Keepers of the Covenant, Restoration Series #2   -     By: Lynn Austin
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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.

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Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
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ISBN: 0764208993
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In Their Darkest Hour, Where Would Hope Be Found?

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

Author Bio

Lynn Austin has sold more than one and a half million copies of her books worldwide. A former teacher who now writes and speaks full time, she has won eight Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into a Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home near Chicago, Illinois. Learn more at www.lynnaustin.org.

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  1. Lima, OH
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Book two of The Restoration Chronicles
    August 22, 2015
    ksnapier
    Lima, OH
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lynn Austin is such a wordsmith. This historical fiction is set in t he times after Israel was sent into exile to Babylon. It begins with the influence Haman had over Xerxes to convince him to have all of the Jews kills. Then it continues with the events after Haman was killed and Xerxes allowed the Jews to defend themselves.

    This time period was brought to life with the people that Austin placed in her writing and the way she showed characters that were involved from both sides of this. The development of the characters made me, generally, care for them.

    I cannot list all of the ways that Lynn Austin was successful with this book. I am now going to go back to read the first book in the Restoration Chronicles. I would recommend this book for everyone.

    I was given this book by the publisher and bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
  2. Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    wonderful
    August 12, 2015
    Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was a wonderful historical fiction book. It really brings the Old Testament to life. It shows the trials and tribulations that the Jews and Gentiles went through. I look forward to reading the other books in this series. This was number two in the series but you can read it as a stand alone. It is so thought provoking. It shows how times really haven't changed as much as we would like sometimes. I received this book from bookfun.org for a fair and honest opinion.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Biblical fiction based on the return to Jerusalem
    July 14, 2015
    Carrie
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    This was the first book I have read by this author and I was not disappointed. Keepers of the Covenant is a biblical fiction based on the era after Israel's exile in Babylon. It begins with the familiar history when Haman tried to annihilate the Jews. Readers familiar with Esther will recognize the events in the beginning of the story. The Jews were prepared to fight for their lives on that fateful day, the thirteenth of Adar. They were successful in battle, but not without great loss. Ezra, is a scholar of the Torah. When his brother dies in battle, he finds himself in a position he never dreamed of-marrying his sister in law to carry on his brother's name. This is a beautiful story of how following God's will can turn tragedy into beauty. As one who has thoroughly studied the Torah and grieved over the falling away of the Jews since living in Babylon, Ezra decides it is time to return to the Promised Land. He goes before the king to request permission to return and it is granted. I enjoyed reading this fictionalized story and it has given me the desire to read the book of Ezra in the Bible.

    I also thoroughly enjoyed the parallel story of Amina. Amina was an Edomite and was just a young girl when her family was killed. She and her sister were taken in by a Jewish family. Her sister decided to return to their pagan home, but Amina stayed and started following God and Jewish customs. Some reviewers have found hers and Reuben's story distracting, but I think it added so much to the story. God's mercy and grace are evident throughout this story and I loved how it all came together. I plan on reading the other books in this series.

    I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review which I have given.
  4. Lebanon, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Lynn Austin's Keeper of the Covenant
    June 20, 2015
    Carol
    Lebanon, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Keeper of the Covenant is the second book in Lynn Austins

    The Restoration Chronicle Series. This story delves into Ezras

    life and his leadership in the return of the Jews to Jerusalem.

    The author takes you back to Ezras time in the ancient world

    so that the reader feels as if he/she is there with the characters.

    It is interesting learning about a different culture in history.

    The characters are artfully drawn. You experience their trials,

    tribulations, distresses, frustrations, faith and successes.

    All the historical references add to the intriguing storyline. This

    book reminded me about how God worked then and still works

    now if we unconditionally accept Him.

    This was the first book I have read that featured Ezra in detail

    even though it was a book of historical fiction. It is a keeper

    and one to be read again.

    Thank you to book fun.org for this Book. My opinion is my own.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Historical Fiction
    April 5, 2015
    Darlene
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I really enjoyed Keepers of the Covenant by Lynn Austin. I had not read the first book in this series but felt this book could certainly be a stand alone. This is a book of historical fiction. We follow the story of the Jews when Haman gets King Xerxes to sign an edict that all Jews were to be killed, and once signed by the king, cannot be undone. You feel the pain of these people as they know the date of their executions. As they looked to God for strength, another edict came out that they could defend themselves, which they did. Heartache follows over family members that dont live through that date of battle. Ezra then goes before the king to see if the people could go back to the Promised Land. The king not only allows that, but decrees Ezra to be the governor of that whole area. Amina, an Edomite, is a handicapped young girl that feels the love of a Jewish woman, who also has a handicap. Amina has grown up in hatred and abuse, and loves the way the Jewish woman, Hodaya, treats her. On the day that the Jews are to be killed, Amina goes in search of the Jewish woman for safety. Hodaya ends up adopting Amina when her father is killed in the battle to kill the Jews. God shows grace in Hodaya bringing her up in the Jewish religion and customs, and Amina growing to love God. As Ezra takes his people back to the Promised Land, he travels all over the area to make sure people are obeying God so they have Gods blessing and protection. When he realizes that some of the Jews had married Gentiles, there is a lot of heartache when the leaders tell the husbands they have to get rid of their Gentile wives.

    Lynn Austin has done extensive research into the Torah and Jewish customs. I felt I learned a lot reading this book, even though it is fictional. I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
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