Book Review: Song of Redemption
Written by Writer and Author, William Ballard
King Hezekiah has been challenged from every side -- can his newly discovered faith help him defend a nation?
In this, the second book of Lynn Austin's series (Chronicles of the Kings) Song of Redemption picks up where Gods and Kings left off.
As King Hezekiah embraces God's Law, he leads his country into a renewed prosperity. However, following the will of God is a confusing process at times, which requires unpopular choices -- both for his personal life and political career. Now his archenemy's demands for tribute are forcing him into a difficult situation....
Jerusha, a young Jewish woman far from home, has seen firsthand what the dreadful invaders are capable of doing. As the powerful Assyrian army sweeps through the northern cities, leaving little but devastation in its path, Jerusha longs to escape. Her desperate will to live could become the very link to Jerusalem's survival....
With Assyria on the march, moving closer to the heart of Judah, Hezekiah's decision to follow the everlasting One is about to face the ultimate test....
Ms. Austin's second book in her Chronicles of the Kings series is just as good as her previous title. This story picks up where "God and Kings" leaves off and again brings tales of the Old Testament to life.
King Hezekiah wants to lead his country under God's law. His path won't be easy and he will have choices that he will have to make that will not be popular and will often be rejected and cause division within his counsel. One such choice will be to rebel against the Assyrian leaders to the North of his country. Once this decision is made tasks are taken to protect the city and the water supply. The closer his enemy comes to the city the more Hezekiah's advisors suggest that he make peace with the Assyrian's. This is not an option to the strong leader who has made a decision and will stand by it...no matter what. There is a second part to this story and it's about his choice of wife. Will he stay true to his wife Jerusha or will he look for another to stand by his side?
Jerusha is strong and loves her husband King Hezekiah very much. She is heart broken when he turns to his concubines for company and support. Than a miracle of miracles happens and he turns to her for warmth and companionship. King Hezekiah finds support where he least expected to find it. Will his love for Jerusha also bring him a small amount of peace?
Again this was a very good and descriptive read. Ms. Austin has brought this time period to life and fans of historic fiction will have their appetite satisfied for sure. For those that are not familiar with the Bibles teachings this will be a good read for them. Ms. Austin has again brought the Old Testament to life in a way that will transport the reader back to this very turbulent time.