Isaiah's Legacy by Mesu Andrews
5 things from Isaiah's Legacy
1)Judah's most wicked king right on the heels of one of Judah's most honorable kings.
2) Assyrian (Kangol) Shepherd Dogs
3)An Autistic King
4)The Lord's reach extends beyond all the powers of darkness. There is always hope for a changed heart. If it takes that darkness to come to the end of ourselves, the Lord will use that.
5)"No matter how our king acts, we act justly, we love mercy and we walk humbly." He turned to Zibah and added, "And we love him because somewhere inside that stranger is the Manesseh God gave you."
It is always a treat to read Mesu's books. Her vivid storytelling paints a all encompassing picture of the Bible. Isaiah's Legacy is dark, but hang in there, God's love is bigger and far reaching.
Dividing Sword by Katrina D. Hamel
5 Things from Dividing Sword by @katrinadhamel
1) Beth, the simple wife of a fisherman longs for the comfort of home and ends up leaving all to follow Jesus
2) Her cousin, Rueben, trains to be a pharisee and can only see how Jesus goes against the traditions.
3)Jesus uses what His disciples offer and magnifies their faith into miracles time and again.
4) Determination to escape his father's oppressive hand, Rueben seeks approval of his high ranking rabbi and seeks for ways to turn Jesus' miracles against him.
5) "Hatred for Jesus was like an overturned inkpot in Reuben's heart, coating everything, and he didn't trouble to mop it up"
This is the perfect read for this season. The days may be dark, much like the darkness the disciples felt after Jesus was crucified, but Sunday is coming! There is hope!
This is an impressive debut from Katrina D. Hamel. I also recommend her series of short stories and devotional thoughts, As the Stars. She has presented familiar stories with such clarity and has organized the events of the Bible in such a way as to bring the stories alive.
An Adoring Spirit by Sharon Hughson
5 things from An Adoring Spirit
1)Lazurus's resurrection from Mary's perspective
2)Meeting Jesus of Nazereth. Could he be the promised Messiah?
3) A girl who weaves simple joy and worship into every day life.
4) A sacrifice to honor the Savior
5)Time slowed. I pressed my lips together, afraid to breathe like the wind itself seemed reluctant to blow. Everyone and everything waited for Yeshua's command to be obeyed.
I always love reading Sharon's books! Her characters are always real and deep. If you haven't read Martha's story in A Laboring Hand, you'll want to catch her perspective too! Together the books paint a whole picture of a common Bible passage. This addresses common struggles for young girls today, while putting it into context of the culture.
A Laboring Hand by Sharon Hughson
5 things from A Laboring Hand
1) a look at Jesus’s life through the eyes of Martha of Bethany
2) when you’ve carried the load of head of the house so long it’s good when your brother takes over his rightful place... right?
3) serving can also be an act of worship
4) mourning turned into joy and surrender
5) the work of God can change a seemingly unchangeable heart
Such a delightful biblical novelization! As a worker by nature, I was challenged by Martha’s situation and her desire to submit to the Lord.
Sharon always has excellent characters and story line!
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