Book 1: The Thrones of Genesis Series
Ashes Like Bread: A Biblical Novel of Lamech and His Two Wives
A scorned prophetess. A deadly omen. Will this kinswoman of Adam and Eve persevere with intuition she can’t deny?
2019 Readers’ Favorite bronze medal winner in Christian Fantasy
Zyla is used to the elders of the clan rejecting her dark glimpses into the future, and bitter that she doesn’t receive the honor she deserves. When her forecast of a terrible flood gets her exiled, she and her sister flee the mountain of Eden to live among evil descendants of the murderer Cain. Zyla is willing to do anything to advance her status, even if it means becoming a second wife to her sister’s desirable husband or aligning with forbidden spiritual powers.
When the flood Zyla prophesied slams into her new home, the outcast must decide who she really loves and what is worth risking death for. Will she be strong enough to find hope on the other side of the waters, or will the devastation sweep her and her prophecies away forever?
If you like ancient legends and dramatic Old Testament re-imaginings, you’ll love this biblical fiction novel based on a story from Genesis 4.
Book 2: The Thrones of Genesis Series
The Seed Bearer’s Bride: A Novel of Fallen Angels, Nephilim, and the Woman Who Defied Their Power
Not every god is good.
2021 Foreword Indies finalist in Religious Fiction
In the mysterious world before Noah’s flood, the stars are ripe with prophecy about an ominous invasion of beings from the sky. The people of Adam and Eve await the event with dread, but Baraqua, a young woman of the clan, is unconcerned about anything but her schemes to marry a man forbidden to her because of her people’s strict marriage traditions. Through the long-awaited bride dream of one of the elders, Jared, Baraqua is forced to turn away from the man she believes she cannot live without and marry Jared, while the elders pray fervently that this headstrong scribe’s daughter will give birth to the world’s Savior, Anointed One.
Then the dreaded prophecy is fulfilled. Magnificent, god-like beings descend out of the stars one night and pursue Baraqua and other women in order to sire giant offspring and change what it means to be human. In the terror of the unknown that follows, Baraqua is attracted to the invaders’ charismatic chieftain, a shining fallen angel, while being burdened with shame for not honoring her new husband as he deserves. Will this privileged woman of the ancient world learn in time the power of self-sacrifice over the elusive mists of self-absorption?
This gripping historical fantasy novel about the era when fallen angels ruled the earth brings clarity to the mysterious “sons of God” of Genesis 6:1 and confirms the age-old belief that courage and love have the power to stand down evil.
Gold in Havilah: A Novel of Cain’s Wife
Akliah is the de-facto wife of one of the Bible‘s most notorious villains. Yet her story is not Cain’s. It is entirely her own.
A willful daughter of Adam and Eve. Abduction from the Mountain of Eden. Is there a way back to paradise?
Akliah is used to the story of her parents’ banishment from the Garden of Eden for eating forbidden fruit. And she and her siblings believe in the old prophecy, that their brother Cain will soon crush the serpentine head of God’s enemy so that the family can return.
Fiercely in love with Cain and determined to be his wife despite Cain’s love for another, Akliah’s schemes are shattered when Cain murders his brother Abel and abducts her far from home. With a child to care for and Cain increasingly delusional through his devotion to a beautiful fallen angel, Akliah must learn to survive in a city dedicated to evil. When she meets a worthy man who offers love and redemption, she will have to make an honest confession of her past or lose him. Will Akliah find strength to restore her integrity, or discover that to risk dying for it is just as noble?
This historical fantasy about Cain’s mysterious wife is for anyone who likes dramatic biblical re-imaginings or ancient legends with a supernatural twist.
“Sensitively written with beautiful but not overdone prose, complex characters, and a really satisfying take on a “familiar” story. If you’re a fan of biblical, Paleolithic, or ancient fiction, this is one you shouldn’t miss.” – Libbie Hawker, #1 Best-selling author of The Ragged Edge of Night.
Journey to God
How I Made a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Orthodoxy (Without Traveling Very Far) and Found Peace, Love, and Stillness
“Jean Hoefling is honest about the effort true Christian pilgrimage requires, and candid about its disappointments and elations. Each chapter encompasses the reader with the universal appeal of the pilgrimage experience, without false piety or glib analysis.” -Fr. Martin, All-Merciful Savior Orthodox Monastery
“Ms. Hoefling does a wonderful job of introducing me to this faith without scaring me out of my wits.” -Mike Shoemake, career consultant
“Journey to God helps to guide us toward that fulfilling destiny that is, truth be told, a deep breath and a heartbeat away.” Fr. Joseph Honeycutt, author of One Flew Over the Onion Dome.
Who or what was the serpentine creature that coaxed Eve to die in Eden– a mischievous reptile, a misguided angel, or something worse?
Adam and Eve are high priests of Eden, God’s earthly throne room. Privileged and powerful, they sit with celestial beings on the Divine Council, and are destined to become co-rulers of the cosmos once their wisdom is complete. But Eve isn’t satisfied with paradise, and lusts after the status of the gods. Aligning herself with a mysterious being cloaked in deception, Eve’s chilling decision will change the course of history forever.
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