Tuesday, October 14, 2014

REVIEW: Keepers of the Covenant by Lynn Austin

Thank you LitFuse for this review copy.
Lynn Austin brought so much insight into the time of the return to Jerusalem from Babylon in Return to Me, I didn't even need to read the book description before I signed up for this blog tour.  I just knew Keepers of the Covenant was going to be good.  I was right.  Lynn Austin can write about ancient Jewish history like no one else I know.

Keepers of the Covenant is:
  • set in Babylon at the time of Esther but not about Esther
  • written from viewpoint of Ezra a Torah scholar, a young Edomite girl named Amina, and a young Jewish boy named Reuben
  • full of vivid descriptions of both Jewish customs and revelations that came from the Torah 
  • full of examples of wrestling to reconcile the Word with application to life circumstances
  • hard choices
  • trusting God
The correlation of life in Babylon for the Jews and life in modern culture for Christians is very thought provoking.  I learned more about the Jewish and Babylonian cultures, but I also found myself thinking about some circumstances in my own life as a Christian and as a homeschooler.  If you like deep thought provoking books, Keepers of the Covenant is an excellent choice.

Keepers of the Covenant

by Lynn Austin

Biblical Fiction

Baker Publishing Group

Lynn Austin once again brings the Old Testament to life in Keepers of the Covenant, book two in the Restoration Chronicles.

In one life-changing moment, the lives of the Jewish exiles in Babylon are thrown into confusion and despair when a decree arrives from the king's palace in Susa. It calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire on the thirteenth day of Adar, in less than one year. Ezra, a quiet Jewish scholar and teacher, is suddenly called upon to lead the community as they seek God for a reason for this catastrophe. When a second decree arrives, authorizing them to fight back, Ezra is thrust into the role of military leader as they defend themselves against their enemies.
When the battles come to an end, Ezra's brother Jude is dead and Ezra is required by the Law he so diligently studies to marry Jude's widow, Devorah, and provide an heir. Fatherhood changes Ezra, and he asks God to make a way for him and the other exiles to leave Babylon for good and return to Jerusalem. His prayers are answered and the exiles move to Judea to revitalize worship at the temple---but the fight to keep God's Law is never easy. As more and more of his community are tempted, a new battle emerges . . . this one for the survival of God's covenant and the souls of His chosen faithful.

 Meet the Author 
Bestselling author Lynn Austin has sold more than one million copies of her books worldwide. She is an eight-time Christy Award winner for her historical novels, as well as a popular speaker at retreats and conventions. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and live near Chicago.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher.  
I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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