Keepers of the Covenant

Keepers of the Covenant

eBook - 2014
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"In a story drawn from the Old Testament books of Ezra and Nehemiah, Ezra, a Jewish scholar, is called upon to deliver his exiled people from Babylon to Jerusalem--but the fight to keep God's Law is never easy"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, 2014.
ISBN: 9781441264794
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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AnaKLM98
Jun 13, 2019

I loved this book. The first book covered the life of the prophet Zechariah, and this book covers the life of the scribe and priest Ezra.
I loved reading about what Ezra might have been like and what he might have gone through being placed in a position of leadership.
I absolutely loved his relationship with Devorah and how their marriage was about really listening to each other and truly being partners and how Devorah truly served her role as a helper.
I loved reading about Amina and how she went from being hated by her birth family to being loved by God and the family He gave her.
I also really loved reading about Reuben and the strugggles he went through with his anger and his rebelliousness towards God. It was beautiful to read how despite everything he did, God granted him a second chance not just to forgive him but also to allow him to serve as a Levite in His temple.
I also loved the little glimpses we got about Queen Esther and her bravery and her faith.

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Geaney
Apr 22, 2019

Lynn Austin’s well written, well researched biblical fiction has reignited my interest in the book of Ezra. This second book in The Restoration Chronicles opens in Babylon, the year 743 BC. Jews who had chosen to remain there during the first deportation under King Darius are later forbidden to leave under new rule. To their shock and dismay, Haman issues a decree bearing the seal of King Xerxes that in effect is a death warrant for all remaining Jews. This decree encourages citizens to kill and plunder their Jewish neighbors on the thirteenth of Adar. Those familiar with the story of Queen Esther will appreciate the view from the other side of the palace walls. The events that transpire on that fateful day are the catalyst to this story.

The author carefully intertwines the lives of three characters from three different locations within the Persian empire: Ezra of Babylon, Reuben of Casiphia, and Amina of Bethlehem. Each character is uniquely affected by the Thirteenth of Adar. For Reuben a seed of bitterness takes root, Amina finds hope, and Ezra hears God’s call to lead. Through their individual trials, God reveals his character, provision, and faithfulness. Other themes you will encounter revolve around worthiness, obedience, sanctity of life, forgiveness, spiritual apathy, and revival.

On the whole Keepers of the Covenant is an enjoyable read. The plot, while not incredibly fast-paced, was steady and thought-provoking. There are life lessons for us all to learn through each of these characters. Amina’s story of abuse and rejection touched my heart. I thought it was a nice touch how Mrs. Austin used Hodaya, a character from Return to Me, to show compassion and demonstrate God’s love to Amina. Bitterness like Reuben’s affects members of my own family — they have allowed loss to drive a wedge between themselves and God. Readers will appreciate how Reuben’s life is changed when someone views him as something other than a wayward young man. I also found Ezra’s actions familiar as he teeters between obedience and legalism. Thankfully his wife, a true help-mate, points him toward reminds him of the merciful side of God. As women we have a special influence over the men in our lives – may we always strive to use it to His glory!

Once I completed the story I took another look at the book of Ezra and I could see the tiny details the author brought into her novel. It’s these subtle treasures that keep me coming back to Lynn Austin and her biblical fiction.

I am grateful to the Baker Publishing Group for providing me with a copy of this title to review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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