In Their Darkest Hour, Where Would Hope Be Found?
In one life-changing moment, the lives of the exiles in Babylon are thrown into despair when a decree from the king’s palace calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire in less than one year.
Ezra, a quiet but brilliant scholar, soon finds himself called upon to become the leader of his people. Forced to rally an army when all his training has been in the Torah, he struggles to bring hope in a time of utter despair, when dreams of the future–of family and love–seem impossible.
In Keepers of the Covenant, acclaimed novelist Lynn Austin weaves together the struggles and stories of both Jews and Gentiles, creating a tapestry of faith and doubt, love and loss. Here, the Old Testament comes to life, demonstrating the everlasting hope displayed in God’s unwavering love for His people.
This is not an easy book to review. Lynn Austin‘s new book Keeper’s of the Covenant is a really good book. But, how could it not be? It is based on the greatest book ever written with Lynn Austin’s exceptional story telling abilities.
With that being said, I have noticed a trend in Christian books lately. Giving “new life” to Bible stories. As a self proclaimed historical fiction junkie I have a love hate relationship with this. The Bible is of course truth, so sometimes I worry about weaving the fiction into the truth. But that is just my opinion.
I did enjoy seeing how Austin told the stories of Ezra and Esther. I enjoyed the different perspectives on their stories. The weaving together of the stories of Jews and Gentiles was wonderfully done. While sometimes the stories skip around and over many years it is still written well.
Keeper’s of the Covenant is a bit of a long read. It isn’t a fluffy book at all, which is awesome. Even after I say that I realize this book may not be for everyone. For those who love this genre then this is a definite read!!
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Bethany House
I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.