Nehemiah is devastated when Jerusalem’s walls are destroyed and the city burned. He seeks God’s guidance and is surprised and pleased when he has a leave from his role as cupbearer to King Artaxerxes. He leaves for Jerusalem to rebuild the wall but meets danger upon his arrival. The enemies of the Lord will do anything to stop the rebuilding of the wall. But not all evil comes from outside as a drought leaves the Jews in the city in poverty, struggling to survive. Facing trials on every side, Nehemiah and the Jews must rely on God’s power to rebuild their city and their people.
Lynn Austin writes wonderful Biblical fiction that comes alive with the depth of the characters, setting, and dialogue. The broad details are Biblically accurate and the fictional details allow a richer perspective of the impact of this crucial period on individual Jews. The characters have believable imperfections that add to the theme of redemption. The dialogue is interwoven with scripture and gives me a better look at Biblical history. Despite its length, this book kept my attention with its riveting characters and storylines. I appreciate the author’s commitment to Biblical truth and her ability to craft such a wonderful read. Highly recommended!
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.