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Celebrate Lit Tour: The Winnowing Fork by Betty Ruth Weatherby

About the Book

Book: The Winnowing Fork

Author: Betty Ruth Weatherby

Genre: Biblical Fiction

Release date: September, 2022



Betty Ruth Weatherby travels the world and uses her experiences to create the Biblical Fiction of “The Winnowing Fork” to convey the message of God’s sustaining, eternal love.

The tax collector’s mother is banned with a skin disease when his father is conscripted by the occupying Roman army.

Follow Zacchaeus as he grows to love the sound and glitter of gold coins while his greed consumes him, overcoming even his love of family.

Zacchaeus in his lonely, self-isolation discovers that the real author of peace and serenity is in a man called Jesus whose father is God himself. Jesus passes through Jericho on his way to Passover in Jerusalem.

Zacchaeus tries to see through the crowd as the entourage passes:

“He yanked the leaves back again, and found the Rabbi looking at him,

His eyes fastened on Zacchaeus.”

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About the Author

Betty Ruth Weatherby is a graduate of California State University, Stanislaus. She earned her teacher’s credential from Chapman University as well as a cross-cultural language and academic development certificate from Sacramento State University. Weatherby has sold her books across America. She is the author of the Lanover Adventure Series, Pepper’s children’s series and excels in Women’s Adventures. Women can travel the world as part of God’s Plan to enjoy life at its fullest and step out in faith.

Weatherby was born in the shipbuilding community of Sausalito, California and writes from a world of experience in fulfilling the Christian walk. Her most recent novel “The Girl on the Tombstone” is a nostalgic historical piece based in San Andreas, California where she grew up and attended Calaveras High School.

More from Betty Ruth

Zacchaeus was always a puzzle to me. How did he become a hated tax collector and only

One meeting with Jesus turned his life around. So, I imagined a story, gave him a family and neighbors to create a life around him as he accumulated his “taxes.”

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To celebrate her tour, Betty is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

My Review:

I am going to admit...I haven't quite finished the book. We just received our copies this past week and I have had a busy week!

The book is an imagining of Zaccheus's background and the formation of his character. The story also follows the development of his family members--Joshua his father, son of Phineas, a second son who chooses to farm but is conscripted by a Roman soldier, Tryphena his mother, struck by leprosy and forced to leave her family because she is unclean; Rachel his older sister, left behind but a survivor, and Phineas his younger brother, who isn't developed other than as a source of pity.

The writing makes this time period come alive. The details are written as clearly and as matter-of-factly as if the author described contemporary lives to our own. The only flaw was the time line bothered me--I simply didn't get the sense of years passing in what was going on in their lives except from being told. Otherwise, this is very well-written (I'm assuming the grammatical errors will be caught in further editing). Wait--back to the time line issue--I simply don't understand how Uncle Abdi forgot Rachel had a dowry for what, months, years, and then remembered? And it felt like the father got conscripted, went to the fort and then escaped within a matter of days...I feel like I missed other things, too, for example, how did Rachel know about her mother later in the book? Readers, if you pick this book up, please let me know...or maybe not, because I might feel um, dumb, if I just missed a sentence here or there. I will say this is a problem for me with reading on Kindle, etc.--it is is a little bit more difficult to go back and figure something out.

One thing I truly appreciated was the realization that, in a time without social media or the nightly news or even newspapers, how would people learn of Jesus?

The realization drove home, again, just how amazing is our God. He took one man and turned his family into a mighty nation. He took one man and changed the world. He took one man and changed me.

Readers, share below one way that God has been amazing in your life? What's been going on with you this week? Blessings!

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