“The Almighty One wants our love,…not guilty obedience.” (pg 374)
I have read a few books by Lynn Austin before but this definitely took the cake!
From the moment I started the book I couldn’t put it down. It was the most unique Biblical novel I have read in a very long time. Chronicling the return of the Israelites from Babylon to Jerusalem, this book comes to us from the perspective of a priest. Lynn showed the apathy of many of the Jews in Babylon, as well as the heart of those who returned to rebuild the Temple. Every time I thought the book was ending I would turn the page and be drawn into yet another facet of the story.
Her characters are very real. They deal with emotions that many of us would deal with. They get angry, they suffer heart break, they question their faith…but in the end, God’s Word holds them together as a family. I like, too, how the prophet, Zechariah, is woven into this story as a 13 year old boy and brought to man-hood through the years of waiting for the Temple to be rebuilt.
The best part of the whole book is that Ms. Austin gives us so many points to ponder: Biblical perspective on apathy and having a right attitude about the Lord and His work. I underlined so many things in this book that I know I need to think about and work on in my life.
I totally give this book a 5 star rating and would heartily recommend it to everyone.