Keepers of the Covenant by Lynn Austin, LynnKeepers of the Covenant by Lynn Austin, Lynn

Keepers of the Covenant

byLynn Austin, Lynn

Paperback | October 7, 2014

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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.  

"Austin skillfully weaves together the stories of Ezra and those he eventually leads to Jerusalem." -Christian Retailers + Resources
Lynn Austin has sold more than one and a half million copies of her books worldwide. A former teacher who now writes and speaks full time, she has won eight Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into a Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and...
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Title:Keepers of the CovenantFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:416 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 1.5 inShipping dimensions:8.3 × 5.5 × 1.5 inPublished:October 7, 2014Publisher:Baker Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0764208993

ISBN - 13:9780764208997

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is an absolutely fabulous biblical novel! It is very obvious that Lynn Austin spent a LOT of time studying scripture. She also had to have studied historical records and customs of the time in preparation for writing this wonderful book. This is the second book in what I consider to be a “true” series. By that I mean that you should read the first book before picking this one up. There is really only one character from the first book that I remember. But reading book one will help to set the stage historically for this novel. I was quickly captivated by the main characters in each location at the start of the story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading how each of their individual lives intersected with the others. I have read the story of Esther a number of times and heard some sermons from it. I have never “seen” such a vivid account of what life was like for the Jews in the months after the decree was written calling for their annihilation. That is truly what it seemed like to me. I could see their despair and feel their fear and heartache. Then after the Thirteenth of Adar each of the survivors had to figure out how to deal with the outcome. Were they going to accept what God had allowed to happen? Or were they going to spend the rest of their lives blaming Him and hating their enemies from that day? The stories of redemption and forgiveness are beautifully interwoven and presented. At the same time Ezra is searching the Torah doing all that he can to interpret the law of God so that the Jewish nation can be built up and follow God faithfully. The biggest question that he had to deal with was, “How can man find God’s balance between judgment and mercy?”
Date published: 2015-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A compelling read! The second novel in "The Restoration Chronicles" series is a truly compelling read, bringing the historical figures in the Bible to life in a new way. The novel follows a number of different characters on their difficult journeys, weaving the various plot lines together into a unified whole. You will live and breathe alongside these characters as they face what seems to be certain death, as with Ezra or Devorah, or despair over the mistreatment they suffer at the hands of those who should love them, as with Amina. What I've come to appreciate about Austin's Biblical fiction is that it is all too easy to skim over a story in the Old Testament and not have a true understanding of what the people in the Bible experienced, but this novel and others she's written definitely change that! For example, I've never really thought about the thoughts and feelings of the average Jew who lived through Esther's time, and viewing that event through these character's eyes gave me a much deeper appreciation for what God did. Austin has done a wonderful job at capturing the mindset and culture of the day, exposing the racism and the oppression that the people suffered, the depth of the division between the Jews and the people they lived among. I loved getting to know all the different characters, and seeing them grow in courage and in purpose in their lives. Their stories portrayed God's grace and his provision in a powerful way. I can truly say that I will be reading this book again in the future as it made me think deeply about God's nature and how both his mercy and judgment are portrayed in the Old Testament. I greatly enjoyed "Keepers of the Covenant" and award it 4.5 out of 5 stars. I look forward to the third book in the series! Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Date published: 2014-12-11