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A story of the courageous Maccabees told through the eyes of Judah’s wife Leah.
Having grown up with a cruel father, Leah yearns for a future of peace, safety, and protection. When she marries Judah Maccabee a strong and gentle man, she feels she can rest. The king issues a decree requiring all Jews to conform to Greek laws, customs, and religion. Devout Jews surrender their lives under torture than disobey the Law of Moses to worship Greek gods. Judah’s father dies because he won’t surrender to the king’s laws. Before he dies, he commands Judah to continue the fight. Leah struggles with her husband’s decision.
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Silent Years
Judah's father resists the decree, igniting a war that will cost him his life. But before dying, he commands his son to pick up his sword and continue the fight--or bear responsibility for the obliteration of the land of Judah. Leah, who wants nothing but peace, struggles with her husband's decision--what kind of God would destroy the peace she has sought for so long?
The miraculous story of the courageous Maccabees is told through the eyes of Judah's wife, who learns that love requires courage . . . and sacrifice.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing!February 23, 2018KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I'm a toe-dabbling biblical fiction reader so I approach this genre with a bit of trepidation. Hence Judah's Wife sat on my TBR pile for a couple of weeks while I gathered the gumption to crack it open. And wouldn't you know it? Once I did, I couldn't stop reading. Seriously, I was instantly mesmerized. Hunt's words seamlessly flow, creating captivating images that helped me feel like I was actually witnessing events as they unfolded.
Using alternate points of view, this story comes to life through the eyes of both Leah and Judah. Now I'm not a biblical scholar. At all. And I knew absolutely nothing about the Maccabean Revolt -- or even thought much about that 400 year gap between the Old and New Testament so I learned a lot from this novel. It's a brutal piece of history so not always the easiest of reads but the author balances that with Leah's and Judah's developing love story.
There's tragedy and triumph and deep sorrow -- all the hallmarks of an epic tale. And as I read, I found myself making modern day connections. In 168 BC, the Jewish faith was threatened by assimilation from Greek culture. The result was the watering down of the old ways which led to unimaginable hardships. Thousands of years later Christians face the same challenge -- do we assimilate current cultural mores in order to please the society we live in? Or do we stand true to biblical teachings? It really got me thinking about where I stand and if I'm ready to answer the hard questions when my answers aren't going to be popular with today's culture. Pretty humbling...and, if I'm truthful, terrifying. I love it when a novel challenges like that!
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.
A Simply Enchanted LifeNorth CarolinaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5emotionally engagingFebruary 21, 2018A Simply Enchanted LifeNorth CarolinaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4If you read my review of Egypt's Sister, you'd see that I didn't care too much for that book. I was unsure if I would read Judah's daughter but ultimately decided that I have loved other books by this author and that I would give this book a shot. I am so glad that I did!
I have read twenty-five books as of 2/16/18 and Judah's Wife is one of the most moving and compelling books that I have read out of those.
I want to talk about the 4-star rating right fast (which is actually closer to 4.5 but Goodreads doesn't allow half-stars).
When it comes to plot and characters, this book is 100% a five-star book. I was emotionally engaged with the story and there is a certain scene in Judah's Daughter that is perhaps one of the most gripping scenes I've ever read in this genre. Without giving too much away; Leah is completely broken and begs Judah to do to her what she expects that he eventually will. Judah places his life in her hands and proves to her that he will not harm hernot matter what she chooses to do to him. My heart dropped at her response. I was shocked, sad and completely overwhelmed. Judah's response won my respect and a piece of my heart.
So, as I was saying about this 4-star rating. It has absolutely nothing to do with the characters or the story. Although, the ending did leave me so melancholy that I wanted to cry out of frustration. In fact, I did. More on that in a bit...
I had only two issues with this book and they're fairly minor.
In a particular battle scene in this book, Judah and his brothers encounter men on elephants. Judah's brother dives under the legs of the armored elephants and slashes at them. This felt too much like a particular battle scene in Lord of the Rings. It detracted from the story to me in a small way as that is all I could picture. This will not be an issue for readers who have not read the books or watched Lord of the Rings.
Two characters deaths were mentioned in passing. After having been an integral part of the story for me; I wanted to know how they died. I needed closure for their deaths.
This book comes to a melancholy end. If you're looking for a book that has a happy ending then this book is not the one for you. However, if you're looking for a book that features a broken woman who learns to put her trust in God then I would definitely suggest this book. Leah's life is one that many women live. She experiences abuse, love, and loss; realizing that God never promised that life would be easy. But that He would be there for her through all of life's trials.
This book was provided to me by Bethany House Bloggers. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
NadineTimes103 Stars Out Of 5The "Silent" YearsFebruary 21, 2018NadineTimes10Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0(Rating is based only on the portion of the book I read, since a rating is required.)
I was intrigued by The Silent Years series from the get-go, as I'd never read Biblical Fiction that addresses the four hundred years of (apparent) "silence" between the biblical books of Malachi and Matthew. I liked the first novel in this series, and have either liked or loved every novel I've read by Hunt, so I started anticipating this book way before its publication.
I was quickly drawn into the place, the period, and the setup of dual first-person narrators, which I've seen in other novels by this author. Although I'm sure I would have enjoyed this book at a different time, I only got a fifth of the way through before I decided not to continue. I've heard of the Maccabees and was most interested in reading about their revolt, but I'll admit there are some aspects of Biblical Fiction I find much harder to read now than I used to.
As I recently said about another novel in the genre, my struggle with this book is reflective of a changing reader, not the quality of the story. While this likely means I'll have to take a personal step back from the genre for now, I wouldn't discourage other ChristFic readers from checking this novel out.
Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A Passionate Story Of SurrenderFebruary 20, 2018Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Judah's Wife is a novel of the Maccabees from The Silent Years series by Angela Hunt. In this passionately vivid portrayal of the story of 1 and 2 Maccabees from the vantage point of Judah and his wife, Leah. While Leah's character is that of a fictitious nature, it seems that Angela has gone to great lengths to make her essence (as well as that of the other wives) as authentic an realistic to the period as possible.
On the surface, this novel is about the leadership of Mattathias and, later, Judah Maccabaeus during the years that stretch between the Old Testament and the New. At it's core, however, Judah's Wife is a tale of violence, submission, and - ultimately - surrender. It's the story of a woman with the courage to stand in the shadow of a great warrior while learning to lay her own life down for the sake of her people.
Not having read the Maccabees, this novel has kindled an urge to pick up and read 1 and 2 Maccabees, as well as other accounts of the period of the silent years. I recommend this historical novel to those who desire to learn about the history between the testaments, as well as anyone in need of a reminder of God's masterful timing and planning, even in the midst of our pains and losses. 5/5 stars.
*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*
ksnapierLima, OHAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fictionalized History of the MaccabbeesFebruary 20, 2018ksnapierLima, OHAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Judah's Wife: A Novel of the MaccabeesLeah had a childhood that would not be envied. Her father was verbally, as well as physically, abusive. To escape from this life, Leah marries Judah.
Judah saved Leah and her friend from some boys who would have liked to have their way with the girls. In addition to his physical strength, Judah is also a gentle person.
This area of the world is ruled by Antiochus IV who was one of Alexander the Great's generals son. He expects obedience to his every word. If the Jews do not they face death. This leads to conflict within the Jews as they risk all to follow Moses' law.
Leah is looking for peace while Judah's father starts a war by ignoring Antiochus IV degree. When faced with death he urges Judah to continue fighting.
This story of the Maccabees helped to clarify so much for me. I have read many of Angela Hunt's books and I know that she researches the subject before she writes the novel. The story is filled with the history of this time that I needed to understand the conflicts at that time.
The characters had depth and the descriptions of the people and the time was so concise that I was able to place myself in the time and place. I enjoyed this book very much.
I was given this book by the publisher, Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.