03 March 2021

Love Amid the Ashes & In the Shadow of Jezebel | Audiobook Review

ABOUT THE BOOKS


People often think of Job sitting on the ash heap, his life in shambles. But how did he get there? What was Job's life like before tragedy struck? What did he think as his world came crashing down around him? And what was life like after God restored his wealth, health, and family?

Through painstaking research and a writer's creative mind, Mesu Andrews weaves an emotional and stirring account of this well-known story told through the eyes of the women who loved him. Drawing together the account of Job with those of Esau's tribe and Jacob's daughter Dinah, Love Amid the Ashes breathes life, romance, and passion into the classic biblical story of suffering and steadfast faith.

Publisher: Revell
Release Date: March 1, 2011



Princess Jehosheba wants nothing more than to please the harsh and demanding Queen Athaliah, daughter of the notorious Queen Jezebel. Her work as a priestess in the temple of Baal seems to do the trick. But when a mysterious letter from the dead prophet Elijah predicts doom for the royal household, Jehosheba realizes that the dark arts she practices reach beyond the realm of earthly governments. To further Athaliah and Jezebel's strategies, she is forced to marry Yahweh's high priest and enters the unfamiliar world of Yahweh's temple. Can her new husband show her the truth and love she craves? And can Jehosheba overcome her fear and save the family--and the nation--she loves?

With deft skill, Mesu Andrews brings Old Testament passages to life, revealing a fascinating story of the power of unconditional love.

Publisher: Revell
Release Date: March 4, 2014


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MY REVIEW

Venturing into a couple of older releases from Mesu Andrews, I was so pleased to find the biblical stories I have come to know brought to life in such insightful and intriguing ways.

In Love Amid the Ashes, Andrews blends the story of Job with a Genesis context. I saw his character—as well as that of Jacob’s daughter, Dinah—in a fresh light, and their struggles feel real as the story unfolds.

On the other hand, Jehosheba of In the Shadow of Jezebel is not a biblical character with whom I was familiar; still, I could not help becoming captivated by her story. The complications of Israel’s political history—and this woman at the heart of it—are poignantly detailed, but not without hope.

With both novels, the skillful storytelling Andrews employs shines through the audiobook narration. It proves easy to become immersed in these refreshed ancient stories, and the hours pass all too quickly. I highly recommend Love Amid the Ashes and In the Shadow of Jezebel for any reader in search of well-researched, uplifting biblical fiction.

★.5

I received complimentary copies of these books and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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