• The Tomb, A Novel of Martha

    In this captivating retelling of a classic biblical story, Jesus shocks the town of Bethany with Lazarus’s resurrection from the dead, leading Martha—a seemingly perfect woman trapped by the secrets of her past—to hope and a new life.
     
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  • The Thief

    A Roman centurion longing for peace and a Jewish woman hiding a deadly secret witness a miracle that transforms their lives and leads them to the foot of the cross.
     
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  • “The Well” by Stephanie Landsem

    Mara is a desperate Samaritan girl struggling to keep her family alive in the face of starvation and the threat of exile from their strict village. When a mysterious Jewish teacher transforms her mother at Jacob’s well, Mara hopes for a better life—until…
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Gaze Upon Jesus: Meet Adrina, the Magi’s wife

Writing the story of Adrina, the Magi’s wife, for Gaze Upon Jesus, I discovered that what we DON’T know of the Magi is far more than what we DO know. The account in Matthew gives us only the bare bones of a story:

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,
in the days of King Herod,
behold, […]

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Gaze Upon Jesus: meet Anna the Prophetess

 
“Some of the priests called me a prophetess. Others called me aged or even addled. Perhaps they were all right. Perhaps I was all those things.“
 

 
I didn’t know either of my grandmas. One died shortly after I was born, the other lived across the country and also died far too young. But if I’d had […]

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Gaze Upon Jesus: Meet Lila, the Innkeeper’s Servant

Gerard van Honthorst Nativity
 
Lila may be my favorite character  in this group of stories. For me, Lila personifies those who Jesus spoke of in Matthew when he said:

“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the […]

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Interview Stephanie About “The Well”

I write historical fiction because I love adventure in far-off times and places. If you are interested in requesting an interview about my book, please visit my media kit page, or contact me.