Item description for Song Of Redemption (Chronicles Of The Kings V2) by Lynn Austin...
Overview "When King Hezekiah discovers that God's Law forbids him to take multiple wives, he must choose one woman to love. He must also choose to trust God's promises when he decides to rebel against his powerful Assyrian overlords"--Provided by publisher.
Publishers Description When King Hezekiah discovers that God's Law forbids him to take multiple wives, he must choose one woman to love. He must also choose to trust God's promises when he decides to rebel against his powerful Assyrian overlords. Hezekiah seeks to strengthen his nation's fortifications by building a tunnel in Jerusalem to hide his water supply. The tension mounts as the Assyrians march closer--and Hezekiah's tunnel remains incomplete.With his officials advising him to submit to the Assyrians, Hezekiah's faith is once more severely tested. Chronicles of the King Book 2.
Citations And Professional Reviews Song Of Redemption (Chronicles Of The Kings V2) by Lynn Austin has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 06/01/2005 page 108
Ingram Advance - 05/01/2005 page 134
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Studio: Bethany House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2005
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
Series Chronicles Of The Kings - Bethany House
Series Number 2
ISBN 0764229907 ISBN13 9780764229909
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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Patience is the toughest lesson ever. Redemption is His favorite song of all!! Aug 21, 2006
I picked up this with great anticipation because I loved "Gods and Kings". There was always a slight pain stabbing me deep within, because in short, I've been there. I haven't trusted, and I have certainly been bitter. So while this is about King Hezekiah, rest assured that it goes a little bit (OK, a LOT deeper) then simply that.
King Hezekiah wants and needs to become his own man. That point is obvious in and of itself. He doesn't want to be like Ahaz, and for good reason. Yet people who were under Ahaz can't fathom why Hezekiah wouldn't want change, including his own advisor, Shebna. Yet he stands firm in his faith! Doubt stares him in the face from all angles possible. His own wife doubts that Yahweh will provide an heir, and she is tempted to turn to Asherah for help. So while I related to Hezekiah, I really felt as if I'd walked in the shoes of Eliakim. Despite what his precious father believes, he doesn't WANT to believe, because it just doesn't seem possible. More than that, Eliakim wants answers, and they can't come in a timely manner for him. Yet we find Elaikim in the end surprised, and a man who knows he needs the one true God. I can personally praise God that I've improved vastly over the years, and my trust in God has expanded greatly! It has given me bold ambition at times, and I can only give God the glory for that.
The story of Jerusha is one that compares pretty vividly to the story of Francine Rivers' "Redeeming Love". She, like Eliakim, feels there is no hope for her. Yet she knows the tricks and cruelties of the Assyrian nation, and she can help Judah prepare (if it is possible against Assyria) for an attack. Now, to be quite blunt, I didn't feel that Lynn Austin would come within ear-shot of describing Assyrian culture. I figured she might be too kind and water it down so the reader wouldn't be offended. Austin holds NOTHING back, and it enhances the story beyond measure! Way to go!!
The theme I lived in this was an unshakable faith, and a staggering patience, although patience is something I still struggle with at times. Don't we all, amen? I guess reliving certain things in my own life made this a longer read. It also made it all the more appropriate. Sometimes we all need a wake up call, and this did the trick for me! Thank you, Lynn Austin!
insightful well written biblical biographical fiction Jun 17, 2005
Following the blasphemy of his father, Hezekiah sits on David's throne. He wants to do the right thing for his people starting with a renewed belief in Yahweh and a cleansing of the Temple. However, adhering to the laws of Yahweh is complex and dangerous. The young monarch has enemies who make demands on him.
Making matters worse the Assyrians are demanding tribute that his country can ill afford though prosperity has begun to return. More critical to Hezekiah, he believes God will protect the Jews though his closest advisors counsel him to pray. When he meets Jerusha, a Jew who fled from Assyrian captivity; he knows he has found his queen. As the Assyrians march closer to Jerusalem, pressure on Hezekiah to abandon the Lord grows, but though he has doubts shared by his frightened spouse, he stays the course.
SONG OF REDEMPTION continues the fascinating biographical fictionalized account of King Hezekiah (see GOD AND KINGS) trying to return his people to the one God while struggling with his council recommending bowing to the Assyrians instead of Yahweh. Readers will feel they have been transplanted to biblical times as Lynn Austin brings to life Hezekiah trying to stay what he believes is the proper course that Yahweh would expect him to lead his people down. This is an insightful well written biblical biographical fiction that readers will treasure.
Book Two In Chronicals of the Kings Series! Apr 24, 2005
Ms. Austin's second book in her Chronicles of the Kings series is just as good as her previous title. This story pick up where "God and Kings" leaves off and again brings tales of the Old Testament to life once again.
King Hezekiah wants to rule under God's law. His path won't be easy and he will have choices that he will have to make that will not be popular or easy. Once such choice will be to rebel against the Assyrian leaders to the North of his country. Once this decision is made tasks are taken to protect the city and the water supply. The closer his enemy comes to the city the more Hezekiah's advisors suggest that he make peace with the Assyrian's. This is not an option to the strong leader who has made a decision and will stand by it...no matter what. There is a second part to this story and it's about his choice of wife. Will he stay true to his wife Hephzibah or will he look for another to stand by his side?
Hephzibah is strong and loves her husband King Hezekiah. She is heart broken when he turns to his concubines for company and support. Than miracle of miracles he turns to her. Together they fight the enemy and become a united front. King Hezekiah finds support where he least expected to find it. Will his love for Hephzibah also bring him a small amount of peace?
Again this was a very good and descriptive read. Ms. Austin has brought this time period to life and fans of historic fiction will have their appetite sated for sure. For those that are not familiar with the bibles teachings this will be a good read for them. Ms. Austin has again brought the Old Testament to life in a way that will transport the reader back to this very turbulent time. I highly recommend Ms. Austin and her Chronicles of the Kings series.