We are led to remember the centrality of the Word of the Lord, and anything that reminds me of how I am to live- makes it worth my time to invest in.
Here's a link to a pre-order bonus that you might want to do if you will buy the book. The book releases January 16, 2018.
I've enjoyed reading aloud to our children at Christmas Jotham's Journey, Bartholemew's Passage, Tabitha's Travels and Isthar's Odyssey, and then revisiting the characters in Amon's Adventures (an Easter experience.) I forgot that there are books for adults out there that help history come to life, and share of Biblical times. My favorite part of this book, was that it encouraged me to go back to Kings & Chronicles and read the real elements of the story from the Word of God.
I have a hard time reviewing fiction books and discussing the details, feeling like I'd give away too much of the story. So I'm sharing the book without going into the well developed plot taken out of the Old Testament. But the theme of the book is learning to Trust Yahweh, and seeking His Word for answers, as you wait for eternity. (and that's a pretty good investment for anyone wanting to have the word whispered in their own life or with their children!)
I loved Ms. Andrews character development, life like setting, the way she chose to bring to life the OT lives of so many characters and the portrayal of desolation, God's faithfulness, provision, and the challenges of trusting Yahweh through the known and unknown prophecies. This book not only was a joy to read and be lost in, it also helped me recognize what we can so easily glaze over as we read the bible and not recognize the emotions, conflict and trauma faced when you witness it first hand. She does an amazing job helping us imagine and see how a girl/young lady/woman lives through this time- physically, emotionally, spiritually, and we have a great glimpse into the thinking and feelings of the people. She also really develops how prayer and seeking the Lord's help influences a person's heart. It encourages me to remember and look to the Lord in all things.
Captivating, engaging book, that has you step right into the time of King Ahaz and King Hezekiah in the land of Judah. You read and envision living among the prophets, as they are hearing from the Lord and transcribing scrolls of scripture. The author does an excellent job with the details and makes the story alive as you read. What I enjoyed even more than the setting, was the real characters brought to life, and feeling their joys and sorrows, watching them learn and grow, and interact with one another. I laughed, smiled, fought tears, and learned a lot as I enjoyed this book.
I had 'aha' moments as the characters experienced in their real time living moments that I have studied in the Old Testament. When I started the book, and King Ahaz was sacrificing people to his god, Moluk, I wondered if I would continue reading, but the author did a great job laying out the real facts of their lives, but moving the book through a 30 year time span with a good balance of the challenging aspects of life with the heart-warming experiences, romance, and family interactions. I couldn't put it down at parts. Mesu Andrews is a new author to me. I am thrilled to see that my public library has three more of her books and will request her other books now!
This book shared idol worship, sacrifice, and other traumatic events from the Bible in a detailed description. The toughest to cope with was near the beginning, and if human sacrifices had remained the focus, I doubt I would have gone on, as she described the experience with enough detail to portray the ugly. But it did happen, and it is necessary to accurately portray the impact it had on the lives of the family. Basically it's aspects of history that many of us are happy to ignore, but show how evil man is, and how God works through many different experiences for His glory. I only mention this because it gave me pause, and I would want parents to read it alongside their kids to help them discuss and process this.