If there was more than 5 stars for this book I would give it more! I stumbled across this series by accident and it is probably one of the best books and series (5 books in total) that I have read. It is informative, interesting, and is hard to put down. It is a little graphic at times but it is necessary for the writer to depict the era correctly. It gave me a new interest and respect for the Old Testament and how awesome and merciful God is. I have even encouraged my church to put the series in our church bookstore. Read the whole series and you won't be disappointed.
Based on the life of King Mannasseh, chronicled in the Old Testament, as well as current archeological finds of an exact replica of Solomons temple on Elephantine Island located in the Nile near Egypt, Lynn Austin has masterfully intertwined history with both Biblical and fictional characters.Book five of the Chronicles of the Kings series, Among the Gods follows the physical, emotional, and spiritual struggles of Joshua as he impatiently waits on Yahweh to purge Judah of its evil king, Mannasseh. As the temple is defiled by false Gods, babies are being burned in sacrificial fires, and every type of depravity scourges the land, Joshua and Prince Amariah (the kings brother) followed by a host of Levites carrying the sacred Ark of the Covenant flee to Egypt for asylum.Joshua thinks that waiting on God to act is torturous, but understanding His ways results in being more difficult a task. Even with the enduring support and encouragement of the woman who loves him, Joshua spiritually fails God again and again. His relationship with his Heavenly Father isnt the only one that is daunting. The one hes attempting to build stone by weary stone with his rebellious, hate-filled adopted son, Nathan, is as well.When will Yahweh once again call his people out of Egypt to inhabit the sweet hills of Judah? Can Joshuas insatiable need to control be broken, and will he withstand the test of fatherly love despite all, so that Nathan might see Gods love through him?Lynn Austin has given lifefaults and allto her characters in a way rarely seen. I invite you to pick up Among the Gods and take a ride into Judah at one of its worst times. Feel the utter wickedness of the kingdom, experience the robe-tearing sadness of Gods people, and see Yahwehs justice and forgiveness as He sets the nation aright.I deem this work a superbly written piece of historical fiction.