Sunday, October 20, 2013

Return To Me

I haven't read Lynn Austin before. What have I been missing? I'll have to remedy that. Especially since she is so passionate about the Old Testament and bringing the scriptures to life by writing the truth skeleton with fictional flesh, so-to-speak; giving us the truth that the age old stories are real. The people were ordinary with an amazing God who was involved in their lives, just like He is today with us. I love the Old Testament!
Return to Me is the first of three books in “The Restoration Chronicles,” based on Ezra and Nehemiah. I have always loved reading Nehemiah, Kings and Chronicles, and she has covered those too in Gods and Kings. I'm going to have to get more of her books.
Return to Me is the story of God's unending love and finding God's grace in the days when we tend to think there was only the law and nothing more. This book will bring the time period when Cyrus, the Persian King decreed the Jewish exiles could and should return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple and the struggles for about 2 decades afterward. This is just after the 70 years of Babylonian captivity. The book clearly outlines the why and how. The book clearly outlines the why and how. It shows clearly the result of a pagan culture's effects on God's people and the pagans themselves. It explains well why God said what He said and what happened when Israel wouldn't listen.
 It's fiction, but the real events and some of the real people are all very biblical.
I loved this book. I will read more from this author after this.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review on my blog*

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