Keepers of the Covenant #2020

Keepers of the Covenant By Lynn Austin Keepers of the Covenant The Old Testament Comes to Thrilling Life in the Latest from Lynn AustinIn one life changing moment the lives of the Jewish exiles in Babylon are thrown into confusion and despair when a decree arriv
  • Title: Keepers of the Covenant
  • Author: Lynn Austin
  • ISBN: 9780764212710
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Keepers of the Covenant By Lynn Austin The Old Testament Comes to Thrilling Life in the Latest from Lynn AustinIn 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 yeThe Old Testament Comes to Thrilling Life in the Latest from Lynn AustinIn 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 and of his community are tempted, a new battle emergesis one for the survival of God s covenant and the souls of His chosen faithful.
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      For many years, Lynn Austin nurtured a desire to write but frequent travels and the demands of her growing family postponed her career When her husband s work took Lynn to Bogota, Colombia, for two years, she used the B.A she d earned at Southern Connecticut State University to become a teacher After returning to the U.S the Austins moved to Anderson, Indiana, Thunder Bay, Ontario, and later to Winnipeg, Manitoba.It was during the long Canadian winters at home with her children that Lynn made progress on her dream to write, carving out a few hours of writing time each day while her children napped Lynn credits her early experience of learning to write amid the chaos of family life for her ability to be a productive writer while making sure her family remains her top priority.Extended family is also very important to Austin, and it was a lively discussion between Lynn, her mother, grandmother age 98 , and daughter concerning the change in women s roles through the generations that sparked the inspiration for her novel Eve s Daughters.Along with reading, two of Lynn s lifelong passions are history and archaeology While researching her Biblical fiction series, Chronicles of the Kings, these two interests led her to pursue graduate studies in Biblical Backgrounds and Archaeology through Southwestern Theological Seminary She and her son traveled to Israel during the summer of 1989 to take part in an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Timnah This experience contributed to the inspiration for her novel Wings of Refuge.Lynn resigned from teaching to write full time in 1992 Since then she has published twelve novels Eight of her historical novels, Hidden Places, Candle in the Darkness, Fire by Night, A Proper Pursuit, and Until We Reach Home have won Christy Awards in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, and 2009 for excellence in Christian Fiction Fire by Night was also one of only five inspirational fiction books chosen by Library Journal for their top picks of 2003, and All She Ever Wanted was chosen as one of the five inspirational top picks of 2005 Lynn s novel Hidden Places has been made into a movie for the Hallmark Channel, starring actress Shirley Jones Ms Jones received a 2006 Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of Aunt Batty in the film.

    715 thoughts on “Keepers of the Covenant”

    1. Biblical fiction has never been my favorite genre , and is something I rarely read, but I have always been impressed with Lynn Austin s Biblical fiction, and am always eager to read it when it comes from her pen Not only is she a master at this genre , thus far she has written about people and times in the Bible that most Biblical fiction authors doe not write about This is the second book in the Restoration Chronicles, set in the time of the Jewish captivity This book starts out with the plot o [...]

    2. Keepers of the Covenant is the second book in Lynn Austin s The Restoration s Chronicles I felt like I was walking beside and had an understanding of the life, doubts, struggles and actions surrounding the events the Jews experienced leading up to, through and after the 13th day of Adar I ve been amazed at how much I ve enjoyed Lynn Austin s biblical stories and how they have brought to life the Old Testament for me Her stories have encouraged and caused me to delve into my bible and glen from [...]

    3. We show our faith in God when we keep moving forward even when our prayers aren t being answered to keep believing that God is good even when it doesn t seem that way.I ve read than one biblical fiction novel and have seen at least three different films about the Jews under ancient Persian rule and the origin of Purim All of those novels and films were primarily concerned with the story of Queen Esther, so it was nice to read an account from another angle, primarily that of the Jewish leader Ez [...]

    4. Lynn Austin takes the OT book of Ezra and breathes new life into it This is an enthralling read of the exiled Jews and their return to Jerusalem You feel as though you are apart of the story, going through what they are experiencing.I am a huge fan of biblical fiction, not only are the entertaining, I always find something I didn t know before, and I end up searching my Bible, which always leads to new notes and highlights in my Bible If you think the OT is boring, pick up a copy of Keepers of t [...]

    5. This is a fascinating story about Ezra, one of God s chosen Biblical leaders, and the duties and passions that consumed him I love how Lynn Austin features such large figures from Bible history alongside her own fictional characters, for her story is also about Reuben, the young Jewish boy who loses the plot when his beloved father dies for the God who could have saved him and Amina, the lame little Gentile girl who comes to love her surrogate Jewish mother and her God with all her heart For a l [...]

    6. Lynn Austin in her new book, Keepers of the Covenant Book Two in The Restoration Chronicles series published by Bethany House Publishers takes us into the life of Ezra.From the Back Cover In Their Darkest Hour, Where Would Hope Be Found In one life changing moment, the lives of the exiles in Babylon are thrown into despair when a decree from the king s palace calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire in less than one year.Ezra, a quiet but brilliant s [...]

    7. Keepers of the Covenant The Restoration Chronicles Book 2 By Lynn AustinThe nation of Israel has been in captivity for many years, first to the Babylonians then to the Persians They are scattered throughout the Persian empire Though Nehemiah had been allowed by Cyrus to return with a remnant to rebuild the temple, that window of opportunity has closed for the Jews They are slowly becoming assimilated into the Gentile culture and many are starting to fear that God has forgotten them An edict of t [...]

    8. The second novel in The Restoration Chronicles series is a truly compelling read, bringing the historical figures in the Bible to life in a new way The novel follows a number of different characters on their difficult journeys, weaving the various plot lines together into a unified whole You will live and breathe alongside these characters as they face what seems to be certain death, as with Ezra or Devorah, or despair over the mistreatment they suffer at the hands of those who should love them, [...]

    9. I won this edition of Lynn Austin s book Keepers of the Covenant I see now where the title originated, the characters of the story keep the covenant and battle against the Babylon, Cannanites We have the main character from the Bible Deborah Judges 4 5 as Devorah We have Ezra the prophet We have Reuben And we have a few other characters thrown in here and there What I liked about the story the three dimensional characters you don t get out of the Bible There are some twist and turns with Deborah [...]

    10. What a great way to study biblical history through the lives of vibrant characters who truly rose to the challenges of returning to Jerusalem Ezra accepted God s plan and set out on a journey of faith.

    11. Long before the birth of Jesus, the Jews were persecuted and punished The Old Testament shows us in the book of Esther how Queen Esther saved the Persian Jews from complete annihilation which resulted in the celebration called Purim While the biblical story in Keepers of the Covenant begins with this well known story of Haman and Mordecai of Esther 3 8, the author gives us a wonderfully fictionalized retelling of the prophet Ezra s family during this period of war and hardship In the bible, the [...]

    12. I think it must be really hard to write Biblical fiction fiction that is entertaining and engaging while at the same time faithful to God s Word, His intent and His purposes Lynn Austin is an author who does an exemplary job of combining all the necessary ingredients to do just that In her latest book in the Restoration Chronicles, Keepers of The Covenant, Austin combines the stories of Ezra and Esther to bring forth a cohesive narrative of the life of post exilic Israel She also does the best t [...]

    13. I love this author, and have really enjoyed several of her previous releases But sadly, I had a hard time enjoying this book as much as I wanted to I felt the same way about the first book in this series, Return to Me Even though I had a hard time getting into the first book, I decided to still give this sequel a try, and am glad I did.I ve always thought that biblical fiction is such an interesting genre that has so much potential Sadly this genre isn t as popular as others, which is why I real [...]

    14. In Lynn Austin s Keepers of the Covenant, the Jews are days away from extinction Held captive in a foreign land for disobeying God s laws, the Lord orchestrates a way of escape, but it comes with a price Wives become widows, and children are left fatherless Convinced that his people will forget God s salvation in Babylon, Ezra, leads the exiles back to the Promised Land Will he remain faithful to his calling as he shoulders the responsibility of leading his people Keepers of the Covenant tells t [...]

    15. It took me a few chapters to get into this book, but once I did, I enjoyed it I liked how it was divided into several locations with several different points of view my favorite was Amina s story and I was also pleasantly surprised at how the book began with the story of Esther, which I wasn t expecting I requested this book because I read that last one in the series I hadn t looked at the back blurb Still, there were parts of this book that were hard for me to read, because almost every charact [...]

    16. This story gripped me from very beginning and keep this way till the end Book of Ezra unfolded vividly animated while I read this book Many of events I knew about for the long time look differently when I lived through them along with main characters One thing when you just read about decree that on one day a group of people should be killed, and totally different when you imagine it could be you and your family who have to meet this destiny Then questions like what to do and how to escape haunt [...]

    17. Lynn Austin is an awesome writer This book has so much depth I enjoyed the fact that this story is told from the viewpoint of the Jews that were the target of Haman s decree to kill all the Jews in Queen Esther s time Usually the story is from her viewpoint There are several storylines that connect throughout the book and the author doesn t shy away from the tragedy of death and the choices people make out of grief and anger You ll ache for the losses and rejoice as they find their way back to G [...]

    18. Oh my goodness Just finished this second book of the trilogy and I loved it than the first This Biblical historical fiction gave me such an understanding of the time period when the exiles were in Babylon from Ezra s point of view It takes you into the story to see how his life is being impacted by what is happening in the book of Esther You can t finish this book without being excited to go and read the passages of the Bible it is based on Great read

    19. Loved this book I love Biblical fiction, and this book covers part of the story of Ezra Great characters and it seemed really biblically accurate to me I received a copy of this book for free from Netgalley.

    20. No one writes Biblical fiction like Lynn Austin Thoroughly enjoyed this second installment of the Restoration Chronicles.

    21. Have you ever read parts of the Bible and then tried to imagine the events as they occurred in the day to day moments I used to wish there were books written that way This book is one that accomplishes that feat completely It opens the windows and doors and allows us to live with friends and family of some well known characters of biblical events In this case, it s about Ezra, family man, scholar, Rebbe, husband, brother, friend, son, leader, and teacher He struggled with daily life just like y [...]

    22. My five point review It took me so long to read and review this book because I didn t realize it was the second book in The Restoration Chronicles series until after I had received it Whoops The first book, Return to Me, was great I couldn t put it down Unfortunately, this book, for me, wasn t quite as compelling and was too long It may have just been that it was hard to get into, but I never got that must not put this book down feeling here But you might love it Regardless, this still was a wel [...]

    23. If you have hard time reading the Old Testament and following the flow of events, I would recommend reading Lynn Austin s series of books on this very important teaching for Christians She writes with integrity of the scriptures and brings to life what seems so far removed for Christians The Keeper of the Covenant is the beginning of Esther see the book of Esther in the Old Testament It is a time when the enemy of the Jewish nation tricks the King to put an end to every man, woman and child As t [...]

    24. If we deny God, our lives aren t worth living I feel smarter after reading Lynn Austin s books, I really do Especially with her latest series, The Restoration Chronicles She has the incredible talent of packing her novels with historical research that would make my grad professors proud and yet not drowning the reader or overwhelming them It s the perfect blend of a master storyteller and bringing to life the Old Testament.As I mentioned when reviewing the first in this series Return to Me , thi [...]

    25. Have you ever read a story that was so riveting that you simply couldn t put it down Where the characters are so real you feel what they feel, their joy, their sorrow, their fear, their pain Lynn Austin s Keepers of the Covenant is one of those books Keepers of the Covenant is the second installment in Austin s Restoration Chronicles series In this book we journey along side Ezra during one of the darkest times in the Old Testament Ezra s story parallels that of Queen Esther from the perspective [...]

    26. Once again, Lynn Austin did not disappoint.I loved how Lynn wove the story of Esther into the life and ministry of Ezra I appreciated the faith struggles in the midst of tough circumstances, and the way the Word of God was sought to give direction, hope and inspiration in a pagan world that threaten to extinguish their love and longing for the Almighty.I was also impressed with the process of balancing the fear of the Lord and the need to keep His Law with the Grace and Mercy of the Lord I loved [...]

    27. Lynn Austin has always been one of my favorite authors, and I enjoy her historical fiction, but in my opinion she has truly found her niche writing Biblical fiction The Restoration Chronicles series is absolutely wonderful This has to be one of my favorite books of 2014, if not the top one Taking the stories of Esther, Ezra, and others from the Old Testament, she fleshes them out in a way that makes you feel you are there experiencing the events as they happen She also causes the reader to think [...]

    28. This is the second installment in the series and I enjoyed it, but not quite as much as the first Probably like 3.5 stars.I appreciated the way that the events of the book of Esther played out, as I felt the exiles despair and confusion over the king s decree and then their amazement when The Holy One provides a way out.But overall, I had a much harder time getting into this novel It seemed to move very slowly and provide great detail on some things, then skip over other issues for example, the [...]

    29. Read full review here SPARROW S THOUGHTS Wow What I just finished reading is incredible absolutely incredible.There are, in all seriousness, so many great things I can sit here and share about this novel the list is endless, really, and my only hope is to do this book justice.Firstly, I have not read any of Lynn Austin s work, this is my first Secondly, I have not read any Biblical fiction Ever Thus, this is my first Having said that, Keepers of the Covenant is a book that works on every single [...]

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