In this epic Biblical narrative, ideal for fans of The Bible miniseries, a young woman taken into the prophet Isaiah’s household rises to capture the heart of the future king.
Isaiah adopts Ishma, giving her a new name–Zibah, delight of the Lord–thereby ensuring her royal pedigree. Ishma came to the prophet’s home, devastated after watching her family destroyed and living as a captive. But as the years pass, Zibah’s lively spirit wins Prince Hezekiah’s favor, a boy determined to rebuild the kingdom his father has nearly destroyed. But loving this man will awake in her all the fears and pain of her past and she must turn to the only One who can give life, calm her fears, and deliver a nation.
This book was amazing! I’ve read the Biblical book of Isaiah before and know about some of his prophecies, but I never stopped to think about them in the context of Isaiah’s life. This book weaves together the Biblical prophecies, the known facts about those days, the cultural nuances, and a beautiful (fictional) love story. I found myself rereading passages from scripture (and I love it when a book points me back to the Bible!), yet at no time did I feel like I was reading a history book.
Mesu Andrews does a fabulous job of bringing the characters to life! Ishma got my pity when I “met” her as a small, pitiful, captive child. But my admiration for her grew as she matured and learned not just to face her fears, but instead to turn and face Yahweh for her courage. But other characters also have their stories woven in – and some are good, and some aren’t!
I really loved this story and just cannot praise it enough! Mesu Andrews is a master story teller and weaves in with the story so much rich cultural background as well as Biblical truth – it truly brings the Bible alive. I highly recommend this book. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. Unfortunately, it doesn’t release until January 16, 2018 so you’ll have to wait until then to read it!
The Author: Mesu Andrews is the award-winning author of Love Amid the Ashes and numerous other novels including The Pharaoh’s Daughter and Miriam. Her deep understanding of–and love for– God’s Word brings the biblical world alive for readers. Mesu lives in North Carolina with her husband Roy and enjoys spending time with her growing tribe of grandchildren.