Keepers of the Covenant, Restoration Series #2
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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.
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Restoration Chronicles
In one life-changing moment, the lives of the exiles in Babylon are thrown into despair when a decree from the king's palace calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire in less than one year.
Ezra, a quiet but brilliant scholar, soon finds himself called upon to become the leader of his people. Forced to rally an army when all his training has been in the Torah, he struggles to bring hope in a time of utter despair, when dreams of the future--of family and love--seem impossible.
In Keepers of the Covenant, acclaimed novelist Lynn Austin weaves together the struggles and stories of both Jews and Gentiles, creating a tapestry of faith and doubt, love and loss. Here, the Old Testament comes to life, demonstrating the everlasting hope displayed in God's unwavering love for His people.
Praise of Lynn Austin's Restoration Chronicles
"...a powerful new historical series that brings the Old Testament books of Ezra and Nehemiah to life." --Library Journal
"Austin shines a bright light on ancient Jewish life and lands. Biblical fiction fans will cheer her latest offering, which bolsters this challenging genre." --Publishers Weekly
JosiBaker City, ORAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Biblical History Brought to LifeSeptember 23, 2014JosiBaker City, ORAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This powerful novel delivers an enthralling history of the return of exiled Jews to Jerusalem under the leadership of Ezra. If you think the Old Testament is boring and the word enthralling isnt one youd use to describe the OT book of Ezra, than Keepers of the Covenant will change your perspective completely. It terms of fictional enjoyment its extremely well written; you will feel you are part of this story. The characters are so real and completely relatable in their fears, their faith, their doubts and their experiences that they will make this era of Old Testament history come to life for you. Keepers of the Covenant is more than an entertaining novel however. It is also highly convicting as it draws clear parallels between the Jewish people in exile and Christians today when it comes to issues like faith in the face of unanswered prayer, cultural assimilation and the danger of Gods people (then and now) becoming indistinguishable from the surrounding culture. This book has generated a number of thought-provoking, even soul-searching, discussions between my husband and me as we evaluate areas of our life where our faith may have been compromised by our culture and its really not too often I can say that about a novel. I have not read the first book in the Restoration Chronicles Series, though I plan to now, but I mention this because although this is book 2 in a series, these books do stand alone. Lynn Austin has an incredible gift for historical biblical fiction and this book is worth your time and your money.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
ilovevoice25 Stars Out Of 5Great book! Get it!September 16, 2014ilovevoice2Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Keepers of the Covenant (The Restoration Chronicles Book #2)
By Lynn Austin
The nation of Israel has been in captivity for many years, first to the Babylonians then to the Persians. They are scattered throughout the Persian empire. Though Nehemiah had been allowed by Cyrus to return with a remnant to rebuild the temple, that window of opportunity has closed for the Jews. They are slowly becoming assimilated into the Gentile culture and many are starting to fear that God has forgotten them. An edict of the king then goes out stating that all Gentiles are to arm themselves to annihilate and plunder the Jewish people throughout the Persian empire. The Jews are overwhelmed by the implications of the kings order and many sink into despair and hopelessness, while others respond with bitterness and hatred. Where is the God who swore a covenant to Abraham making these people His own? Is there now any hope of restoration to Him and the land that He has promised?
Let me say that Im a HUGE fan of Lynn Austin beginning with the Chronicles of the Kings series (amazing!) and this book was wonderful as well. Thinking that it was going to be about Ezra, I started to wonder a bit when the story began with Xerxes edict by the hand of Haman. My immediate thought was that it was going to be a book about Esther instead, but Mrs. Austin focused the story instead on the exiles who knew nothing of the Jewish queen. I loved hearing the story from their perspective, and it gave me a new outlook on what it must have been like during this waiting to die period of the peoples lives. Ezras life and work quickly came into the picture, and I loved getting to know him as a real person, not just someone who wrote a book of the Bible. Theres so much more to this story than Ive written here, but I dont want to spoil a thing for those who are going to love this book as much as I did. Im giving it an A+: now on my favorites list for Biblical fiction clean and safe for all audiences too!
I received a free advance copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley.com in exchange for my honest review.
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