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Overview While King David plots to sacrifice his son Hezekiah, his mother Abijah searches frantically for someone to help her save him, but she discovers the source of true strength will come only if they save themselves and their country. Reissue.
Publishers Description "Gods and Kings" is the story of King Hezekiah, heir to the throne of King David. When his evil father plots to sacrifice him, Hezekiah's mother, Abijah, searches frantically for a way to save him. But only two men can help her, and neither of them seems trustworthy. In a time and place engulfed by violence, treachery, and infidelity to Yahweh, Abijah and her son must discover the one true Source of strength if they are to save themselves and their country. Book 1 of Chronicles of the Kings.
Citations And Professional Reviews Gods & Kings (Chronicles Of The Kings V1) by Lynn Austin has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 02/01/2005 page 64
Ingram Advance - 02/01/2005 page 96
Romantic Times - 02/01/2005 page 91
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Studio: Bethany House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2005
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
Series Chronicles Of The Kings - Bethany House
Series Number 1
ISBN 0764229893 ISBN13 9780764229893
Availability 0 units.
More About Lynn Austin
Lynn Austin has sold more than 1.5 million copies of her books worldwide. A former teacher who now writes and speaks full time, she has won eight Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into a Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home in western Michigan. Learn more at www.lynnaustin.org.
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Great Book on Bible History! Dec 27, 2006
Lynn Austin wove a wonderful story during a very critical time in bible history. You will be taken back in time to a place that comes alive with the struggles of life and belief in God against all odds.
Pageantry and danger in ancient Judah... Oct 22, 2006
Hezekiah, prince of Judah, lives in a kingdom under siege from hostile forces within and without. His father, King Ahaz, has abandoned the worship of Yahweh and led his nation into idolatry. Gods & Kings chronicles Hezekiah's coming of age, detailing his turbulent childhood when he saw his father sacrifice his older brother Eliab to the pagan god Molech. Overwhelmed by fear, Hezekiah first encounters the life-changing touch of God through the love and teaching of his grandfather, Zechariah, a Levitical priest. These seeds of faith are all that Hezekiah has to guide him in a kingdom threatened by invasion and corrupted by idolatry. But surrounded by threats to his very existance, can he hope to survive and be given the chance to change the future of his country?
This is one of the best biblical fiction series out there, easily on par with Angela Hunt's Legacies of the Ancient River series. I don't feel that Austin's writing is as strong or her characters quite as well-developed as is evident in her later books (such as the Christy award-winning novels Candle in the Darkness and Fire By Night), but that's a very minor issue. Austin does an excellent job bringing the world of ancient Judah to life in all of its color, pageantry, danger, and intrigue. She breathes fresh life into the character of Hezekiah, creating a flesh-and-blood man whose struggles and weaknesses make his triumphs as one of Judah's greatest kings all the more inspiring. And the book lives up to perhaps the best measure of whether or not biblical fiction succeeds or fails - it inspires study of the actual biblical text.
When reading this book (incidentally this was my second time), I was struck by how timely the story felt. Hezekiah was one small drop in an overwhelming sea of danger and false gods, but God used his life to literally change the course of an entire nation and people. So read, study, and be inspired as Austin helps to bring to life the truth of 2 Chronicles 7:14 -- "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
Why May 26, 2006
There are times when "Why" is a very good question. Like when this first came out and I merely thought that the cover looked interesting. I could've cared less about it... until about 3 months ago. I'd gotten a couple of free tapes with sermons by Steve Farrar from his Mens' ministry. One of them "just happened" (like everything is coincidence, right?) to be from a series called "Living Lessons From Dead Kings". It was about King Uzziah, who is briefly mentioned in this book. And I admit that my first thought was "WHO CARES?", yet it was a gift, and I was willing to give it a chance. It was awesome! Needless to say, I bought a pack of about 19 tapes and CDs with sermons about Kings. Uzziah was among them, Jotham (who is very briefly mentioned) was one of them, Ahaz (one of THIS book's main men) was one of them, and so was Hezekiah. So, like I said above, it all goes back to my question of WHY!? You know something? I really don't know, but I'm sure glad that it happened, regardless!
I had to say that I considered buying the first book of this series a risk on my part. Did Lynn Austin do her homework, is was this just another historical work with simply names? After hearing the sermons, I really didn't know. Now I know that I can't wait to read the rest of this series! She was right on, because King Ahaz was nothing short of a loser! Baal Molech was idolatry back then, just like homosexuality is pretty rampant today, and it was very popular. The Assyrians were nothing to mess with either. They'd skin people alive, just like you might do a catfish for supper. So, is there anything GOOD about this? You'd better believe it, and YAHWEH IS IT!!! Read on.
If anybody knows Hezekiah's story, you know he was a very Godly man. But what shaped him? Did he have the perfect childhood? If you know ANYTHING whatsoever about King Ahaz, then you probably know that it was less then ideal. But something shaped this man, and God's hand was on it the whole time. Yahweh was in control the whole time, and He still is. I really don't want to give a lot of this away, but I thought it was quite superb. I consider myself blessed that I had the chance to read this. Lynn Austin has my complete respect. I can't wait to get the rest of this series. The title, "Gods and Kings" is titled appropriately, because it doesn't ask "WHY", but it does as something, and there is only 1 correct answer. The other answers are wrong. Are you ready for that question? Too late! Here it comes. Who is YOUR God and King?
Gods and Kings Jan 3, 2006
I couldn't put this book down. Went out a few days later to purchase the next one. I am now on Book 5. My husband is now reading them. He loves them too. I hope the series continues. The story that I have heard before in the Old Testament comes to life. The characters are wonderful. Start reading you will not be dissappointed.
excellent biographical fiction Dec 13, 2005
Gods and Kings by Lynn Austin is an excellent biographical fictionized version of the Old Testamnet king, King Hezekiah. The book starts off however when his father, the idolatrous King Ahaz is still in power. Wanting to gain favor in the eyes of the idol god Molech, Ahaz calls for a human sacrifice of the eldest sons of his people. He himself sarifices his oldest son Eliab. Hezekiah, who then was still a mere child witnesses his brother being engulfed into the flames of Molech. While the country is in the brink of being attacked, King Ahaz calls forth another sacrifice to occur. This time however, Hezekiah is now the eldest since he was born second. Frightened to death b/c he know he is about to die he hears the prophet Isaiah prophesize to King Ahaz about how the country is going to be in ruins. He hears Isaiah also tell him, "When you pass through the flames you will not be burnt." As Hezekiah and the other make their way up to the flaming mouth of Molech he calls out "Yahweh!" hoping someone will save him. When the priest of Molech asks which one is the eldest, Uriah, the palace adminstrator who happens to also be the High Priest of Yahweh places his hand on top of Amariah, Hezekiah's half-brother. It is here that Hezekiah realizes the Yahweh saved him from being sacrificed. The rest of the book describes his growth in Yahweh, and then how a major event in his life happens which then makes him ignore Yahweh for many years until he becomes king at age 25. The book is very addicting let me tell you. Lynn Austin is known quite well for writing heart-tugging novels. While this one may not be very emotional it is rich in history and you can also imagine you were right there along with the characters. I especially liked near the ending when Hezekiah claims he hated his father's idolatry but he realizes he himself is an idolator. Hezekiah was following his own wisdom and intellect instead of trusting in Yahweh's judgement. When we follow our own wisdom that too is considered idolatry. I reccommend this book to anyone who loves Lynn Austin's other books (such as me since she's my fav. author! lol) or anyone interested in biblical history. Lynn Austin did quite a vast amount of research to write this series and it is cleary shown in the words of the book. Never have I been so fascinated by a Old Testament king who brought his nation back to God.