8 Ways to Pray for Orphans

Carole Towriss International Adoption, Orphan Care 0 Comments

At lunch yesterday we joked about the silly questions my kids are sometimes asked about being adopted. “Is he your adopted brother?” Dara: “He’s my brother.” “Do you speak Kazakh?” My favorite was, “Are you gonna tell them?” Well, the girls are Central Asian, so… But in the midst of Christmas tree lights, brightly wrapped presents, and dinners with way too …

A Refuge and a Shelter

Carole Towriss Ancient Israel, Prize of War 2 Comments

Much of the action in Prize of War takes place in Acsah’s house. Acsah and Othni live in a typical Israelite home, also known as a four-room house. These mud-and-brick houses are characteristic of the Iron Age of the Eastern Mediterranean. The inhabitants lived on the second floor, and the ground floor—divided into four sections by pillars, half-walls, and walls—was used as a stable and for …

Of Mice and Sand

Carole Towriss Prize of War, Research, Uncategorized 0 Comments

The Negev is a desert covering over half of Israel’s total land area. Rocky mountain ranges are broken by wadis (dry riverbeds that fill after a rain), and three enormous, craterlike makhteshim (box canyons). It is an inverted triangle, bordered on the west by the desert of the Sinai Peninsula, and on the east by the Arabah valley. The word negev comes from the Hebrew root denoting “dry.” In the Bible, the …

If the Foundations Be Destroyed

Carole Towriss Book Launch, Prize of War 0 Comments

Prize of War takes place mainly in Debir, which before Othniel’s conquest had been called Kiriath-Sepher.  There are a few cities that Joshua conquered but were re-inhabited a little later, and then had to be re-conquered by the various tribes. Debir was one of those. Where exactly that is in Israel now is a matter of some debate. I have …

Spoiled Brat or Strong-Minded Woman?

Carole Towriss Book Launch, Prize of War 1 Comment

The story of Acsah, daughter of Caleb, is told word-for-word in Scripture twice, once in Joshua 15, and again in Judges 1. And Caleb said, ‘I will give my daughter Acsah in marriage to the man who attacks and captures Kiriath Sepher.’ Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s brother, took it; so Caleb gave his daughter Acsah to him in marriage.One day …