Title: On This Foundation (Restoration Chronicles #3)
Author: Lynn Austin
Publisher: Bethany House
Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from www.bookfun.org
Nehemiah is serving as the cupbearer to King Artaxerxes, the Persian King. He is a Jew, but has lived in Persia all his life. His father was killed by someone he knew when Nehemiah was very young, leaving Nehemiah as protector of his two younger brothers. Now Nehemiah is a grown man and serves to protect the king. His two younger brothers have returned to Jerusalem. One brother arrives in Susa, the Persian capital, to petition the king for tax relief as there has been a two-year drought in Jerusalem that has severely diminished the crops, leaving many unable to pay the steep taxes imposed by the king. Nehemiah’s brother tells him of the state of disrepair in Jerusalem. Nehemiah fasts and prays to God for an answer and boy does God give him one!
The other tangent of the story is about Chana, a young Jewish woman whose fiancé is killed shortly before their wedding due to the walls not being built and able to keep out criminals. She is left bitter and unhappy. Her father encourages her to marry and introduces her to a wealthy suitor. Chana is unsure if she is ready to marry and has found a purpose in helping to rebuild the walls of the city. A husband surely wouldn’t allow her to continue this work. Nava is a young girl whose family cannot pay their mortgage to Chana’s suitor, so they are forced to sell her as a bondservant. She is faced with many struggles as she must adapt to servitude and giving up her freedom. She turns to Chana for help, but both women are bitter and angry. Where is the Almighty One in this suffering?
One of my favorite things about Lynn Austin’s writings is her God-given ability to take historical people, research the time in which they lived, intertwine fact and fiction to create a believable fictional tale that is a joy to read. I have enjoyed this entire series immensely and encourage readers to get these three books for their personal libraries. These are books to hand down to the next generation. The stories are timeless with biblical truths lived out with a God-focus exemplified by these historical biblical characters.
My rating is 5 stars.
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