Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Review of KEEPERS OF THE COVENANT, Kindle Giveaway and Live Author Chat with Lynn Austin!

About the book: 

The Old Testament Comes to Thrilling Life in the Latest from Lynn Austin
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.

My review: This was another fascinating and well-written book by Lynn Austin!  I love when there are multiple story lines, with the story of Ezra, Reuben, a teenage Jewish boy at the time of the battle, and Amina, a crippled Edomite girl taken in by the Jews after the battle. I really felt like I was there as Ezra mourned his brother's death and felt for both him and his sister-in-law, Devorah, as they decide to marry and obey God's law, even though they felt awkward about it.  Devorah was such a wise, wonderful character and really knew her Torah!  Reuben frustrated me because he was so angry after his father's death that he turned his back on God and made some horrible choices, but it was great to see him turn his life around.  I loved Amina and her story about which god she'll choose to worship and which people she'll decide to stay with.  There's a couple sweet love stories, along with so much history and study of the Torah it almost feels like you're taking a class!  This book really made the Old Testament stories and people come alive.  This book takes place years after the first one and can easily be read as a stand-alone.  I highly recommend it!

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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About 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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Lynn Austin is back with the next book in The Restoration Chronicles series, Keepers of the Covenant. 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.

Lynn is celebrating with a Kindle HDX giveaway and a live author chat webcast on October 21st.
One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle HDX
  • Keepers of the Covenant by Lynn Austin
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 21st. Winner will be announced at the Keepers of the Covenant LIVE webcast event on October 21st. Connect with Lynn for a fascinating evening centered around God's unwavering love for His people. She'll be hosting a Biblical fiction book club discussion, giving away prizes, answering your questions, offering an exclusive peek at the next book in The Restoration Chronicles, and much more!

So grab your copy of Keepers of the Covenant and join Lynn and friends on the evening of October 21st for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 21st!

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