Monday, October 6, 2014
Litfuse Review: Keepers of the Covenant by:Lynn Austin
About the Book:
The Old Testament Comes to Thrilling Life in the Latest from Lynn Austin
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.
About the Author:
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.
Ezra never thought that life as he knew it would be challenged by the Babylonians and decree of the King. Being the quiet scholar he is, he struggles to bring hope to the people around him. Jude knows that it is time to come against the Babylonians, a fight to the death if that is what it takes. This potter, will do anything to protect his family.
Amina, a cripples Edomite girl befriended an older Jewish woman only to find out that all the Jews were to be killed. As her family prepares for this heart wrenching event, she hopes against hope that her new friend will hide to avoid it all. As the day approaches for this all to happen, the Jews and the Gentiles begin to prepare. The Jews call upon God as the Gentiles edge closer and closer to them.
I have to say that having read many of the authors book, she brings the Bible alive to me like no other. She develops the rest of the plot started in the Bible and she is able to provide faces to the men and women that we have never met or seen. She is a fascinating author and is very descriptive with her characters. This book runs the gambit just like the others in the The Restoration Chronicles series, it is full of life and is able to provide you with a huge adventure through Biblical times.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.