Ezra, a Jewish scholar, is called upon to deliver his people from Babylon to Jerusalem, but the fight to keep God s law is never easy....
|Title||:||Keepers of the Covenant (The Restoration Chronicles) (Volume 2)|
|Publisher||:||Bethany House Publishers October 7, 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||480 pages|
|File Size||:||665 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Keepers of the Covenant (The Restoration Chronicles) (Volume 2) Reviews
It is very obvious that Lynn Austin spent a LOT of time studying scripture. She also had to have studied historical records and customs of the time in preparation for writing this wonderful book.
This author is so awesome. She really has a talent for bringing the bible to life, especially the old testament. I like the way she pulls scriptures and adds all the details, characters, extras, etc., to make an engaging story. I enjoyed reading about Zedekiah and the way he began his ministry too. Really nice touch with using scriptures with the prophet and setting up the scenes. Gave me a lot of faith reading this book and seeing the words of God come alive in this biblical fiction genre. I never realized how deep the desperation of the Jewish people when they were exiled to Babylonia and then the struggles to come back to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple, which wasn't completed for decades.
For those of you who love biblical fiction, you should definitely check out Lynn Austin's novels in that genre. Her series, The Chronicles of the Kings (5 Books) is absolutely amazing! So when Austin began her new series, The Restoration Chronicles, needlessly to say I was thrilled.
I rarely review books that I read but after having read both Return to Me and Keepers of the Covenant, I feel compelled. Both books are very well written and I enjoyed reading them a great deal. I just finished Keepers of the Covenant last night and the story has stayed with me all day today. Lynn Austin has written a novel about the time of Esther from a perspective I had never considered - from the view point of the Jewish people who would have received the King's decree that they would all be killed. It hadn't occurred to me what how those people who were later given the right to defend themselves would have felt or of the families who lost loved ones during the fighting. She brings back characters from the first novel in Hodaya as a kindly old woman who takes in two Edomite children who are left homeless when the Jews kill those that sought to kill them. In the fighting Devorah loses her husband and decides after her year of mourning to marry her husband's brother Ezra. The story moves between events in Babylon and those in Jerusalem until later in the book when the two meld together. While some of the dialogue feels too modern, it is easy to get caught up in the story and it isn't something that takes away from the story. I like how Austin gives a possible reason for God not being mentioned in the book is Esther. I also liked the way she portrayed that bad things happen to people but our response is what makes us grow as Christains and if we choose to follow God's laws then there are blessings we could never have imagined. Overall, I found this novel to be WONDERFUL and have added it to the small set of books I plan to read again.