“The Bible of Clay” by Julia Navarro

“The act of reading is a partnership. The author builds a
house, but the reader makes it a home.”
Judi Picoult author of “The Storyteller” and “Leaving Time.”

“The Bible of Clay” by Julia Navarro
(copyright 2006; published by Bantam Dell, a registered trademark of
Random House, Inc.; the story was translated from Spanish into
English by Andrew Hurley in 2008; 497 pages, suspense thriller)

Julie Navarro does an exceptional job of weaving four stories together that becomes one great story by the end of the book “The Bible of Clay.” The first three-fourths’ of the book hints where the story is going, but the story does not reveal its hidden secrets until the very end.

One story is about Alfred Tannenberg, who will stop at nothing to find his treasure “the clay Bible.” Tannenberg’s sinister plot pushes his granddaughter Clara and her husband Ahmed to search for the rest of the clay tables before he dies. Clara and Ahmed are Archaeologists. They do not know Tannenberg’s past or why it is so important to find the rest of the clay tablets. 

Clara and Ahmed put together an excavation team that will travel to Iraq where Tannenberg believes the rest of the tablets are. But time is running out — within a month the United States will be bombing the exact spot where the team will be digging. 

Alfred’s granddaughter grew up hearing the story about the “clay Bible.” Her life’s dream is to find the rest of the tablets and complete her grandfather’s passion of ownership.

The second story is about a group of very wealthy men who are life-long friends of Alfred Tannenberg. They believe Alfred’s prediction — the clay tablets are buried at a bombing site where the last American air strike took place — and want to fund the project. 

The third story is about four elderly people who are out for revenge. They have no interest in the clay tablets; their only interest is in killing Tannenberg and his granddaughter. For me, this story was the most intriguing part of the book. So I am not going to spoil the story for you by telling you more.

The fourth story that is cleverly weaved among the others is Abraham reveals the story of creation to a young, inexperienced scribe named Shaman. Abraham is told in Genesis 12:1 by the Lord God:

“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.”

As Abraham begins to pack for the long journey, he begins telling God’s creation story:

“In the beginning God created the
heavens and the earth.”   Genesis 1:1

And Shaman begins to inscribe Abraham’s words on clay tablets. 

For those of you who want a challenge, “The Bible of Clay” by Julia Navarro is the place to start. This is a great read!! If you are following the “No Buy Year,” I found this book in the public library. I give this book a 4.5 Star Rating and look forward to rereading it in the future. I hope you enjoy it as well.

Two Reading Challenges:

1)   The 2016 Book Challenge (go under categories on the sidebar and click on 2016 Reading Challenge.) This is my own book challenge. I did not get it from any other challenges. 

Right now I am reading: “Fall of Giants” by Ken Follett
“Anne of Avonlea” by L. M. Montgomery
(book #2 of the “Anne of Green Cables” and a Classic)
“On Writing” by Stephen King
“Modern Priscilla Cookbook (1924)” by The Priscilla Publishing Company
(This book was given to me by my mother, Alice Tower, for 2015 Christmas. My Mom wrote on the end side cover: Linda, I thought you would like to have this. It was my grandmother’s and your great-grandmother’s. She gave it to me when I was married in 1948. Now this is the kind of treasure I am looking forward!!! From my great-grandmother to my mother to me. Who needs the Lottery??!!  Priceless!)

2)   The second reading challenge is Reading through the Bible in one year. Click on “Blessed is he (she) who reads …” on the side bar. That site will give you the first two months of readings. I have to confess that I am behind on my Scripture reading. I am doubling up on reading chapters. But I will catch-up.

I am really enjoying writing and sharing my blog with you. I hope you enjoy reading it. I would love to hear from you. Do you have any comments or suggestions of books you have read, please share with us when you can. 

Today do something that will challenge you!


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