Return to Me by Lynn Austin

Return to Me brings to life the Biblical books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Zechariah to dramatically recount the return of God’s chosen people to their homeland and ultimately to Himself.  It chronicles the spiritual growth of Zechariah, the prophet through whom God chooses to communicate as His people return from exile in Babylon to their promised homeland in Jerusalem.   Lynn Austin does a remarkable job of remaining true to the Old Testament while intertwining fictional narratives that allow the reader to be transported to a different time as God’s people slowly return to Him and began to look forward to a coming Messiah.  The story flows effortlessly and includes dramatic details that easily engage the reader and provide an account of what life may have been like for God’s chosen race during this time.  The story narrates God’s love for His people despite their sins and the Jews’ deepening love for the Almighty while also causing the reader to again realize the depth of God’s love, forgiveness, and redemption.  A highly recommended historical novel.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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