Song of Redemption by Lynn Austin continues the story of King Hezekiahís reign over Judah. King Hezekiah was saved from the sacrificial fires of Molech by the grace of God. Now he reigns and wants to return Judah to worshipping the God of his ancestor, King David.
His grandfather, Zechariah, is mentoring him in the Torah by having him write parts of it out daily. But writing it and understanding it are two entirely different matters. Hezekiah makes things harder on himself by having an Egyptian non-believer as his right-hand man. Earlier, his father had chosen a non-believer to be his wife.
The Assyrians kidnap Jerusha, a beautiful young Israelite, when they raid her village. She chooses to be their slave and toy instead of killing herself, but later wonders at the cost. When given the chance at freedom, she miraculously makes it back to her family only to witness the murder of her parents by her vicious Assyrian captor, Iddina.
Jerusha and her sister, Maacah, escape to Jerusalem to the home of Hilkiah, a rich merchant friend. She falls in love with his son, Eliakim, but knows she can never marry because she has let herself be defiled. She hates herself for her weakness that allowed it.
Can King Hezekiah get Jerusalem fortified in time to save them from the Assyrians? Will he be able to draw his people back to the Lord? Will Eliakim be able to overcome his hatred of the Assyrians and forgive Jerusha? Will Jerusha learn the truth of Godís love for her?
Lynn Austin has spun a magnificent story with exciting and wonderful details. Her research appears to have been extensive and her understanding of Godís redeeming love marvelous. If you like historical fiction, you will love this story. -- Linda Demorest, Christian Book Previews.com
Challenged on Every Side, Can His Newfound Faith Preserve a Nation?
As King Hezekiah embraces Godís Law, he leads his country into renewed prosperity. But following the will of Yahweh is a perplexing process, requiring unpopular choicesófor both his personal life and political career. Now his archenemyís demands for tribute are forcing Hezekiah into a precarious situation.
Jerusha, a young Jewish woman far from home, has seen firsthand what the dreaded invaders are capable of. As the powerful Assyrian army sweeps through the northern provinces, leaving little but devastation in its wake, Jerusha longs to escape. Her desperate will to live could become a link to Jerusalemís survival.
With Assyria on the march, moving closer to the heart of Judah,Hezekiahís decision to follow the everlasting One is about to face the ultimate test.