In The Shadow of Jezebel by Mesu Andrews….from Revell

in the shadow of jesebel

In The Shadow of Jezebel 

by Mesu Andrews

 

About this book

In a kingdom controlled by cruel and manipulative women, one princess will discover the power of truth and love.

Trained as a priestess in the temple of Baal, Princess Jehosheba strives to please the demanding Queen Athaliah, daughter of Jezebel. But when a mysterious letter from the dead prophet Elijah predicts doom for the royal household, Jehosheba realizes that the dark arts she practices reach far beyond the realm of earthly governments.

Forced to marry Yahweh’s high priest in order to further Athaliah and Jezebel’s power plays, Jehosheba enters the unfamiliar world of Yahweh’s Temple. Can her new husband show her the truth and love she craves? And can Jehosheba overcome her fear and save the family–and the nation–she loves?

With deft skill, Mesu Andrews brings the Old Testament to life, revealing a fascinating story of the power of unconditional love.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I have read all of Mesu Andrews books and I Love them all! She is such an amazing writer!  In The Shadow of Jezebel is an especially interesting story for me because although I know about Jezebel, I had never read a lot about her in the Bible. Ms. Andrews weaves together a host of historical characters with a historical setting in Bible times of when this lady lived on earth. The vivid details of history during that time, along with the characters and they story she tells, I feel like I know Jezebel pretty well! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know this Biblical figure and especially enjoyed watching the scenes come alive throughout the pages of this book. I know this is fiction, but even though it is a fictional story, it helps to understand how people lived their everyday lives back in those Bible times. I, for one, love reading Biblical fiction, and I highly recommend In The Shadow of Jezebel to those of you who enjoy historical and Biblical fiction. And if you don’t, I strongly encourage you to read this book just to see what you think! You will be pleasantly surprised!

I received this book from CFBA to read and 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 55

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mesu Andrews is the award-winning author of Love Amid the Ashes, Love’s Sacred Song, and Love in a Broken Vessel. Winner of the 2012 ECPA Christian Book Award for New Author, she has devoted herself to passionate and intense study of Scripture, bringing the biblical world vividly alive for her readers. She lives in Washington. Learn more at http://www.mesuandrews.com.

Love in a Broken Vessel by Mesu Andrews

9780800721695[1]

About this book

An epic journey of intimacy, rejection, betrayal . . . and hope

God gives Hosea a difficult command-marry a prostitute in order to show God’s people the nature and depth of His love for Israel. When Hosea goes to Israel to proclaim the Lord’s message, the woman God directs him to marry turns out to be his childhood friend Gomer. He finds her broken and abused, unwilling to trust Hosea or his God. But when marrying Hosea becomes her only means of escape, Gomer does what she’s good at-she survives. Can Hosea’s love for God and God’s love for Israel restore Gomer’s broken spirit?

With her powerful combination of in-depth research and masterful storytelling, Mesu Andrews brings to life one of the most complex and fascinating stories of love and forgiveness in the face of utter betrayal.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Wow, what a story that I love and thoroughly enjoyed! I usually read a book in a day or so, but this was definitely not a quick read for me because I kept going back and re-reading it. Love in a Broken Vessel is Mesu Andrews’ retelling of the Old Testament Hosea and Gomer. Ms. Andrews takes readers back to cultures and history of Old Testament times with expert storytelling and very well research of Biblical history during the time of the prophet Hosea. If you’ve never heard of Gomer and Hosea’s story and the reason Yahweh told Hosea to marry a prostitute, I encourage you to read the book of Hosea in the Bible, and then read this book by Mesu Andrews. You will be in awe of this story!

I know Biblical fiction is just that, fiction, but I love experiencing the story come to life in the pages of a book like reading about the prophet Hosea in Love in a Broken Vessel. I really enjoy being able to imagine what their life back then may have really been like because after all, they went about their day to day life just as we do today, just in a different setting. This is why I read Biblical fiction, and this is why I love reading anything Mesu Andrews writes! I just couldn’t get enough of this book, so I kept reading and re-reading over and over until I finished!

I highly recommend this book to everyone, and especially those who enjoy historical and/or Biblical fiction. This is a story you will read over and over, and definitely a book that will stay on my bookshelf for many years!

A copy of this book was provided by Revel for me to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mesu AndrewsPhoto Credit: © Nic White Photography

Mesu Andrews

Mesu Andrews is the author of Love Amid the Ashes and Love’s Sacred Song. She is an active speaker who has devoted herself to passionate and intense study of Scripture. Harnessing her deep understanding and love for God’s Word, Andrews brings the biblical world vividly alive for her readers. She lives in Washington.

Praise for Mesu Andrews

“Andrews’s research shines through on every page as she delves deeply into the cultural, historical, and biblical records to create this fascinating and multilayered tale.”-CBA Retailers + Resources on Love Amid the Ashes

“Andrews weaves a beautiful tale and takes readers to an ancient Jerusalem rich with history and customs and a culture that struggles to follow the one true God. This novel is well researched and well told.”-RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars, on Love’s Sacred Song

“Andrews breathes life into her characters.”-Library Journal on Love’s Sacred Song

Mesu Andrews is the author of Love Amid the Ashes and Love’s Sacred Song. Winner of the 2012 ECPA award for Best New Author, she is an active speaker who has devoted herself to passionate and intense study of Scripture. Harnessing her deep understanding and love for God’s Word, Andrews brings the biblical world vividly alive for her readers. She lives in Washington.

Love’s Sacred Song….Mesu Andrews

LOVE’S SACRED SONG

BY: MESU ANDREWS

Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3408-4
ISBN-10: 0-8007-3408-4
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5
Number of pages: 448
Carton Quantity: 36
Publication Date: Mar. 2012
Formats: Paperback
Book Blurb

Wisdom came as God’s gift, but sacred love was forged through passion’s fire

Standing in the shadow of his famous father, young King Solomon wavers between fear and bravado, longing for a love that is true and pure–a love that can be his cornerstone.

A shepherdess in the northern city of Shunem, Arielah has known since she first laid eyes on Solomon that it was her destiny to become his bride. When her father secures a promise from Solomon to marry Arielah as a treaty bride to help unite the kingdom, it seems her dreams will come true.

But how can this simple shepherdess live as part of Solomon’s harem? Can Solomon set aside his distractions to give himself completely to just one woman? Or will he let duty, deception, and the daily routine divide his heart?

Mesu Andrews expertly weaves the words of the Song of Solomon into this touching story of the power of love from a master storyteller.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Love’s Sacred Song  by Mesu Andrews

I was anxious to read this Biblical fiction based on the Song of Solomon, and my first book by Mesu Andrews and I can say I was not disappointed. “Love’s Sacred Song” is Solomon’s story. The author starts at the end of Solomon’s dad, David’s life, and the beginning of Solomon’s reign as King. Being a King, Solomon had many wives but he didn’t love any of them. That is until he meets Arielah, who had loved Solomon for years, and all she wanted was his heart, and to let him know what love really was. Their love didn’t come easy, the journey a very difficult one, which brought on a lot of hurt and pain, especially for Arielah.

 

This is a beautifully, well written story that came about from many hours of research by the author. Ms. Andrews gives the situations in detail, which was sometimes difficult to read, but it is truth, right from God’s Word. I love the way Mesu included mysterious and thriller situations to keep readers on the edge of their seats. The details of the setting of the story, the characters, and every scene so strongly draws the reader into the story it is almost as if you are right there, living the story with them. Reading “Love’s Sacred Song” makes the lives of Solomon and David come to life in a new and different way, and makes the reader want to read more Old Testament stories.

 

This story shows how God will use willing vessels, whoever it may be, for His glory. Even though Solomon, like his dad David, was anything but perfect, God loved him unconditionally and was willing to forgive him of his sinful life when he truly repented. This is a beautiful picture of God’s love for us, of how He extends His mercy and grace to us. Sometimes it was difficult to understand the attitude of Arielah, but yet she loved Solomon so much she was willing to endure anything to win his heart.

 

I highly recommend this book, especially to those who enjoy Biblical fiction. This is a story that will capture your heart and not let go for a good while after you finish reading the book. You will find that the investment in this book is well worth it, and the time it takes to read it is time well spent.

 

“Available March 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

 

I received this book from Revell Publishers. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are my own.

 

To read and excerpt from this book, for Bible study questions or reading group guide, go HERE

 

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 About The Author

Mesu Andrews is the author of Love Amid the Ashes and is an active speaker who has devoted herself to passionate and intense study of Scripture. Harnessing her deep understanding and love for God’s Word, Andrews brings the biblical world vividly alive for her readers. She lives in Washington.

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