18 February 2020

Welcome to Isaiah's Legacy Blog Hop! Stop #4


Learn a little about Isaiah’s Legacy and enter multiple giveaways while picking up CLUES at each stop. Compile all the clues, submit the final PHRASE at the last stop, and you’ll be entered to win one of three grand prizes!

What are the prizes? They’re completely unique to the winners!

Mesu will contact each winner personally to chat about what they would most like to see in Israel, and then she’ll SHOP for just the right gift while touring Israel, March 6-19! She’ll then purchase a personal and memorable gift specifically chosen for each of those three winners and ship them to each one when she returns. How fun is that?!


Begin at Stop #1. At the end, you’ll find a CLUE and a link to the next stop. Progress to each stop IN ORDER.

Collect all the clues—in order—and submit the full phrase at the last blog stop in the Rafflecopter form. Every stop has a clue, so be sure not to skip any along the way!

You may enter the final giveaway only once and win only one grand prize.

The Hunt begins 2/19/20 at noon EDT. Deadline for entries is Tuesday, 02/25 at midnight Eastern.

For best results, hunt through our list using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer).

There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have a whole week! As you visit each blog, it’s our hope that you get to know Mesu’s BFF team and discover the heart behind Isaiah’s Legacy.


My name is Hallie, and I'm excited to help promote Isaiah's Legacy as a part of Mesu's BFF team (for the first time!). I know when I pick up a book from Mesu Andrews, I'll experience the truth of the Bible in a fresh, well-researched, imaginative way. It's an experience I always enjoy.

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3 Ways Manasseh Was Toughest & Best

See the gal in the picture on the right? We’ve been best friends since 6th grade—through thick-and-thin.

See that cute little lady in the middle? That’s my mama. We celebrated her 90th birthday a few weeks ago.

Want to know what these two special women have in common? They’re tough as nails. I describe my mama as an iron gate—ornate and lovely but impenetrable when her mind’s made up. Growing up with these two taught me the value of persevering for the prize at the end of Manasseh’s story.

Judah’s Toughest King

“Manasseh also shed so much innocent blood that he filled Jerusalem from end to end—besides the sin that he had caused Judah to commit, so that they did evil in the eyes of the Lord.” 2 Kings 21:16

It’s hard to write an uplifting story about a king who fills the streets with innocent blood. My goal is NOT to publicize evil. However, tucked away in 2 Chronicles is a stunning testimony of God’s amazing grace.

“So the Lord brought against [Judah] the army commanders of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh prisoner, put a hook in his nose, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon. In his distress he sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his ancestors. And when he prayed to him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God.” 2 Chronicles 33:11-13

The bookends of Manasseh’s prodigal story was my outline, and my goal was to fill the middle with enough believable hope that you, my readers, would keep reading this tough story to the end!

A Mother’s Heart

Part of what made this story so difficult to write—and so difficult for moms to read—is the involvement of children (adolescents) in such evil activity. Many of my early readers (people who read before the manuscript goes to my editor for the first time) said I’d written the scenes too well (LOL!), and they kept imagining their own children in these situations!

My reply? Welcome to the club. Throughout the writing process, I lived Zibah’s heart. I felt each loss, every fit of anger, and the strangling grip of fear. But I also felt the unbreakable thread of hope through it all—as I pray you will.

There is an unquenchable fire in Zibah and the other Yahwists (followers of Yahweh) in this book. It’s that same toughness I learned from my friend and mama while growing up. It’s that unyielding yet beautiful iron gate that stands firm—even when her child shows no sign of reform. It’s a mother’s heart.

Sin or Spectrum?

You may have seen in my social media posts that Isaiah’s Legacy presents King Manasseh’s fictional persona as high-functioning autistic (HFA). If you’ve read any of my other books, you know I wouldn’t make this decision without extensive research and much prayer. During this blog tour (stops #7, #8, & #10), I’ll explain the Why, Where, and How I placed Manasseh on the spectrum.

For now, let me declare the central truth that guided plot, character, and front/back matter changes all the way through the last edit—literally until the day this book went to the printer.

It is essential to make the distinction that Manasseh DIDN’T SIN BECAUSE HE WAS AUTISTIC. Manasseh sinned because he—like the rest of humanity—made A CHOICE to do wrong though his heart knew what was right.

Thanks for stopping by! Remember to write down your CLUE before clicking to the next stop.


Clue to write down: THAT MEN

Enjoy the hunt!

Bookmark STOP #1, so you can check the tour schedule and get back on track if at any point you get lost or find a broken link.

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