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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

On This Foundation

Best selling author Lynn Austin has sold more than one million copies of her books worldwide.  She is an eight-time Christy Award winner for her historical novels, as well as a popular speaker at retreats and conventions. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and live in Michigan.

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Stone by stone, the wall will rise once more around God's City.

When news reaches him that Jerusalem's wall is shattered and its gates burned with fire, a distraught Nehemiah seeks God's guidance in fasting and prayer.  Granted an unexpected leave from his duty as cupbearer to the Persian king Artaxerxes, Nehemiah sets out for Jerusalem to rebuild the city wall - never anticipating all the dangers that await him on his arrival.

The leaders of the surrounding nations become his fierce enemies, plotting to assassinate him and stop the wall's reconstruction forever.  A drought, meanwhile, has left the country impoverished, with many families resorting to selling their children as bondservants just to keep from starving.

Capturing the rebuilding of the wall through the eyes of a number of characters, On This Foundation is the powerful conclusion to The Restoration Chronicles.  This exploration of faith in the midst of oppression offers hope that, in spite of appearances, the gracious hand of God is upon those who believe.

Previous two books in the series:

My Thoughts:
I read well over 60 plus books in 2015 and Lynn Austin's On This Foundation was one of my very favorites.  Lynn's take on the rebuilding of the wall around Jerusalem is well researched and multi-dimensional.  She allows readers to "hear" the story from a number of characters which adds a depth often missing in some historical and biblical fiction.  Austin's artistic liberty does not diminish the Biblical account and only drives readers to Scripture and further study.  She actually encourages readers to read the Biblical account from Scripture and always provides the Biblical references behind her stories.  I won't be missing anything Austin writes in 2016 and you shouldn't either.

*I was provided a copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

Blessings and Happy Reading Ya'll,