote 1534 days ago

Very gook. I like historical fiction and biblical ffiction as well. You do not disappoint. very competent writing.
best

Gwen Chermack wrote 1534 days ago

Hello Su Dan,

Thank you for reading my book. Thank you for the kind comment! I will look at your book as soon as I have time.

Blessings to you,
~Gwen


brilliant book. a good re telling of biblical events; and as a christian i fully aprove...
su dan...read SEASONS...

eloraine wrote 1534 days ago

Loved it, good luck with it, E.Loraine Royal Blood Chronicles book one

Su Dan wrote 1534 days ago

brilliant book. a good re telling of biblical events; and as a christian i fully aprove...
su dan...read SEASONS...

Gwen Chermack wrote 1534 days ago

Hello Mr. Mitchell,

Thank you for reading my book. Thank you for the honest feedback. I did not realize that the font came across so large, even on their smallest setting. I will rectify that at once. I was under the impression that most people appreciate the change in color so they could keep track of which storyline they were following. I did not know that it would be a distraction. I will re-examine that also. Thank you so much for pointing that out. Thank you also for the kind remarks. I appreciate your time, and will look at your book as soon as I have the spare time.

Blessings to you,
~Gwen


I liked your story and the way you retold an old story from the Bible. I was not totally wowed by your book, but again it could have been the switching colors in the font or the large print. No matter, you have a good story. Build on what you have written. Blessings.
--author of December Gold, a Christian historical fiction novel

HK Rogers wrote 1534 days ago

Gwen:
Great story line and wonderful character building. The only thing I struggled with was the tone of the dialogue. It was so very 21st century, with terms like, "You can't blame a guy for trying," or, "Too smart to get hooked up with you." This can make your very good writing sound less creadible....
Other than that, you have done a great job with this story, and an even greater justice to our Lord.
Bullie and Backed,
HK

Ron Mitchell wrote 1537 days ago

I liked your story and the way you retold an old story from the Bible. I was not totally wowed by your book, but again it could have been the switching colors in the font or the large print. No matter, you have a good story. Build on what you have written. Blessings.
--author of December Gold, a Christian historical fiction novel

Gwen Chermack wrote 1545 days ago

Thank you! I hope to do just that! :)

Gwen,

Get this in the stores and I'll buy it!

Lockjaw

Lockjaw Lipssealed wrote 1545 days ago

Gwen,

Get this in the stores and I'll buy it!

Lockjaw

Gwen Chermack wrote 1546 days ago

Thank you! :)

keep up the good work Gwen!

shartie wrote 1548 days ago

keep up the good work Gwen!

Gwen Chermack wrote 1551 days ago

Hi Anil,

Thank you for reading the opening. I'm anxious to hear what you think about the rest of it. :) I'll certainly read yours as soon as I can.

Blessings to you,
~Gwen


Just went through the opening chapter of your book and i am impressed with your concise and intriguing style of writing. The narration is very simple and also interesting. It is an honor to back your book, for it deserves all the accolades you will soon be getting for the hard work!

i shall come back tommorow and read the rest

All the very best!
Anil Antony
As Told By the Rascals

Anil Antony wrote 1551 days ago

Just went through the opening chapter of your book and i am impressed with your concise and intriguing style of writing. The narration is very simple and also interesting. It is an honor to back your book, for it deserves all the accolades you will soon be getting for the hard work!

i shall come back tommorow and read the rest

All the very best!
Anil Antony
As Told By the Rascals

Gwen Chermack wrote 1551 days ago

Hi Liz,

Thank you for the kind comment and the backing. I'll take a look at your book as soon as I can. :)

Blessings to you,
~Gwen

I love this - so unigue and intelligent! Backed with pleasure.

Liz
The Cheech Room

Gwen Chermack wrote 1551 days ago

Hello JC,

Thank you for reading and shelving my book! One of my goals in writing it was to appeal to my Jewish brothers and sisters, also. It is a solid biblical narrative, that adheres to the account in the Tanakh. Do you think the use of the term 'Adonai' is an acceptable reference? I did not want to be offensive with the use of His name. I have updated my long pitch to reflect your suggestions. Thank you for the idea!

I'll certainly take a look at your book when I get some time. :)
Blessings to you,
~Gwen


Welcome aboard, Gwen. This website will improve your writing craft, if you allow it. I understood your premise immediately as I am a Jew. The short pitch is acceptable. With the long pitch, break it down into smaller paragraphs so it reads faster. End it with one succinct question. Perfecting your pitches is how you climb in ranking to gather more exposure and comments to better your novel. The writing is good so I am SHELVING you.

Though I have been a very active member for over a year, I can still use your comments on my book when you get the chance. Every little bit helps. Cheers!

JC
The Obergemau Key

Gwen Chermack wrote 1551 days ago

Hi Suzie Q,

Thank you for the comments on my book. I appreciate you taking the time to take a look at it. I will certainly take a look at your two, also.

Blessings to you,
~Gwen


Dear Gwen, I love that you are proclaiming forth the Word of God through your Bible story. :) May you write many more. :) Before I began to read your book, I was prepared by your recappitch & your table of contents, which was very well done. Your glossary & scriputure reference were excellent. :) Your story is good because you create interest by having short paragraphs & dialogue, which makes me want to keep reading to find out what's going to happen next. I'm "commenting & backing" your book to help it advance - this will help your & mine move up on the charts. :) Could you please return the favor by taking a moment to "comment & back" my TWO memoir books, "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" & my unedited version? "Tell Me True Love Stories," which tells at the end my illness now/6th abusive marraiage." Thanks, Susie :)
p.s. Remember: every "comment" & "backing" you do moves you book & the other person's book closer to the top. :)

lizjrnm wrote 1551 days ago

I love this - so unigue and intelligent! Backed with pleasure.

Liz
The Cheech Room

SusieGulick wrote 1552 days ago

Dear Gwen, I love that you are proclaiming forth the Word of God through your Bible story. :) May you write many more. :) Before I began to read your book, I was prepared by your recappitch & your table of contents, which was very well done. Your glossary & scriputure reference were excellent. :) Your story is good because you create interest by having short paragraphs & dialogue, which makes me want to keep reading to find out what's going to happen next. I'm "commenting & backing" your book to help it advance - this will help your & mine move up on the charts. :) Could you please return the favor by taking a moment to "comment & back" my TWO memoir books, "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" & my unedited version? "Tell Me True Love Stories," which tells at the end my illness now/6th abusive marraiage." Thanks, Susie :)
p.s. Remember: every "comment" & "backing" you do moves you book & the other person's book closer to the top. :)

soutexmex wrote 1552 days ago

Welcome aboard, Gwen. This website will improve your writing craft, if you allow it. I understood your premise immediately as I am a Jew. The short pitch is acceptable. With the long pitch, break it down into smaller paragraphs so it reads faster. End it with one succinct question. Perfecting your pitches is how you climb in ranking to gather more exposure and comments to better your novel. The writing is good so I am SHELVING you.

Though I have been a very active member for over a year, I can still use your comments on my book when you get the chance. Every little bit helps. Cheers!

JC
The Obergemau Key

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