The Old Testament Comes to Thrilling Life in the Latest from Lynn Austin
In one life-changing moment, the lives of the Jewish exiles in Babylon are thrown into confusion and despair when a decree arrives from the king's palace in Susa. It calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire on the thirteenth day of Adar, in less than one year. Ezra, a quiet Jewish scholar and teacher, is suddenly called upon to lead the community as they seek God for a reason for this catastrophe. When a second decree arrives, authorizing them to fight back, Ezra is thrust into the role of military leader as they defend themselves against their enemies.
When the battles come to an end, Ezra's brother Jude is dead and Ezra is required by the Law he so diligently studies to marry Jude's widow, Devorah, and provide an heir. Fatherhood changes Ezra, and he asks God to make a way for him and the other exiles to leave Babylon for good and return to Jerusalem. His prayers are answered and the exiles move to Judea to revitalize worship at the temple---but the fight to keep God's Law is never easy. As more and more of his community are tempted, a new battle emerges . . . this one for the survival of God's covenant and the souls of His chosen faithful.
This is a powerful novel that delivers the captivating history of the return of exiled Jews to Jerusalem under the leadership of Ezra. This is the first time I've read a book that shows what the Jewish people went through and how they felt after Haman's decree went out across the Persian Empire.
This book is very well written; you will feel like you are part of the story. This book has sparked a number of thought-provoking discussions between my Wednesday night Bible study Leader and myself. I have not read the first book in the Restoration Chronicles Series, but I plan to as soon as I get free time. Even though there are 2 in this series, these books do work as stand alone novels. Lynn Austin has an amazing gift for creating historical biblical fiction. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read, this book is well worth your time and your money.
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About the Author:
Bestselling author Lynn Austin has sold more than one million copies of her books worldwide. She is an eight-time Christy Award winner for her historical novels, as well as a popular speaker at retreats and conventions. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and live near Chicago.
I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own.