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biblical fiction, historical fiction, inspirational fiction, women in the Bible, Jesus and women, Mary of Clopas, Joanna in the Bible

Forgotten Followers
from Broken to Bold
by Elaine Ricker Kelly

After years of submission, Mara is afraid and unsure about everything—especially her nephew, Jesus. Then he is chased off a cliff, and Mara is forced into the unknown. At the same time, Joanna grapples with hiding her mixed-race heritage or losing her family and community. Despite trauma, abuse, racism, and inequality, they join other women disciples. Will Jesus’s opposition to the establishment endanger their lives?

Forgotten Followers brings love and encouragement to anyone who has felt alone, rejected, or simply out of place. Instead of dismissing women of the Gospels as unimportant, author Elaine Ricker Kelly lifts them up as empowered and vibrant characters. Whether evangelical, exvangelical, atheist, Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, deconstructing or doubting, readers can find themselves in this historical fiction, the first novel in her Broken to Bold series.

"If you've ever felt like women are treated like secondary characters in God's story, then let Forgotten Followers bring the many women who loved and followed Jesus to life! Such a refreshing, life-giving read to see how knowing Jesus can free you from the cage you put yourself in--or that society puts yourself in. These fictional stories are grounded in amazing historical research--and made me see Jesus' love for me in a whole new way."

—Sheila Wray Gregoire, author of The Great Sex Rescue and founder of BareMarriage

Elaine Ricker Kelly writes inspiring and empowering fiction using her experiences as a businessperson, volunteer, friend, daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother.

Elaine R Kelly advocates for equal rights and opportunities regardless of sex or race. As a woman financial advisor, she was intrigued to learn women did the financial planning for Jesus. As Elaine looked for models of faithful women in the Gospels, she found the women disciples featured in Forgotten Followers.

Elaine R Kelly lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband and her lap dog, Chip. She and her husband have hiked the 900 km Bruce Trail and enjoy nature, tennis, music, history, and culture. They worship in the mainline Protestant Christian tradition.

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