If you have never read one of Lynn Austin's books, you have really missed out. I love the way she writes and I love the way she bring characters in her book to life.
Her newest book, Keepers Of The Covenant is an amazing book. It is the second book in the Restoration Chronicles. The book takes place during Jewish captivity and focuses around Ezra. I love how this biblical person who I know is very real becomes much more so for me through the story. This is a wonderful depiction of the life he led and the struggles he dealt with as a leader. Lynn has what my husband and I call a great "sanctified imagination". She takes the real story and fills in details that are not in the Bible, helping you to understand and imagine along with her what things could have been like for the people.
As you read the book you get more and more involved with the characters and the struggles they go through. I especially enjoy the way that Ezra is drawn closer and closer in a relationship with God. I think this is one book you should pick up!!
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.
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About the Author:
Bestselling author Lynn Austin has sold more than one million copies of her books worldwide. She is an eight-time Christy Award winner for her historical novels, as well as a popular speaker at retreats and conventions. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and live near Chicago.
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I received a copy of the book for the purpose of review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own.