“It’s time to rebuild the foundations of our faith and renew our covenant with God,” Nehemiah declares in Lynn Austin’s novel, On This Foundation.
~ What ~
Part of the Restoration Chronicles series, this four-hundred-and-eighty-one-page paperback targets those interested in historical fiction about Biblical Nehemiah’s time when Jerusalem was being built after the Babylonian captivity. With no profanity, topics of abuse, attempted rape, and death would not be appropriate for immature readers.
In this novel, Persian king’s cupbearer, Nehemiah, is allowed to go to Jerusalem to rebuild the demolished walls after the Jewish enslavement. Upon arriving, he fears others will do all they can to advert and destroy his commitment to rebuild.
Including a wealthy nobleman wanting to remarry, a young bondservant girl resentful of her position, and a widow wanting to be happy, romances and family disagreements shadow Nehemiah’s governorship and rebuilding of the city’s walls. By learning to trust God and shed bitterness and hatred toward others, the city’s residents must work together for security and safety.
~ Why ~
Knowing the book of Nehemiah explains how Jews struggled with their commitment to God, I found Austin’s writing engaging as she weaved the Almighty’s direction and purpose in the lives of those living during the period.
~ Why Not ~
If you do not like fictionalized stories of the Bible that take some liberties as far as characters are involved, you may not like this rendition of Nehemiah with its love stories blended into the storyline.
~ Who ~
Eight-time Christy Award-winner, Austin has sold more than one million of her historical fiction novels. Having raised three children, her husband and she live in Michigan.
~ Wish ~
It would be helpful to have a list of characters, including those that are fictional or not.
~ Want ~
If you like historical retelling of the Old Testament and the Jews returning to Jerusalem to rebuild it, this is an in-depth read that will give you a better appreciation of the society, traditions, and customs of the time.
Thanks to Baker Books and the author for offering this book to review for my honest opinion.
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