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  • Genre:RELIGION
  • SubGenre:Biblical Studies / Old Testament / Poetry & Wisdom Literature
  • Language:English
  • Pages:206
  • eBook ISBN:9781483504711

As a Lily Among Thorns

A Story of King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, and the Goddess of Wisdom

by Rudy U. Martinka

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Temperatures rise when a young beautiful virgin Queen meets alone with a King who has two hundred wives.“Solomon, I have traveled far to learn about your Goddess of Wisdom, how do you propose to teach me?” How did Solomon answer this question posed by Bilqis, the Queen of Sheba? What actually happened during her visit, or the connotation of the statement in the Bible, “and Solomon did everything that she asked?”


If these questions interest you, read a detailed, fascinating description of the culture, times, clothing and atmosphere in As a Lily Among Thorns – A Story of King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, and the Goddess of Wisdom. Experience the mental intrigue when Bilqis asks a multitude of questions to challenge and test Solomon. Conflict develops as she probes the personal thoughts of Solomon trying to play ‘gotcha’ as sexual tension sparks their relationship. The plot conjectures into an eventual romance. This biblical fiction novel described in first person by Solomon is based on carefully researched biblical stories and legends and relates to our time to both entertain and inspire readers. We face many of the same basic social and physical challenges in life today as our ancestors. The novel re-tells and embellishes their meetings in an enjoyable and meaningful manner to emphasize how wisdom helps guide us from making foolish decisions. When you finish reading the characterizations, you will know well their personal thoughts and motivations to seek wisdom and love. The novel is non-denominational based on Judea Christian proverbs and ancient near eastern sources of wisdom. Proverbs and wise sayings teach us to succeed in life, sometimes called “the granddaddy of every self-improvement book ever written.”

About the author

Rudy U Martinka attended Northwestern and Elmhurst Colleges. Retired now from Business, he has over thirty opinions published in the Chicago Tribune. Born 1940, currently residing in Elmhurst, Illinois, he participated in civic associations of Boy Scouts, Elmhurst Safety Council, and Elmhurst Auxiliary Police. Married, with three children and eight grandchildren, his reason for writing this novel is that every day we read or hear news reports about foolish decisions made all over the world. What the world needs now, in addition to love, is wisdom.