Love Amid the Ashes, Treasures of His Love Series #1Mesu AndrewsRevell / 2011 / Trade Paperback$14.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 34 Reviews
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WoofiejoAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5See the story of Job in a whole new light!May 8, 2016WoofiejoAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Mesu Andrews has a wonderful talent for taking the biblical characters places and events and filling out the story into a fascinating tale. This novel is about the story of Job as you have never seen it before and is mainly told through the eyes of Dinah, one of Jacobs's daughters. Through a series of events she comes to live with Job and his family which quickly becomes a time of destruction in his life. With an upfront seats to the events that unfold, Dinah experiences Jobs steadfast faith in the midst of adversity. While nursing Job through horrendous physical ailments, Dinah comes to understand God in a whole new light.
It's a fascinating read. The book is thoroughly researched to provide a deeper context and dimension to the characters in the Bible, the places that they lived, and the things that they experienced. While I had previously read about the destruction and difficulties that Job experienced, through this story I was able to more clearly see, understand and even feel some of the hardships that Job experienced. And, I gained even more respect for Job to see how he walked through all of this with unwavering faith.
Be sure to read the authors note at the end to understand how the author came to the understanding that the lives of Jacob, Diana, Job, and Joseph are all intertwined. I sure hope this author continues to write novels. She does a wonderful job helping you experience them, not just read about them. I thoroughly enjoyed her book Miriam too and would highly recommend that one also!
jomama4 Stars Out Of 5Great Historical FictionApril 21, 2016jomamaQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This book made Job human. In the Bible, we only read such a small portion of Job's life. Although it is fictional, it helps set the tone for what could have happened. It brings the characters in the Bible alive. We weren't there and don't know what happened, but this book made the people someone relate-able.
MikeNebraskaAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Love Amid the Ashes, Treasures of His Love Series #1February 19, 2016MikeNebraskaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really liked the book and I always enjoy Mesu Andrews. I love the family tree at the beginning of her books. I always enjoy reading about the research she has done and how she ties everything together.
TraciePacific NorthwestAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A MasterpieceJanuary 6, 2016TraciePacific NorthwestAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In Love Amid the Ashes Mesu Andrews brings the story of Job to life. She offers plausible explanations for the events depicted in the story of Job. Well-developed characters and realistic plot draw readers into the story. Research provides a solid foundation for the story, in the background without distracting the reader's attention. I'm reading this on a mobile device, making it awkward to refer to the character chart at the beginning of the book, which I'm sure would be very helpful for keeping everyone straight. I started reading this when I had quite a few other things going on and now I'm making time every day to read another portion of this fascinating story. I picked this book up on a free Kindle promotion, and now I'll be trying to track down the next title in the series!
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good Historical fictionJuly 25, 2015alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Love amid the ashes is a fictional story of Diana, Jacobls daughter and her life after her encounter with Shechem, the prince of the Hivite. It also intertwines with the story of Job.
The story opens when Job decides to ask Jacob for Diana's hand in marriage for one of his younger son's. Jacob agrees, but Diana wants nothing but to stay in her father's camp and tend the sick. Job vows not to force the young Diana, but waits patiently for her come with him willingly. However just when Job and Diana return to Job's home tragedy strikes. Job's children are all killed, all his wealth taken, and finally his health begins to fail. Through it all Diana remains at Job's side when all others flee. She encourages him and uses her knowledge of healing herbs to help Job's illness. It was a true picture of unconditional love.
I admit I'm not very familiar with the book of Job, but I did like that I could go to Job in the bible and follow along with this story and that Job and Jacob were contemporarys. The pictures that the author paints about the people and the buildings and the way of life were truly brilliant. It took my breath away when Job offers a sacrifice to God on the behalf of Diana for her to be cleansed.
The only problem that I had with this book the part in the beginning where the author chose to make Diane and Shechem relationship a love story and that Diana was shamed by marring a Hivite, but scripture (gen 34:2) says that he took her by force.
I also had a hard time getting through the last third of the book. It just seemed to slow down and drag for me.
Overall though it was a delightful book, and it could inspire someone to study the book of Job. I would recommend it.